Friday, September 6, 2013

The Awnings at Boxwood

Sometimes I write a post about something, and all I see for the next few weeks (or even months) is the subject matter of the post. Such was the case this week – I posted about awnings earlier in the week, and when I walked my dog yesterday, I saw so many beautiful examples of awnings (in particular, metal awnings) that I had never noticed before. It is clearly an architectural element that is much loved in Atlanta!

In particular, when I was walking near Danielle Rollin’s beautiful house (called Boxwood) that has been featured in Town and Country and Veranda, I noticed the one of a kind metal awnings that add so much character to the exterior.

I first noticed the awning that is in the center of the front of the house. Look closely, it is partially obscured by the tree in front.  Photo by Emily Followill.

The awning is beautifully featured in this picture from landscape architect John Howard’s gorgeous website.  He designed the award winning landscape for this historic Atlanta house when it was remodeled several years ago.  I admire those blue agave plants every time I see them.

Danielle’s house was featured in the AJC last year, and the metal awning was even recreated on a gingerbread house that was modeled on her house.

Saving the best for last, this exquisite awning is my favorite of all the awnings I have shown. Although this covered entrance faces the driveway, it is actually the main entrance to the house (Danielle has a little sign at the door on the front indicating that it is not the main entrance, as so many people assume that the main entrance should be on the front). 

 I am not sure if this awning was original to the house, or whether it was an addition when the house was renovated, but the design is just exquisite. It is clearly not designed for weather protection (there is a covered entry just beyond), but rather to make the entrance more distinct and special. Note how it is capped by a carved stone piece – I can’t remember the name of the shape, can you?  This shape is repeated in other places around the property, including the gates. Details like this really make a house incredibly special.

Visit Danielle's site at http://danielledrollins.com/, and landscape architect John Howard's site at http://www.howarddesignstudio.com.

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  1. It is funny how once something is on our minds we see more of it - good and bad. Sometimes makes me wonder what I am missing out on.

  2. I have not seen too metal awnings in my area, but not that I read your posts I I sure that they will appear everywhere.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  3. I do believe that copper awnings are my favorite. All the cupola caps we have are copper and give me pleasure. :) franki

  4. That gingerbread house is amazing. Love the whole house!!! It's got that crusty patina of age.


  5. Danielle's house is one of our favorites and how lucky you are to be able to walk on by! What we would give to see the interior designed by Miles Redd...
    C + C

  6. Such a beautiful home, great curb appeal and love the lush greenery, makes it feel so cocoon like. And that gingerbread house is amazing!!

  7. The real entrance at the side is stunning. The whole house is charming.

  8. Georgeous home Holly! The patina is so rich, that the last photo looked like a painting, at first to me, until I could see that the background clearly wasn't painted. cool!

  9. Wow, what a beautiful home! And I absolutely love that incredible awning!!

    The Glam Pad

  10. Hi Holly,
    Thank you for this great collection of awnings. I've admired them on older homes and thought sadly that they might be one of those "lost arts", the kind of architectural finishing touch that requires a high level of craftsmanship, not to mention an architect who knows how to use them.

  11. Bravo. There's a little awning on a turret in Brookhaven. I go out of the way to see it. However decorative they are, it's the sense that they protect family and guests on their way in and out that charms me most.


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