Under Deadline, Pt. 4: A Bright Spot
NOTE: Another in a series of projects completed for a new local newspaper publication. To read the first post in the series click here.
A BRIGHT SPOT: Above is Point A. Also known as the deck off the kitchen, this seating area is the first stop when one enters the Rancho’s garden. Site of numerous costume changes, it’s been dressed as a dining room, a party zone, a chill-out area, even a succulent pop-up shop. I love greeting new visitors at the gate here, as they never fail to express surprise at the space … I love it even more as they move past it and realize it was just the beginning of the surprises in store. I was happy that the deck was dressed so colorfully for the editor and photographer’s visit(s) and they seemed delighted as well; here’s hoping the photos taken here capture it well. I was pleased that the photog wanted to return and take some night shots as well; I love when it’s lit for night use. It’s just so festive!
The flip-side takes on a warm glow under the lights, rendering its collection of garden elements and curiousities more mysterious.
Back in front, the deck is dressed in pieces old and new, including: My super-colorful decoupage bench, with new Mondrian-esque/Partridge Family bus/stained glass black outlines; a cool, blue mid-century wicker chair from an antique store in Orange; scruffy twin yellow-painted metal patio chairs (a gift from my brother-in-law. I love the curlicue arms!); my green hand-carved wooden bench (an estate sale find); a wood and metal pallet table from an Arizona men’s prison. I love having this much color on the deck as it really sets off its weathered gray wood.
I now know that the newspaper publication featuring the Rancho will appear at the end of April. But, there’s more: The glossy monthly, INLAND EMPIRE, also sent out a photographer to shoot the garden for use in their magazine! Suddenly, we’re hot … I’ll keep you posted once I know it’s scheduled to appear.
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