Fleming StreetTropical Landscape, Miami
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Even with limited square footage, plants played an important role in defining the spaces, creating privacy and softening the extensive use of wood. “I didn’t want it to feel like you’re in a wooden box,” Reynolds says. He used a distinctly tropical planting palette, with mostly lush, large foliage, to evoke the feeling of the Florida Keys while also effectively shaping and screening the spaces. “Between the dining and the spa I created a planting bed big enough for a single, full, slender lady palm that is both a sculptural stand-alone plant and a visual block between the two spaces,” he says. Pygmy date palm (Phoenix roebelenii) grows in front.
5. String up lights for an inexpensive transformation. String lights can make the saddest of spaces look upbeat. Cost varies from about $10 to $175 per string, depending on the quantity of lights, material, bulb type and whether they’re heavy-duty-rated for commercial outdoor use. Most are in the $20 to $40 range. Design options abound, from small to large globes and with or without decorative shades.