My Great Outdoors: Tricia’s Poolside Shangri-la

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Name: Tricia

Location: Van Nuys, CA

Type of space: garden, pool and deck

Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: My husband and friends and I hang out outside whenever we can. We have a tv out there protected by plexiglass and mounted on the garage that we use as my art studio. It’s great to watch movies and have margaritas out there in summer when we get those hot Valley evenings.

How did you create it? When we bought the house about nine years ago the yard had only a concrete slab and a ton of fig trees that dropped fruit everywhere. Little bit by bit we have added things as we could afford it. We had the concrete slab taken out along with the trees (except for one by the patio) when we added the pool. With the help of a friend, we put flagstone down for the patio and built the arbor for the giant wisteria that gives such great shade and planted the bamboo border. Its been so much fun adding plants and watching everything grow!

Recommended store, site, product or resource? Craigslist for furniture, the Chinese wedding bed we got locally off of ebay and the Rose Bowl Flea Market is a great resource. Green Arrow nursery in North Hills for their succulents and Jackalope pottery in North Hollywood for their pots and furniture.