Getting to peek behind gates and perfectly painted closed doors, is an absolute delight in this beachside town. And although we couldn't take pictures inside of the homes, I did snap a couple of pics here and there.
These folks named their house "Xanadu". I kept humming that song by Olivia Newton John the whole time I was walking through! But really, it was an adorable little cottage hanging right over a wash that was chock full of all kinds of flora and fauna and chirping birds.
There were six homes featured in all, but I focused most of my attention on this sweet little 1926 cottage. Most of it was pretty original, with creative decor and whimsy throughout. Oh, I so wish that I could have taken some pics of the interior! But wait until you see some of the amazing gardens and exterior!
I have loved these Paolo Soleri windbells for a very long time. They used to have a shop in town that sold them, and I would give them as gifts. That shop is long gone, and I can't believe that I never got one for myself! Recently, I found their website, so now I have to save some $$ for my very own windbell!
By now you've probably figured out that I really love these bells, and that I'm just a little bit jealous of their fabulous collection!
This is an aviary that they have in their front yard. Can you see those little doves on the perch? They also had a couple more aviaries in the back yard.
These folks had amazing taste and a good eye to match. In every nook and cranny there were sweet vignettes to keep you noticing all the purposeful color and texture.
The nasturtiums offer a vibrant burst of color to cheer anybody in need!
If you look closely, you can see that there's a bees nest in the birdhouse. No wonder why their garden looks so good!
Neither the crowds, nor the bees disturbed Elenor's cat-nap!
The color of these succulents is wonderful with the sunshine streaming through, don't you think?
The side yard was just as charming as the front of the house!
Guess who's house was also on the tour this year. Give up? Cindy and Mark Evans'! Remember them? I posted on their Mexican themed garden way back in December. You can find the original posts here and here. Oh, and the L.A. Times did a piece on the inside of their house, which you can find here.
I took this tour with my friend, Janine, who has a blog called Laguna Dirt. Be sure to check out her post, too!