Bee Wary (1 of 7): This tile-roofed stucco mansion is fanciful enough to be in Beverly Hills, but it's actually in the classy East Side neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island.
A veritable sleeping-beauty of a site, the current owners watched it get overgrown by Norway spruces and street-tree maples for twenty-five years before—finally—having the opportunity to buy and renovate it. The second year after planting, the new street-tree zelkovas are thriving.
The owners are part-time residents only, between Winters in Florida and Summers in Newport. The house is occupied year-round by the daughter, her husband, and their several childen, who are severely allergic to bees. Louis's brief, then, was as much to tame the property's steep slope with retaining walls and terracing, as it was to specify plants with year-round appeal but which didn't attract bees when the children were outside in the warm months.
See the Metropolitan Home feature on this project in the "Louis in the Media" pages.