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.
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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.
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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:
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 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.
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.