Tuesday, July 19, 2011
I Love Awnings!
Ever since I was a little kid, I can always remember my Mom loving a house with awnings. Our house was green and white and we had the prettiest white and yellow awnings over the back patio doors and windows. We would go for walks on a summer evening and she would always point out how much better awnings could make a house look. Like you could ring the door bell and the people inside would be awesome and offer you a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. I guess my Mom's influence stuck because I am still inclined to feel the same.
And think of when you are strolling down a street and come across a shoppe with an awning over a window or door, doesn't it just make you want to stop in to have a look? How perfectly quaint.
Growing up a tennis player, for some reason tennis and awnings have always been synonymous. Be it over the doors of a tennis club or over a bench on the courts, they just always added a special touch.
Even at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island has a trademark awning. I was on the stringing staff there for the men's tournament one summer - a remarkable place.
Now that I am coming down the home stretch for my shed makeover, I have decided to add an awning over the doors. Nothing fancy I assure you, just maybe one made out of a canvas drop cloth to give it a touch of elegance. How fantastic does this awning look?
This was totally my inspiration picture until I passed The Capital Grille restaurant - I almost crashed as the exterior was SO gorgeous! As I Googled them, these awnings seem to be their trademark. I would definitely eat there JUST for the awnings. LOL!
The little awning there on the left with the two spotlights is Heaven! I don't know what to do now. I am so leaning towards this design with a monogram in the middle. But then I see the black and white striped picture and I am confused all over again!
Source: Capital Grille
Now for the color, design, etc. I LOVE black and white striped awnings. Especially on my green and white shed, I think it would look lovely. There is just something about a black and white crisp awning that is so beautiful. So no matter what, black and white is the color choice.
Design? I could have a flat straight awning. I could have a spear awning. I guess I just have to wing it with a drop cloth, two cans of spray paint and a furring strip. We shall see! :-)
And then, of course, my hero and style guru, Ralph Lauren, reinforces my love of awnings. *sigh*