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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.

Hearts and flowers

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

Hearts and flowers

An old bell hangs in the arbor

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and this wonderful mailbox hangs on the gate.


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.


A Tate-A-Tate bench adds interest.


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.

Hearts and Flowers


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  1. Carol / Dec 4 2017 10:03 pm

    I love that you make me notice new things about homes I pass all the time. You find the loveliness and unique aspects of gardens and homes, and your photos inspire me. I hope to see you soon!

  2. Linda Kerekes / Dec 5 2017 12:13 am

    Wonderful pictures! So glad you are posting again! I missed you! You are my lifeline to Carmel until we get down there agin in the spring.

  3. Betty / Dec 5 2017 2:51 am

    Your lovely photos and descriptions give me such a lift. Carmel is a treasure. Thank you for sharing these beautiful homes and gardens with us.

  4. Sharon chapman / Dec 5 2017 5:38 am

    Thank you once again for showing such wonderful details on all these delightful homes!

  5. jeanette sclar / Dec 5 2017 7:38 am

    The most wonderful makeover!! Love then new color scheme and the the climber/bicycle gate is heavenly!

  6. / Dec 5 2017 2:39 pm


  7. retro-roost / Dec 5 2017 2:41 pm

    Knowing that deign is subjective, and appreciating the details of the make-over, the before design is charming. I’m at a loss of understanding how the note box could be abolished.

  8. ceciliagvalentino / Dec 5 2017 5:30 pm

    do you have a book – your pictures are like fantasyland – let me know ‘thank you for sending to me

    • Linda Hartong / Dec 6 2017 5:56 pm

      No book but I like the idea. If I wrote one what would you like to see and read about most

  9. Nina / Dec 7 2017 3:38 am

    Another charming delight to the eye. Love it. Thankyou for posting it

  10. Linda Hartong / Dec 16 2017 5:08 pm

    I prefer the first one also

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