This gate was made about twenty years ago and then mounted it in a stucco wall. I couldn’t part with it when we moved, so I yanked it out of the wall, patched the stucco and brought with me when we moved to our mid century home. After agonizing over how a new frame would look, it seemed that a stylized torii gate (that’s the part that holds it up) would be appropriate for the age of our house.
When I had this gate commissioned, the idea of making such an investment on art seemed kind of crazy to me. But I’d been dreaming of the design for months and and it just seemed so right. I’m still grateful after all this time that it’s with me.
A bold metal trellis gives a sense of privacy to this front courtyard.
Trellis designed by Christine, landscape design by Carolyn.
When I first came to this yard I was crestfallen that a this poor house had to live behind such walls. There is a street on the upper side of the walls, so an engineer thought they should be substantial. But I put on my thinking cap and came up with a few ideas to take the eye away from the over powering wall.
The eye follows the path to the water feature. The water feature is raised to give it more emphasis than the wall. From the water feature, the eye is drawn to the elevated trees in the background. Adding a couple feet of soil to the back area made the new trees appear to be taller than they are and the wall less looming.
Woody’s Custom Landscaping of Battleground did the installation
Do you have a shed? Does it have blank Walls? What a missed opportunity! While strolling through art shows, a few things made their way home. Now what to do? Awe there’s a blank wall on the shed. The secret, like indoor walls, place groupings of a collection and create lines for the eye to follow. I’m ready for more art shows and to add to my mask collection.
This little cactus is about as cute as you can imagine unless you’ve discovered it with bare feet or ankles. Oregon is full of wildflowers in every season, but I love late spring.
A garden begins to come of age in its second season. The plants are deer resistant and drought tolerant. The sea of perennials require little work except for fall clean up. Things were planted in the fall to allow them to get established over the winter and take advantage of the rain. We’re now working on replacing the few plants that didn’t make it and trying to figure out why the yarrow didn’t want to grow there.
What to do with a big piece of grass on a hillside? Add a deck and a covered spa. The slope is an advantage because the top of the spa can sit at the deck level, making an easy in and out transition. Steps lead to a paver patio with a fire pit and seat wall. The fire pit has an automatic lighter. The seat wall is part retaining wall.