BE MALIBU

MALIBU, CA

Serenity at Large
Serenity at Large

A sunset like this and Buddha by your side, what could be more lovely?

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White Bougainvillea
White Bougainvillea

Keeping the plant palette neutral with minimal flowers but a strong grouping of greens, the white flowers were the perfect accent for this entrance.

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Artichoke Agave
Artichoke Agave

Delicate details like the black edge of this Artichoke Agave are the assets which make this garden exquisite.

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Indulgent
Indulgent

The light colors of hardscape help keep the feeling quite, still, and gentle on this meditation deck.

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Gravel Drive
Gravel Drive

An economical, natural, and beautiful solution for this Malibu Spanish driveway.

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A Simple Walkway
A Simple Walkway

This walkway has become my favorite part of the garden. I just love how the existing palms mix with the senecios, french lavender, and cacti.

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Connecting Points
Connecting Points

Simple but wide, this connection point from the upper terrace to the living room, whale watching deck, lower terrace, and outdoor living room allows multiple people to move around with ease during a party.

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Mint + Sage + Kelly Mix
Mint + Sage + Kelly Mix

Layering colors of foliage with the textures of these succulents ads a rich depth to the simply hallway.

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Shade Zone
Shade Zone

Shade is a luxury in this coastal desert. These existing olive, mesquite, and live oak trees were an asset to the design. During the hot summer months, this is the only space people spend time outside during the day. The large circular couches can host 8 people.

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Castle in the Clouds
Castle in the Clouds

What a view.

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Full Bloom
Full Bloom

When these gorgeous bougainvillea bloom the whole home feels like its covered in flowers.

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View from the Bungalow
View from the Bungalow

The upper bungalow looks down on the outdoor living room over the lavender hill.

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Lounge + Linger
Lounge + Linger

The large upper deck is a great sunny space for lounging in the sun to read a book and soak it in.

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Terracing The Garden
Terracing The Garden

On this hillside property, Brittany has utilized the art of terracing to create an impactful feeling of 'rooms' in the garden.

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Buddha Sunrise
Buddha Sunrise

Warm . Loving . Peace

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Second Story View
Second Story View

Below the master bedroom's deck, the Buddha and the mediation deck stretch towards the ocean.

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Sunset On The Lower Terrace
Sunset On The Lower Terrace

Watching the sunset from the lower terrace requires no effort. When sitting on these plush couches, one feels as though they are floating on the ocean, watching the sun pass by.

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How Many Living Spaces Can We Fit?
How Many Living Spaces Can We Fit?

Within this picture, alone one can see three living spaces. Under the trees is a 6 person circular seating area where one may host lunch or enjoy a book under the shade. The wooden deck has been deemed the 'Whale Watching Deck' (a perfect place to have a glass of wine at the high top). The closest seating area, the lower terrace is the ideal space for watching the sunset or setting up a yoga mat for sunrise yoga.

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Three Terraces
Three Terraces

The master bedroom's deck looks over the main terrace and the "Sunset Deck". Three months after planting day, we are starting to see these trailing rosemary, agaves and senecio begin to fill in.

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Six Foot Wide Stairway
Six Foot Wide Stairway

This flagstone stairway stretches between the Whale Watching Deck and the Lower Terrace. It was created to be six feet wide so that two people may comfortably walk side-by-side between the terraces.

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Planting Design
Planting Design

A rich palette of succulents, cacti and pollinator plants have been selected for this low-water garden.

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BE MALIBU

A Garden for a Spiritual Teacher

Design / Project Management : Malibu, California

 

The project shown above was created for a spiritual teacher whose desire was to have a low-water garden with plenty of outdoor entertaining space. The client wished to host her friends in a space of retreat and consciousness by coordinating space with the sunrise (the meditation deck), the sunset (the terrace), the shade (a living room under the shade trees) and a neighbor’s bee farm (the lavender hill and trailing rosemary edge). A palette of succulent plants, pollinator plants, cacti, one Buddha statue, natural materials and enchanting lighting have been choreographed to cultivate the client’s dream of her ideal landscape. 

 

Brittany Sastrawidjaya not only produced the landscape plan, planting design, material design and lighting design, but also oversaw every day of construction on this project. Brittany took great care, often traveling as far as Santa Barbara and Escondido to find the perfect plants and materials for this site. Gardens take care, they take intentional planning. This garden was intentionally designed for the environment of the region, the pollinators nearby, the Spanish architecture of the home and the client’s desires.

BEFORE + CONSTRUCTION

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