Stan Ford
Stan Ford
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  • Long Beach, CA

I Took Over a Common Area at the Apartments I Live In…

$500
24 Months
Medium

Two years ago when touring the apartment that I was leasing, the agent showed me the third story laundry room with a doorway leading out onto an abandoned 18' X 18' Deck surrounded by black wrought iron fencing with six built in planter supports. It was like showing me a blank canvas. It has been my therapy and sanctuary in downtown Long Beach, CA.
i took over a common area at the apartments i live in, decks, outdoor living
Started with small cuttings from a friends yard, these native geraniums withstand being in the sun all day and bring hundreds of red blooms.
i took over a common area at the apartments i live in, decks, outdoor living
A little sanding and repainting made my sister's recently cast off lawn chairs into an inviting conversation area to enjoy the outdoors.
i took over a common area at the apartments i live in, decks, outdoor living
I've learned that spray paint is your friend. I use it often to up the dramatic red focal points. The plastic table and chairs is harmonized with a neutral, textured desert bisque color.
i took over a common area at the apartments i live in, decks, outdoor living
The stained glass pieces were all created by my father, of blessed memory. I like to think that he would approve of what I've done in this space.
i took over a common area at the apartments i live in, decks, outdoor living
Rufous (pictured) and Anna Hummingbirds are frequent guests on The Upper Deck
i took over a common area at the apartments i live in, decks, outdoor living
All this color makes inner-city life enjoyable.
i took over a common area at the apartments i live in, decks, outdoor living
The palm trees, jacarandas and interesting architectural details make the surroundings seem part of the design.

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  • Kris
    on Jun 30, 2016

    This is such a homey inviting space. The geraniums are beautiful. An oasis in the middle of downtown!

  • La Habra Fence Company
    on Sep 7, 2017

    Lovely place and design. Nice work done! Thanks for sharing this article.
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