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Delightful Outdoor Art!

1 Nov

Mother Nature impresses us with bold fall colors and textures.  Bonus discovery!  the Indianapolis Art Center’s featured outdoor sculptures.  Check these out:

















Great way to add interest to parking lot with flowers, herbs, vegetables

Great way to add interest to parking lot with flowers, herbs, vegetables













Canoe launch site

Canoe launch site








There is more to see of the grounds!

From Houzz: Add a shed +++

26 Apr


I love this article from Houzz!  To add a personal story, our custom shed was completed in 2010.  One third potting shed, two-thirds mower parking, the arbor aesthetically bridges the shed to house meeting the minimum distance required by ordinance.  The bonus features are shade to the French doors from the setting sun and obscuring the view of the neighbor’s driveway.  Our shed was added long after the privacy fence was built.  This called for a custom solution to rework section into a gate for the mower.

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North facing window, full glass door and two loft windows.

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Walk thru or sit and stay a while!

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Look in the lower left corner….additional 3′ to original 16’X16′ concrete patio.

Ours is a “his and hers” shed.

Outdoor Rooms

22 Apr
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Kathleen Birmingham has an article in this month’s issue of Acreage Life about creating outdoor rooms.  She addresses site, furnishing, lighting, weather and privacy.  My favorite expert is Australian native Jamie Durie, designer of outdoor spaces and host of his own HGTV show. http://jamiedurie.com/

Elfcroft is blessed with several outdoor rooms….a west side arbor, east facing screened porch with a swing and south-facing golden quartz flagstone patio open for star-gazing surrounded by a moon garden.  The orientation makes a huge difference in the comfort level.  Screened, shaded and open sky….we have it covered.  What we don’t have….and it is probably the favorite outdoor room in Indiana….the basketball court/driveway.  Well, we have a driveway.  The basketball goal was worn out years ago.  They do wear out. 😦

Porch swing with great cushion

Porch swing with great cushion

Moon garden

Moon garden