Philharmonic Society’s house tour supports music programs for area youth
By Andrea Papagianis
Tucked behind security gates, among home lots with unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, sits a pristine household. Situated high above Dana Strand Beach along the bluffs of Dana Point’s Headlands, it is a sight few have seen. But thanks to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County, visitors can now step into the coastal luxury of the Strand at Headlands while supporting youth music education programs.
In its 22nd year, the annual Philharmonic House of Design event brings together 19 local interior creators, who have transformed a 7,500-square-foot home into a cohesive design. With color pallet in hand, this year’s designers created a fluid space where the transition from one artist to the next is seamless.
“None of us wanted to fight the beauty of the ocean, everyone wanted to keep things neutral so the ocean was the one doing the talking,” said San Clemente-based interior designer Beverly Stadler.
Stadler, who has been involved with the Philharmonic Society for more than a decade, designed a first floor powder room and hallway, complete with blue marble countertops, crinkled-linen wallpaper and a specially-created painting from local artist Rick Delanty. This is the second time Stadler has participated in the House of Design event, it’s a contribution she sees a highly important for the arts.
“I feel that in my business it is critically important to give back and to give back some of the talent, that as designers, we have,” Stadler said.
Funds raised through the Philharmonic’s House of Design go on to benefit area youth through music programming and performances. The Philharmonic Society’s music programs reach nearly 200,000 students from kindergarten through high school each year. Since its founding in 1956, the society has introduced millions of children to classical music and has facilitated programs bringing artists, concerts and other educational programming to students countywide.
The House of Design tour runs through Sunday, June 29 and is closed on Mondays.
Home tours are available Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday touring starts at 10 a.m. and designers will be on hand for meet and greets with visitors from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, the home can be seen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free parking is available at Strand Vista Park, located at Selva Road and Pacific Coast Highway, and a shuttle service will run visitors to and from the home every 10 minutes. Tickets cost $40 to $50 and are available for purchase online at www.philharmonicsociety.org.