The Charm of Awnings

Source: Travel and Leisure


My obsession with awnings began over 14 years ago when I was relocating my retail store and had  the opportunity to re-design the exterior.  While looking for inspiration pictures, I was most attracted to the charming store fronts of Europe with the gorgeous millwork, colors  and small awnings over the windows. I knew I wanted to convey the same charm of a European shop.


Here are some inspiring awnings from my recent travel in Europe. The charming storefront, Laduree, in a perfect shade of green.


Eating steak frites at  Relais de l"Entrcote

One of my favorite hotels, Plaza Athenee...beautiful awnings with coordinating flowers

Maybe it is a coincidence since I have been paying attention to the charming store fronts in Europe, but I have seen so many awnings and outdoor draperies  in all of the design magazines!

Here is a lovely awning with drapes from Tobi Fairley from Traditional Home

Photo by Nancy Nolan

Love this one from Architectural Digest

Photo by Francois Dischinger

One of my all time favorite backyards is this design by Shelley Johnstone in her own home.  It is so full of charm and details.

It is also the inspiration that I am using for a current client's patio.  I saw she had touches of pink throughout her house and when I saw this picture I was hoping she was game  for pink for her outdoor furniture.   She loved it and we just ordered some  outdoor fabric in a very soft petal pink! She also has the most incredible vintage Ficks Reed furniture that we are going to re-upholster and order new outdoor sofa,  drapes and accessories so we can transform her back porch into a place for her family  to relax out of the heat.  Love when a client is game for something different and this client is light hearted and fun!

My client's  before shot of her doggie posing on her beautiful   vintage Ficks Reed furniture.

I would love to add an awning to my back patio.  It was supposed to have a pergola built in to provide a little shade and structure, but it never happened. (The perils of being married to a builder/ are last on the list!).  I think I may like to add an awning to up the charm factor, but I have a wood shingle home so need to find the right look.

How about this in a different shade of blue?

Image from House and Garden via The Glam Pad

Keep checking to see what we choose!  I am making lots of transformations to my yard and home.

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