I’ve always loved Lake Arrowhead. Years ago, we lived in neighboring Crestline and dreamed about having a home on the lake. I still dream about living on Lake Arrowhead. I’m so grateful to have found a “Cabin” in the woods near the golf course and lake.
Fixing the long-vacant home has been more of a challenge than I expected. I knew about a water leak under the home. Fannie Mae sells houses “As Is” and would not fix the leak. After closing, the plumber dug out the leak and he discovered a whole batch of botched plumbing no one could have foreseen. I’d rather spend money on fun furnishings than fixing pipes under dirt. After the repairs, at least now I know the home rests on a firm foundation and has good water.
Join us as we transform this three story, four bedroom home into Joy Retreat. Perhaps you may like to come to a writer’s retreat, an art retreat, or another event we plan. There are hiking trails to incredible places nearby, boat rentals, golfing, fine dining, and fun shops to explore. What would you like to do in Lake Arrowhead?
You just have to love it when you think of an idea and people tell you it won’t work. Our pool with the floating edge does not conceal rattlesnakes. You can drill a hole in a boulder and create a fire rock. You can create an affordable stage with electricity. Up next, a living water-conscious garden wall to counter all the barren ground brown.
We have five weeks left until our first wedding. What do you think would be a perfect addition to a wedding venue?
Do you enjoy home tours? My friend Jane Meade and I went to a special event to share holiday decorating ideas at a fancy Beverly Hills estate. Not only did we see exotic, exclusive, and extraordinary design, we saw the setting for historic events and countless movies. The home is an interior designer’s delight with new rooms every year.
The Greystone Mansion, also known as the Doheny Mansion was built for Edward “Ned” Doheny, Jr., and his family, including five children. A gift from his oil tycoon father, the home cost over $3 million to build in 1928. Doheny Sr. was a major character in the Teapot Dome scandal. (Before the Watergate scandal, Teapot Dome was regarded as the “greatest and most sensational scandal in the history of American politics”.)
Would you enjoy a mural like this in your home? The satin headboard and Lucite pillars seem more Hollywood than Beverly Hills. What do you think?
I’d like to create a lamp with crystals like this.
What kid, any age, wouldn’t love this musical hideaway/bed?
This was my favorite takeaway from the home tour. I’m going to frame my Main Bedroom TV.
The Pasadena Red Cross Design Tour featured a home and garden in La Canada-Flintridge. The terraced gardens include a huge pool, magnificent spa, waterfalls, water slide, sunning beach in the pool, tables and stools built-in the pool, and a magnificent, super-sized, outdoor kitchen with more amenities than most mansions, an outdoor living room with a second large flat TV, a grotto bathroom, and even a secondary kitchen area for serving!
The clever spa design takes full advantage of the view setting overlooking the Los Angeles basin to the ocean.
All of this will be featured in an upcoming Joy TV special “Joy to the Home” series.