9. Leftover pieces. The pathway connecting this home in Santa Barbara, California, to an adjacent studio could easily been left without any steps as a gradual slope. However, landscape designer Margie Grace made use of a handful of uneven stone slabs that were left over from cutting stone for the front walkway. Laid horizontally across the pathway, the caramel-colored stones curb the slope and create a transition from the house to the studio.
Note: Mexican feather grass (Nassella tenuissima), shown here, is identified as a highly invasive species in California and Oregon. It reseeds and may need to be removed from places you don’t want it to spread.