In light of ATLA's Outdoor Home Month
, we'd like to share the transformation of a once uninspired backyard narrow walkway into a little bit of tropical paradise done by our friends Heseon and John
of Redondo Beach. Inspired by their globe trekking travels to Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa, their once humble slim proportioned backyard was transformed into a celebration of inviting greenery, textures and colours, and collectibles from around the world. Take a peek, with many more photos under the cut...
Heseon: "Our challenge was to turn our condo's tiny sliver of a backyard, which had been acting as an unsightly mini doggie doo pit, for years---into a urban-tropical-getaway-retreat. We'd also need room to grow veggies and herbs, so when I moved in last fall, I started tackling the yard right away, from a design perspective. I created an inspiration board and posted up pictures: Matt James' urban gardener work; pictures from tropical hotel and resort websites; design magazines focusing on small yards; and books on how to construct fountains. We hired a contractor, who built the hardscape, electrical, and the wood patio cover--we also had him paint the condo fences and the cover the same green color, for a tropical feel."
"Hats: John likes to collect things from travels around the world so I added the hats to the outdoor decor."
"View from the sitting area. All the patio furniture is rehabbed, painted and refinished to save money and landfill waste. And for privacy (there is an apartment building next to our house) and additional shade, we hung simple bamboo roll-up blinds from Osh."
"Fish pond: the pot was bought from Jackelope Pottery, a great resource for fountains, ceramics, outdoor pottery in North Hollywood, and is filled with water hyacinths, goldfish and a trickling fountain."
"John's collection of Aztec stonework souvenirs, next to huge cherry tomato plant."
"We love hanging out in the patio, which we also made rain-proof. The clear overhead UV panels protect the patio area, especially nice when it rains---we can be outdoors all the time. We love seeing our goldfish grow and swim in the pond. It all feels very 'mini tropical resort' with a bit of tiki kitsch thrown in--and we thought the patio would never take shape, if you saw it before. Our dogs, Sophia and Django, love the yard too."