I spotted Phillip Nixon’s Garden in Apartment Therapy last week when they referred to it as an “Indiana Jones Oasis”. (oddly, IMO, because nothing about this makes me think of Indian Jones – is it just me?).
The home and garden was inspired by Morocco but it lives in Venice Beach, California. The AT story was short on words, but I found this excellent interview with Phillip. He talks about how he designed this place (he is a photographer) and his inspiration and ideas around how he lives here. It is a great read if you are interested in open air living and african architecture. Or if you just care about how he’s used his home as the backdrop for his day job – as a high fashion and celebrity photographer.
The house is huge (6000 square feet) and from the outside appears as a bit of an impenetrable compound with its high walls. This type of private secluded space is typical of Islamic inspired gardens. It also allows him to live with the doors open to the pool and garden nearly year round.
The pool is the central feature of the garden and there are lots of ideas that you can borrow for your own design. These are what I am seeing — add more in the comments if you are noting something else.
And lastly – I love this bit of design advice from Phillip:
“normal furniture and paintings and all of that stuff is just jewelry. When a place is done, you shouldn’t have to put anything in it or on the walls. It’s already decorated; it’s already furnished. And also, it flows. So you have the seats, the tables, everything works together. And you just put the cushion on it and it’s easy maintenance. I’ll pick up a stick or a rock—to me, that’s art.”