More Landscaping & Cleaning!
In the last blog, I talked about redwood compost and landscaping. Here are two pictures where the redwood has been dusted around the plants. On the back of the new addition, Steve planted, added a couple of big rocks, and then did a pathway of gravel that goes around the backside of the house and down the north side. This gravel is great for a pathway and there are water hookups around this area too for watering the plants on the side of the house.
Shot of gravel on path. I think it makes the area look completed.
At the very end of this pathway, in this picture of the side of the house, you can see the gate. This gate is eight feet high and has a bolt lock. I insisted on the lock because a neighbor down the street used a padlock on their gate and someone popped the lock and their dog got out. I don't want anyone letting Dylan Thomas out especially since he has a fascination with cars! In this side yard picture you can also sort of see the Queen Palms planted as camuflage.
While we're on the subject of landscaping. Here are a couple of shots of the front entrance. We have a fountain and a tiny pool. The discs of the fountain actually are from the 50's. The metal discs came from Steve's Dad's nursery. Back in the 50's his father and his uncles did a lot of landscaping in Los Angeles. They did the original landscaping for the famous "Witch Stand," Tiny Naylor Restaurants, Capitol Records, Tarzana Tennis Club, to mention a few. His father, Min Shinmoto and his two brothers had a retail nursery in Culver City called Southern California Nursery. They started the nursery in 1948 and did landscaping jobs on the side.
Most of yesterday and today, we've been cleaning and putting the finishing touches on the house for the "Open House" tomorrow. The new master bath was finished except for the hardware for the transom windows which hasn't arrived yet (odd, it is only coming from Oregon).
Dylan Thomas likes to inspect everything. Or perhaps, he is looking at himself in the mirror? He is such a strange dog. At night after eating his dinner and soaking his ears in his water bowl, he likes to run into the living room and look at himself in the mirror on top the coffee table. And every night, he drips water onto the coffee table mirror and every night I have to wipe it up.
Here are a few shots of the living room. Steve did the old fireplace in marble. I really would like to change it. We'd lived with the old brick and I'd tried painting the brick, but it never looked good. It was a rough, cheap brick that had gotten stained over the years with smoke and calcium. If we had the time, I think I'd have the fireplace just done in cement or a new brick surface. The marble doesn't work, but hey, everyone makes a few design mistakes.
I put this second shot to show where the bar protrudes out. In a later blog, I'll show this area and the kitchen, but right now it is a big mess!!!
I also wanted to give a shot of the carpet which is placed at angle. The angle is exactly like the one created by Ain when he did the house. Of course, the VCT wasn't pink, it was chocolate brown. You can see original colors used by Gregory Ain by going to the community website where there is a color chart - http://marvistatract.org/ The long slim couch is a George Nelson as is the chair which you can't really see except for the back and arms. I got this great couch in Palm Springs where they have some incredible Mid-Century shops with prices comparable to Melrose. Not a great bargain, but sometimes, you just have to get it. Through the living room windows, you can see the addition's windows which mirror the original design.
Well, we still have to hang the picture over the fireplace and do a lot more work. It's almost 9 and I'm tired. So I'll sign off for now and do the rest of the house pictures next time.