"Peace Begins with a Smile"
What a lovely thought to begin our tour with. When life feels out of control- turn those outer corners of the lips upwards: feel the calm roll outwards, like a fog pleasantly cooling cooling hot temperatures.
Welcome to the home of architect Ed Bilezikjian and designer Dawn Saunders. They literally set the table to welcome the multitude of guests.
In honor of the Southern California indoor-outdoor lifestyle, this home tour stands out as one where the gracious owners allowed the garden tourists to experience the actual transition between home and garden.
Modest in size and modern in approach, the spacial flow between spaces gives plenty to appreciate in Dawn and Ed's carefully curated collections as you stroll on through to the outdoor living spaces.
The sound of water flowing over the glass and slate mosaic tile fountain called its invitation to venture outside.
Close- up, the warm tone of the rose sharing the stage shows the attention to detail so seamlessly woven in the garden.
Off to the side is a lovely table to take a meal at. Notice the jewel tone votive cups dangling from the umbrella. Imagine them lit at dusk. Dinner served under the moon's gaze- let the magic begin.
New Zealand flax. If there is a plant I have a love-hate relationship with, it is these floppy spiked Zulu headdress- looking thingies. Such beautiful color and inimitable structure- set out in commercial plantings all by their lonely selves, they scream for attention; the horticultural equivalent of a narcissist.
What the homeowners brilliantly did was to place the divas amongst a chorus of softer plant forms.
Still the star of the show, her attributes are much better appreciated when pops of equally intense colors join her to fill in among abundance of chlorophyll-rich leaves.
Bringing the comforts of home out to the garden is exemplified in this plumply cushioned chair. Design note: the furniture not being matchy-matchy is charmingly sophisticated. DO try this in your garden.
The English-like style setting took advantage of hydro-zoning. By grouping roses and higher water need plants together - then broadly brushing the landscape with drought tolerant selections of California, New Zealand and Australia, the garden proves lush garden and low water usage are not always antonyms.
|Relaxing is my companion for the day, Marilyn Bowery. I've known this amazing woman since children's choir in Whittier.|
Pomegranate trees deserve more use in the landscape. Equally tough and beautiful, the fiery blossoms are a perfect foil to the chartreuse server pieces for miniature flying guests.
Even as a Christian, I can appreciate how appropriate relics of other faiths can be in the garden.
Speaking of bringing the indoors out- those are exterior walls you see in this showering area.
With a feature such as this- solid fences and a good security system- make for good teenage neighbors):- .
Water. This knee high bubbler proves a delightful marker to the transition back to the front.
Design note- when choosing plants and pottery for the same area- think how they visually respond to one another. As in choosing whom to marry- you don't have to be the same- you do not have to be the same color- but you do need to work together.
Until we meet again- thank you for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful.