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Camille’s Yard Mission – Part 1 Reveal

When you observe me on Instagram, you’ll know that we’ve been pouring our artistic power into a serious yard mission throughout quarantine. It’s been difficult, extremely enjoyable, and hands-down essentially the most bodily landscaping work that I’ve ever executed. Adam’s at all times been captivated with gardening and has singlehandedly designed and maintained all of our out of doors areas up to now, 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 good friend 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. Part 1, full!

The backstory.

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

Once 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 lined by overgrown vines, nevertheless it at all times reminded us of previous European estates and imagined restoring it to its glory. Over time, Adam has slowly labored to filter the comb and restore and prolong the previous 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 known as Cameron and talked to him about our imaginative and prescient, and he created the architectural plans that served as our information to start out the subsequent huge a part of the mission…

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

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

The fireplace pit.

We’ve at all times dreamed of with the ability to do huge open-fire cooking feasts after we had associates over, and little did we all know that concept would turn out to be the point of interest 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 tip consequence feels prefer it’s constructed proper into the hillside, just like the previous Spanish homes that we fell in love with.

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

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

What’s subsequent

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

The vegetation

Okay, let’s speak vegetation! That is the a part of the mission that felt most enjoyable – driving to the nursery to decide on our olive bushes, after which a few of y’all would possibly bear in mind the day that Adam, my father-in-law Gary, and I spent hauling lots of of vegetation from our driveway down a flight of stairs and rigged up an progressive “slide” from the heavy stuff (it’s price a watch on my #casacamille Instagram spotlight in the event you missed it.)

Anyway, I’ve gotten plenty of 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 fortunately Austin shares the same local weather, so loads of the vegetation that thrive in Spain and Italy additionally do nicely right here. We selected about 8 varieties that we cherished, after which caught to these all through the whole mission. These are the primary vegetation we used:

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

Now we have a giant agave americana in our entrance yard that shoots off little “pups” yearly or so. As an alternative of pruning and discarding them, Adam at all times transplants them to the yard, and now years later we’ve bought 10 beauties that we ended up spreading all through the house. It’s superb to assume that one plant that we planted 10 years in the past offered all of those agave that we used on this mission.

We used tons of boxwood round borders that can ultimately get pruned into cleaner hedges, after which plenty of 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 stability 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 house, and might’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 sport.


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



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