DoNotUse May/June 2016 : Page 60

D ESI G N p e o ple TAKE THE PLUNGE Diane Hayford’s Los Altos Hills project features a double-infinity pool and spa. Skyline Design Studio New York transplant Diane Hayford spent more than a decade studying architecture, interior design and construction before heading to California to pursue (literally) greener pastures and her passion for horticulture. skylinedesignstudio.net SIGNATURE Her expertise in hardscapes and sensitive planting designs informs her holistic approach. For a Los Altos double-edged infinity pool project, Hayford re-terraced the site with gradual elevations and sweeping curves to follow the shape of the hillside, creating more functional living and entertaining spaces that capitalized on the views. MORE DETAILS As a serious cyclist, LA DOLCE VITA Eric Greenblott devised a modern Italian oasis for clients in Atherton. Hayford finds inspiration for her free-form designs on rides around the Bay Area. Another beloved source of creativity? “The fantasy world of professional ballet,” she says. …continued Greenblott Design Whether designing an outdoor space with foliage-covered walls, spiky aloe vera plants or soaring bamboo, Palo Alto-based Eric Greenblott brings an artful flair to minimalist and traditional areas. greenblottdesign.com SIGNATURE Greenblott creates Terra Ferma Hillsborough native Brian Koch loved playing in the dirt as a kid, creating elaborate waterways and landscapes for his matchbook cars in the yard—and he still loves transforming outdoor spaces. tflandscapes.com SIGNATURE As an intern at Filoli, PERFECT MATCH In Woodside, Brian Koch’s garden design reflects the home’s modern architecture. dynamic contrasts with shapes and intricate but unimposing details. For an Atherton estate, he installed a row of 100-year-old olive trees, each selected for its elaborately gnarled “trunk aesthetic,” alongside a modern, multilevel swimming pool. Koch learned the importance of “choosing the right plant for the right place,” he says. It is a lesson he has never forgotten. His most successful gardens “always have a sense of mystery or curiosity.” MORE DETAILS One of Greenblott’s current projects involves sculpting mounds of Earth with mixed glass and stone pebbles to mimic the movement of water. “I’m always exploring the world through a technical lens,” he says. “I love transforming a space into something not only functional, but full of excitement and allure.” MORE DETAILS His firm is renovating the gardens of the historic Woodleigh House, designed in 1911 by William H. Weeks, in Saratoga. The project will include a series of garden rooms with modern amenities envisioned as a complement to the mansion’s Greek Revival architecture. 60 M O D E R N L U X U R Y S I L I C O N V A L L E Y M AY/J U N E 2 0 1 6

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