California hues

On his way from the pool to his 1950s Pasadena house, Rod Beattie passes by a grouping of ceramic pots in midcentury colors. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / June 20, 2013)

Swimwear designer Rod Beattie uses colorful pots and artful plant arrangements to create garden vignettes in various parts of his Pasadena house, whether that means a splash of yellow and blue by the pool, a welcoming tableau at the end of the carport or a set of pots defining a lounge area outside a bedroom.

When posting our feature on Beattie's house last week, we asked the designer about his favorite places to buy outdoor pots. His three go-to sources:

Pottery Manufacturing and Distributing: This company makes its own pots in Tecate, Mexico, and serves as an importer for other designs as well. We sent a message asking if the company allows the public to its Gardena showroom, but we got not response. Retail outlets are listed at

Rose Bowl Flea Market: For vintage finds, Beattie likes the granddaddy of the flea markets, held on the second Sunday of every month.

Pasadena City College Flea Market: Decorators often cite this smaller sale, on the first Sunday of every month, as an off-the-radar place for the occasional find.


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