Humble Beginnings

    AN EMPTY LOT IS TRANSFORMED INTO A TIMELESS LANDSCAPE

    For Sara Furlan, design director of Mariani Landscape, it’s all about creating and implementing a design that looks as though it’s been there for years. “That’s something I’m almost always trying to achieve with my work,” says the landscape designer. So when a potential client reached out to her about drawing up a plan for the adjacent lot to their home in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka, where a house—now razed—had once stood, she was eager to get started. “They wanted the property to feel like the parcels of land had always been one large property as opposed to two separate homes and yards,” explains Furlan. “They also wanted the landscape design to fit into the neighborhood fabric and complement the architecture of the home rather than fight it.”

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