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Backyard Bliss with Moroccan Flavor

The backyard seating area is one of my favorite spots of our house. Here I enjoy my first cup of coffee in the morning and plan the day ahead while listening to the birds. It’s also our second dining room and a perfect place to relax with a glass of wine at the end of the day.

To create a warm and inviting space we painted the rear wall of the house a soft yellow and hung an array of lanterns from the rafters. A large mirror reflects their light as well as the greenery from the garden. Additional candle holders on the table and jewel tones round off the dose of Moroccan flair. An old street sign adds a touch of tongue-in-cheek.

 

“Beco do Motta” , a narrow alley a stone’s throw away from the Cathedral, was Diamantina’s red light district through the 1970s. It has been immortalized in a song by famed Brazilian musicians Fernando Brant and Milton Nascimento. We found the battered street sign in the rubble of a renovation site.

 

Jewel tones and Moroccan lanterns set the mood.

 

There’s nothing like candles to create a warm atmosphere.

 

Glass varnish and dimensional paint transformed an ordinary tomato sauce jar.

 

The mirror was rescued from a New York City sidewalk.

 

Lulu photobombing.

 

A detail of the garden is reflected in the large mirror.

 

As night falls the mood grows romantic.

 

Bliss.

 

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First Impressions

Several months ago I did a post about giving a second life to salvaged multi paned windows – and a follow up about our own project creating a mirror window for our entry passage. Recently I took some pictures to keep a record of how the plants are growing in around it. And decided I might as well share with you the first impression visitors get when they arrive at our front door.

I was hoping the dipladenia would have spread its tendrils by now and developed some flowers, but sadly the leaf cutter ants got to it some time ago and almost killed it. It is making a comeback, but it’s a slow process.

So it’s not quite yet the way I would like it to be (are gardens ever, really?) Still, here are some images.

 

The view from the gate towards the kitchen window
This is the first impression you get when opening the front gate

 

Front door
Front door

 

Looking back to the gate from the door.
Looking back to the gate from the door. The dipladenia plant growing around the mirror is slowly recovering from the ant attack.

 

This is how I hope it will look some day. Image source
This is how I hope it will look some day. Image source

 

The marble topped table had been made for the kitchen of our previous home. The chair came from a thrift shop.
The marble topped table had originally been made for the kitchen of our previous home. The wooden chair came from a thrift shop.

 

The tabletop display suffers frequent changes.
The tabletop display suffers frequent changes.

 

Detail
Detail

 

And this is how it looks from my kitchen ...
And this is how it looks from our kitchen …

 

Soft evening glow.
Soft evening glow.

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Windows of Opportunity (2)

A few weeks ago I posted some charming ideas about giving a second chance to those multipaned windows often discarded during renovation. I have a weakness for mirrors, I find it intriguing how they open new perspectives in an otherwise restricted space. That’s why the mirror window on a garden wall caught my attention. Here it is again:

 

One of my next projects is to install a mirror window on our garden wall. (9)
Mirror window on a garden wall by Three Dogs in a Garden

The entrance to our house is a narrow walled passage, a place that definitely can benefit from a little extra perspective. I figured this would be the perfect spot to recreate this concept. Here it is – alas at the moment it is still a fairly poor imitation of the original …

The mirror window in our front garden
The mirror window in our front garden

The rain season is bound to start soon, and I hope the plants will grow in nicely then (and maybe our cat will even stop destroying the orchids as she keeps climbing up the tree ….). So I thought it might be interesting to post a picture every six months or so to keep track on how things are changing. Stay tuned.

Windows of Opportunity

Multi paned windows are a signature feature of the Portuguese colonial architecture in Brazil, they are also common in traditional farmhouses in the US and many European countries. Often they get replaced during renovation and can be picked up for a song at salvage yards.

They can be repurposed in a great number of ways, adding a touch of shabby chic to a home  – here are just a few inspirations. Hope this gets your creative juices flowing.

One of the old window s of our home is now hanging in my home office - the upper part became a photo gallery, the lower part pin board with cork panels and a center magetic section
One of the old windows of our house is now hanging in my home office – the upper part became a photo gallery, the lower part message board with cork panels on both sides and a center magnetic section. Hooks across the bottom accommodate an ever changing array of items. (1)

 

This window turned mirror sits atop a book case
This mirror perches atop a book case. It was previously used as a “window” in our windowless New York bathroom. (2)

Below are some ideas from around the web:

Here a number of different size frames was grouped together to create a gallery wall.
Here a number of different size frames was grouped together to create a gallery wall. (3)

 

This frame was outfitted with chicken wire. Wooden cloth pins hold photographs.
This frame was outfitted with chicken wire. Wooden cloth pins hold photographs. (4)

 

An eye-catching floral design was painted on the glass of this window. At first glance it appears to be scroll iron work. A shelf across the bottom adds functionality. (5)

 

This beautiful frame with much of its original hardware is an artwork in itself. Some neutral toned flower garlands enhance its romantic flair. (6)

 

Backdrop for a flower box – a new take on window box. You could add mirrors to double the impact of the greenery. (7)

 

Here the panes were replaced with chalkboard. I like how the partitions in the upper half were removed to provide a larger space for notes. (8)

 

One of my next projects is to install a mirror window on our garden wall. (9)
This mirror window instantly opens a new dimension in the garden. One of my next projects is to install one on our own garden wall. (9)

Image sources:  personal archive (1) (2),  2ndessence.com (3),  milkhousemarket.com (4),  DIY ShowOff  (5),  Shabbyfufu (6),  Ruff by Margo (7),  le petit Yaka moderne (8), Three Dogs in a Garden (9)

 

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