Local Landscape Architect & Artist’s Well Loved Home August 30, 2011

Last year, I hired the amazingly talented landscape architect, David Gibson, to come by our home and give me his thoughts on what to do with the landscaping in the front of our home. Before leaving, he invited us to come over and see his own home’s landscaping, since he wanted to show me how he had used some of the materials he spoke about, for our place. It was a great idea but never happened.

Lo and behold, there is a beautiful spread in the September issue of Sacramento Magazine, with gorgeous pictures of the home…inside and out.

I love a home with a wooden gate and I love the color of this one. David uses cut gravel a lot for driveways, walk ways and patios, not only because he likes the look but also likes the affordability of the material. He says cut gravel works better than pea gravel, because the cut gravel has flat sides that will settle securely against another flat sided rock, making for very little movement, when walked upon.




While the exterior is lush with greenery and natural materials, it took David Gibson and William Ishmael 22 years to complete their long term plans for the property, which they purchased back in 1989. They first built and then lived in the guest house, while making plans for the main house, which is now filled with beautiful things they’ve collected over the years, from around the world. It was so clearly a labor of love and is one of the most lovely, tranquil homes I’ve seen. Congratulations to them both for their patience and outstanding results that were certainly worth the wait!










William looks quite peaceful in his studio, I’d say. The whole house is stunning and I’m so glad we got to take a peak!

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  1. alison on August 31, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    What a fabulous home!
    It is so bright and airy and yet has wonderful detail and architectural elements. Love the use of wood on the floors and ceilings. The windows certainly frame the outdoor views.
    Looks like a tranquil setting.
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Barbara Bussey on August 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      You bet! Glad you enjoyed!

    • Barbara Bussey on August 31, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      You’re so right! Another friend says the pictures don’t do it justice. Hard to imagine!

  2. landscaping Sacramento on October 9, 2011 at 10:28 pm

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  3. Orlando Landscaping on July 3, 2013 at 11:12 am

    This home and garden is a treasure! Thanks so much for the beautiful article and pictures – such a delight and inspiration. Wonderful!

  4. Debbie on March 10, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Do you by any chance know how to get a hold of David Gibson. I’ve tried the number listed for him but it just rings and rings.

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  6. Delores Lyon on May 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing this! I agree that the wooden gate really is spectacular. I would love to have something like that in front of my home as well. It really brings out the rustic nature of the home.

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