May 8, 2016

DECORATING WITH PLATES

FOR CENTURIES PEOPLE HAVE HUNG PLATES ON WALLS AS DECORATIONS

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(Axel Vervoordt)

THE DUTCH HAD CRUDELY FABRICATED BUT BEAUTIFULLY HAND-PAINTED PORTRAITS PAINTED ON WALL-HUNG PLATES; THE MOORS HAD RUSTIC MULTICOLORED PLATES WITH INTRICATE GEOMETRIC PATTERNS ON THEIR WALLS WHILE EUROPEANS DISPLAYED FINELY DETAILED CHINA AND PORCELAIN PLATES ON THEIR WALLS. 

THAT WAS THEN,  THIS IS NOW!

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USING PLATES ON WALLS

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(Source: V.T.Wonen)
This sprightly ensemble with funky, old plates hung in an asymmetrical way looks free and fresh creating a happy look

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(Designer: Joseph Paul Davis)
This space I did in 1997 won "Best Decorator Showhouse Room in America."  The Mirror needed some additional weight and I didn't want to add art creating a focus so I hung white Wedgwood salad plates which give texture.


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(Source: Moder-remodel)
This super contemporary kitchen has antique Delft plates which are unexpected and add some warmth to the space

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(Source: Unknown)
Inexpensive Blue Willow, Flow-Blue and Delft plates create a crisp, casual and bright spot above this mantle


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(Source: Point-click-home)
LOVE the pop of color this assemblage offers this room.
You cant beat inexpensive things used creatively; a few odd-lots plates from a sale shelf at Target, and voila!


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(Designer: Joseph Paul Davis)
My client owned this beautiful Limoges fish plate set but never used it - so we hung the plates around the mirror and put the platter on the buffet


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(Source: Elle Decor)
This super chic bathroom has Flow-Blue platters and chargers which gives a textural ensemble and a great burst of color


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(Source: Real Simple)
An inexpensive grouping of variously sized white plates are hung asymmetrically on a graphite colored wall which creates a more modern contrast and interest point


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(Designer: Joseph Paul Davis)
Six plates handed down to my client from her grandmother happen to match perfectly with her new pink and taupe bedroom; they were also the perfect scale to flank the large window


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(Source: Phoebe Howard)
Narrow halls are hard to decorate, especially with art as you often need to step  back from art to get its full effect - not with plates, they offer a design element without being a focal point


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(Source: Zsa Zsa Bellagio)
This super chic white on white bedroom fills in the blank wall above the window with a 'Palladian' effect of white plates
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(Source: Hampton's Cottages & Gardens)
Country homes are always being reinvented; this cool grid of oyster plates against the sage green walls looks lean and artsy - not so staid like we're used to


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(Designer: Joseph Paul Davis)
An interior I did for House Beautiful Magazine.
The American country vernacular works beautifully with the brown transferware. Notice there's not massive groupings of plates  - just a few to enhance the transferware inside the antique hutch


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(Source: Unknown)
Very often rooms have no place for art or accessories. This breakfast room feels cozier with the Majolica plates hung over the windows, it adds color and interest


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(Designer: Aimee Herring)
A 21st century version of the room above; instead of using large art pieces in this loft they've created an unexpected whimsical, lineal display of plates having humorous characters and designs.


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(Source: Zsa Zsa Bellagio)
I be lovin' me some lavender transferware!
How freekin' cool is this bedroom with this antique assemblage?!?!


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(Source: Stelle Architects)
This modern home in the Hampton's has a large and varied collection of pottery fish plates hung on their dining room wall. LOVE it, it's beachy, food-related and different!


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(Source: Unknown)
Even though this kitchen is gorgeous with the green island and gingham ceiling, it's the Majolica plates over the range hood that  make it pop!


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(Source: Unknown)
How freekin' easy is this? 
An old-fashioned painting is zhuzhed up by using two green Majolica plates, easy - done!


