My family just returned from a cruise in the Western Caribbean, and had a marvelous time. Something that really struck me was how beautiful their plants and trees were….green and lush. Their palm trees were tall and graceful blowing in the tropical breezes and it made me think of how marvelous they would look with lighting.
While palm trees are not native Texas plants, many homeowners are bringing them in to give their back yards and pool areas that tropical look and feel. With their interesting trunks and finger-like leaves, up lighting them gives a lovely focal point to any area. In several instances we have come across homeowners who have put palms in landscape beds behind their pools or water fountains. During the day, you are able to see how grand these trees are, but at night they are lost. In most of these homes the homeowners have chosen to up light the palm trees and have been very excited about the results. Now, at night, the eye is drawn toward this beautiful specimen adding warmth and texture to the area.
I know palm trees are a significant expense, especially the more mature ones, so it makes sense to give them center stage with a great lighting design.
Recently, we had the opportunity to participate in the 30th Annual San Antonio Home & Garden Show, produced by Show Technology, at the Alamodome. This was the second year for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to participate and it was a huge success. The numbers of vendors was an all time high, the diversity of the products was amazing, and the consumer turn-out broke records.
While we had the opportunity to meet several new potential clients, we also had the opportunity to meet and talk to several new trade partners.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is very excited about the future working relationship we are forming with Kent of Keith Zars Pools. Keith Zars Pools does some of the most beautiful and unique pool designs in San Antonio. Ronnie Peake is one of the three landscape architects they have on staff to make the design of the pool and the landscape surrounding it seamless. We will be developing our relationship with them to be the lighting designers for their future projects.
Liquid Assets Pool Company is another great company we will beginning to develop relationships with. This is the pool company that designed and constructed the pool for Dale Sauer Custom Homes in the 2008 Parade of Homes in San Antonio. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio had the honor to light this home, so we saw first hand the quality that went into this design. We are looking forward to speaking with Rene Ortiz and partnering with him.
We also met with Doug of 1st Class Decks. They are certainly a top notch deck company. Each of their decks and outdoor living areas are custom designed combining the home owners wishes with solid construction. Our goal is to use our wonderful deck lights to make their work stand out in the evening hours. As we begin to partner with them, I look forward to posting photos of our joint projects.