Since I'm such a novice around landscaping, I have consulted with MaryAnne over every detail. One of the ONLY questions I did not ask her was regarding the colour of my flagstone.
The colour of your house MUST be taken into consideration when choosing the stone or brick that you will install in your hardscape.
My house is currently a pinky taupe. It will eventually be changed of course but there are other more pressing renos in front of changing perfectly good siding just because the colour is wrong. Of course if the colour had been completely heinous, it would have moved to the top of the list of priorities.
So, when I went out shopping for flagstone, I would have liked to install this bluestone (above). I loved the large scale size.
But it was all varying shades of greens, blues and orangy gold tones. That would have looked very bad in front of my pinky taupe house.
When I arrived at Burnco, I found the colour that would work for my house. It's called East Coast Brown (above).
I picked up a sample that I could use to find the steps for in front of my studio to coordinate.
East Coast brown obviously varies in shading like all natural stone does. This stone was black, brown, green grays, grayed purples and pink beige. When I saw this steps I took my sample and plunked it down. Too blue. You can see that my sample looks quite pink beige in comparison.
Never choose stone without bringing it home first to see how it relates to your exterior colours. It will be much easier to order (not cheap) 6 pallets (like we did) of stone to arrive in your front yard when you know it's the right colour. Compare, compare, compare. Choosing colour without comparing will make you look like a novice.
We ended up with treads instead as I could not find steps to match. In the end all the steps including the extended portico are the same colour and coordinate perfectly with the house. Of course, it better or I should find a new day job, haha.
Here's Kyle (our mason/landscaper) measuring for the installation. He did a beautiful job, we love the final result.
Here's the Salt Spring Island sand that Kyle used underneath the flagstone. Notice the old and skinny post holding up the portico.
I thought it was fascinating how strong the color of all the different stones were when it was being installed. And then how uniform they started to read once the sand was in between the stones and we planted Thyme and Alyssum to grow between the stones.
And here's before picture again.
The wrought iron bench you see above is a placeholder. I really wanted a bench there right away so I could sit with my coffee in the morning and enjoy the mountain view, but I don't like the way this one disappears into the landscape from the street.
The pathway will look like this (above) eventually. . . can't wait! MaryAnne keeps telling me I have to be patient, "It's not like placing a lamp with an end table somewhere and suddenly you have an entirely different room", she says, "It takes approximately three years for everything to look really beautiful." Patience, patience, she tells me all the time, haha!
The white Cosmos daisies will be replaced by Perennials in the Spring, that's when we'll install them.
Here's a closeup of my Shasta Daisies and White Hydrangeas. Do you see the theme here? I have always dreamed of having an all white garden. All white tulips in the Spring, I can hardly wait!
The first week of Summer School with Maria Killam, Learn to Specify Colours for Interiors kicked off last week, here's a comment from one of the participants:
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