It’s finally happening; the stucco is going on and the house is beginning to lose its neo ice chest-revival look. By now, the house should be completely covered in the cement-colored stucco and have the appearance of a Brokeback Manor landmark home. When I asked neighbor, friend, and editor Marilyn Bethany whether the house looked very mid century, she just laughed. I guess that means “are you kidding me, of course it does!” Oh well, at least the furnishings won’t, I hope! I know who I won’t ask.
In these pictures, you can see why the use of wildflowers is such a good idea. Needless to say these were not planted but have grown through the piles of construction refuse on the site. You can see how well they blend into the existing foliage. Now imagine islands of concrete among the flowers. Right now I am thinking a large one on which to put furniture, one to contain a water element, and perhaps another for my enormous outdoor sculpture collection which consists of an old, rusted, factory flat-bed cart. Haven’t yet decided how this water element is going to take shape, but I want the sound of water, be it a fountain, a waterfall, rapids, breaking waves, or a tsunami.
This enclosed garden is off my bathroom, it enables me to shower and use the bathroom while feeling like I’m outdoors. The wall provides me with privacy. Here I am thinking flat rocks and potted plants. Of course, the wall will eventually be covered with some kind of climbing plant.
In the six months or so I have been doing this blog, one of the pictures that has gotten the most comment (not online, of course) has been the one with the young construction worker in it. For all you architecture and design devotees out there, this is for you, a real window treatment. I told Mitch that if he’s looking for more work on Brokeback Mountain, he should put this young man’s picture on his business card. Couldn’t hurt.
Photos by Paul Siskin.