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C California Style

The entry’s koi pond. PHOTO: Dave Lauridsen.
The table is adjustable for an always-intimate meal. PHOTO: Dave Lauridsen.
A grid of Australian willows shades seating from Janus et Cie. PHOTO: Dave Lauridsen.

Mountaintop Marvel

by C California Style

Originally from Canada, Judy and Peter Copses wanted to honor the California lifestyle they’d adopted years ago.

They called on Mark Tessier Landscape Architecture to punctuate their modernist proclivities while pushing the limits and diversity of native plantings on their mountaintop Santa Monica property. Tessier brought in a dense array of succulents and exotics for an entry “as friendly to people as to vehicles.” Using concrete to define structures, a bridge over a substantial koi pond cordons off the world beyond, while a water feature provides white noise for a nearby office. For entertaining, underneath L-shaped trellises with subtle LED illumination, the outdoor kitchen for their chef is as integral to the open-air dining room as the wood carpet and adjustable table. There are even interchanging grates for fish, steak and chicken on the Kalamazoo Grill. In another vignette, willows shade seating that begs for a family gathering. A quiet path leads past the pool to a wood platform with lounge seating facing expansive Santa Monica mountain vistas. Tessier selected simple grasses. “Here, it’s much more about the view, and outward focus.” marktessier.com.

Written and edited by Alison Clare Steingold.