“Let sun shelters be your gateway to more gratifying outdoor living–you might even find yourself drifting to sleep beneath your umbrella.”
We’ve had several weeks in the DC-area this season where the temperature has exceeded 90 degrees — today it’s 102!! I spent the 4th of July in a shaded area near a pool, and even on a 97 degree sunny day, shelter under a very large umbrella with some strategically placed trees with a group of friends allowed for a pleasant and relaxing day. We even enjoyed a nice breeze or two!
I came across this post from Southern Living about Sun Shelters, and thought it would be a perfect post-4th of July post. Below is the umbrella from my own yard, which has provided shelter from many sunny days.
Start 2010 with GardenWise, Inc. on HGTV’s signature program, Curb Appeal, on January 3 at 8AM. Watch as Mark’s exclusive for HGTV landscape, hardscape, stonework, lighting, and iron work designs transform this outdated Washington, D.C. home. Be sure to keep an eye out for the beautiful iron work Mark designed that sets this home apart from all others in this Capitol Hill neighborhood. GardenWise owns the rights to all of the design work in this episode, so feel free to ask Mark about his work from this or other episodes he appears in on HGTV.
GardenWise’s Second August Episode of CURB APPEAL
It’s a busy month for GardenWise as Mark is featured in his second episode of CURB APPEAL this month, airing on HGTV on Saturday, August 15th at 7PM.
In this program, Mark creates a more classic look for homeowners Matt and Chris who wanted to put their own stamp on their home with a more open and welcoming approach. Mark replaced the dated and uninspired entrance with a bold and broad open staircase that leads directly to the front door. By adding a small landing at the top of the first staircase, Chris and Matt were able to add a bench to create an intimate and gracious seating area.
The staircase continues to a new front door, and a new flagstone porch and stair treads that are highlighted by a decorative wrought iron railing. Furnari Iron Works did an excellent job bringing life to Mark’s iron work design which adds sophistication and elegance to the home. Mark also created a shade garden, that includes a lot of woodland planting. Other design elements include additional hardscape features and new retaining walls, additional landscaping, flanking piers, and new decorative lighting.
This episode was great fun to shoot as Mark’s real life clients Matt and Chris are a pleasure to work with, and Mark had the chance to bring Matt to his own home to see the different types of flowers and plants that thrive in the Washington, D.C.-area. If you look closely, you’ll see a souvenir Mark picked up from an earlier trip to Greece — a cast! Mark injured his foot in a motorcycle accident, and this episode was shot a few weeks after his surgery.
Here’s an inside scoop for this episode — Mark reached out to popular Washington, D.C.-area architect Dwight McNeill, AIA, who met with the homeowners to go over choices for the exterior color palette. Dwight’s taste is unmatched, and he saved the day by giving Chris and Matt the exact color combinations they hoped to find, which were used in the episode. To see more of Dwight’s work, check out this feature story from Better Homes & Gardens http://morris-day.com/publications/SavedByGrace-BetterHomes.pdf and his web site, http://dwightmcneill.com/
Below is the GardenWise, Inc. plan for the Curb Appeal of it all, as well as before and after pictures.
Another GardenWise, Inc. CURB APPEAL Success!
Don’t miss tonight’s Curb Appeal on HGTV at 7PM with J. Mark White as the D.C. Landscape Design expert. “French Bistro Front Porch” features the GardenWise, Inc. crew installing Mark’s design work that transformed this neglected and dilapidated D.C. Capitol Hill row house into a true “Curb Appeal” success.
With the help of City Iron Works, who did a fantastic job bringing Mark’s ironwork designs to life, the new landscape, including the lower front brick wall, new front walkway from the curb, higher brick walls, new front steps, extensive multi-level planting, new patio, additional porch lighting, and garden accents, create the beautiful and much needed garden space that successfully separates and protects the home from the street. GardenWise, Inc. owns the rights to all of the landscape, hardscape, and ironwork design work seen in each episode of Curb Appeal that Mark appears in on HGTV.
Here’s a little secret and some fun insight into how some of these design programs are produced. This project actually took over three months to complete from start to finish. Yes, three months! Mark came up with the design ideas and put them to paper, creating a wonderful French inspired design in two weeks. The permits necessary to install the landscape, hardscape and ironwork, which is all of the design work in this episode, took two months to obtain by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, the office that approves all building work in D.C. Once Mark’s design plans were approved by the DCRA, things moved right along, and the GardenWise, Inc. crew installed the entire project in four weeks.
Below is the GardenWise, Inc. plan for the Curb Appeal of it all, as well as a before and several after pictures. For more information on this episode, please visit HGTV at http://www.bit.ly/10Lhjr