We were involved in the creation of a small formal entrance garden for a Spanish revival home in Pasadena. We created the look of aged concrete by adding a colorant that warmed the feel of the concrete and then chemically removed the smooth cream layer of the concrete. We placed stone tile in the center of the concrete pads to reinforce geometry and add a complementary pattern to the space.
Small places like this do best with more formal structure. A secondary axis was created from the dining room window to the lion’s head water fountain on the wall, giving an energetic focal point from inside the room. We created metal forms to maintain separation between the ground cover and the pea gravel.