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THE HOUSE THAT NEEDS NO WALLS

Patrick Printy Designed This California Home to Bring the Great Outdoors Into Every Room

The views look like postcards.

BY KAITLIN MENZA

PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA RESEN

HOUSE BEAUTIFUL MAGAZINE

The Olive groves that surround this Sonoma, California home are quite literals the stuff of legend. “I don’t know that it’s been officially substantiated,” cautions designed Patrick Printy, but supposedly his clients’ orchard was originally planted in the mid-19th century by local military hero and founder of Sonoma Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. “It was one of the reasons why the outdoor element of the house became so prominent: to capitalize on the that orchard.”

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A Mission-Style Garden in Sonoma

Landscape architect Michael Lucas was inspired by a western wilderness in Sonoma, where he created a California mission-style walled garden.

BY ZAHID SARDAR

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARION BRENNER

MARIN MAGAZINE

“I DON’T MISS THE CITY AT ALL,” Marilyn Coon Stocke, a former schoolteacher who is now a bookkeeper in Sonoma, says. “I have a become a country girl.”

Her transformation began inadvertently nearly six years ago, when her architect, George Bevan, invited Healdsburg-based landscape architect Michael Lucas to help design her weekend garden.

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MODERN MISSION

By Pam Pennick
Photography by Marion Brenner

Garden Design Magazine

"On a former pear orchard in Sonoma, California, a new home's courtyard walls keep the wild at bay - and hide a refreshing garden oasis inside.

The entry area gives no hint of the lush garden on the other side of the white stucco wall. Here, an array of mostly Australian plants - including 'Orange Cross' kangaroo paw, grassy lomandra, and eucalyptus - thrives with little irrigation while adding feathery texture and rich color."

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Rustic Yet Refined, Healdsburg Edition

by Christine Chang Hanway

REMODELISTA.COM

"Alison Davin of Jute is making a name for herself in the Bay Area with her “urban earthy” interiors, ranging from a small kitchen makeover in San Francisco to grander projects like this comfortable, subtly luxurious stone vacation house in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County, by Arc Design. Davin’s influences range from the pared-down baroque work of Copenhagen-based Malene Birger to the greenery-infused interiors of California designer John Saladino, and in this project, with its muted palette and skillful mix of textures and textiles, discerning the boundaries between indoors and out isn’t always straightforward..."

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Cloverdale Farmhouse Brings Vision of Eco-Friendly Homestead to Life

BY ABIGAIL PETERSON

SONOMA MAGAZINE

"Hanging up their suits for overalls was the perfect choice for Manny and Carol Diaz.

While many approaching retirement look to simplify, even (dare we say) downsize, Manny and Carol Diaz did just the opposite. In 2010, after raising their children in Windsor, the couple bought an 18-acre farm in rural Cloverdale adjacent to the Russian River. “When we drove down the driveway, we stopped about halfway,” recalls Manny. “And we didn’t say anything for about a minute — that’s an eternity — and I knew this was it.”

Overseeing 10 acres of vineyards and growing most of their own food turned out not to be a very big leap for Manny, who worked in the airline industry, and Carol, a former accountant. Their passion for cooking (both are heavily involved in the north county slow food movement) and love of the outdoors have shaped a new life — one that focuses on the seasons, long walks by the river and plenty of time in the garden..."

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Narrow Yard Landscape Hillside "Jewel Box Garden"

LANDSCAPE ONLINE

"This backyard project in Healdsburg, Calif., a small community a little over an hour's drive north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, was completed at the end of 2013. Landscape architect Mike Lucas calls it "a true jewel box of a garden" that creates a series of useable spaces in a snug backyard and responds to the Mediterranean architecture. The space features extensive retaining walls, a built in fireplace, a painted steel pergola that accommodates speakers, heaters, lighting and will eventually have a wisteria cover, a water wall with planted water trough, a bocce court and a discreetly fenced vegetable garden adjacent to the kitchen.

This extensive garden renovation was fueled by the owner's desire for a more user-friendly space in a confined backyard area. The home is in Healdsburg, Calif. (pop. 11,254), 70 miles north northwest of San Francisco in Sonoma County. The home, built by a developer, was cut into the native hillside, leaving a very narrow yard four steps down from the house, with two sets of four-foot high retaining walls. Now, a continuous stem wall along the backside of the house allowed the opportunity to bridge straight out from the existing covered patio. An extensive CMU block retaining wall that aligns with the house creates a series of spaces..."

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New rural home is designed to look like a renovated winery with a modern addition

Story by Paul Taylor

TRENDSIDEAS.COM

“The two-storey main home is stone-clad like a traditional 1800s winery and is separated from the more contemporary guest wing by a breezeway.

It's one thing to copy a traditional style, but something totally different to recreate a passage of time. That's the guiding principle and philosophy designer Julian Cohen brought to this home he designed in North California wine country.

For Cohen, it's important that clients first identify what's meaningful for them and, in this instance, he aimed to produce a home that tells a story and expresses a sense of history.

What emerged from early discussions was the influence on the owners of a stone building that was one of California's first wineries – and a haiku the owners wrote…”

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Water Yards

By Meg McConahey

Photography by Beth Schlanker

The Press Democrat

Whether bubbling, rushing or just shimmering in serene stillness, the most relaxing and soothing of sights and sounds is water.

It’s a comforting primal element, like fire, that we crave in our living space.  Every Japanese serenity garden has water. Roman wall paintings show pictures of gardens cooled with spouting water. Simple fountains or lava’s were placed in the cloisters of medieval monasteries, seen as metaphoric gardens of Eden. 

A fortunate few have the sound of surf or a rain-swollen creek beyond their windows. But most of us aren't blessed with nature's music…

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Empty fuel tanks full of character

By Zahid Sardar

Photography by Saxon Holt

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

Twisted old gasoline storage tanks, displayed prominently above ground at the elegant Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma during the Late Show Gardens event last fall, were not waiting to be hauled away.

They were among several ingenious planters incorporated into an installation called Renewal by Digging Dog nursery owner and plant specialist Gary Ratway and modernist Healdsburg landscape architect Mike Lucas, best known for rectilinear garden retreats such as the one at Sangiacomo Family Vineyards.

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Country Modern

By Zahid Sardar

Photography by Adrian Gregorutti

San Francisco Chronicle

Three years ago, Kevin Carruth and Claudia Mendoza found a low, 1950s horseshoe-shaped ranch house high above the historic square in Sonoma.

Even though it lacked the familiar Craftsman details and woodsy warmth of their 1930s home in Sacramento, they bought it "just for its great views," Carruth said.

They hoped to transform it into a contemporary home where they could entertain guests informally.

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The Great American Turf War 

THE DEBATE: The changing environmental landscape puts our lush lawns into question

By Meg McConahey

Photography by Mark Aronoff

Press Democrat

Like most men of a certain age, R. Hamilton Wright ha a deeply rooted love-hate relationship with law

Mike Lucas, a landscape architect from Healdsburg, just ripped out his front lawn and replaced it with more interesting plants like Japanese maples, bamboos and grassy sedges.

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