Tuscany Without Travel
When two transplants from New York planned their dream house on the western slope of the Sonoma Valley, they wanted it to resemble a walled village in Italy, with a front courtyard, patios for lounging and dining, and room for parties. Susan Skinner and Bob Heisterberg looked forward to frequent alfresco gatherings in this mild Mediterranean climate; now they can often be found laughing and chatting with friends beneath their vine-covered arbor. The garden plantings are simple, with lots of lavender. A fountain accented with potted phormiums burbles in the entry courtyard.