The Big Idea: It's hard to improve upon this vista, but when God gives you art, you frame it. Not wanting to compete with the view of the Smoky Mountains in the distance and the Tennessee River below, Ryan created a simple stone terrace with a capped sitting-height wall to provide ample space for guests. The stacked-stone urn fountain is designed on the ideal scale. It adds the relaxing sound of trickling water without disrupting the view.
Photo: Robert Rausch
Study the Classics
On a ridge high above the Tennessee River, designer and author Ryan Gainey creates a four-season garden inspired by the world's greatest outdoor rooms.