It offers more privacy than a picket fence, which is ideal for city homes. It's also a much more affordable alternative — especially if you can find salvaged siding. Subtle blue stripes were painted here, which is a great way to personalize it. And paired with patio chairs painted in a neon yellow, this outdoor area looks distinctly fresh and contemporary
What do you do when your terrace backs up to Manhattan's most popular public space? Well, if you're a person with a normal desire for privacy, you build a fence, or at the very least plant some tall bushes. If you're gallerist Marianne Boesky, you have your landscape designer construct a 16-foot-wide buffer out of organic, dynamic driftwood. The L-shaped terrace of Boesky's coveted Chelsea apartment (which I featured way back in 2007) sits five feet from the High Line, a planted pedestrian walkway along the former elevated freight railroad of the West Side Line, which reopened as a park in June. I imagine many homeowners might head straight to the picket line upon learning that their private space would become public. Boesky, on the other hand, headed straight for design. Her solution is beautiful, don't you think?
Last week, I showed you this beautiful willow pergola, which was featured at Sunset's Celebration Weekend. You can tour the Mod Cottage where the pergola was featured, if you missed the great photos of this cool house.
The woven technique used in the pergola is referred to as wattle. Wattle is an ancient technique that was used for traditional homes and fences. Its beautiful, natural look enhances the Mod Cottage, but you can easily weave a willow wattle for use as a trellis, fence, or arbor around your home. Want to learn how to make this willow wattle pergola? Then read more
Dutch design house Demakersvan combined the delicate with the industrial to create the Lace Fence (inquire for price), a custom, site-specific, high-end metal fabric that is unique to its environment. The fence can conceal or reveal its surroundings, to prevent climbing or to make note of boundaries.
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I'm so used to seeing fences and boring view-blocking gates in residential neighborhoods, so I was particularly thrilled when I strolled by this house over the holiday weekend and spotted its chalkboard. Passersby are free to offer up a message for others to read. I'm kind of attached to the one left here.
Do you do anything to make your front walk stand out?
I once had a dog who had the most elaborate and creative ways of escaping the backyard when he had the urge. We could never figure out how he always got away without damaging the lawn and digging underneath the fence. A magic carpet maybe? Silly us...