The New Eco guys planted hardy hakonechloa grass next to the back wall of the three-story house; it has grown in fully after only a year. They also put in a small Japanese cutleaf shrub, which promises to stay small, and on the right, bamboo—which makes no such promises.
How do you design a garden for two artists who have a highly attuned sense of the visual? When I met photographer Maria Robledo and artist Holton Rower, they were about to move into a beautifully renovated Brooklyn Heights brownstone with their two young daughters—and wanted to get started right away on the garden:
A natural lime-wash was applied to the walls in this stairway and hallway, which has a nuanced painterly look. The slightly rough texture and shadowy surface ground the space with depth and prevent it from feeling too new or pristine. They kept the existing oak floor but had it sanded and bleached