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(Source: Martha Stewart)
This grouping of black and white plates creates drama (the good kind) in this pale grey-blue dining room

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(Designer: Charlotte Moss)
Charlotte Moss created this European-style ski lodge for herself in Aspen which looks as if a 'crowned' head will come shushing through the doors at any minute.... The polychrome Delft jars and plates on the wall totally add some necessary European style and depth to the decor


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(Source: Living Walls)
I love this crazy collection of sizes and colors in this one tightly displayed grouping. It's cozy and modern at the same time

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(Source: Southern Accents)
Fun, casual, colorful and super chic!
I love the daring drama of this assemblage. 
These mix-matched plates work because of the rigid grid pattern to display them, otherwise it would look like Sanford and Sons


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(Designer: Celery Kemble)
Here, the four Mottehedeh leaf pattern plates are hung to flank the banquette. They add a small bit of color - continuing the scheme without being too too


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(Source: Photobucket)
This swanky retro-remix uses fun recycled furniture and accessories which are hot today. The old antique plates add visual weight and ramp up the glam-factor to the rather small-scale mirror


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(Source: Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle)
The creamware above this bed in this quiet country-style bedroom works perfectly as it adds subtle contrast and doesn't interfere with the harmony of the room


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(Source: David Easton)
Known for his traditional interiors - this is a smokin' departure for Easton. The white ribbon-edge creamware looks perfect in this modern house which is eclectically furnished
  

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(Source: Fairholme, Newport, RI)
The bedroom of an old dowager in Newport, RI has two large antique orange Chinese Famille Rose patterned chargers above the bedside tables. It's nothing new - but still very elegant.


ARRANGEMENTS
HOW TO DISPLAY THEM

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(Designer: Jackye Lanham)
This masterful assemblage of plates and intaglios with the Irish mirror is genius.  The symmetry is what makes it look powerful and elegant. If it were hung asymmetrically it would look too cluttered

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(Designer: John Derian)
This tightly grouped symmetrical collection looks fantastic!!  
The white in the plates stands out against the dark blue wall color creating a beautiful focal point

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(Source: Pure Home)
LOVE this asymmetrical group of white plates with gold decoration; it looks contemporary and fun, better than art for this particular place

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(Source: Unknown)
This traditional arrangement is perfect for these turkey plates; they'd look odd if they were clustered together asymmetrically. I love the charm of turkey plates. I see them all the time in the Goodwill and other thrift stores too

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(Source: Pinterest)
This super feminine room has a very whimsical swail of floral plates hung casually across the wall - creating a romantic notion, less rigid and more girly

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(Source: Decoracao e Invencao)
These variously sized old white plates are in a tightly assembled symmetrical grouping - looking clean and simple. The lack of pattern on the plates makes them more interesting (you can pick these up at any thrift store)

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(Source: Good Bones Great Pieces)
This successful and very colorful grid-pattern adds architecture to the room. These two very different types plates work exceptionally well as they both have red and are used on a red wall 

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(Designer: Kelly Wearstler)
In an outdoor seating area Wearstler used a massive collection of inexpensive white plates and black transferware to create a majorly impactful assemblage, it works, they're weatherproof and there wasn't a huge investment. The plates make an artistic statement and simultaneously covering up the huge dark wall

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(Source: Noodle House, Beijing)
OMG this Chinese restaurant covered the entire 75' long by 14' high wall with blue-and-white Chinese rice bowls!
I freekin' love that!!!

WHERE TO GET GREAT PLATES
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Of course you can go to any antique dealer and purchase Sevres, Meissen or Limoges porcelain, or even rustic Faience pottery with a hand full of cash, but I like to encourage people to take the less expensive road. I found this 1950's grouping above from a thrift store for $15. /set.  They're so retro-groovy I'm using them in one of my stylin' new properties.
ALWAYS CHECK LOCAL THRIFT STORES
Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc. They're always flooded with beautiful and quirky plates
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This beautiful plate is not from a thrift but a pair or more of these will brighten any room.

