Casually Serene: California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_9

“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.

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_8

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.

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_1

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_2

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_3

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_4

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_5

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_6

Casually Serene- California Coastal Retreat in Cayucos by Jeffrey Gordon Smith_7

Leave your vote

0 points
Upvote Downvote

Total votes: 0

Upvotes: 0

Upvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Downvotes: 0

Downvotes percentage: 0.000000%

Written by Janet Butler

Profile photo of Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *