Palisades Drive

Santa Monica, CA

A few short blocks from the beach, this new family compound by Bob White, with interiors by M. Elle Design, is a creative tour de force. Built around the idea of historic structures that grew and were connected over time, the design fills the town-scaled lot to create evocative outdoor rooms for the young family whose lives fill these beautiful spaces.

Myriad porches and courts expand livability and take advantage of the temperate coastal climate.

Plantings, gravel paths and courts, and the overall layout of the gardens balance formal and informal in ways that create both surprise and harmony.

Belgian bluestone, ipe decking, and painted brick lend a warmth and solidity to the structures and garden elements.