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We are continuing our garden theme this week – today is Julianne Moore’s garden behind her brownstone in New York, recently shown on Architectural Digest’s website.  Designer Brian Sawyer from the architecture and landscape firm Sawyer/Berson gave Julianne and her family an amazing outdoor space. It’s hard to believe it’s in Manhattan, but it still has a distinctly English vibe in an urban context. Everything about it is perfect.  Below are the pictures and our comments….

The lovely Julianne in eggplant pants, but what is really fabulous is the stacked flagstone wall.  They were smart in making it seat height and depth – when entertaining, it adds an additional “perch” for party guests.

Round boxwoods in varying sizes anchor the raised beds.  This is a great alternative use of boxwood instead of the usual trimmed hedge.

Varying shades of green give the whole space a relaxing and peaceful feel.  If there were bright colors added, it would not have the same effect.

The look is repeated throughout, even in the containers of boxwood with moss.  Succulents in stone troughs add texture without adding a lot of color.  What we love most about this image are the rocks stacked on the end of the wall.  A very sculptural end result.

The only color is a purple potato vine at the bottom of the steps.  My dream come true is a house with black windows and trim – steel would be amazing, but I could settle for painted.  This house was in Domino in 2009.  Below is a picture of the outside before the redesign.  What an improvement!

A link to see the rest of the house:  Casa Sugar.

The smooth rocks and rough texture of the trough-turned-fountain compliment each other perfectly.  Without the other, they would come off as sort of cliched.

How do they keep those stag horns alive in the winter???  That said, in the winter they would be so lucky that the garden remains green.  Very Northwest of them.

 Not much needs to be said about the art installation.  A tree house made out of branches – it couldn’t be a better application.


all photography by Christopher Baker for Architectural Digest