The Robinson House
Restoration History
Exterior Architecture
Interior Architecture
Centennial Celebration
Party Vignettes
Entertainment Album
Food Product Portfolios
Four Seasons Hotel Styling
Four Seasons Hotel Styling 2
California Wellness Institute Styling
Wynn Resort, Macau Styling

The Annabelle Robinson house was built in 1905 by architects Charles and Henry Greene for Laurabelle and Henry Robinson.  The house is over 12,000 square feet and is situated on 4 acres.  It was originally landscaped to appear majestically through a curving driveway of orange groves.   The Robinson house was purchased in 1998 when it was completely dilapidated and unlivable by Mark and Phaedra Ledbetter, the 4th owners of the house and the third to live in the main house.  In six years, they completely restored and re-landscaped, and in many areas redesigned the house and property while living in the carriage house. The scope of the restoration included a new roof, new plaster, drainage, windows, and screens, plumbing and all new light fixtures except for the entrance light fixture and the sconces in the dining room.  They installed new heating and air conditioning, designed a theater, a wine cellar and sauna and reproduced and designed new furniture and landscaping. The house is now completely computerized on a Crestron home automation system.

Phaedra's Japanese heritage, career as a licensed interior designer,
registered horticultural therapist and degrees in design and psychology
greatly influenced the restoration and design process. Mark's passion for
botany and career in production and manufacturing were instrumental in
expediting their vision. Between 1998-2005, they contracted with numerous
talented craftsmen and women committed to bringing the dilapidated estate
back to life.
In the once abandoned four acre gardens, Phaedra and Mark designed and
re-landscaped the entire estate, planting over 100 citrus trees and hundreds
of other unique plants, over 50,000 square feet of sod, new outdoor features
and numerous unique garden destinations.  The river and beach, a swim up bar
and infinity edge pool, a fire, glass and water fountain, a lotus pond, a
rose garden, two outdoor kitchens, a bar and  lounge deck under a canary
island palm tree, a fire pit gathering, an herb garden, a cactus garden, an
orchard, a double helix potager, a woodland tipi garden and a Japanese
garden are all new garden rooms that developed out of a once neglected,
overgrown site.