Create a Zen retreat. "The inspiration for this design actually flows from the architecture itself," says landscape architect Richard Risner of Grounded. "The residence was designed by architect S. Scott Emsley, and I wanted the outdoor living spaces to blend seamlessly with the home’s interior and overall architectural feel."The house is in Southern California, so "we have the opportunity to expand our livable area beyond the walls of the house," he adds. "And for this project I created spaces for my clients to entertain, play, relax, and self-reflect. The end result was a modern-style landscape with a slight Japanese influence."