"Begin with the end in mind."
~Stephen R Covey
One of the differences between humans and God's other creatures is we can have an emotional reaction to a photograph. This gift is a sign of our significance to Him. I look at this picture and feel the ocean cooled breeze as it was that day; smile at the thought of seagulls floating across invisible currents. I feel the warmth of the open hospitality of the homeowners.
This view is certainly where Rick and Julie Borgens began as they planned their home and garden. Every wall. Every stone. Every decorative object.
Sea shells and succulents inset into a recessed hallway are just the right note. Usual items displayed unusually catapults the sum of artistic value above any individual component.
Two rooms. Two fireplaces. Both in sync stylistically with the one we passed on the way in (see the previous post). Rough- hewn surfaces hearken back to a day when hand craftsmanship was valued.
A solid vintage cabinet holds down the bold shiny newness of the stainless steel barbecue to a visual level comfortable with the classic New England influenced architecture.
Note the stone backsplash. Not only does it protect the flame from ocean breezes complicating the cooking process- it completely cocoons this living space from neighbors. The arch prevents its visual weight from being too heavy handed a design feature.
The back garden is casual- with little houses set about for feathered friends.
A classic lantern serves as a terrarium on the sideboard. For textile interest- a bit of fisherman's net drops in just the right amount of rugged.
This is a very hard home to leave. Don't you love the humor of a mermaid doorstop holding the door open for visitors to come- and when we must, leave?
Design note- there is nothing wrong with changing up the hardscape. The trick is to have the materials relate in some fashion. The higher the traffic, the sturdier the footing should be. Hence the mortared-solid main walkway; with larger stones set casually within a miniature creeping ground cover- a softer look of a less traversed side path.
And so we close this chapter, leaving as we came, happy to have been invited.
Until we meet again- thank you for all YOU do to make the world more beautiful.