Casually Serene: California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith
“Serenity” is how the designer labels this simply elegant patio and garden setting in Cayucos, CA, by Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture. From the meandering concrete-square walk bordered by variegated blue stones, to the modern sculpture pointing the way to a beach trailing as far as the eye can see, this outdoor living space invites you to take a breath, relax, and let your hair down. The patio stones become a path to a weathered piece of driftwood; native grasses wave in the ocean breeze as succulents bloom in a rocky corner. And, at the end of the path, is a welcoming red-brick patio with a casual alfresco table and chairs of white beneath a matching umbrella.
Seating is informal and plentiful: additional white loungers, redwood bench seating supported by brick, a porch swing in shades of muted rose and beige. The patio includes raised beds of greenery in terraced planters, rising steps of visual interest over wood slats. Behind them, a row of trees forms a neat privacy fence that still allows for great views. A square of brick holds a bed of flowering plants that overflow into round pots below; the outdoors and indoors blend effortlessly through open doors. Finally, as evening falls and the breezes cool, the fire pit becomes more than merely a source of light: it adds an additional level of warm welcome to this serene haven: an oasis amid sand, tall grass, and sky, Coastal Serenity is a space well-deserving of its name.