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

Stan Ford
by Stan Ford
24 Months
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.
Started with small cuttings from a friends yard, these native geraniums withstand being in the sun all day and bring hundreds of red blooms.
A little sanding and repainting made my sister's recently cast off lawn chairs into an inviting conversation area to enjoy the outdoors.
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.
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.
Rufous (pictured) and Anna Hummingbirds are frequent guests on The Upper Deck
All this color makes inner-city life enjoyable.
The palm trees, jacarandas and interesting architectural details make the surroundings seem part of the design.
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