Taylor and Molly need help. Their large sun-parched yard in the Hollywood Hills not only overlooks a busy freeway, but it has become a receptacle for all their past parties. They are ready for an adult backyard where they can host gatherings with friends and family. Jamie travels to Taos, New Mexico to gather design inspiration for their new outdoor room. A trip to a Native American pueblo inspires a circular adobe structure that will serve as an intimate conversation pit. A traditional drying rack becomes an artistic shade structure over the new outdoor dining area. The El Monte Sagrado Resort sparks ideas for a modern twist on adobe-style architecture as well as a Navajo chandelier for the outdoor dining area. Red stone tiling and deep red oxide help create the color palette. A mixture of drought-tolerant, high-desert style plantings finish off this Taos, New Mexico-inspired Outdoor Room.
Lauren and Christopher are a funky rocker couple who fix up 1950s cars in their spare time. Engaged to be married, they are desperate to see their dry and dusty South Central backyard transformed into an outdoor room where they can entertain in style. Jamie finds inspiration from a trip to Sonoma, California to create a look of down-to-earth sophistication for an outdoor dining room. At the Mantanzas Creek Winery, Jamie pulls ideas for color and texture from the endless lavender fields. Orange umbrellas give rise to the dining area color palette. At the Vintners Inn, sunflowers lead to a vision of yellow pops of color throughout the garden. The ubiquitous wineries across the Northern California countryside inspire a green idea of repurposing wine barrels as flower containers. To ensure the couple is reflected in the outdoor living space, Jamie and his team decide to add checkerboard tiling and repurpose car parts as planters for delicate pink roses. A reused timber dining structure sits inside a lush productive garden to reflect a country chic sophistication.
Katie & Andrew are a hip young California couple who live in a classic 1960s architectural home. They even have a pool, though it's in desperate need of sprucing up along with the rest of their crumbling deck. The couple dreams of an outdoor lounge where they can host pool parties and relax with friends. Jamie heads to Palm Springs, California for inspiration. Known for it's mid-century modern architecture and desert landscape, this small city is the perfect inspiration locale for Andrew & Katie's back deck. Here Jamie explores several structures by architect Albert Frey. The clean jutting lines of the Albert Frey Tramway roof provides Jamie with ideas for a way to replace Andrew and Katie's glass terrarium with an angled white shade cloth structure that will create spaciousness and respite from the sun. The Frey House itself, set right into the hillside amidst desert boulders, inspires Jamie to think about how to put architecture into the environment rather than around it and bring the outdoors in. The poolside banquet seating leads to sculptured poolside benches for Andrew and Katie's deck and also function as a fix for the crumbling retainer wall. Tropical palms, cactus and drought-tolerant plants mixed with red arid tiling and natural stone complete the look of a desert oasis in the city.
Lauren and James bought their starter home with the help of Lauren's father, Fritz. Now they want to return the favor by turning their backyard dustbowl into a tropical paradise where Dad can come visit, garden, and hang out. Jamie visits Key West, Florida for inspiration to create two outdoor rooms a lounge area and a dining room. From Calvin Klein's home, he takes away whitewashed timbers, bright hues of aqua and an old-fashioned hammock as well as the use of mirrors to create the illusion of space in a new and funky way. An orchid expert gives Jamie ideas for colorful splashes of fragrant flowers. Pastel-colored storm-guard shutters, a sunken eco-firepit and tropical palms set right into the deck complete the island vibe and welcome visitors to kick off their shoes, grab a margarita, and watch the sun go down.
Anna and John own a beautiful Spanish-style home whose backyard is in serious disrepair. The couple loves Mexican-Spanish culture and dream of a south-of-the-border style outdoor room that is both kid-and adult-friendly. Mexico is Jamie's inspiration for an outdoor dining and lounge room. Mexico City inhabitants creatively make use of brightly hued walls to lend to a tropical festive feeling, and Jamie visits architect Luis Barragan's studio to see how plants can really jump out against this colorful palette. Frida Kahlo's home inspires Jamie to bring back a bright shade of blue for an artifact wall. A trip to Oaxaca yields unique traditional handicrafts and the only black pottery in the world. Giant olive oil jars, a wrought-iron trellis, drought-tolerant cacti and lush succulents add an old-world feel to this inviting outdoor room.
