Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a home decked out with colorful mosaics.
Known for its picturesque water canals, unconventional bars, and eclectic shops, Venice is one of the most popular—and quirky—beach towns in Southern California. And the aptly named Mosaic Tile House is right in line with Venice’s eccentric reputation. Envisioned by local artist Cheri Pann (who has had more than 20 solo exhibitions in California and Japan) and her husband and fellow artist Gonzalo Duran, the 1940s home is bedecked with splintered-glass mosaics and colorful tiles from top to bottom. The passion project began in the 1990s when Pann created a tiled bathroom—and it’s since taken on a life of its own. The husband-and-wife team use the house as a live/work studio, but it’s also available for tours on certain days.
Start out in the front gateway, where multi-colored tiled columns set the stage for the rest of the residence. The front porch shows off a rainbow’s worth of colors, from orange and blue to green and yellow. There’s even a mosaic tile front bench so guests can sit in style.
The house is currently open for tours each Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Children under 12 get in for free.