Belvedere Island is situated between Sausalito and Tiburon on San Francisco Bay. This house was built as an open-air retreat in 1912 by Dr. Florence Nightingale Ward, the pioneering physician and close friend of architect Julia Morgan (who may have contributed to its design).
The bungalow and then the California ranch helped popularize indoor–outdoor living, which included cooking en plein air. Fire remains a coveted element, whether it’s flaring in the grille, making embers in a stone “barbecue” of the 1950s, or warming the evening in an outdoor hearth.
Here’s a specialized list of period-inspired and contemporary porch and patio furniture, ornaments, fences and trellises, gazebos and conservatories, pavers and stone. Find products and manufacturers who will help you live in the garden, whether you have a Craftsman Bungalow or a new house with Arts & Crafts spirit.
In Altadena, a blue granite castle is a landmark restored. With mature gardens surrounding the house, it’s an eclectic whimsy.