Jamie Durie’s outdoor room: HGTV star’s own L.A. backyard retreat
By Debra Prinzing
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Jamie Durie, host of HGTV’s “The Outdoor Room,” races against the clock to turn dreary backyards into dreamy retreats in just 48 hours. When the Australian designer moved to L.A., he set out to make over his own backyard. Here, Durie hangs out in one of two egg-shaped wicker nests.
Durie made the move from Australia to L.A. in 2009, snapping up a 1956 house in Laurel Canyon. He updated the pool and ringed it with distinct places for entertaining, dining, even sleeping and bathing. The bifold doors are from LaCantina.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Durie tweaked the original swimming pool into what he calls a “sunken lounge.” A new border was finished with Bisazza glass mosaic tiles.
The lounging area is arranged on decks made of a Fiberon composite. All-weather wicker sectionals are part of the Patio by Jamie Durie collection.
Next to the lounging area are two siesta-inspiring pavilions. Daybeds are furnished with green and aqua cushions. The overhead box beams are actually planting channels; stretched cables support canvas Roman shades that can open or close as the sun moves across the sky.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Yet another seating area sits on the Indian white granite slab patio, sandblasted to be a non-skid surface. Vintage stools surround a table topped with vintage wood. The rhythmic bands are inter-planted with Irish moss for permeability, reducing storm runoff.
“The backyard works like a giant bowl,” Durie says.
Solanum crispum, more commonly called potato vine, is a shrubby evergreen climber. For the mix of plants, Durie turned to Beth Edelstein of Beth Edelstein Landscape Design to help diversify the existing plant palette.(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
Jamie Durie surveys his new outdoor rooms, which ring a pool heated with a system from Suntopia Solar. Aric Entwistle of Los Angeles-based H2o Development replaced a conventional chlorine system with Spectralight, which uses ultraviolet light to kill pathogens and waterborne bacteria.
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