Repurposed chandeliers shed new light on a romantic garden

Photos by MICHAEL COONS

he backyard at Matt and Julie Gerns’ Westlake Village home was relatively nondescript before the couple placed their mark on it. By  removing a block retaining wall, they were able to create a slope that gently rises from the patio and flat grassy area. They added a gravel path along the top of that new plateau and created two garden destinations. One sits under the shade of a large tree. That’s where they placed a seating area and portable fire pit. The other holds a comfy day bed. But what makes these ports of call even more unique is the romantic light emanating from vintage and repurposed chandeliers hanging above them. Matt, an electrical contractor as well as commercial fisherman, does all the low-voltage wiring. Everything’s incorporated into the landscape lighting and operates on a timer. The fixtures are cast-offs from Matt’s job sites or from clients of the Powers Interior Services, the  window treatment company he runs with Julie. “I try to find funky old ones,” he says.

Opening Garden

outdoor day bed and 1970s chandelier

Friends love to gather around the fire pit on warm evenings. And, as the sun sets, the hanging chandelier above provides just the right amount of mood lighting.