The eclectic blend of Japanese style roof, Craftsman style river rock piers,Â ArtÂ NouveauÂ 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
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
Two Story Veranda
Can a structure have personality? Well this one appears to have “joie de vivre.”Â The two-story veranda is inviting, what a wonderful place for a morning coffee or aÂ 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?Â Â Wallingford, Seattle, WA, USA, Eclectic 1910
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 masonryÂ 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 whichÂ 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