Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Designer Crush: Cedar Baldridge of Baldridge Landscape

My "Designer Crush" series is typically focused on profiling interior designers whom I find particularly inspiring, but today I am switching it up by swooning over a landscape architect - Cedar Baldridge.  Cedar (how perfect is her name?!)  is based here in Houston, and has transformed countless green spaces and exterior architectural details throughout the city, both commercial and residential.   

 {Cedar at home with her pup, Violet}

Baldridge has always had an interest in plants, dating back to when she ordered a venus fly trap off the back of an Archie comic book when she was only 6 years old.  From there, her love of horticulture and design grew.   She grew up on a ranch in Tampico, Mexico where her grandmother, MoMo, had a beloved rose garden. Surrounded by a landscape of cactus and cowboys, her rugged desert surrounding inspired her aesthetic. Cedar chose to study landscape architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland, because it is the only art college in the world that offers a course of study in landscape architecture.  On her website, Cedar explains: 

 “I wanted my landscape studies to be based in a historical context. The history of art and design in landscape is very important to me, from both a technical and inspiration standpoint. The knowledge I gained studying the historical English/European landscapes has left an indelible footprint on my design principles.  In the United States, I studied landscape architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Career Discovery Program. There I furthered my knowledge of the American landscape beginning with Fredrick Law Olmsted the father of American landscape architecture, through more contemporary landscape architects such as Martha Schwartz.”








This backyard landscape, designed by Baldridge, was featured in Elle Decor. How fun is the "Shade" detail?


She's also responsible for the gorgeous renovated exterior of Meredith Long & Company on San Felipe:



Not only is Cedar a talented landscape architect, she also is quite the sketcher.  I love seeing her drawings in the "Sketch Book" section of her website.




This month, Cedar's vibrant and adorable home is featured in print in PaperCity magazine.  


I love the quirky, collected vibe- and how amazing is her closet?!  You can see a preview of the article here

Want to see a peek in to a typical day in Cedar's life?  Check out this video.  I love it because it really lets her hilarious personality (and the beauty of her work) shine through!

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