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Steel Magnolias annual Home Design Tour


Steel Magnolias will host its annual Home Design Tour Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11 from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tickets, which are just $50 per person, are on-sale now and available for online purchase at  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Stramski Children’s Developmental Center at Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach. 

This year’s tour includes four significant and architecturally mesmerizing homes in some of Long Beach’s most exclusive neighborhoods, including Alamitos Heights, Belmont Heights and Naples Island.  The tour is punctuated with ambient music matching the mood of each home with Champagne, gourmet bites, and other amenities available for purchase at select destinations.  The tour concludes with a reception set against a backdrop of outdoor elegance with dining, entertainment and a pop-up boutique featuring handbags, jewelry and other must-have merchandise curated for last-minute Mother’s Day shoppers.

It’s ideal for anyone looking for design ideas, enjoys beautiful architecture and aesthetics, or just want to spend the day supporting a wonderful cause – the Stramski Center, which does wonderful work for children with special needs. 

A brigade of docents will be on hand to answer questions and provide anecdotes as well as architectural details at every stop.  Among the homes included are:

A Spanish Beauty that has the feel of a luxury resort (think Ojai Valley Inn), yet embraces an old-world charm and inviting touches with no detail left to chance.

Net Zero Nest is an urban and urbane abode that illustrates how simple it is to live off-the-grid by creating a sustainable sanctuary in one of California’s largest cities.

A serene waterfront Beach Retreat that has been recently renovated from top to bottom just in time to make its debut.

A nearly century-old landmark that once housed officers and gentlemen, this iconic relic is a great example of architectural excellence from a bygone era. 

Tickets, which are $50 per person, can be purchased online at  Included are admission to all four homes plus a post-tour reception featuring food, wine and spirits, live entertainment, a pop-up Mother’s Day boutique, and opportunity drawings.

The tour begins in Park Estates where guests will pick up their tickets and be given the addresses to the participating homes.  No children under 13 years of age – flat, rubber –sole shoes required.  For more information, call 562.331.8007.

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