Like anyone, I want my front door and my side entry to be welcoming, beautiful and to have presence. The logical thing to do is install planters with seasonal material. But it’s a lot of upkeep. Sometimes I keep the plants on my side entry and back patio and leave the front door adorned with objects. Sound crazy?
But what if you can’t maintain anything alive? Even if you do have planters, garden statuary is such a whimsical element to an entry, in lieu of or in addition to live plant material flanking the door. Stone, iron, wood or zinc– whatever you prefer. My mom gifted me a pair of iron pineapple finials for a house warming present when we bought our first home, and they still grace my front door. The more rusty and crusty they become, the more I enjoy them.
I am not referring to religious figures, buddhas or nude people. In fact, no thank you. The exception to the above statement is a pair of aged cast stone poodles (for me) or seated lions (if you have a grand entry or pool). But old and chippy and not gaudy, please. More objects like spheres, acorns, finials and the like.
I am recently obsessed with idea of an enormous sphere somewhere in my front vicinity. Either rolling in the yard or on my side porch. Just one great big one. I think what inspired me was the picture in my good friend, Julia’s portfolio. I find this so unexpected and phenomenally humorous.
I love the idea of obelisks, spheres, finials, trellis. For me the key is not “cute”. No frogs, bunnies or gnomes, although now that I mention it, I might be up for a good gnome… Statuary is not the easiest to find. Vintage shops sometimes have, 1st Dibs (for a pretty penny) and really good garden stores like Gerards in Lincoln, MA, if you prefer them aged and mossy (like I do!)
And the good news is, you can always bring them inside for a change of scenery. Here’s what I am talking about:
1. Campania 2.Charles Spada 3.French Country Living 4. Laserow 5. Mecox Gardens 6. Mecox Gardens