Brin and Melina are a creative couple with a dusty L-shaped backyard that Jamie coins "the goat yard". With constant exposure to the sun, there's nothing left but hard dirt and patchy brown grass. Jamie is challenged to create a Japanese tearoom when he learns the homeowners love everything Japanese and want a calming, meditative space to relax. Jamie visits Kyoto for inspiration. First stop is a traditional Japanese teahouse where he is inspired by several design elements including a smattering of elegant red and orange Japanese maples, the use of natural meandering stone, and a welcome rock that Jamie decides to recreate down to the Japanese slippers. A fourth generation tatami mat maker leads Jamie to ponder how to interweave tatami mats into his design. A pruning technique that conjures the feel of clouds becomes a focal point for several Japanese plants in the couple's garden. A simple shoji screen made of inlaid shells, which separates the yard into two outdoor rooms, adds to the overall feeling of meditative calm. Jamie outdoes himself with an outdoor sunken dining room that sits inside a tranquil floating garden.
Jeff, Maureen and their two children are a green, eco-conscious family. They do everything they can to take care of the planet including growing their own organic vegetables in their giant backyard. They'd like to keep their large backyard sustainable, but they have no vision when it comes to what to do. Jamie decides to his explore his new home, Los Angeles, for inspiration. Known for its modern, cutting edge architecture and burgeoning green movement, Jamie decides to do a contemporary sustainable outdoor breakfast nook and lounge area with a productive food garden. A visit to a former smog shop turned event space yields a whole new way to create vertical gardens by using felted recycled plastic bottles. At an edible garden, Jamie and edible garden expert John share an enthusiasm for structural companion planting where beneficial plants grown next to one another. Jamie takes away an idea for A-frame climbing structures for vegetables and herbs as well as a worm farm for natural composting. This is one of Jamie's yummiest gardens with a little something for every family member.
Amy and Glenn live in a classic mid-century modern home with floor to ceiling windows. Unfortunately the windows look out onto a courtyard that hasn't been touched in 50 years. The couple longs for a peaceful retreat that exudes a feeling of calm where Amy can invite members of her charity organization to relax. Jamie heads to Bali, one of the most tranquil places on earth, for inspiration. Water plays a huge role in Balinese culture. Pools, ponds and fountains abound reflecting the gentle balance between nature and mankind. Jamie and his team embark upon their most complex project yet with a sophisticated infinity-edge water feature with stepping-stones that inspires awe and contemplation. Oversized tropical plants, a Balinese hand-carved screen and stunning white marble lotus flowers complete an outdoor dining room and mediation space that looks and feels like a Balinese refuge.
Megan and Jon are newlywed high school sweethearts who just bought their first home. As if the dusty desolate backyard weren't bad enough, the previous owners used the backyard for party central and left some of their furniture and garbage behind. Megan calls the overall look a ''hot mess''. As a young couple, Megan and Jon would love to have a place to BBQ and entertain their friends. Jamie heads to Door County, Wisconsin for inspiration. Amidst the rolling green hills, Jamie is impressed by the inviting, open feel of the beautiful countryside and plans to bring some of that warmth back to Megan and Jon's backyard. Jamie gets a lesson on creative gardening from Karen Overbeck at the Evergreen Schoolhouse. From a twisted willow arch to a bowling ball sculpture to a playful swing, he takes away the idea that anything goes. At the Woodwalk Gallery, a reclaimed 1890s barn turned art gallery, Jamie is inspired by the wood lines of the antique barn walls and the diffused sunlight coming through the slats. Natural grasses and prairie colors add to the sophisticated feel of the outdoor country entertainment space.
