This Normandy-style Carmel retreat designed by Eric Miller Architects is custom-finished in smooth, dove-gray plaster beneath a modified Mansard roof. The lush landscaping softens the architectural elements, creating interest in its variety without compromising the elegance. A wine-colored Japanese maple fills in a jog in the architecture. A cluster of fuchsia blossoms dangle at the iron handle of a beveled-wood gate. Designed for garden lovers who want to explore or enhance their space, this multi-level garden, with well-placed pots providing a soft sculpture of succulents, wanders around the property amid curvilinear fencing and smooth walls, creating excess in control.