They Got It Right…Courtyard Garden Building

I was on a shoot in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Seattle (the Central District), when I happened upon this fantastic courtyard garden building. The building colors were clearly selected to work well with the garden. The garden  is well planned and executed. The fountain and statuary are unique and visually exciting. The plant list is impressive, Southern Magnolias, Boxwood, Italian Cypress, all lend a structure that will be attractive in any season.

Beautiful buildings make happy tenants. One friendly gentleman who lives here is an expert in orchids and he invited me to shoot a specimen that he had put in the garden to catch some sun. Click on the thumbnails to get a closer look at what would be a wonderful place to live. Central District, Seattle, WA, USA, 1920

On The Street…Madison Park, Seattle, WA

Garden Gate

Garden Gate

The eclectic blend of Japanese style roof, Craftsman style river rock piers, Art Nouveau style wrought iron and Arts and Crafts lighting all come together here to make a visually stimulating entry to a garden. Madison Park, Seattle, WA, USA, Eclectic 2010

On The Street…Wallingford, Seattle,WA

Intricate Shingle Patterns

Intricate Shingle Patterns

If you look closely at the gable end of this house you can see that there are intricate patterns in the shingle work. The diamond pattern at the top, the circular shingles at the bottom and a very unusual rounded edge next to the windows and edges of the gable. The front is actually flat, but the pattern gives a lot of visual dimension. Wallingford, Seattle, WA USA, Eclectic, 1920

On The Street…Wallingford, Seattle, WA

Two Story Veranda

Stone Fence Around Garden

Two Story Veranda

Two Story Veranda

Can a structure have personality? Well this one appears to have “joie de vivre.”  The two-story veranda is inviting, what a wonderful place for a morning coffee or a  relaxing glass of wine. The stonework fence is substantial and does a good job delineating the lush garden areas. The paint colors are buoyant. Doesn’t it feel like it would be fun to live here?  Wallingford, Seattle, WA, USA, Eclectic 1910

On The Street…Wallingford, Seattle, WA

Attractive Fence/Porch Combination

A Matter of the Batter

There are some subtle and very attractive design ideas being implemented here. The cool grey color story is a smart way to highlight a growing garden and some stylish masonry work .

I particularly appreciate the way that the fence posts coordinate with the piers of the porch railings. It’s a “matter of the batter” (batter is the angle at which something slopes in from the base to the top). Because all the elements have the same batter, it lends a subtle unity to the front garden. Wallingford, Seattle, USA, Craftsman 1920