Monday, June 4, 2012

New (old) urns

Ah, happy, happy boughs!  That cannot shed
Your leaves, nor ever bid the Spring adieu

-excerpt from Ode on a Grecian Urn
John Keats

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Urn Study by
French architect and architectural historian

A pair of urns we inherited from a generous friend.  Old, but new to us.  While the existing patina was lovely, we thought it best to protect the areas of exposed metal with a coat of paint

Urns in place flanking our front door, planted with agave

Attracted to the agave for its sculptural quality and aged copper color

Hoping the urns weather quickly and regain their patina

Some not very impressed with my new urns...snore

The home that sent me on my quest for agave.  Serendipitously located just down the street from our friends who gifted us with the urns.  Did a little house stalking while there visiting

The much published and admired
Boxwoods-Atlanta, GA

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More inspiration below
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No green thumb?  Restoration Hardware offers a similar look crafted from aluminum and cast iron

"Beauty is truth, truth beauty"
(Ode on a Grecian Urn-John Keats)


Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Love your new "old" urns and the agave. Looks great!.... I'm also interested in what's growing behind your husband (I'm assuming :)) in the painting photos....

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Crissy: that is creeping fig growing on the wall in those photos....very vigorous, invasive if not maintained

Husband paints...I do all of the trimming


oh you are so lucky yo have a handy hubby!! urns look absolutely fab!!!

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Lucy: John is handy because he's practical (um, cheap ha) and doesn't want to pay anyone to do what he can do himself

Either way, our projects get done...I'm happy

Gail, in northern California said...

The urns are beautiful. The silver green of the plants a a perfect complement.

By the way, I love the fan pattern the bricklayer used for your porch. Interesting how he placed the bricks on their side. Is the house very old?

Jennifer C. Webb said...

Gail: our house was built in 1937, we are the 4th owners and remarkably all previous owners have left the original architectural plans with the house

Gail, in northern California said...

Amazing and beautiful. It's got good bones.

pve design said...

I have urn envy and handy husband envy too.

Bethany said...

I love the urns...and I'd kill for original plans for our house. Who am I kidding? I'd kill for really anything you get in it's original state with an old house.

Rebekka Seale said...

All of a sudden, I HAVE to have an urn!!!

Michelle said...

So beautiful! Your house is to die for btw. The link you sent me with the succulents is amazeballs! Stunning!

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