Showing posts with label Door Knocker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Door Knocker. Show all posts

Monday, November 4, 2013

Front Door: Create an Entry


Ceilings are not high, below.  A transom was over the door.  I removed it and added a taller door & sidelights.  Creating more height,
I chose 2 panels + the upward curve.  Love the doorknocker Miss Florida found.  We did a lot of back/forth online with knockers & paint color & hardware.   


Urns fabulous enough to be empty were designed & plinths  for height adjustment.  Ironically, Miss Florida, who always says, I don't know anything, has consistently put in seasonal arrangements from prunings in her garden.


I also took away the foundation plantings, aka green meatballs, and used espaliered fruit trees + groundcovers.
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The white is too white on the house.  Alas, it had just been painted before I was hired.
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Garden & Be Well,   XO Tara
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Pics taken at jobsite last week.  We are doing a new layer!  The drive, front woodland & upper arrival drive.  Cannot wait for the groundcovers to fill in, brown dead mulch, anywhere, has touched my last nerve.
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Friday, January 18, 2013

Front Door Narrative

Contrasts are a potent tool in the garden.


This mirror & curving lines of the light fixture balance the squares of the front door.  Exactly what I would have chosen.  And the scale of the frontdoor handle is pure sweetness.
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This frontdoor starts the narrative of the interior.
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Every front door has a narrative.  Whether the owner thinks so or not.
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Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
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Pic via Cote de Texas.  If the door were palladian then a square/rectangular mirror would be best.  Do not forget to use 'contrast' in your quiver of tools.
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If you want a garden that is a moat of grace around your home & life, contact me.
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Details about online design services.
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Learn action steps to creating your best garden & home when you hire me to speak to your group.
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Details about lecture titles here.
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I've written several garden books available on Amazon.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Front Door Pendant Light

Endangered object, below.


Sweetly scaled pendant light.
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A front door is always a focal point.  When architecture & materials are already good why compete?  Beware 'too large' exterior lighting at your front door.
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Garden & Be Well,      XO Tara
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pic via DIY Home Staging Tips.  You'll love the link, it's the best tips of Home Staging for 2012.  Of course, too many decades of USA homes lack good materials/architecture, mine is one, so you want to consider the possibility of large exterior lighting.  Then, beware of lipstick-on-a-pig.
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If you want a garden that is a moat of grace around your home & life, contact me.
.
Details about online design services.
.
Learn action steps to creating your best garden & home when you hire me to speak to your group.
.
Details about lecture titles here.
.
I've written several garden books available on Amazon.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Front Door Ideas

Puppet Barbuda's wicked eye.  


Boxwood disgracefully pruned into helmet hair, and wider at the top creating leggy hags with pockets of space at the bottom.
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Coiled hose lingering for pride of place.
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Blocks of wood anchoring exterior lights? Oh dear, at least stain them the color of the siding.
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The delight of the sweet round doormat.   A great touch.
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Charming vernacular baskets over the front door.
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Adore the shutters open in welcome.
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Why mulch when a groundcover is less maintenance & more lush?
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Elegantly shabby seeing money stretched.  The steps/rails are solidly good and tell a story.  Windows are at a crossroads of rotting but surviving with storm windows attached. 
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The window box & front door paint color tell Puppet Barbuda she wants inside this sweet cottage.
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Garden & Be Well,    XO Tara
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A Cousin Cathy pic from Nantucket this summer.  This cottage reminds me of Aunt Tillie in her 80's, widowed & easily taking care of her brick cottage & garden.  Plenty of money but not one red cent to replace the furnace.  Smiling with a glint in her eye, "Let the next owner pay for it!"  Blessedly several of her antiques are now in my home & garden.  
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Who is Puppet Barbuda?  Landscape Design Critic of course.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Door Knocker Story

Look thoroughly, below.
Can you figure out the door knocker at bottom?
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Their cat was destroying the door trying to get their attention.  Now, when he wants inside, he pulls on the door knocker.
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Yes, true story.
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Would you have been this intuitive, putting the door knocker down low?
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Garden & Be Well,            XO Tara
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Pic taken last month.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Door Knocker

New garden rooms, painting, windows replaced with French doors, & more, she was 
 ready for a door knocker.  Above, her choice,  Rocky Mountain Hardware, E418 Round Escutcheon.
The Baldwin, above, was similar but a bit 'safe'.  You know, how Tina Turner starts Proud Mary.
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Knocker, top, has character, depth, age, texture.
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Garden & Be Well,       XO Tara
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Every choice for a garden is nuanced.  Your garden?  The Baldwin might be THE one!  Remember: overdose on a theme, and, dinky is stinky.
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Both pics via Door Hardware USA