This Outdoor Living Space is What California Dreams are Made of
Like most Angelenos, Ilya Pozin and his household prefer to benefit from the town’s near-perfect climate by doing just about all the things outdoor. And fortunate for them, that they had the proper yard for it with a pool, half an acre of mature bushes, and a full patio made for barbecues, al fresco dinners, and balmy afternoons spent sunbathing and enjoying with the children.
What they didn’t have? Furnishings worthy of their lovely environment. Their unhappy set of grocery retailer patio furnishings simply wasn’t reducing it. Their outside house deserved higher.
Ilya had previously used a traditional interior design firm to revamp his office and was unimpressed with the results for the high price of the services. But as a tech entrepreneur, writer, and investor, he decided to take his chances with online interior design and enlisted Laurel & Wolf to transform his patio.
They had a great backdrop with expansive green space dotted with lemon trees and budding bushes, but they needed to ditch the old furniture, wrangle a mess of kids toys and find a more optimal layout. Overall, the family wanted a space that felt less generic, one that had a fun, eclectic style and tons of personality.
Ilya and his wife Briana were surprised at how little effort was needed on their side in making the design come to life. “The entire experience occurred on my wife’s and my timeline and required no hard work on our part,” he remarks in his article for Inc., which details the process.
Designer Karen Schmidt was their right-hand woman through it all, providing them with extensive options on outdoor rugs to separate the dining and sitting areas, potential layouts for fire pit placement and a designated zone just for the kids. Focusing on the sitting area, Karen enhanced the new teak furniture with decorative pillows that fell into a blue color story and lots of potted plants to define the area and tie it into the surrounding lush green yard.
“When it comes to my outdoor space, I couldn’t be happier with the results,” Ilya says. “In fact, comparing the patio to my office, which I had professionally designed for way more money, I like this space even more.”
Now instead of going to the grocery store for patio furniture, he’s going to pick up burgers and beers for his beautiful backyard.