Monday, May 11, 2009

home front


Another commission for a home front is en route to a client.   The purple iris are in bloom and the grass was just freshly cut.  The trees were pruned and the shrubs were just trimmed.  What makes your home look fresh and adds curb appeal?

34 comments:

The Bliss Journey said...

Just beautiful
Kathleen

Deidra said...

My husband makes our yard look like a golf course each week. He really could have been a landscaper. What a joy to ride up to our house at the end of a long day and find a place of refuge.

LindsB said...

Since I live in an apartment and have no say about how the front of the house looks, curb appeal to me is making sure the apartment is picked up and a candle is lit so it always smells nice.

What a beautiful picture!

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

I'm afraid not much this year, everthing is coated with construction dust and will be all summer as they do major road construction 25-50 feet away from our house. There is nothing better than doing to spring clean-and-plant, but I guess next year! Boo-hoo. Hope you had a great day.

Terry said...

Another amazing picture of a beautiful house. My ideal is a "Garden Growing Wild" from A Pattern Language "the quality which brings a garden to life - the quality of a wilderness, tamed, still wild, but cultivated enough to be in harmony with the buildings which surround it and the people who move in it."

Not so easy to pull off. I saw that Anne Hathaway`s Cottage employs several full time gardeners to keep it's wild look.

When I let my garden grow wild, it just looks, well, wild.

Rebecca said...

Lovely - the home looks so inviting. You capture the home in the house.

gina said...

Landscaping seems to make it or break it for us!

Whomever lives in that home you just illustrated will surely be thrilled with what you have done. Beautiful.

Karena said...

Even in my little condominium, I will have mandevillas trellising up the railing and passsion flowers, clematis on the topiaries!

Debra said...

A Home Sweet Home illustration and beautifully done Patricia.
Our lawn is cut every week and with the windowboxes filled and later when the blue hydrangea bloom- we turn on a spot-light to the front door at night. It's simple, but we always feel warm and welcomed as we arrive back home.

pve design said...

Katleen,
Thanks for your beautiful comments, as always!
pve

Deidra,
How nice of you to bring "gratitude" home.
pve

LindsB-
I love that your apartment is "picked up and a candle is lit!" What a nice thing to come home to - even an apartment can have appeal!
pve

Sande-
We shall be entering into a huge project and I am not looking forward to the dust and the "Undone" feeling - but it will be worth it!
I guess you just have to think of this time as a "fork" in the road. :)
pve

Terry-
I know of what you speak, we just passed a home with a garden so wild, yet so perfect - I know that takes "just the right amount of work!"
pve

Frau said...

Gorgeous picture! I love a well taken care of yard with flowers and personality.

collard green queen said...

once again another beautiful illustration patricia! a well kept landscape - cut grass, flowers in bloom and a swept front porch - these all seems to give us curb appeal-

Tara said...

Hi Patricia

Lots of new red mulch!

g. said...

Just gorgeous. Your talent is unending

Joyce said...

Beautiful Patricia! We have a small batch of grass in the front only because of the oak trees it is hard to grow things, a lot of rocks and stones because throughout our yard- easy for me to manage. LOL... Along with some bushes that made it and well some that didn't... Thank goodness for the wooden area we live in otherwise I would be in trouble. Enjoy! xoxo

MagicMarkingsArt said...

what a lovely piece of art ~ your client will treasure that!
Our yard is an ever evolving landscape, thanks to my husband. Last year he added some of my slumped bottles to our dogwood tree ~ it looks beautiful ~ and is quite the topic of conversation.
cheers

jae said...

There are days when I love the entry to be clean and simple looking. Then there are the days when I love that there are bikes everywhere. I'm sure I'll miss the bikes someday more than the other.

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

All the business cards wedged into the front gate and the delivery menus littering the walk.

pve design said...

Lisa,
So much for going green, I thought the west coast was ahead of us --- I had a good chuckle with the visions of all those things stuffed and flying about....
Humor me some more.
pve

home before dark said...

Loved your drawing. You brought the life to light. Our front yard was very sloped, and my husband very tall. I had visions of him mowing the yard with a bungee cord wrapped around his waist. This year, I've finally done it: I have removed all the grass (we all have allergies) and completed the building of terraces and stone walkways. I'm just starting to plant. It will be a fall/winter garden of trees and shrubs. This personal reclaiming of our yard to stone and walkways has taken me 20 (I can't believe that!!) years. I am looking forward to finishing this...and then enjoying it.

annechovie said...

This is lovely....just cut the lantana back here - it grows like crazy!

Arlene said...

We have a lovely but small wrap around porch and a pretty red door.

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Yes, I want to meet Janis and really want that gorgeous necklace! You just know everybody!
Working away on you-know-what, so will be in touch.

Kotori said...

Absolutely beautiful - I love these house portraits you do..

allie in g'town said...

I can't wait til we own a home so I can commission one of your lovely illustration. But, for now I'll just take advantage of your talent on my blog "home". XXOO

ps do you realize your comment this am was a double entendre? roots....??? Hahahaa, I loved it!

thepreppyprincess said...

Your client is going to love this, it is perfect, you can almost tell the lawn was just cut from the vibrancy of the green in your painting!

Being sure everything is weeded (*everything*) without having things overly manicured is the balance we always seek. Sometimes we get there, and others we get. Nowhere. Near.

Have a splendid week!
tp

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Lovely illustration!
I suppose my house looks a bit special because of all the many hydrangeas, climbing roses and window boxes that surround it. And of course, Edward just might be looking out the window, which definitely adds to the curb appeal!

I love the photos of your kids in the last posting. Your boys look so protective and fond of their sister!!

Renae said...

There is nothing better and more lovely to look at than a manicured lawn and beautiful flowers in bloom. Since my husband travels and we have a big hill in our yard, I have a gardner that mows and trims regularly and I get to tend to the flowers.
What a lovely painting Patricia!

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

oh wow.....this is very similar to my home !!!!! how beautiful this image is sigh......my heart skipped a beat !! xxx

Maria Killam said...

Stunning, love what you did! Turning onto our street you immediately see the view that our house has (and so many others on our street). The minute I saw the house from the street, I knew I had to live there. The gardens are also beautiful.

SRA said...

WOW! I saw your "Commissioned artwork" and immediately found myself looking at my best-friend Martha's house in Texas! Thanks for sharing your incredible talents with the world...and for inspiring me to pick up the phone and call a beloved friend! Have a great day!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Fabulous painting! Hopefully the two hours I spent scrubbing the front porch by hand on Sunday made my home look fresh. Just call me Cinderella...

:-)

pve design said...

Laura.
aka Cinderella, those heart pans are super. Show us what you bake! I know your home must be sparkling by the shore!
pve

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Refreshed flowers in my planters! You do such a beautiful job of showing the character of this house in your work. Hard to be done and well done by you!