DON'T DO THIS,  EVER
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DON'T Mix portrait plates from different sets, looks like hell

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DON'T use a plate rack from Pier 1,  just hang them on the damn wall

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DON'T create a nasty clusterf*%k of everything you can get your hands on

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DON'T line up a bunch of incongruous ugly plates

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DON'T feel like you have to use every plate in the set

NOW, GETTING IT DONE....
HOW TO HANG PLATES
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(SOURCE: SOUTHERN COMFORT BLOG)
  1. Arrange the plates on your floor the way you want them on the wall, face up.
  2. Keep diddling and rearranging them until you have something interesting that will enhance your room. Try different asymmetrical and symmetrical groupings and grid patterns.
  3. Place a square of masking tape encompassing all the plates on the floor making a large square around them - but close to the outside edges of the plate layout.
  4. Measure the masking tape on the floor then mark those same boundaries/measurements on the wall where you want to hang your plates (which the plates will go inside of).
  5. Turn the plates over face-down on the floor and apply the disc hangers to the back following the directions on the package.
  6. Measure your walls inside the pre-measured square and locate where the plates will go using the easy picture hanger .
  7. Hang the pictures on small picture nails as you may want to move one or two during the hanging.
  8. Stand back and pat yourself on the back.

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You can do it, I'm here to help!
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March 29, 2016

PERGOLAS

Those Beautiful Structures 
You See In Other Peoples Gardens... 

by definition
A Pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway or sitting area 
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(Kawachi Fuji Gardens, Kitakyushu, Japan)
There's a pergola for everyone's budget, lifestyle and purpose!

TRADITIONAL STYLE PERGOLA'S 
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(Source: Unknown)
This is about as gawjus as it gets, right?
An open pergola of cast stone columns with open metal or wood framing across the top.

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(Source: Elle Decor)
This is what we think of as a basic pergola; simple to build and easy to maintain as its not painted. A romantic spot to enjoy al fresco meals or entertain in! Yeah baby, break out the candles and some Dean Martin tunes!

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(Designer: Charlotte Moss)
Here, we should break out the enema's...This is absolutely lovely, but it smacks of the Madoff days...just too-freekin-too...

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(Apaquogue, NY)
This "Gloriette" is covered with a creeping vine - blending subtly into the landscape as opposed to a hard-edged structure 


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(Source: Unknown)
This covered walkway is the bomb; the trumpet vine gives shade in the summer and allows sun through in the winter as it's deciduous 

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(Source: Unknown)
This screened-in Colonial Williamsburg style pergola works well because its placed away from the house where there's a breeze

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(Landscape Designer: Michael Trapp)
The large vine-covered pergola in the foreground is close to the house and handles spill-over from parties inside the home - a smokers lounge, perhaps. Looking across the pool to the other structures creates a well-defined plan with different spaces for different uses. 
At the far end, an in-ground spa is between the two smaller pergolas, one of which is for lounging in the shade and the other for dining. 


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(Source: Garden Structure.com)
This amazing pre-fabricated pergola can make a statement at the far end of a garden or used as a link to another building.

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(Sagaponack NY)
The most humble are always the most charming...
This old arbor becomes a pergola for large informal dining
Salads, Chianti and a loaf of great bread = bliss!!
Want shade? throw a length of outdoor fabric over the top and...    
boom! der-it-is!

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(Hortulus Farm, Renny Reynolds)
This elegant confection is a copy of ones at Versailles; used here as the gateway to the 'peony fields' and public gardens from the nursery at  Hortulus Farm 

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(Source: AD Europe)
These bamboo covered iron frames are used all over southern Europe - anywhere below the frost line. The dappled light is romantic, the woven bamboo keeps the sun out and lets the hot air escape...brilliant!

USING A PERGOLA FOR A SPECIFIC PURPOSE

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(Source: Calistoga)
A large contemporary pergola has a steel frame with wooden slats. It covers seating and relaxing areas by this pool. It's an architectural anchor for the pool area, breaking up the flatness of all that blue stone

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(Source: KAA Design-Architecture)
This entrance is cozy, organic and has much more appeal than a dark heavy entrance porch. It says "here's the entrance" to guests

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(Source: Photobucket)
Cantcha hear da steel drums, mon??  
These sturdy shelters are called palapa's or tiki huts - they're perfect if you live in the tropics....they imply relaxation and are very strong, so no high-wind issues like umbrellas - blowing around the garden

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(Source: MPR Design Group)
This log and bamboo pergola connects two separate parts of the house, adding the warmth of wood against the white stucco and creating some desirable shade

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(Landscape Designer: Michael Trapp)
This boring traditional home is much more interesting thanks to the open-air pergola on the back of the house which visually connects the garage, main house and family room wings whilst leaving the homes interior bright and sunny.

