Outdoor, Back Yard, Trees, Shrubs, Flowers, Gardens, Walkways, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fences, Wall, Hanging Lighting, and Landscape Lighting Landscape designer Lillian Montalvo swapped disparate plantings for a cohesive plan centered on a pergola. The elevated, covered deck acts like a less constricted gazebo with more air flow.   Photo 10 of 11 in Dwell’s Top 10 Outdoor Spaces of 2017 from A Laser-Cut Pergola Completes a Tranquil Garden in L.A. That’s Perfect For Entertaining

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A laser-cut metal pergola anchors a tranquil garden near Los Angeles. While studying silk-screening in college, Lillian Montalvo was encouraged to test the limits of her imagination. She obliged, throwing dry spaghetti onto a table and watching as the pieces fell into a pleasing arrangement. That linear pattern, which she says evoked the "randomness" of nature, stuck with her.