A Folly in the Garden

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Longwood Gardens

The definition of a folly (as used in terms of architecture) is a costly ornamental building with no practical purpose. Once, only royalty and the very wealthy could afford such frivolous structures.

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Huntington Museum

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DIY Magazine

Those structures that resemble an ancient ruin, far-away castle, Asian pagoda, or perhaps, even a fantasy structure without a point of architectural reference certainly qualify as follies in today’s garden.

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DIY Magazine

Garden sheds, guest and pool houses, and other utilitarian structures are not really included in this definition but I like to think of the more architecturally advanced designs in these categories as personal follies.  A growing number of homeowners are pouring the finest materials and amenities into these structures, creating outbuildings that actually rival their house.

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Perhaps storing garden tools is not folly but at what point does adequate become folly—as in, holy cow! You spent how much for that shed?

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Country Living

I love my pets as much as the next person, but chickens in such nice digs? Do their eggs taste better or is owning chickens more palatable when you have a nice structure to look at?

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Old Moss Woman Secret Garden

Adaptively using cast off natural materials to create a folly is quite ingenious and artistic.

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Patrick Dougherty

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the owner-builder network

With vision, and time, your folly may become one with the landscape.

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A carefully-crafted and well-executed tree house could be classified as a folly.

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A pergola or gazebo could qualify as a folly if it is outrageous enough.

I have a shed in my yard. Unfortunately, no one has ever even whispered the word folly in association with it. But if I close my eyes, I envision so much more and live happily with that. You see, the thing about dreaming and not doing is that you don’t have to commit to one style. Great joy comes in the pastime of considering what something could be.outdoorlicious,outdoor living blog,about outdoor living,dottie reynolds, casual living


Outdoor Furniture, Naturally

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Recycle…Organic…Natural…Buzzwords of the twenty-first century. While we aren’t ready to give up on man-made materials or using science and technology to create products we use, the ability to reuse something existing and to use things of the earth feeds our twenty-first century desire to be gentle to the earth. Well aware that this delicate planet is changing (for whatever reasons you choose to believe), it is chic, hip, and responsible to try to leave as small a footprint as we can as we journey around this planet. Found items may have once been the source of a . . . → Read More: Outdoor Furniture, Naturally

Build it and They Will Come

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I am one who always likes to keep my design options open. I have always enjoyed arranging and rearranging a room and never tire of moving furniture and accessories around as I “play”. I can do this for hours and thoroughly enjoy myself the entire time. It’s that interior design gene…

So, it surprises me that I am such a big fan of built-in furniture. Attaching furniture to something appeals to me; perhaps it represents grounding and permanency. Inside the home I love built in window seats and dining room banquettes. Outside, I am drawn to a large . . . → Read More: Build it and They Will Come

City Chic: Rooftop Rooms

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Home Design

I am intrigued by outdoor living in the city. Life among the hard concrete, tall buildings, and throngs of people isn’t for everyone but even for those who do consider themselves “city” people, the need to escape the noise and congestion and find a way to truly be alone outside presents a mystery unless one has access to a rooftop terrace.

Architectural Digest

While it is true that the noise is never completely obscured by a lack of people and vehicles, and the wind can be an issue the higher your real estate, a green . . . → Read More: City Chic: Rooftop Rooms

Creating Tuscan Style in Your Backyard

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Living the good life in Italy…quaint farm houses, rolling terrain dotted with vineyards, bright sunny days, deliciously fresh and simple food, lazy afternoons on the patio. Who doesn’t dream of such a life? While a trip to Italy’s Tuscany region is one of the most popular destinations American’s choose when vacationing out of this country, it is not necessary to leave it all behind upon returning home to reality.

This Old House

Many people redesign their home’s interior to reflect this special place; Tuscan style kitchens have been popular for years. An easy way (and natural place) to . . . → Read More: Creating Tuscan Style in Your Backyard