Ocean Home

April/May 2016

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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10 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | A p r i l + M a y 2 0 1 6 From the Editor When you think of a coastal home, what immediately springs to mind? For many people, it's the impressive architecture, exquisite interior design and, of course, those breathtaking ocean views. But there's another key element – the natural and manmade landscape – that plays a crucial role in a waterfront home's wow factor. In this, the last of our inaugural and well-received Ocean Home 50 editions, I'm delighted to showcase our Top 50 Coastal Landscape Architects of 2016 – the visionary and environmentally sensitive design talents creating the most beautiful ocean home gardens in the United States and the Caribbean. Two stellar landscapes also grace the pages of this special Outdoor Living issue. One is a stunning beachfront setting in e Hamptons designed by the renowned Edmund Hollander, who I met on a recent visit to New York City (left and page 70). e other is a wonderful garden at a coastal home in Rhode Island designed by Katherine Field, one of a rapidly growing number of women at the forefront of great American landscape architecture (page 82). Both prove that when people and nature work hand in hand, the results can be transformative. YEAR OF THE COAST Speaking of magnificent coastal landscapes, I love the new global tourism campaign for Australia, the land Down Under blessed with some of the world's most beautiful waterfront homes and vacation destinations. Launched with exquisite timing on a frigid and snow-laden night in New York City's Bryant Park last month, and fronted by Aussie superstar Chris Hemsworth, the new campaign focuses on the country's sun- splashed beaches and enviable coastal lifestyle. "We're a nation of beachgoers," Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop told the assembled guests. "America, Australia waits for you with a very warm welcome." Hemsworth, the star of Thor and The Avengers, has a home at Byron Bay in northern New South Wales and is an avid surfer, making him an ideal global ambassador for Tourism Australia. "It's hard to describe what makes Australia so special," he told me. "It's not just a place you see; it's a place you feel." I'm heading Down Under later this year to meet a few of the country's best coastal architects and designers, and I'd very much encourage you to plan a trip of your own, australia.com. PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL STAVARIDIS (TOP LEFT) Andrew Conway Editor aconway@oceanhomemag.com STELLAR LANDSCAPES, STAR DESIGNERS We'd love to hear from you. Send your ideas and comments to editor@oceanhomemag.com or visit oceanhomemag.com Cool and calm A gorgeous garden in Palm Beach, Fla., designed by Nievera Williams, one of our top 50 landscape architects of 2016 (page 68). Me with leading landscape architect Edmund Hollander. G'day Australia Above, me with Chris Hemsworth, who fronts a new tourism campaign promoting Australia's beautiful coastline.

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