As Ashley Tisdale settled into her new home in LA, there were two sections of the property that were topmost in her mind: her backyard and her office. The spaces serve distinct purposes in her life. The backyard represented an oasis for her young family—its ample bamboo trees and original circular brick patio were an ideal starting point for a space that could be both restorative on a day-to-day basis and suitable for hosting groups. The office, located in the guest house, represented her first time having a distinct space to work on her interior design business and her wellness brands, Frenshe and Being Frenshe.
“[Frenshe and Being Frenshe are] about living a nontoxic life, so seeing how that was really going to be the theme for the office, I just wanted to go with really natural textures and let greenery speak. The plan for the office was about creating a really calm environment that feels inspiring to everybody that works here,” Tisdale tells AD. Though large windows displaying the yard were already in place in the office space, Tisdale converted them into doors to let the gorgeous greenery in further. “This office is part of the guest house, so it’s really a space just for my work, and I think it’s helped ground me. It’s great to have space for my team with me and to just be really creative.”
To finesse the flora, Tisdale called in Stephen Block and Jana Feifer of Inner Gardens, a landscape design team and garden furnishings showroom based in LA, who she’d worked with on her previous home. “I am not someone with a green thumb,” Tisdale states with a chuckle, explaining that Inner Gardens’s convenient maintenance service made it more approachable to bring in plants she’d be concerned about taking care of herself.
It wasn’t their expertise on plant life alone that allowed Tisdale to trust Inner Gardens as collaborators on the projects. “They have some of the most amazing pieces,” Tisdale says, referring to their extensive showroom of pots and garden furnishings in LA—a particularly valuable asset in a world of forever delayed shipments and backordered decor. Feifer and Block knew Tisdale was a fan of Swiss furniture pioneer Willy Guhl—she already had a piece by him in her space—so they fleshed out her collection with more works by Guhl for one section of the backyard.