European Accent

Jimmy Angell, right, and Steve Lukasik enjoy the beauty of their outdoor haven. At top right, sunflowers brighten the “working garden.”

[tdc_zone type="tdc_content"][vc_row][vc_column tdc_css="eyJhbGwiOnsiZGlzcGxheSI6IiJ9fQ=="][vc_empty_space height="40px"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][td_block_title title_tag="h4" custom_title="DOWNTOWN LIVING TOUR FAQ" content_align_horizontal="content-horiz-center" tdc_css="eyJhbGwiOnsiYm9yZGVyLXRvcC13aWR0aCI6IjEiLCJwYWRkaW5nLXRvcCI6IjIwIiwiYm9yZGVyLWNvbG9yIjoiI2VhZWFlYSIsImRpc3BsYXkiOiIifX0="][td_block_text_with_title]What to know before you go... VIP PREVIEW FAQ When is the VIP Preview? Friday, September 6 4 p.m. – 10 p.m. VIP Preview registration and the launch party will begin at Eastern Market’s Shed 5 at 4 p.m. Shuttles will launch from Shed 5 promptly at 5:30 p.m. All guests will be assigned to a designated group and bus for the duration of the tour. Shuttles will transport guests to and from all locations on the tour and depart from their final tour location at 10 p.m., returning to Eastern Market’s Shed 5.What if I want to be assigned to the same tour group as another guest? Any tickets purchased on the same order will be assigned to the same tour group. Additionally, there is an option to purchase a group of ten tickets at a discounted rate. If you’d like to be assigned to the same tour group as a guest who purchased tickets on a separate order, simply note that guest’s name where indicated on the ticket purchase form.What if I miss the shuttle launch at Eastern Market’s Shed 5 at 5:30 p.m.? Guests will still need to check in at Eastern Market’s Shed 5. From there, they will be responsible for joining the tour in-progress.What if I miss the shuttle departing from the final tour location, heading back to Eastern Market’s Shed 5 at 10 p.m.? Guests should find an alternative form of transportation back to Eastern Market’s Shed 5.Will the shuttles be air conditioned? All shuttles will be luxury motor coaches with air conditioning. Please note: the launch party at Eastern Market’s Shed 5 and developments that are still under construction will not be air conditioned.Where do I park for the VIP Preview? Parking is available at the tour launch point – Eastern Market’s Shed 5.Can I bring my child on the VIP Preview? Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Valid I.D. required.How much are tickets to the VIP Preview? $45 for individuals. $405 for a group of ten (buy 9, get 1 free).Can I attend both the VIP Preview and Public Tour? Yes, VIP Preview tickets allow entrance to the Public Tour as well. Must be 21+ to attend VIP Preview. PUBLIC TOUR FAQ When is the Public Tour? Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.Where do I park for the Public Tour? Street parking, flat lots, or public parking structures are available near all tour locations. Attendees are asked not to park in areas designated as no parking.Is transportation provided for the Public Tour? This is a self-guided tour. Transportation is not provided.Can I bring my child on the Public Tour? Yes. The Public Tours on Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8 are open to all ages. Children 5-years-old and over must have a ticket to attend. No strollers please.How much are tickets to the Public Tour? $10 GENERAL TOUR FAQ Will the developments be showing finished models? There will be a mixture of finished models and units that are in various stages of construction.What happens if it rains? The tour will be held rain or shine.What should I wear? Many of the developments on the tour are in various stages of construction so please dress accordingly. We recommend wearing flat, closed toe shoes and comfortable clothing.Is the tour ADA accessible? Many of the developments on the tour are still under construction and are not ADA accessible.Can I bring my pet on the tour? No, pets will not be allowed on the tour.Are public restrooms available on the tour? Public restrooms will not be available at all tour locations.Where can I purchase tickets? 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BACKSTORY: When interior designer Jimmy Angell, of Birmingham-based James Douglas Interiors, and his partner, Steve Lukasik, purchased their Pleasant Ridge home 11 years ago, “the yard was barren and nondescript,” Angell says. “The planning began with a central axis that was determined by the vantage point from the dining room’s French doors, and the symmetrical garden utilizes classic geometric shapes that are softened by the greenery.”

BOTANICAL BLISS Clockwise from top: The garden’s design was inspired by the couple’s travels through Europe. Various shade plants adorn the space.

CONTINENTAL CONCEPTS: Angell says the garden’s design was inspired by the couple’s travels through Europe. The structural elements are influenced by the French, and the casual planting by the English.

ON THE SHADY SIDE: “The high and sprawling canopy the mature oak trees create inhibits sunlight,” Angell says. “Due to the lack of sunshine, our garden is much more about texture than about florals. We’ve achieved a full and visually interesting garden by utilizing a variety of hostas, ferns, grasses, and other shade-loving perennials.”

ANNUAL STATEMENT: Angell and Lukasik like to use a spattering of found containers, such as Italian terra cotta and concrete faux bois, for their potted annuals.

MAKING A SPLASH: A reflecting pool, flanked by European hornbeam trees, serves as a prominent focal point. “The pool’s limestone coping and copper bubblers integrate another layer of design,” Angell says. “Now that the hornbeams have matured, they’re going to get shaped to look like boxes.”

A reflecting pool provides tranquility. A pair of reclaimed brick piers divides the spaces and provides entry to the circular garden beyond.

PIER GROUPS: Beyond the reflecting pool, a pair of reclaimed brick piers “divides the space and provides entry to the next garden.”

GOING IN CIRCLES: “The ring of boxwood located just beyond the piers creates circulation through the symmetrical quadrants,” Angell says. A wire urn set on a stand and placed in the center of the circle features moss, vines, and seasonal plantings.

SECRET GARDEN: In the charming “working garden,” located behind the garage, four rectangular raised beds are used for transplants, herbs, and seedlings.

OWNERS’ VERDICT: Says Angell: “We love everything about our garden. I especially enjoy weekend morning gardening. It’s an extension of our home.”

The homeowners check on their gardens. Below, weathered furnishings amid pink and red blooms lure. A pot of succulents showcases intriguing shapes.