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Camille’s Yard Venture – Section 1 Reveal

In case you comply with me on Instagram, you’ll know that we’ve been pouring our artistic power into a significant yard mission throughout quarantine. It’s been difficult, extremely enjoyable, and hands-down essentially the most bodily landscaping work that I’ve ever finished. Adam’s all the time been enthusiastic about gardening and has singlehandedly designed and maintained all of our outside areas previously, however this new mission has made me understand how a lot I really like getting my fingers soiled planting, watering, and weeding… I’ve formally been bit by the bug.

For this newest mission, we labored with our pricey pal and gifted panorama designer, Cameron Campbell, to show the undeveloped land behind our home into an space for cooking, consuming, gathering, and absorbing the solar… and though we nonetheless have a number of mini tasks we need to sort out again there, I’m excited to share the primary spherical of “After” photographs. Section 1, full!

The backstory.

First, a little bit context on this space of our property. For these of y’all who’ve seen pictures I’ve posted of my yard, you most likely keep in mind a huge stone terrace with an infiniti edge pool and a vine-covered grill space. That’s the area that runs alongside the again aspect of our home simply exterior the metal doorways in our front room. On the opposite aspect of the railing, there’s a 20-foot retaining wall, and the world on the opposite aspect of the home has been an overgrown space that runs right into a closely wooded space. We’ve all the time talked about doing extra with the area, however knew it could be a giant mission and needed to attend till we have been able to sort out one thing so main.

After we purchased the property, there was crumbling stone terracing that had been constructed by the unique proprietor of the property again within the 50’s. It was coated by overgrown vines, but it surely all the time reminded us of outdated European estates and imagined restoring it to its glory. Through the years, Adam has slowly labored to filter the comb and restore and lengthen the outdated terracing. Because the terraces began to take form and we flattened out beforehand unusable components of the land, our huge image concepts began to take form. We referred to as Cameron and talked to him about our imaginative and prescient, and he created the architectural plans that served as our information to begin the subsequent huge a part of the mission…

Right here’s a have a look at our preliminary idea drawing — it’s enjoyable to see the weather we caught with, and people who advanced through the course of.

Scroll on for extra particulars on the way it got here to life…

The fireplace pit.

We’ve all the time dreamed of with the ability to do huge open-fire cooking feasts once we had associates over, and little did we all know that concept would change into the focus to our design. Impressed by our journey to Mallorca two summers in the past, we determined to create all of it out of the identical stone used on the terracing, and Cameron designed a curved staircase that organically flows into the round seating space. The top outcome feels prefer it’s constructed proper into the hillside, just like the outdated Spanish homes that we fell in love with.

That is the view from the bottom terrace the place the hearth pit is, trying again up in the back of the home and our cantilevered bed room window on the fitting. Adam planted fig ivy on the base of the retaining wall once we first constructed our home, and 10 years later, the wall is completely coated.

I didn’t know I might fall in love with a staircase — till I met this one. It’s made out of stable slabs of lueders limestone (each weighs over 300 kilos!) and the natural curvature feels actually particular.

What’s subsequent

We’re calling this the top of “Section 1,” as a result of the foremost hardscaping and planting is finished. However we nonetheless have some smaller tasks to overcome earlier than the area will really feel completely completed to us. Past the bottom retaining wall, there’s nonetheless a subject of rocky dust that we need to cowl in meadow grass, and I need to plant vegetable gardens and lemon timber. And naturally, all these new crops want time to mature and fill in earlier than the design will really feel actually lived in.

The crops

Okay, let’s discuss crops! That is the a part of the mission that felt most fun – driving to the nursery to decide on our olive timber, after which a few of y’all may keep in mind the day that Adam, my father-in-law Gary, and I spent hauling tons of of crops from our driveway down a flight of stairs and rigged up an modern “slide” from the heavy stuff (it’s value a watch on my #casacamille Instagram spotlight when you missed it.)

Anyway, I’ve gotten numerous questions on IG about what plant varieties we used, so I needed to record most of them right here. Adam and I actually needed to create a Mediterranean vibe, and by chance Austin shares an identical local weather, so plenty of the crops that thrive in Spain and Italy additionally do properly right here. We selected about 8 varieties that we liked, after which caught to these all through the complete mission. These are the principle crops we used:

I’ve realized that if I needed to choose one FAVORITE plant on the complete planet, it could be the olive tree. The various shades of gray and silvery greens all through the foliage, the knotted, winding trunks… to me, they’re good. We purchased three 100-gallon olive timber from Austin Plant Provide to make use of because the assertion items within the yard, and so they’ll develop to be a lot larger beauties via the years. (We additionally sourced numerous the crops from Leaf Panorama Provide.)

We now have a giant agave americana in our entrance yard that shoots off little “pups” yearly or so. As a substitute of pruning and discarding them, Adam all the time transplants them to the yard, and now years later we’ve received 10 beauties that we ended up spreading all through the area. It’s wonderful to assume that one plant that we planted 10 years in the past supplied all of those agave that we used on this mission.

We used tons of boxwood round borders that can finally get pruned into cleaner hedges, after which numerous trailing rosemary will soften up the perimeters and provides a extra natural look (and an unbelievable herby scent.)

For that quintessential Mediterranean really feel, we planted a number of bougainvillea in terra cotta pots that we’re hoping will flourish and climb (they are often finicky.) We additionally planted this White Guara which is a perennial that Cameron turned us onto — I really like the way it provides a fragile steadiness to the heartier evergreens round it. And plenty of Little Ollies, which is a dwarf olive that may develop into a big shrub that may be pruned and made extra formal, or left extra wild and Mediterranean.

We’re loving our new area, and may’t wait till we’re not quarantining so we will encompass this hearth pit with family and friends. Within the meantime, I simply purchased Francis Mallmann’s cookbook so we will work on our open hearth cooking recreation.


Let me know what questions you guys have within the feedback or on Instagram, and I’ll attempt to reply all of them — crops, design course of, how we’ve accessorized the area to date… Now on to the subsequent part!



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