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(Source: Trevor and Tiki-huts)
Duuuude, lets take some brews and a blunt down to the dock and chill in da shade, aiight? 
This is a cheap way to get some shade on your dock so you can use it for more than the boat!

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(Source: GardenStructures.com)  
Instead of fencing the entire property ($$$) you can create a private, intimate exterior living and dining area while ramping up your homes architectural value

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(Source: Great Outdoors Landscape and Patio)
This Southwestern-style home uses a pergola to define a dining area, otherwise it would feel like any other patio. At night, up-lights and candles make this amazingly intimate.

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(Source: Elle decor)
Other than being a nice focal point and entertaining area for this pool; the shelter has overhead slats which abates sun exposure whilst the operable shutters on the back control the breezes

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(Katie Couric's Hampton's Home)
In summer Katie can serve lunch to her media peeps on her wisteria covered porch. Wisteria is deciduous so the interior rooms are shaded in the summer and bright in the winter

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(Source: Freshome)
This Mediterranean piazza has a wicked-awesome cantilevered aluminum structure which is covered with bamboo rods eliminating any interruptions in the view.

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(Source: Freshome, Peru)
This groovy outdoor dining pergola is totally tricked-out with a full kitchen allowing family and friends to gather here for meals and no one has to run inside for the salad dressing or more wine, etc.


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This pergola running alongside this pool was designed as a defacto corridor connecting several different areas or "rooms" in this stunning garden. Above: The screen porch for summer use is at the top right corner of this photo.Photobucket
(Landscape architect: Richard Arentz,  Interior Design: Joseph Paul Davis)
At the other end is the detached glass conservatory for winter use


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(Source: Bulgari residence in Bali)
This bitchin' outdoor living room is surrounded by a water feature keeping the ambient air cooler. This room is the link between two other structures. There are no walls, only curtains to control the sun and breezes.  

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(Architect: Magma Arqitectura, Barcelona)
This 'convertible' pergola has drop-down shades and pull-over top panels which can be utilized independently depending on sun, breezes, privacy or weather.


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(Source: Ralph Lauren)
This cantilevered steel and wood-slat pergola shields the interior rooms (and loungers) from direct rays

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(Source: Resort Homes International)
Gilligan's Island goes island glam!
This wood and reed suspended pergola over the banquette offers shade to the loungers but more importantly it blocks the nosey-ass neighbors view into this pool area.


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(Source: Montgomery Design)
This simple, but gorgeous pergola creates an additional room in which to live in the warmer months. The cheapest room-addition one can make!

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(Source: Nottoscale)
This chic-as-shit structure was designed to accommodate several issues: It provides shade whilst allowing light into the house. Also, this home is constantly exposed to very high winds and blowing sand; during inclement conditions the canvas is retracted - leaving only the steel frame which easily handles the elements.

PERGOLA'S WHICH ADD ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST TO A HOME OR GARDEN

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A wooden frame and steel tube structure creates a contemporary "link" between the kitchen and carriage house, and allows a perpendicular axis between the courtyard and formal lawn through a vine-covered portal - as shown below
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This pergola has many other uses; the grill is discretely concealed next to the kitchen door(on left) and can double as a covered area for serving at garden parties
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(Landscape Architect: Richard Arentz)


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(Source: Unknown)
An outdoor kitchen and bar structure is the focal point which draws people out and through the garden. 


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(Source: Julien Paysagiste, France)
This simple, yet spacious hexagonal "destination" makes an al fresco meal, birthday party or simple gathering by the pond feel special. 


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(Source: CocoPlum, Bodu Hithi)
This pergola-covered banquette is the focal point here!  The simple, open pergola adds "structure," defines the boundaries and provides privacy from the neighbors deck. 
Dappled light is always sexy and alluring - day or night!


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(Source: KAA Design and Architecture)
Formal gardens seem to ask for pergolas, right?
Balancing shade and sun makes a garden more interesting. 

