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February 7, 2018 / Linda Hartong

Belle Charmante- Once Owned by Clint Eastwood

Belle Charmante ( translated pretty charming) caught my camera lens in August 2012. August is a prime month to admire flower gardens in Carmel and this front garden was a riot of blooms.

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Bill and I toured this home when it was on the market and were told it was once the home of Clint Eastwood. Hooray, I saved the listing that makes this claim.

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The architecture is not typical Carmel. We climbed a winding spiral staircase to the top floor. We wondered how to take furniture up and down those stairs.

The gate proclaims it was built in 1929.

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Belle Charmonte

Agapanthus soars over the unique garden fence.

Belle Charmonte

Hmm! I must have been experimenting with shooting through the fence at the time. Not my best work.

Belle Charmonte

Belle Charmonte

There is a sweet patio in front with a colorful view.

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Belle Charmonte

Roses

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Lavender

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Acanthus and hydrangea

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and Cuphea .

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What a show

Around the corner and home again.

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Margaret Robinson reads this post and points out that Clint may have bought this home for his Mother and then his Mother and Stepfather who lived in the home for a long time.

Thanks Margaret!

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January 23, 2018 / Linda Hartong

West Meade Two

In 1927, a residence was built for Theo and Daisy Forest. They purchased two lots on Lincoln Street and built a home and a guest house for about $4,000.00.

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Municipal codes changed and in 1974 the owners wishing to sell the lots individually were informed that when divided, the smaller lot could no longer be used for residential purposes. This could not have been good news. The value diminished considerably when two homes became one.

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Bill and I notice the home for sale and in 2012, this beauty is built. West Meade Two is a charmer.  The owners do smashing landscaping

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This gate on the side beckons. What lies beyond?

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By the summer of 2013, the landscape is in full bloom and compliments the architecture. I particularly love the area by the front door.

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Look at the details of the stonework around the window. Hydrangea and alstroemeria provide vivid color.

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A topiary shrub marks the corner and the use of ground covers soften the stone.

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I step onto the porch and ring the bell. No one home but what a great view of the side garden.

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The path winds through fern and begonia and through an iron gate.

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Begonia

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Alstroemeria

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Roses

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Campanula

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and Hydrangea line the way.

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Looks like the guest house survived after all.

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And how charming it is.

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Back up and out. Don’t you love the two urns?

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January 11, 2018 / Linda Hartong

Penny Lane

House of Hearts

In my last post, I featured Las Campanas with its ornamental rabbit theme.

Penny Lane has taken the theme of hearts.

I watched this house being renovated in 2013 and stopped to peek over the fence.

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I loved the little sign that announced that a spoiled rotten Norfolk Terrier lived there.

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My last stop in November showed the terrier was still in residence. How those hydrangeas have grown.

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The owners designed an unusual gate and the “heart” theme is immediately noted.

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These industrial bolts are striking.

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Let the theme begin!

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The heart stepping stones curve toward the front door.

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The stones are placed with ground cover.

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This is what those innocent plantings look like 4 years later!

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I curve past the white bench.

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This heart is tucked into more ground cover.

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I head toward the front door.

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And pass a striking window box.

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On to the front porch where another window box catches my eye.

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Time to retreat.

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Past the trellis with roses growing on it.

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Toward the angel hanging on the tree.

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Almost there when this statue catches my eye.

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Still more colorful surprises.

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Pink dahlias,

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Trumpet flower

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roses

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and hydrangea bloom.

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What a treat to visit Penny Lane

December 30, 2017 / Linda Hartong

Las Campanas

Las Campanas

Las Campanas translates to The Bells. The wide driveway to the garage lets me see this charmingly accented garden.

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Rabbits seem to rule in this garden. I also have a fondness for stone or topiary rabbits. Rather ironic because I am constantly chasing away the live bunnies that happily chop everything to the ground in the spring.

Bunnies cluster around the front door of Las Campanas.

They push wheelbarrows

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and hold baskets.

