This little guy has chosen his home right outside my kitchen window. Always tippy top of the squirrel’s tail, that is his favorite perch. He is there almost every day, many times a day. It is fun to have something to look at outside, a nice focal point. This is my own secret focal point, because you can’t even see this from the street. You would have to walk up the drive and look behind the hemlock tree. Mister has been enjoying the dozen or so shelled, raw peanuts I set out for him every few days. What should I name him?
A few days in Charleston is all you need to get hooked (for the fourth time or the fortieth).
Here are a few peeks from a random stroll down Church St. All images by Color Calling.
Now, this is what I call an outdoor room!
We all know curb appeal is important. When I do exterior color consultations, I always look at the big picture.
Many times, I will recommend that my homeowner consider upgrading the main doorway light fixture(s).
Think about it, your home is being most often viewed from street distance. Make sure your light fixture is proper size.
Now that your eye has been shown a good proportion, take a look at the following lighting scheme:
Don’t you prefer the 4:1 ratio of door to light? Doesn’t the above lighting scheme look dinky now that I am pointing this out?
The house below is a tad busy, but the main front door lighting has nice proportions. By the way, better to be a bit big than too little:
What about this one?
If you said too small, I agree. (I am not loving the huge sidelight to the right of the door, which would be the correct place to have a light).
What about this?
Did this visual exercise help you determine the correct size for your lighting? Does your own exterior lighting have enough presence?
Do you agree with my proper proportions guideline?
This is Benjamin Moore Maritime White
We spent a lovely late afternoon at Eden Gardens State Park, located about 10 minutes from WaterColor Resort, in
Point Washington, Florida. Dogs on a leash are welcome. The azaleas were sadly past their peak, but a few camellias were blooming. The other real enjoyment for me was taking photos of the fabulous bronze sculptures of children at play placed beautifully along the walking trail. What a treat!
Below: the Wesley House is open for tours on the grounds of the Eden State Park
Don’t you love it when someone’s creativity and imagination just make you go WOW!
Here are some garden accents which I find inspiring and beautiful right now
From Goff Creek Pottery
A lovely birdbath, in an almost-impossible-to-find all copper. It is the correct depth as well. Don’t buy a birdbath with a pool depth of more than about 3 inches, according to bird experts.
P.Allen Smith’s Allium beds:
Since I have been reworking the furniture, and the look of my terrace, I am loving researching patio décor. I have my old patio sets sent out to be stripped and freshly powder coated. Some of the odd pieces are going to stay rustic to add patina. It won’t look too matchy-matchy when I have finished. I will bring out a couple of blue and white Chinese garden stools to add color, and I found some killer outdoor toss pillows in a navy-blue and white Schumacher ‘Imperial Trellis’ knock-off for a song.
Here are some of the looks that I like and found inspiring: