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Outdoor Living & Landscape Design Showcase in Pasadena/La Canada This Weekend!

Pacific Outdoor Living Design Showcase and Outdoor Living Expo in Pasadena and La Canada

If you live in the Los Angeles area and are looking for beautiful landscape design ideas and outdoor living inspiration, I have a recomendation for you!


Pacific Outdoor Living, a design/build landscape company in Southern California that I admire,  is hosting their Fall Designer Showcase & Outdoor Living Expo on October 25, 2014 from 9am – 4pm.

This event will feature 5 gorgeous estates in Pasadena and La Canada that were designed by their talented in-house designers.

Two of the homes on this tour are previous Pasadena Showcase House of Design estates.

This tour is self-guided and the landscape designers behind the project will be on site to answer questions regarding their design and to help with any questions you have regarding your own project. 


Tickets are $20 for single admission and $30 for family admission (full car).

All ticket sales for this event will benefit the LAPD Cadets Community Youth Program which helps at risk youth learn responsibility and leadership skills.

Learn about the successful cadet program by visiting the LAPD cadet website.



For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Pacific Outdoor Living website or call  (818) 244-4000.


I've worked with Pacific Outdoor Living and recommend this professional group without reservation.

Go check out their amazing design and construction!






Multiple Cell Phone Charging Cabinet by Shirley Bovshow


I designed a multiple cell phone charging cabinet for my family to use after an unsuccessful search for this product!

Have you ever had guests ask if there's an available outlet so they can charge their phone while visiting, only to end up charging it in the bathroom?

These occasions are the inspiration behind my cell phone charging station.


My cell phone charging cabinet is not only beautiful to look at, it's multifunctional!

I designed it after a vintage telephone booth, complete with "Phone" sign and painted glossy red.

The project is very easy to make and uses a few simple materials.

Total cost of the completed cabinet was $50.


Materials For Shirley's "Cell Phone Charging Cabinet"

  • Old medicine cabinet or lightweight wall shelves with door
  • Red glossy spray paint
  • Dremel drill
  • Decorative wood plaque (available at craft shop) for the "Phone" sign
  • Wood letters to spell "Phone" painted black
  • Glue gun
  • USB port for multiple cables
  • Power adapter to plug into electricity
  • Hooks for hanging keys



Wipe cabinet clean and remove inner shelves.


old-medicine-cabinet-repurposed as cell phone charging station-by-shirley-bovshow

Measure the middle of the back of the shelves.




Using a Dremel drill, make holes large enough to run 6 to 8 USB cables through.




Turn cabinet upside down and drill hole underneath in order to thread the electrical adapter to the USB strip that lays at bottom of cabinet.




Using even, broad strokes, spray paint glossy red paint inside and outside of the cabinet.

Allow time to dry.

Cut the premade sign plaque in half. (See photo) 


Paint a solid white rectangle in the center of the plaque and paint the edges red.

Glue the letters to the plaque, spelling "Phone."


When the paint is dry, attach USB cables to the strip and run up to the different shelves in cabinet.




Screw in the hooks to use as keyholders.




When the paint has dried, thread the USB cables up and behind the shelves and plug in your phones.




Start charging your phones and hang your keys in the cabinet.



It's a good idea to hang the cell phone charging cabinet near your front door so that your guest can leave their phones at the door and you can enjoy uninterrupted conversation!


Here's a few other design prototype using bathroom cabinets and wall shelves from Home Goods.



I found this blue bathroom cabinet at Home Goods for $89.



Inside view. Look at the possibilities.

It's very spacious and can charge many phones and tablets at the same time.


HANGING-white-WALL-UNIT for use as cell phone charging cabinet by shirley bovshow

Here's a white hanging cabinet that can be retrofitted as a charging cabinet very easily.


Take a look inside.


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Inside of white hanging wall shelves.



If you like my cell phone charging cabinet or have any questions, please leave your comments below.








Miniature Rose Garden: Container Idea



What do you do with those cute miniature roses that you buy at the supermarket as a "last minute gift?"

Glam it up and use it as a "climbing rose" trained over an arbor in a miniature rose garden!



Miniature roses are ideal miniature garden plants because they are compact, bloom when small sized and can be used in a variety of ways!

















Take miniature roses out of their pots and make them the star of a container "miniature rose garden!"


When you add a miniature arbor, the rose becomes a"climbing rose" and some carefully selected herbs can stand in for trees, shrubs and even grass!

It's an easy project- I put it together on NBC's "iVillage Live" show in less than 5 minutes.


It's a great idea for using a common and affordable plant to make a unique and special gift that looks expensive!


Materials Needed

  • 1 lightweight container


  • Potting soil


  • 4- inch miniature rose plant


  • 1 miniature metal or wood arbor (check your nursery or crafts store)


  • 1 each- miniature metal bench, mini wheel barrel, mini garden tools, mini picket fence, mini birdbath and a few pieces of flagstone shards


  • Decorative moss




Note: Miniature garden decor weathers best if made of metal, resin and or treated wood.

Miniature gardening or "Fairy Gardening" is on the list of growing gardening trends these days.

You can find miniature decor, tools and accessories at the following sites.


Fairy Garden Decor and Accessory Sources

Wholesale Fairy Gardens, Patti Kuhlman's store

Fairy Gardening Emily Sorenson, nursery owners site

Two Green Thumbs Janit Calvo, mini garden designers site



Steps For Creating a Miniature Rose Garden


Fill a container with potting soil



Insert the arbor and plant the mini rose against it.




Tie the rose to the arbor sturdy ties and trim away extra stems so that it has a slim profile.



For your patio floor:



Add a few small pieces of flagstone on top of a piece of landscape fabric or weed cloth to keep the stones from sinking into the soil.




Place your garden bench




Add your wheel barrel and mini tools




Place the picket fence around back of the pot and add your birdbath!




Add some decorative moss and you are done!


Plants for Miniature Gardens:

  • Use Irish moss, baby tears , sedum, or any low growing ground cover to simulate a lawn.


  • If you have a larger planter, add small-leaf herbs such as oregano or thyme and prune them as "shrubs" in the landscape.


  • Topiary rosemary or compact Myrtus can be pruned and used as miniature "trees" in the miniature garden.


  • Herbs are great for the miniature garden because they are regularly trimmed for use in cooking and are natural plants to keep compact.


  • Floors: Use fine gravel, decomposed granite,fine redwood mulch, sand, small flagstone pieces, tumbled glass



Mini herb garden with Rosemary topiary as "trees," oregano and chives as "shrubs!"


Need some more inspiration?

Watch this miniature garden featuring the Sun Parasol "Garden Crimson" Mandevilla- a new variety that blooms while small, in a four-inch container!


*See more garden projects, before and after landscape photos and the latest in garden design with regular visits to Shirley Bovshow's EdenMakers Blog!