ABOVE: Our staff designer, Daniel Nolan (top left), is one of Sunset’s five designers under 35 chosen to style the Sunset Home project at this year’s Sunset Celebration Weekend. What is the Sunset Home? It’s a reimagining of the former Sunset headquarters in Menlo Park inspired by the magazine’s 1940 – 1980 archives.
Daniel’s snapshots in the upper right and at bottom come from his forays to our growers’ grounds in San Diego County to pick out botanical treasures for the garden he’s creating. The design process has been under way for months now in preparation for the June 1 & 2 Celebration Weekend.
Daniel’s plan takes the best looks from Sunset’s archives while employing contemporary materials like Sunbrella fabrics and Trex decking. The result will be a current, water-conscious, design-conscious garden with graphic year-round appeal.
ABOVE: Choice agave specimens line up at our growing grounds in Rainbow Valley.
ABOVE: The wealth of materials at Daniel’s fingertips fed his inspiration. The Sunset Home’s outdoor spaces will be succulent- and palm-heavy, but will rely on classic boxwood forms and floral surprises to generate a modern exemplar of outdoor Western living.
ABOVE: At left, Daniel’s design sketches and plant lists mingle with design books. At right, Oscar de la Renta’s Dominican Republic garden informs Daniel’s process. Check out this interview with Daniel!