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.