Tom and Elizabeth weren't blessed with green thumbs. Their barren, parched yard has zero living plants except one lone cactus. With one young son and three active dogs, they want a tough, hearty outdoor room that is easily maintained where both kids and dogs can play. Jamie takes a trip back to his native Sydney, Australia to be inspired by some of his past drought-tolerant designs. The Royal Botanic Gardens house one of the greatest collections of Australian native plants in the country, and Jamie's garden in the center of the succulents has fared beautifully in the rugged terrain. He is inspired by the abundance of species that don't require much care that will blend into the California climate such as cactus, tree ferns, kangaroo paws, xantheria that will all be used in Tom and Elizabeth's garden. From the stunning Mount Annan Botanic Gardens, Jamie takes away the idea for rammed earth walls. Not only are the walls sustainable, but when Jamie adds natural red oxide to the California dirt it creates an authentic Australian outback feel while adding a functional design element to a dog-proof backyard. Barn doors and rust paint give the couple's garage the feel of an Australian sheep-shearing shed and complete a true outback, down-under look in their outdoor lounge and play area.
Samelia and her young son Atlin live in a large inviting house with a not-so-welcoming backyard. Bugs, spiders and overgrown trees discourage guests from stepping foot outdoors and make the space feel downright scary. Samelia wants a place where her son can play worry-free while she relaxes a kid and adult friendly garden that reflects her funky, unique style. Jamie visits New Orleans for inspiration and falls in love with everything about the city. From the history to the architecture to a plethora of European-style secret gardens, the Big Easy is a designer's dream. He is invited to a down-home southern tea party at Miss Ruthie's house where he gets an up-close look at a French manor-styled private garden. As he walks the streets, Jamie is inspired by the lines and colors of the old shutters and the lush overflowing French urns that mark the entrance of so many of the spectacular historic homes. At the Soniat House, Jamie vibes on the way traditional things are used in a contemporary way to create a feeling of sanctuary. A mix of tropical and flowering shrubs and an abundance of white crepe myrtle all make their way into Samelia's garden from New Orleans to create a relaxing outdoor lounge room with a funky, soulful style.
Raymond and Petal love to entertain. Raymond is a baker and chef by trade, and he loves to cook up traditional feasts for up to 200 people in their Filipino community. The couple has given up on their huge backyard and thrown their hands up the air, and Jamie and team face their most challenging plot yet. In addition to an outdoor kitchen, dining and lounge area, they'd love a worry-free play space for their three young children. Jamie travels to majestic Thailand for inspiration. The foundation of Jamie's design starts with the traditional rice terraces he discovers in the mountains of Thailand. But will Beth be able to re-create this look with a heartier plant that can survive in Petal and Raymond's scorching backyard? Jamie visits a stunning roof top garden in the center of Bangkok that inspires him to create a lush rich look with tropical plants. A giant gold Buddha statue sparks a vision for a slightly smaller version as a focal point in Raymond and Petal's backyard. Authentic nagas, or holy serpents, add traditional character to a pergola that sits over a huge triangular dining table with seating for 20. Lotus flower chandeliers and traditional Thai daybeds finish off this serene and peaceful outdoor room that has a little something for everyone.
Billy and Isis have no idea what to do with their weed-strewn, disused backyard. Isis' mother, who loves to garden, refuses to even try to grow her favorite plants because the soil is so tough and dry. The family wants something classic, lush and romantic where they can gather and bond over home-cooked meals. Jamie travels to Italy to find inspiration in the sights and smells of one of the most romantic places on earth. In Rome, the spectacular Trevi Fountain gives him an idea for a classic stone fountain. Based on the gardens of Villa Lante, Jamie decides to create a beautifully sculpted parterre. Jamie visits a private home in Umbria where he discovers a 250-year-old wood-fired pizza oven surrounded by natural stone, which inspires a modern wood-burning replica in Billy and Isis' backyard. European vines and spillover plants, prevalent in the older sections of Rome, contribute a sense of age and tradition to this truly romantic outdoor dining room.
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