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Hollywood Oasis

An Intimate Setting Full of Romance

About the Project

This small residential back and side yard was transformed into a restful entertaining space using imported arches and doors, dramatic lighting fixtures, water, and fragrance to create an enticing, romantic escape from the day-to-day.

The antique Indian arches were mirrored, stretching the illusion of space while creating a backdrop for bold tropical foliage. Central to the design is a structure that assembled built-in banquettes, as well as a reflecting pond with sheer-drop waterfall on the upper level that appeared to flow into the natural-gas fire pit completed with clear glass to resemble crushed ice.

Plantings of purples, mahogany, blues, and whites repeat the blue/purple tile combination, while adding fragrance and low-maintenance color throughout the year. Fine upholstery and a rich collection of antique pots add polish and a sense of age to the space.

Thick slabs of chocolate sandstone ground the space and seem almost “edible” with the white creamy plaster of the house and masonry. With a flick of a switch, the evening lighting transforms this space into an exotic oasis.

This project received the Gold Award in the residential design category from the international Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) in 2008. It was also featured in a Los Angeles Times article.
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(NOTE: All work was performed by licensed landscape contractors.)


Hiring Laura Morton was one of the best choices I have ever made. I never thought that what was in my head could be extracted and revealed in such splendor!

— Mala Vasan (client) [read testimonial]

The transformation of this Hollywood Hills property earned its creator, Laura Morton of West Hollywood, a gold medal…from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers. For Vasan, the thoughtful design was proof that tiny details and a vivid imagination could turn a prosaic space into a pretty and practical retreat.

Los Angeles Times

Enclosed spaces instill a sense of intimacy, and within that, your own sense of paradise is possible.

~ Laura Morton