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Along the side of the window, they peek out of wreaths.

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Las Campanas

This gardener also loves tucking small ornaments into the garden such as this small birdhouse

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and this plaque.

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I walk up the drive so I can peek at the front garden. Yep more bunnies

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One crouches at my feet

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Perhaps my favorite resides in this bicycle planter

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so colorful

And that wonderful birdhouse anchors the scene.

On the far garden fence is a wind chime made of shells.

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Surely this garden is well loved and cared for.

December 13, 2017 / Linda Hartong

Through The Garden Gate

“When I walk through that gate…that’s my escape.” – Maria Sharapova

Carmel Cottages are special for many reasons. But one that always pleases me is the way the fence, gate, and front garden present the house as a bit of a refuge from the world outside that fence. They create a threshold from a semipublic world to the semiprivate world of the owner.

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The more recent trend has been to find privacy with a large yard, the better to not see into the neighbors’ homes or hear their noises. I have plenty of this kind of privacy in my Kansas City home and have designed these front landscapes for others when I did landscape design.  Yes, the lots are large but visually anything but private. Walking by the homes, one sees the whole home and yard in one glance. There is no sense of mystery or discovery.

When did it become desirable to have lots of green grass manicured to perfection? Very high maintenance and costly.  Jonathan Engels observes

“While nobody is suggesting that we inherently begin detesting grass, growing it on the scale we do and with all that effort to keep it cleanly cut, fertilized and free of weeds, i.e. natural biodiversity, is proving a huge burden on the planet, its animals (who aren’t allowed to graze on lawns), and the people so determined to have a perfectly picturesque front garden. Amazingly, we have found a way to both destroy the environment and ruin animal habitat, all the while giving ourselves heaps of work without any real return on the effort.”

Carmel encourages the front garden as an alternative and a pretty one it is.

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wood

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and stone

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mark the boundary.

Gates swing open to provide a peek

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Plantings soften the home beyond.

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Lovely

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December 4, 2017 / Linda Hartong

Hearts and Flowers

Hearts and Flowers is a great example of curb appeal.The architecture is not as fanciful as that of many Carmel cottages. It could just be a small ranch home were it not for the loving touches the owners have added.

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The gate is set in a stone arbor that frames a colorful window with its plant shelf.

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An old bell hangs in the arbor

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and this wonderful mailbox hangs on the gate.

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It was once a Carmel custom to have a box with paper and pencil on the gate or by the door so visitors could leave a message when they called.

The gate swings open to reveal such fun colors. The yellow house is trimmed in blue and has a red door.

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The brick of the patio is an intricate design.

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A Tate-A-Tate bench adds interest.

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About a year ago I noticed the owners were making major changes and repairs to their little home and I held my breath. Would it lose its charm in the process?

NO!  The little home once again shows loving touches. It is now an eye-catching green.

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Flowers hang over the garage and the driveway is pavers and planting.

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The front door welcomes visitors with a wreath, welcome mat, planted bicycle and pumpkin.

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I love the new sign. “Welcome, where have you been?”

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The gate is still cleverly done.

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The bell survived

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But the mailbox is replaced by a bicycle planter.And at night small lights brighten the arch.

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Such a colorful, welcoming house. It is almost always occupied when we are in Carmel.

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November 25, 2017 / Linda Hartong

Chez Jo

As I stroll to the beach, I often admire Chez Jo.

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I like the landscaping so much that I clip it out with photoshop and try it in front of my own little cottage. You know what they say about imitation and flattery. But this lovely landscape belongs right where it is.

The front is a symphony of green, silver and gray. Potato Vine thrives on the fence and arbor.

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I peek through the gate and see the lovely arched door set in Carmel Stone.

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Huge red roses club the trellis.

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This house gets lots of sun during the day and the plantings love it.

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There is also a side fence adorned by a jaunty planting.

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Bacopa and red petunias spill out of the window box.

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The front garden is lush.

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Back to the front and up the hill to home.

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Chez Jo is charming

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