A NEST FOR NEWLYWEDS
James Ruiz | Austin | Published in Tribeza The Outdoors Issue May 2016
Interior designer Robin Colton first collaborated with her clients when they were newlyweds living in a condo in The Austonian. When the time came for the couple to purchase a single-family home, they once again tasked Colton with the design. The client’s wish list included a lawn for their dogs and a pool for the husband, an avid swimmer.
The Design Approach
“We needed to turn the property into a living space as opposed to just a beautiful outdoor space,” explains Colton. When the couple first purchased the Tarrytown home, most of the backyard was gravel surrounding a tiny patch of grass. But since the clients frequently hosted dinner parties, Colton sought to create multiple spaces for entertaining, including a fire pit area adjacent to the swimming pool.
To help facilitate flow, Colton designed a screened-in porch to provide a seamless pathway for guests to move from the kitchen into the backyard. For the landscaping, Colton collaborated with designer Robert Leeper, who worked with the home’s previous owners. Together they created an outdoor living space that’s inviting and multifunctional.