With bursts of color and a thoughtful layout, Chris H. Olsen brings style and function to a cottage-sized outdoor area in Little Rock
When Dr. Rhys Branman and Leslie Harmon called on Chris H. Olsen to design their landscape, Chris immediately pictured the backyard as an intimate, comfortable living space for the couple and their friends. “They entertain a lot, and I wanted the design to be functional, cozy, and to make their outside an extension of the inside,” Chris says.
First, Chris planted ‘Green Giant’ arborvitae along the fences shared with neighbors for added texture and privacy. “Our goal was that when they’re entertaining, they feel like they’re in their own private world,” Chris says.
Another major step was replacing all of the existing hardscaping with flagstone for a more level surface and consistent feel throughout the design. Right off the home’s back door sit two circle-shaped areas—one with seating and a fire pit to provide a gathering place with friends, and one with a small container garden of herbs. “That area could be used for another table or sitting area if they wanted, but right now we did a cluster of pots of herbs because they like to cook,” Chris says….