Curb Appeal: Modern Beach House With Golden Grasses

Drifts of gold and blue grass decorate the front of this beach house in Corona del Mar, Calif., ensuring that the home complements its coastal setting. As guests approach the front door, though, the whispy grasses transition to retaining walls full of interesting, low-water plants.

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Photo By: Ive Haugeland

Golden Grasses and House Exterior

When the wind blows across these layered drifts of grasses, they echo the look of the drifting dunes nearby.

Concrete Driveway and Front Garden

The golden grasses out front of this home are intended to mimic the look and feel of coastal dunes.

Concrete Retaining Walls and Agave

Staggered raw concrete walls make an edgy, industrial frame for this home's entrance.

Drought Tolerant Garden With Concrete Wall

Concrete retaining walls are just the simple foil this drought-tolerant garden needs. Tan gravel brings a touch of warmth and permeability.

Gold Grasses and Blue Succulents

Golden grasses and blue-green succulents echo the colors of the ocean and sand.

Grasses and Pebbles

Grasses are a strong border for the gravel path with a foundation of smooth gray pebbles.

Ferns and Smooth Stones

Simple, visually-interesting plantings are at once dynamic and in keeping with this home's minimalist design aesthetic.

Succulents and Concrete Wall

Succulents stand out vibrantly against this front garden's raw concrete walls and walkway.

Striped Concrete Driveway

For visual interest in the driveway, the concrete is broken up by stripes of paving.

Courtyard With Succulents

Soft, naturally-inspired shades are meant to give this inner courtyard a sense of calm.

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