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The next task was to create an overall landscape design that complemented the homeowners’ lifestyle. “It was an orchestration of spaces,” Lombardi explains, noting that he always choreographs myriad areas—pools, spas, terraces, outdoor kitchens and entertaining areas, herb or meditation gardens, dog runs—in an effort to create a comfortable, cohesive, yet aesthetically pleasing environment.

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“Fortunately we were able to achieve
a delicate balance and arrive at a very
gentle solution that fit the overall aesthetic
goals set by our clients.”

Explaining his design process, Lombardi says that when he brings a completed landscape design to the homeowner, it is like observing a person taking a Rorschach test. Part of the process is to study what each client sees in the plan compared to what they envisioned, and then evaluating how they see themselves living in the proposed areas. “We almost act as the translator,” says the designer. “What is the story we are trying to tell with the landscape? What is its identity?” Lombardi blends the homeowners’ input after reviewing the plan with a maintenance plan, taking into consideration environmental protection considerations.

This extraordinary Cape Cod home by the sea was no different. “Fortunately we were able to achieve a delicate balance and arrive at a very gentle solution that fit the overall aesthetic goals set by our clients,” says Lombardi.

The architect explains that taking the landscape to the next level was really about working with Mother Nature. The team removed some existing shrubs and greens to allow the site to shine, which Lombardi says ultimately allowed the homeowners to develop a simple program for daily life and recreational enjoyment. “This also meant interpreting a very traditional Cape garden palette, relying on the many different types of hydrangeas, daylilies, boxwood, daisies, and climbing roses in conjunction with flowering perennials,” says Lombardi.

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Andrea E. McHugh, a former editor at Newport Life magazine, is a freelance writer living in Rhode Island.

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