Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Courtyard Project

Our Desert Home has a Casita. 
It is a one bedroom guest house... 
really just a detached bedroom and full bath.

There is a space between the main house and the casita 
that makes a courtyard. The first arch is the courtyard, 
the second arch is the alcove to the front door entry.

Buzzard Cage
You can see that I have tried to cover the 
furniture to protect it from the sun.
Sort of... 

Buzzard Cage
Not very attractive, is it?

Buzzard Cage
Since the weather is cooler now, 
we are starting on some outdoor projects. 
The first is an outdoor curtain.

Buzzard Cage

The Mr. is putting up a sturdy curtain rod he 
made out of some pipe and fittings.

Buzzard Cage

I spray painted the pipe using the ever popular 
Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. 

The curtain rings are a little bigger than I usually 
get because of the diameter of the pipe. 
I will also add tie back hooks.

Hopefully I will have the curtains up this week. 
I am also designing a gate for the courtyard. 
Below are some examples.

This is a house like ours (reversed) that has
a black iron gate. Not exactly what I want. 
Too plain. Too open. Too black.


This is very attractive but way to ornate and 

What I want is something that will keep 
the dogs in and the uninvited out. 
With a lock set and doorbell.

Something with BIRDS.
Yes, I love birds... just a few.

What do you think?

I am sharing this at these parties:

Outdoor Wednesday

Fall Into Fall

Wow Us Wednesday's

Thank you to these wonderful hostesses!

~ ~ ~

Don't forget the Bunny Hop party
is going on right now through Sunday!


Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I love the gate ideas, especially one with birds!

Thanks so much for hosting the party!

J Bar said...

I like somethink like the ornate gate but maybe in beige.
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Andrea said...

Wow, that's a good area to garden. Will you be featuring it later too?

Maggie said...

How nice to have an outside space like this, I am so envious of your warm weather and sunny skies.

Treasia said...

I look forward to seeing it completed as I know you do as well.

Marla and Steve said...

That's a great space to work with.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a cute courtyard...I love your ideas!


Geneva said...

You're going to have a fabulous outdoor space when your finished. The curtains are really going to soften it up and the gate will wow! How exciting! Can't wait to see your after pictures!

SavannahGranny said...

I love your home and courtyard. Can't wait to see what you do for the iron gate. The examples were all great. Blessings, Ginger

Genie said...

Love having a courtyard in the home. So nice. My pick of the gates is the black one. I am very partial to them. Beautiful place. genie

AndiWinslow said...

I like the black one, its a beautiful area you have. andi

Suffia said...

I can't wait to see the end result.

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

I'm sure your garden gate design will be something uniquely you. Looking at your examples remind me of visits to New Orleans. The Garden District has so many beautiful homes and many have custom designed gates or fences. I am partial to more ornate designs. Waiting for your next update revealing your final decision. Debra

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