Wednesday, July 8, 2015


For those who have not heard (although I think most have by now), there is a website called houzz that is specifically designed for the building industry (unlike pinterest that is for everything).  A site in which professional interior designers, landscape designers etc. can post photos of their work that homeowners can save in what is called an idea book.  It is free to join and free to post.

When I first came across this site I thought that I would just post biz portfolio pictures but when I put my home on the market I decided to virtually dream about my future home and that is when my obsession began.  I found myself spending 1-2+ hours at a time browsing the site.  In fact I tell all my potential clients to create houzz boards (although most already have) which then gives me a better sense of what they like.  This is also great for those that want to hire a professional but can't financially do that right away yet still want inspiration.

Some of the other cool features is that pro's can get reviews by clients and clients can share their idea books with the pros.  For example a client of mine in Tustin created a board for his garden inspiration and invited me to be a contributor of that board.  If you are not already using this site then you should and if you are curious this is the board I created for my future dream home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


In January of 2014 I posted about some concept designs I did for a couple in Lake Forest.
They wanted a native garden and wanted to redo their hardscape.  
The driveway and paths were installed in March of 2014 but the plants were installed in October.

The driveway was redone (per code) using 4" of concrete with rebar.  The flagstone (color: Oklahoma Buckskin) was mortared in for safety reasons. The little step that existed at the front door was removed and a slight ramp was put in.  

A brand new irrigation system was installed with a smart controller that has a rain censor.  The rain censor sends a signal to the system to shut off if there is too much moisture in the air or rain.  

All the plants are native to California, with some plants being specifically native to Orange County. They are all low water requiring plants that also don't need much maintenance.  

Thursday, February 19, 2015


I am an avid user of Facebook.  Addicted might be the right word to describe me but then again I am also connected to family outside of the United States that I love to catch up with.  I also heavily use Facebook as another social media platform to promote my business.  As I casually scroll through my news feed things pop up that are gardening related that strike my fancy that I thought I would share with you here.

The first is a slice of cake.  How cool would this look on your outdoor table?  I am not entirely sure how they made this but I intend to find out and will keep you posted.

The second is the cutest gnome that apparently loves to garden.  This cute planter can be place indoors or out.  I personally would put this in a place where my cats can't get to.

The third is a really cool way to make a mushroom decoration for you garden.  Just imagine the color possibilities and combinations you could try.

The fourth is a succulent planted in a glass container made to look like it's under water. There is even a fish swimming.

If you have tried / made any DIY garden related things then please share with me and will blog about it or share it on Facebook.