Traditional, contemporary, primitive, or country cottage, the decor of our homes make a statement about who we are.
But what do your homes say to those who never come inside? What is your yard saying about you?
No longer content with a lawn chair and a pot of geraniums, homeowners are taking their creativity outdoors. The results are beautiful gardens and porches that extend our living space and enhance the value of our properties.
With warm weather just weeks away, this is the time to get started. So let's go shopping.
Lawn and garden shops abound and are the simplest way to find everything you need to beautify your outdoor space. But on the downside, they can be pricey and since they sell in bulk you may very well look over the fence and see your neighbor has made the same purchase. Feeling adventurous? Read on.
Individualize your yard with a trip to an architectural salvage yard. Trellises, urns, statues, bird houses and bird baths, fountains, lattice work and unusual architectural pieces found here have been reclaimed from demolition sites and tend to be "one-of-a-kind."
In Indianapolis, we have a number of great facilities: Doc's Salvage and Reclamation at 1325 W 30th, Audrey's Place at 3228 E 10th street and Tim and Julie's Another fine Mess 2901 E 10th Street and for our readers in the southern Indiana, check out Architectural Salvage at 614 E Broadway in Louisville.
Antique malls abound with ideas for your porches and gardens. Throw away the rule book on this one. What about an old iron gate for a trellis, a bridge lamp skeleton to hold a hanging plant, or a small wheel barrow turned on it's side and filled with dirt to use in place of a flower bed?
Working on a budget? Porch pots, wicker and iron furniture, old porch swings, rockers, and screen doors in "gently used" condition can often be found at antique shops for a fraction of the price you will pay for new.