Project in Progress - An Update

I wanted to give you an update today on our front yard project.  For the before and after pictures of this project click here and here.  With landscape projects they just get better with time as plants fill out creating a lush look.  So, I thought it would be fun to show you how it looks one year later.

If you recall, there were a couple of spots where we decided to take some time to complete.  One of those was our gas lantern.  At the time of our landscape project, we had a gas line run to our parking pad, but decided to wait a bit to get the actual lantern and post.   Well, for our anniversary this year, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves with this gift!  

We had the lantern custom made from Carolina Lanterns.  To find the perfect shape, I looked to the outdoor lighting we already had at our front door for guidance.  

I measured them to get an idea of scale and then selected a copper lantern for our post with in a similar style.  We also decided on a spider style base to add interest.

Once I had our lantern selected, I began sourcing our post.  Since we have brick that has been sacked as well as stone, and iron work, I really felt we needed a wooden post just to soften everything.  I wanted cedar, but these can be very expensive.  I found the best source for cedar posts on line (The Wood Wright Company), and called them to discuss the perfect post for my lantern.  After a great discussion, we decided on this chamfered post with a lamb's tongue detailing near the base. 

There are lots of things to consider when deciding on a lantern post including the proper height of the post given the topography of your yard.  Since we have a sloped yard, I had to be careful not to select a post that was too tall as it would look out of scale with our house and yard. 
 I got great guidance from Robert Clark at The Wood Wright Company and could not be happier with the result.  They also provided very specific instructions on the proper installation of a cedar post to prevent decay/rotting of the post as it is exposed to the elements. 

Here are a few more pictures of how our yard has grown in over the past year.  Still very happy with the results and how it has given our house so much curb appeal. 

As you can see, the leaves are already beginning to change here.  Can't believe it's already Fall.

We also added these chairs and small side table to this seating area.  My hubby and I really enjoy sitting out here in the evenings with a glass of wine.  Very funny to sit and watch the goings on in the neighborhood.

We are very happy with how private this area now feels with our landscaping.  This "green wall" will continue to grow and provide privacy from the driveway area. 

Also, I've not had a single pizza guy come to our bedroom doors!  Thanks to this very subtle - "not a public entrance" landscape trick. 

Overall, the project was so worth it, and we are thrilled with the results. 

PS: Thank you to everyone who has emailed, called and even mentioned in passing they miss my weekly blog posts.  The truth is my business has really picked up in the past year, and I simply do not have the time it takes to blog weekly.  While I miss writing for my blog as frequently, I am feeling very blessed to have the design work to take its place.  So, I will post from time to time, but if you are curious as to what I'm up to on a weekly basis, follow me on Instagram where I will be posting on projects and inspiration I see during my weeks. 



  1. So beautifully done, and so well thought out! Brava!!
    Everything is so green this year!

    The Arts by Karena
    Parish-Hadley Tree of Life

  2. so lovely...looks like your home could be in the middle of france. if we were neighbors you might come outside one night to find me there sipping wine too :) so gorgeous!

  3. Thank you for the instagram heads up. I totally miss your blog! But I totally get it.

  4. You should install some more lanterns around the garden. It will become a beautiful place in the evening.TEFL and Tesol Certification in UK


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