2016 Philharmonic House of Design

2016 Philharmonic House of Design

The beautiful oceanfront community of The Strand at Headlands in Dana Point is the location for the 2016 Philharmonic House of Design that runs from May 24th – June 19th. As a key fundraising effort each year for the Philharmonic Society Youth Music Education programs, the House of Design showcases talent from a selection of interior designers all across Southern California. Each designer is awarded a space to design a home with only 2-3 weeks to prepare a formal presentation for review. Their vision has transformed an 8,700 square foot Dana Point Mediterranean Modern home into an aesthetic masterpiece.

2016 Philharmonic House of Design
Natural wood boat is filled with Hybrid Bromeliads and natural moss.

Tamra Mundia of Concept Design is one of several interior designers chosen to participate in this year’s event. Her first Philharmonic House was in Shady Canyon back in 2002 and was followed up with one at Newport Coast in 2008. She has also completed a number of design homes led by ASID.

We’ve been working closely with Tamra for a number of years and are very excited to be part of her design for the Dana Point home. Her design interpretation for the space combines traditional architecture with some surprisingly contemporary and fun elements in the interior of the home. She was awarded the Great Room and Loggia as well as the hall to the master bedroom. Susi Tomich, our Design Consultant provided the interior plant design and exterior patioscaping for these rooms.

2016 Philharmonic House of Design
Living Wall in the Loggia makes the room “pop.”

Tamra and Susi decided the most perfect place for a living wall was on the loggia, a protected niche for outdoor seating that makes a fantastic spot to enjoy the Southern California weather. The builder loved the living wall so much he purchased it as a permanent design element! The 10’ x 9’ wall includes over 100 plants which were chosen to make the wall “pop.” You’ll notice the focus goes immediately to the brightly colored foliage in an otherwise neutral color pallet.

To the right of the living wall a gorgeous grey container by Campania International sits in the sun with multiple heads of Yuccas soaking up the rays. Yuccas were chosen for drought tolerance and their ability to stand up against strong coastal breezes.

2016 Philharmonic House of Design
The Great Room comes alive with plants.

The Great Room really gave the opportunity for Tamra and Susi to show the subtle yet effective presentation that plants provide for interiors. Three 36 inch tall ceramic containers by Campania International in a Graphite finish lend a clean modern look. The ZZ plants inside the containers bring a deep green color to the room. Numerous species of unusual Tillandsia air plants are used as decorative accessories as well. Also in the Great Room, a natural wood boat filled with Hybrid Bromeliads and natural moss sits atop a hand scraped white oak armoire.

In the hallway that leads to the master suite, atop a side table next to a very unique custom hair-on-hide chair is a Tillandsia in small bronze ceramic bowl that adds to the natural flair from the Great Room (not pictured).

2016 Philharmonic House of Design
Tillandsia air plants are used as decorative accessories.

The rooms Tamra designed not only showcase her wonderful talents, it confirms what we at Plantscapers know to be true, “The design comes alive when the plants arrive.” The subtle and at times pronounced greenery in this section of the Philharmonic House of Design adds life as well as atmosphere to this luxurious home.

The installation of the greenery which included the living wall only occurred over a two day period due to construction challenges. We have an incredible crew that not only can work under pressure, but bring designs perfectly into place as planned.

The tour will also feature other amazing designers and there is an on-site boutique featuring clothing, jewelry and home accessories, as well as a cafe provided by Saltwater Catering.


May 24 – June 19, 2016

Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thur: 10:00am to 9:00pm for Meet the Designers
Sun: 11:00am to 4:00pm
Closed Mondays
*Last entry to the house is one hour before closing.*

With regret, the house is not handicap accessible.

34111 Selva Road, Dana Point, CA 92629


1751 McGaw Ave
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: (949) 486-1495
Toll-Free: 800-PLANT13
Fax: (949) 486-1499



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