Let’s Talk Pergolas

The to-do list for my home is a mile long, but near the top is the addition of a pergola. If you’re unfamiliar, a pergola is an architectural element originally used in ancient Greece and Rome to better define an outdoor space that’s gaining momentum in the current day. It usually consists of parallel colonnades that support an open roof of girders and cross rafters.

Pergolas are great privacy and shade solutions because, really, there are no rules. They can be built out of wood or steel, with a traditional or modern design or somewhere in between. Add fabric panels to the sides for additional privacy, let vining plants climb up to and cover the roof, add solar panels, or top it off with a plexiglas covering for protection from the rain. Your pergola can be freestanding in the middle of the backyard or built on top of a porch or deck, or maybe you’d just like to build one over your old concrete patio. See? Not many rules here.

I’d like mine to be similar to the second one below, but the wood painted white instead of black to keep the heat to a minimum during summer. Honeysuckle would climb all four colonnades and wind around the girders where it would mingle with strands of lights with edison bulbs. I’d have a few planter boxes on one or two of the sides that would blend in, and maybe a canvas tarp that could be attached to the four corners for shade on especially hot days.

But I haven’t put much thought into it.

 

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DIY Halloween House Monster

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I always decorate for Halloween, but there’s no formula. Some years it’s only a porch full of pumpkins and others it’s something a little more. This year I decided that the windows in my guest room were begging for eyeballs.

 

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And that’s how it started, with six dollars worth of poster board and a pair of scissors. My first thought was that I’d like for them to be a bit larger, maybe even bigger than the windows themselves, but I was happy. I shared this photo on Instagram and Facebook as an afterthought.

 

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And that’s when the design by committee began! Several friends and followers suggested that the large living room window directly below needed teeth. And they were 100% correct, so back out came the scissors and leftover paper scraps.

 

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A window full of neon yellow snaggleteeth later and more suggestions came pouring in. Friends who live in town started driving by with their children in tow and I even caught a few snapping photos.

 

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The last suggestion that I entertained was the addition of some mean eyebrows with the last two scraps, which definitely made this DIY Halloween house monster complete. All-in-all it was a blast to create and I can’t wait to see the looks on trick-or-treaters’ faces in a few weeks!

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Backyard Spaces

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City Farmhouse

Aside from the guest room and a planned flower garden for the front of the house, the actual yard part of the backyard is all that’s left to take care of at my house. I’m forever futzing and rearranging but those are the only larger projects, and I think I’ve been delaying them for just that reason. I’ve taken care of the decks but I want the entire backyard to feel like an extension of living space. These spaces have accomplished that in spades and are full of inspiration!

 

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Stories

 

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Annette Christian

 

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Durham House

 

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Fresh Exchange

 

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Vtwonen

 

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Caroline Legrand

 

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Lizzy Janssen Persico

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Happy Weekend

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1/Mehmet Ali Uysal‘s installation literally peels and pinches the walls of a gallery.  2/Adult Capri Suns are a thing.  3/Chuan-Bin Chung uses his chalkboard drawing skills to teach students anatomy.  4/IKEA taps HAY and Tom Dixon for new products.  5/Minipresso is the world’s smallest outdoor espresso maker.  6/The colorful grout trend.  7/Pole dancer performs an interactive routine with a responsive geometric background.  8/Genius wage gap alarm clock that rings for women after 79% of the workday.  9/JC Sheitan Tenet got the world’s first tattoo arm prosthesis.  10/Temporary tattoos from Jeannerot look and smell good.  11/Perch Light is a playfully interactive light shaped like an abstract bird.  12/Olafur Eliasson installed a waterfall in the middle of the Palace of Versailles garden.

 

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1/Kris Knight  2/Dreamy Daybeds  3/Katherine Tromans  4/Incense Burner No. 1 Corian
5/William Betts  6/Muesli 12 Ways  7/Matthias Heiderich  8/Ridges  9/Reyes de la Flor

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Get Outside Already

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Have you been spending lots of time outside or are you holed up inside avoiding the heat? I’ve been doing a little bit of both, as well as avoiding some rainstorms by hanging out on my porch. (One of my favorite times to be out!) The key to enjoying the outdoors for me is making my yard just as livable as my house, which means furniture that carries over the same style and sensibilities. Peek at my backyard setup that I shared last year, then take a look at these stellar outdoor furniture pieces.

 

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The Loungr Inflatable Chair

 

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Palissade Lounge Chair

 

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Catskill Wood + Wicker Chair

 

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Sonora Wood Folding Lounger

 

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Wood Chaise Lounge

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