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Courtyard Oasis

There's a restaurant in New Orleans called Cafe Amelie that has the most...amazing...courtyard.  The first time I ate there, I knew that's what I wanted my own yard to feel like.  Years later, we're just about there! 

Our backyard was pretty hideous to begin, but we've slowly upgraded the permanent structures.  We removed ugly old trees, built a tall fence with modern horizontal lines and built a storage shed that seamlessly blends into the design. 

Next came the brick work.  Joey and I spent two long weekends expanding and redesigning the original brick patio.  We re-purposed old bricks for the new section, so it blends with the existing patio.  It's now centered in the yard and twice as big as it used to be!

The real show-stopper, however, were the brick planters!  I did the design and our incredible contractor Dragan executed the elaborate, overlapping brick work.  The design's soft curves contrast nicely with the geometric lines of the fence and the varying heights add another level of interest.

After practically buying out Perino's entire garden center and spending another weekend planting and installing the fountain and irrigation system, the makeover coming along nicely.  We still need to hardwire the fountain, add lighting, furniture and build a deck, but I think we have a great start!

Garden District Curb Appeal: Simple Design, Big Impact

  Simple Design

There's a Garden District home I was lucky enough to visit on the PRC Home Tour with the most stunning landscaping out front!

The owners just updated all of the soft and hardscape... and the impact is amazing.  Set against their bright white home, the pure green hues pop.  They've incorporated a few rustic containers, with the urns flanking the door and my favorite, the oversized planter that's just overflowing with lush ivy.

It's a clean and simple design, and that's what makes it so effective.