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Water Garden Designs Inspired by Travel with Steve Sandalis

By March 26, 2017 No Comments

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Before meeting Steve Sandalis, owner of Mystic Water Gardens, I actually met his wife, Katy, from complimenting her wildly admirable shoes at an event one night. She could not stop raving about her husband Steve and took me to meet him just down the hall from where we conversed. What I did not realize was that I was about to meet someone who is so in tune with nature, he literally recreates it for a living.

Steve is a Certified Aquascape Contractor and through his company, Mystic Water Gardens, he brings tranquility, relaxation and escape to his client’s homes through custom-crafted water features. Just by viewing his portfolio, it is clear that when Steve is in an outdoor setting, he understands what it means to absorb his surroundings fully. In fact, most of his inspiration comes from traveling! From being as a local as visiting The Huntington Library’s Chinese gardens in San Marino, to traveling as far as Italy, Steve masterfully utilizes his travel experience to enhance his client’s lifestyle through exterior designing.

Click through to see a few waterscape designs from his portfolio including travel photos reminiscent of his work and more.

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In an instant, the state of Hawaii brings to mind the thought of hibiscus flowers, coconuts, leis and waterfalls. On your next trip to this tropical state, consider a hike in search of some of Hawaii’s gems including Rainbow Falls (Hilo), Akaka Falls (Big Island of Hawaii) or Hanakapi’ai Falls (Kauai).

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Steve mentions his love for backpacking and that coming across a stream of water will almost always lead to a search for the beginning of the water source. This type of intention within a favorite activity not only brings more purpose, but also more reward when there is a goal to fulfill. For Steve, this means the ability to visualize how to successfully recreate the many streams, lakes and ponds he has built for clients.

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Recommendations for beautiful landmarks to visit in Scotland: Fairy Pools, Scottish Highlands, Glen Orchy and Secret Waterfall (Argyll).

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Places to visit along the Mediterranean coast: Majorca & Menorca (Spain), Navagio Beach (Greece), Corsica (France) and Santorini (Greece).

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Enjoy the English countryside by visiting: Bibury, Cheshire, Kenmore (Perthshire), Lancashire and Cotswolds.

Steve is one of the selected designers for the upcoming 2017 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. He will be designing a stream and pond for the estate’s babbling brook.

The collective goal of the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts is to provide funding to programs that benefit the community through diverse music programs that nurture the study and appreciation of music, provide music as a vehicle towards health and healing, offer music education knowing that the study of music enhances other academic subjects, as well as cultural enrichment, and ensure that music is available to a broad range of audiences. Learn more about Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts. Purchase tickets for the upcoming show taking place April 23 – May 21, 2017.

Stay tuned for more exclusive articles featuring this year’s Showcase designers (previous posts here)! For updates, follow along on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or sign up for the mailing list.

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