Since its summer, any and all outdoor projects suddenly butt their way to the front of the “do me” line. A few years back we added stack stone to the front of our house. The homes in our area were built in 1968, part of a large tract of Eichler- influenced designed houses. Joseph Eichler homes are known for their flat roof lines, sliding doors and atriums. We had 5 aluminum sliding doors in our 3-bedroom home when we purchased. I confess, while I’ve thought of the architectural style with dismay [I’m truly more of a cape cod cottage gal] I will say, the open floor plan and atrium are two of my favorite features about our home.
It’s hard to tell from this image but the grass starts just in front of the walkway and extends to the sidewalk in front of our house. People that park curbside have to walk through the grass or go around to the driveway and catch up with the walkway there.
But I digress…so when we added the stack stone it was with the thought that at some point down the line we’d add a path, through the front lawn, to the front door. I began doing some research on possible pathway ideas and styles and thought I’d share some of the images I’ve saved for your viewing pleasure. The ball was started rolling due in part to a brilliant post by Debra over at 5th and State. If you’ve never visited her site you should, I believe you will find lots to love. Her post, “Down the Garden Path” inspired me to think seriously about what I want in a walkway that brings visitors to our door.
The following 6 images are from 5th and State:
I like the detailing on the stone just before the step in this image. I also love the door surround…so pretty.
I like the natural beauty of stone set in sand with moss growing around each stone.
I believe these brick shaped stones are set in sand with pea gravel around them…don’t you love the army of iron rabbits standing at attention for all who pass?
Is it the manor house or the stone pathway that attracts in this image, or maybe the lone peacock?
This looks like a back yard but still, isn’t it pretty. I love the pea gravel idea, probably not practical with grass just beyond.
The blocks of concrete in grass holds some appeal, I wonder if it’s difficult to mow around the stones?
I gained some additional inspiration and ideas Better Homes and Gardens.com If you want some pretty sound ideas and ‘how to’ information, BHG.com is there to deliver. I really enjoyed viewing the various paths they offer.
The following 9 images are via Better Homes and Gardens:
This is a similar concept to the idea above. The concrete pieces are larger but I like the blending of the grass and the concrete.
I really like the mixture of concrete squares with interspersed polished pebbles.
This looks like a combination of brick and cobblestones…very pretty, especially when it’s set in sand.
Pea gravel and stones may not be practical for the front yard at my house.
This particular path appears to be a wide assortment of different stones and concrete. I kind of like it, what do you think?
This is pretty too, the stones look like they’ve been here for a long time, adorned with moss as they are.
again, another backyard, but the stone in gravel is sure pretty and reflects a casual, comfortable lifestyle.
Do you have a path to your front door? What kinds of stones/pebbles do you like best?
I’m over at Fishtail Cottage for her Garden Party
and over at No Minimalist Here for an Open House
Victoria Elizabeth Barnes said:
Love ALL of them! Totally distracted by the doorway in the first photo. Love moss around stone. And love the rabbits! Maybe you’ll be needing several paths?
I’m pretty sure you’re actually responding to the giant castle, and not the pathway with the peacock… it looks gorgeous and casually elegant in the photo, but won’t look right without your horse and carriage and ladies-in-waiting…
We’ll need to do some kind of path in our backyard at some point… I’m drawn to large pieces of slate with moss between. Although probably, will be weeds between!! And surely a hassle to keep them out. So we may consider something more solid. The little gravel looks nice but must get everywhere… I see it down the shore a lot here, and it’s constantly getting on sidewalks and in grass.
debra phillips @ 5th and state said:
well imagine my surprise to see my blog referenced here! thank you karen, my goal is to teach and inspire, you made my day.
as a landscape designer, i would like to mention a few options for you;
-try a ground cover called mazus versus moss. mazus can be stepped on, is hardier and fills in FAST, oh and it has flowers in spring
-the squares set in grass are easy to maintain, you mow over them
-bricks/cobbles should be in sand with “limestone screenings” around them, not pea gravel.
-i do notice that many of your inspirations have pea gravel. if you like it, do it! so many european homes have those paths to their front door and it is charming. you could edge it entirely with stone to contain the gravel
cannot wait to see what you do!
At home we have a pea gravel path and I love it. It does mean that once in a while I have to discipline the little stones that wander onto the lawn at the sides but I really enjoy doing this. I use a blunt knife to pick them out. But of course there are so many other lovely options.
I enjoy Debra’s blog too,lots of great ideas and inspiration there!
All beautiful images and I had to Pin a couple. Thanks for sharing at the Open House party.
Linda Coble said:
What wonderful outdoor entryway! Love the look of the gravel but I have to admit that I sure hate to weed it. I know you’ll come with an option for your own home that’ll be a show-stopper.
Those rabbits were great! So decorative and whimsical. Loved the use of boxwood in so many of the pics. Makes me want to get out and work in the garden!
Slim Paley said:
I LOVE those rabbits! I adore a touch of whimsy in the garden.
I’m going to try planting some mazus so thanks for that tip Debra.
PS.I read that the easiest way to get rid of weeds in paths is to pour boiling water on them.
Mona Thompson said:
Love all of your inspiration..and I’m a big fan of the pea gravel. I’ve used it in paths in my back yard. Have a great weekend. Mona
What great pictures. I liked all of the numerous choices. We surrounded our backyard fountain with flagstone and filled in with grass. The gardner mows right over it so it’s very low maintanence. I’m curious about mazus – it sounds like the perfect thing to fill in around stones. I can’t wait to see what you choose to do!
The exterior of your home is beautiful. I’ve had all kinds of paths brick, stones bordering the path and filled in with pea grave also large stones set with sand then filled in with pea grave. I have to say I like them all. Due to shoveling snow in the winter we can’t use pea gravel for the front walk. Looking at your home I was wondering have you given any thought to using slate? The pretty stone work on your home looks to have gray tones. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these. That second photo’s door entry makes quite a statement.
Gorgeous photos of gorgeous gardens.
I’m in love with the rabbits, naturally.