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Sunburst Decorative Rocks

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Gardens are not just about putting plants in the ground. First you need to create a structure and landscape to enhance the “story” of the plants…and adding rocks and boulders are a wonderful way to do that. One of my favorite places to go for excellent choices and inspiration is Sunburst Decorative Rocks in Irwindale.

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Clearly the choices are vast.

 

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From large boulders…

 

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…to interesting pavers and building materials, they have it all.

 

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But they also have a great website that shows you what is possible so you can get your creative juices flowing beforehand.

 

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Although nothing beats actually going out there and seeing these amazing rocks for yourself.

 

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And always leave yourself open to new ideas.  This huge boulder (it weighs one ton) ended up being a table in an outdoor living area we’re currently creating in Pasadena…and we didn’t even know we needed a table in this space.

 

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Getting it into place took a forklift, six guys and the entire side of a brand new Subaru (don’t ask).

 

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But the end result was, I think, worth it. Wait till you see the final posts when the garden is done…you know, when we add the plants.

 

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I would love to get the opportunity to use all these different kinds of rocks with all their crazy colors.

 

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I think these ones are called Rainbow Tumble. Hmmmmm…what can we come up with here?
Sunburst Decorative Rocks in Irwindale. Take a trip out to get inspired.

Potted Does Palm Springs

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Potted was really excited to be a part of Modernism Week in Palm Springs this past month. We worked with Bush Interiors on the plantings. Kudos to Jamie Bush who hit the nail on the head with his staging of the C6 home.

Platinum LEED Modular Home from Living Homes

I wanted to share a few pictures of our Potted installation as well as some fun shots of places I visited in town.




Our Circle Pot was a big hit. I have to say, it looked really fresh in the kid’s bedroom.

I want to just say how impressed I was with the C6 Living Home. Please take the time to follow the link, so much information to impart, they have it all on their site.
I went up to Palm Springs as a spectator the last weekend of the show (Feb 26TH/27TH). Following are some places I went
with my friend Roni, an interior designer based in Ausin, Texas. Palm Springs is my new favorite place. Can’t get enough of it. From a design perspective it is just so much fun. There is everything from high design to total vintage kitch. I love both dearly. And if you follow the links to some of these places, you’ll see that blending high design with kitch is an art.

The Parker Hotel, one of the many conversation areas on the grounds. The beautiful, well thought out landscape design is by Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes. The interior design is by Johnathan Adler. This is a must see. Roni and I sat on patio of Norma Cafe drinking our micheladas, chatting and feeling fabulous. Next stop, The Ace Hotel

The Lobby of The Ace.
Next Stop, Desert Kitch circa 1960 something.


There’s something here for everyone, from desert rats to desert divas. Cheers.

Designer Series – Dirt Diva Designs

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

From our friends at Dirt Diva Designs, this garden, located in Sherman Oaks, was awarded first prize in the “Small Residential Garden” category and second prize in the “Xeriscape” category from the California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) 2010 Trophy Awards.

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It was transformed from a solid sheet of concrete to a lovely and inviting garden that truly reflects the owners’ lifestyle. Relaxation was at the top of their list. A new spa and hammock allow them to wind down from their stressful jobs. The covered dining and barbeque areas give them an entertaining space which they never had before. They personally chose the Mariposa stone to make the unique and custom water feature.

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The highlight of the garden, oddly enough, came almost as an afterthought. The owners wanted to incorporate some antique windows that they had purchased years ago. They were integrated with pictures of the owners’ beloved dogs, creatively fusing them into hangings that were placed along a garden wall.

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“It is so important to get to know your clients and get a feel for how they live and what they love,” says Francesca Corra. “Often it’s what they don’t think to tell you, the thing you discover for yourself, that ends up bringing in the magic.”

Dirt Diva Designs is a landscape design firm located in Studio City specializing in custom outdoor environments designed to meet the needs of the landowner, the landscape, and the environment. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, contact Francesca Corra at 818-370-3200 or visit www.dirtdivadesigns.com.