I can’t believe it’s been five months since we first posted about the Del Ray House and Garden Tour. Now it’s crunch time — the tour is tomorrow! Here are a few tips to help you enjoy this biannual architectural adventure.
First, transportation. Yes, you can easily walk to all the stops (some are on the same street), but if possible, you may want to ride a bike. No need to waste precious time walking across town — there are 12 homes and gardens to see!
Second, sustenance. Marveling at interior decorating and design elements and staving off envy takes a lot of energy. Start your day with a quick bite and some caffeine at one of the many cafes along the Avenue. Any one will do. They are all delightful in their own special way.
Third, festive attire. Ok, so there really isn’t a dress code for the tour, but why not get in the mood with one of those amazing finds at Amalgamated Classic Clothing and Dry Goods? Nothing says house and garden tour like vintage clothing and accessories.
Fourth, record-keeping. Bring a notepad and pen to keep track of all the design ideas you will gather at each stop. “Narrow dining table, built-in wine cabinet, cute embroidery, teak outdoor furniture…”
Finally, don’t forget your ticket! If you haven’t purchased one, hop on over to A Show of Hands and you’ll be good to go. Your tour booklet serves as your all access pass and you’ll have to present this as you enter each home.
Either on the way to your first stop, mid-tour, or as you go home, stop by the “pocket park” at Del Ray and Commonwealth Avenues and see how the proceeds from the tour will help spruce up this neighborhood hot spot. The play area is finished and is bustling with children on any given day, but the landscaping is at a standstill — the labyrinth that is planned looks like it will be fun for all ages.
After it’s all said and done, put your feet up and revel at all the interesting features you saw today. And while you enjoy a refreshing cold beverage, why not start planning your next home and garden project. I know I will!