I have decided that a “framed peek” at a house is far more appealing to me than is a full view. No matter how attractive the foundation plantings and how well-groomed the lawn, I like a sense of mystery that invites me to peek through a gate or over a fence or through an arch.

La Maison rustique is a good example of the” Limited View”. The owner has designed the front to give her some privacy but allow us to glimpse the charm of her home. The stone arch and the grape stake fence and gate, softened by roses and vines, frame the view.

The name plate reflects the a personalities of both the owner and the home. This home is in Carmel-by-the Sea . Names replace addresses here. An attractive and unusual address sign would be a good alternative in other neighborhoods.


“Why do we love certain houses, and why do they seem to love us? It is the warmth of our individual hearts reflected in our surroundings.” T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Curb appeal is that special something about a house that grabs you before you even step into the door. It is the sum of all the unique details used by the home owner to express a “welcome home” to themselves and those who pass on the street.

This home owner uses yellow paint to create a feeling of warmth. A curving flagstone path flanked by flowers directs one to the entry.

The cottage style of the home is enhanced by rustic shutters, window boxes, benches, and lush plantings.

The “starfish” are a perfect touch for this beach cottage in Carmel-by-the Sea.