SPACE GARDEN CLUB
PUTTING DOWN ROOTS A GARDEN LANDSCAPE CREATED FROM SCRATCH HELPED GIVE DAYSSI AND PAUL ANAVOS’S NEW SOUTHAMPTON HOME OLD-WORLD CHARM. BY JAMEE GREGORY PHOTOGRAPHY BY COSTAS PICADAS
Dayssi and Paul Kanavos fell for a shingled home in Southampton, but as its owners dragged their feet in closing the sale, the couple noticed a spec house being built next door. It was very large, with no landscaping, just a pool, and it overwhelmed its setting. “It looked like a meteor dropped from outer space,” says Dayssi, a hotelier and luxury real estate developer with Flag Luxury Group. Frustrated with the slow pace on the first home, the Kanavoses bought the spec house instead, enlisting LaGuardia Design Group’s Christopher LaGuardia to help with the landscape. The couple sought a serene environment, a peaceful escape from their hectic city life, with plants that would flower at different times of year, but nothing high maintenance. LaGuardia installed a meandering driveway and layers of shrubs, hedges, and trees. “Chris brought in mature trees to define the parking area, making the house look as if it had been here forever,” says Dayssi. îî
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