Decorating Your Garden Gate
|May 1, 2011||Posted by Helen under Home Decor & Travel|
A few years ago, I stopped in my tracks one day while reading Southern Living magazine. They had a wonderful article on decorating your gate to greet your guests. It was not just any outdoor decor, but was an old brass rectangular mailbox. They attached it to the center of the gate and placed magnolia stems in it. OH!!! I thought…hmm, we are in the midst of having our fence replaced along with our deck top and rails with 2 small gates from the deck to the pool. (To enlarge a photo, click it!)
I already had dreamed of having a unique gate that would greet our guests as they pulled into our driveway. Our garage is a “swing-in” style. Yeah, that was a new name to me, that describes how it really is. Our home sits on a small knoll and to avoid an extremely steep straight up driveway, it turns at an angle to the left go up the hill. And then you “swing-in” to the right to enter the garage through the side end doors. That avoids having the doors facing the street. I liked that term and think it fits and best describes the plan. I also like that it allows more room for guests’ vehicles when we entertain.
Going back to that article, I asked our contractor if I found a gate plan if he would build it for us. I knew I had seen one I loved online. Sure he would be glad to and so it took me a while to find it. Lesson learned always get that site saved when you find something that will drive you crazy until you locate it. Well, I searched and finally found the arched top gate on BHG’s website. Even though our fence was 4 feet tall, I wanted the privacy of a taller gate! You are getting ahead of me, aren’t you? I did also want to ensure that I had plenty of space for my mailbox!
Well, I looked around in thrift shops, antique shops, etc. NOTHING! I didn’t even consider whether they still made that type brass mailbox. Almost ready to give up the decor for the new arched gate, that was coming, when I just happened up the perfect size and shape for $7.99 at Ross Dress for Less. Can you imagine just how fast I grabbed that box. When I got home my husband, Bob, agreed to drill drainage holes in the bottom to keep the rain water from standing. I loved the decoupage floral on the box and that the color of the box had a shade of orange that was one color in the mixture of colors in our home’s brick.
Recapping, it took 2 well known magazines to help me come up with the welcoming gate, that I had hoped to have. It took a great contractor to say to email him the URL to find the plan. Thanks, Mark! He was so particular about his work, that he double-sided the gate. He wanted the gate to look great from inside the deck and pool area. Bob and I were thrilled and like that we can place live plants into it as shown in the photos or use faux flowers for the seasons. Hope you enjoy visiting the gate, our arched gate. Thanks for stopping by.
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