Before the landscape makeover, first-time visitors to the Montecito, California, home often ended up at the back door instead of the front. A new pergola sitting astride the correct path makes the proper direction unmistakable. It’s especially pretty in winter when the leafless European white birches flanking it show off their white bark.
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Design: Alida Aldrich, the Aldrich Company, Santa Barbara (805/969-3391).