Steve Martino is arguably one of the most exciting (IMO) landscape designers currently working. Even though he works in a climate that's nearly the polar opposite of mine (Arizona — and I am in New England), he is on my shortlist of colleagues that I study for inspiration and ideas. This project makes me want to pick up and move southwest — to a deserted grocery store.
The client wanted to leave the suburbs for a more urban lifestyle, and when she found this dilapidated grocery store and adjacent bungalow she decided an adaptive re-use of the structures was a great sustainable solution.
She needed studio space, as an interior designer, and Steve Martino helped her create a live-work compound of courtyards that use native plants throughout.
I'm slightly obsessed with the breeze block walls and really want to get comfortable with doing this myself — both for use in retaining walls and for making simple geometric features like reflecting pools. The construction is relatively straightforward and doable for DIY.
The second bit of inspiration I personally take from this garden is the colors, specifically how the art and the finishes and the plants all take cues from each other and work so well together.
What inspires you from this project? Take a peek at this project page on Land8lounge, as well as on Steve's website, to view more of the garden. (Images: Steve Martino and land8lounge)