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(Source: MPRD Design Group, Australia)
This entranceway is enhanced by this rad contemporary pergola embracing you during your approach.

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(Source: Destinations Thailand) 
This simple, zen-like elevated pergola serves double duty as a peaceful place for your daily yoga and as a tea house. It also provides shelter from the sun and creates a "structural focus" to obscure the neighbors. 


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(Source: Gardenstructure.com)
This prefabricated 'tete-a-tete' can be a link between gardens, a place to wait for the school bus or a "destination" at the far end of a garden for cocktails, or the Sunday paper

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(Source: Unknown)
A small, insipid garden is now a chic gathering spot obscured from the sun with an inexpensive structure. The primitive construction is painted white a with white outdoor fabric cover; it's kept uncluttered by using all-white furniture.  Total cost? Approximately $400 (w/o furniture)


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(Source: Renny Reynolds, Hortulus Farm)
Approaching the main residence at Hortulus Farm the tree-lined lane suddenly narrows and bends, then after 1000 feet it opens broadly exposing a private Eden - as if a heavy, green velvet curtain has been pulled back; there, immediately across a pond your eye is drawn to this pure-white skeletal temple; its whiteness against the dark, verdant water and woods is animated by a surreal bevy of white swans flouting your arrival.  In one small, well-placed structure we have 
  • A focal point 
  • A welcoming beacon (lit at night, too!)
  • A destination
  • A garden object
This is the pergola of pergolas!



REGIONAL or STYLE APPROPRIATENESS


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(Source: El Mueble)

  • YES, if you live in the tropics
  • YES, if you live in a warm climate and have a country-style or  mission style home.
  • NO, if you live in Boston and have snow issues (duh!)
  • NO, if you have a mountain/loggy-style home


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(Source: www.corradiusa.com)

  • YES, if you live in a contemporary home. 
  • NO, if you live in a center-hall colonial


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(Source: AD Europe)

  • YES, if you live in a south-western style home or a Napa-style ranch.
  • YES, if you live in a country-style home or even a Modern home.
  • NO, if you live in a McMansion
  • NO, if you live in a mobile home


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(Source: Suncoast Tiki Huts)

  • NO, if you live anywhere north of Florida
  • YES, if you live in a casual home in the tropics
  • NO, if you live in a formal Spanish-Mediterranean style home
  • NO, if palm trees don't naturally grow where you live 


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(Source: Unknown)

  • YES, if you hunt moose
  • YES, if you live in a state with mountains
  • NO, if you live in Philadelphia
  • NO, if you live in the tropics


PERGOLA'S ON ROOF TOPS

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(Source: Unknown)
Roof decks can get very hot - with nowhere to run to!  
This lean-to pergola works perfectly for this dining area with the built-in flower boxes keeping the seating area cooler and the plants from the searing sun. The slats let little sun in without trapping the heat inside.

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(Source: Zighy Bay, Oman)
This elevated pergola above a lower-level seating area is perfect for the long distance views and catching cooler breezes up and away from the hot sands of Oman

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(Source: Chicago Home & Garden)
This cool series of steel pergolas offer the residents some privacy from other penthouses. They also add some architecture and verticality to an otherwise 'flat' space

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(Source: FLP)
This rooftop deck rocks because the framing imitates a roofline; creating a place for climbing vegetation. 

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(Source: San Giorgio, Mykonos)
This constantly sunny roof terrace is shaded by a woven bamboo matting, its cheap and chic - I love that!

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(Architects: Rees Roberts & Steven Harris, Cabo San Lucas)
This stone home on this hillside in Cabo is off da hook!!  It has a pergola on top of the main house...better air and better views, gotta love that!

BAD PERGOLA'S
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Really, above the pool???  Dead-flat vinyl panels that will have the water run-off exactly where you don't want it?

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You'll be crying for Auntie Em when the wind kicks this piece of shit around....

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Yes, this beauty is called the "Bay Window" outdoor room.
This is what $800 gets ya....  
Oh, and a citation from your Homeowners Association...

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Is your last name Liberace?
It's like a train-wreck but you still want to look...

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I'd sooner gouge my eyes out than see this in my yard 




YOU CAN DO IT, I'M HERE TO HELP!