Magazine article Sunset

Backyard Escapes: Pavilions Bring Style and Lots of Good Living Outdoors

Magazine article Sunset

Backyard Escapes: Pavilions Bring Style and Lots of Good Living Outdoors

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There's much to be said for escaping without going away: no luggage, traffic, airports. Step out of the house into a garden pavilion, and your mind is released to drift at will. "You feel like you've gone halfway around the world, yet you haven't left home." says Ann Foster, whose Santa Barbara pavilion is pictured here. Ready to escape? Let's push off.

SANTA BARBARA

Dream boat

To travel to "the tropics," Ann and Hank Foster just walk out their door and follow the steps down their sloping side yard. Near the bottom, completely hidden from view by a canopy of fishtail palms and a screen of timber bamboo, is a teak-floored, tile-roofed pavilion that looks straight out of Bali. Tropical plants surround it. The sounds of rustling palm fronds and splashing water, as well as the sensation of floating just above the landscaping, create instant serenity. "It's like I've drifted off to the islands," says Ann.

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Though the Fosters entertain in their pavilion, they use it mostly as a personal retreat. …

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