I had the treat of going to Palm Springs last weekend for the first time.
A St. Louis couple recently bought a stunning Mid-Century home in the Rancho Mirage area and hosted a gaggle of us. It is rumored that The Obamas may build a house in their enclave. Carol Channing is a neighbor as was the late Zsa Zsa Gabor who’s stunning round house is currently on the market. While it was raining in St. Louis, I was hot and dry in the desert.
Over the years the Japanese garden in my backyard has slipped. You can see from the set of 2 photos that Bernoudy, who designed and lived in my house, had a pleasant garden with a granite Japanese lantern. When the house was sold, the possessions were sent to auction and the garden lost its lantern. My parents purchased the home from the estate in the early 1990’s. They had the garden rebuilt which made it larger and it became out of scale and the bricks surrounding the garden deteriorated. Since buying the house from my mother 4 years ago, I did not do much with the garden and it became an eyesore.
Last Fall I connected with Austin Tao, landscape architect, to design a new garden that echoed the old one, though updated the look. I wanted the garden to be brought to ground level entirely so that I could easily walk across it to get to the guest house. The need to walk across it is helpful in the rain also since my house does not have gutters.
Now I love my backyard and the birds seem to love the water feature in the middle.
Horstmann Brothers did the construction. Limestone pavers with small and large Mexican beach rocks in-between. The center water features is comprised of three rocks.
If so, there is actually a company that can actualize this for you! It is done by a company that goes by the name “Creative Home Engineering” which was started back in 2003 by a few friends who happened to be engineers. Here is one of their Youtube videos which has been viewed over 4 million times and Here is a more recent video done by Bloomberg talking about the services that they offer. You can also take a look at there website where they have image galleries and more here!
Many of the projects are customized. However we are in the process of developing ever more standardized secret passageways where we can partner with home builders, developers and agents to be able to provide a specific line item for a secret passageway within their home customization options. While there are many beautiful things that go into a luxury home, residences that have included one of our secret doors have often received tremendous amount of press when it came to listing the home for sale.
This image reminds me of the secret room from the movie “Panic Room” in which Jodie Foster hides with her daughter from burglars,. I might have to re-watch the movie because I have a newfound appreciation for hidden rooms! What do you think about hidden rooms like these?
Harris Armstrong’s 1942-43 house for Evarts Graham is for sale, located at 18 Jamestown Acres. This is probably his most important residential design of these breakthrough years of his career, and it is in a beautiful location, on a high bluff overlooking the Missouri River towards Alton. Dr. Evarts Graham was one of the giants of medical research in St. Louis, the man who discovered the link between smoking and lung cancer.
So the house is significant both for its architecture and its associations. The house is gated and has never been open to the public, but now it is for sale! I would recommend that any serious buyers consider attending an open house!