5.18.2012

An ugly fence...


Remember how I painted the shed because it was ugly and it was the first thing you'd notice as you pulled in our driveway? Well now, the first thing you'd notice would be this janky garden fence that PRH constructed yesterday. To his credit, it is built well and he only used salvaged materials, but let's back up a bit. PRH needed a fence around his vegetable garden and we didn't want to spend a ton of money. He had some sort of light bulb moment and said, "There's a bunch of fencing behind the barn! I'll just straighten it out and use that!". I said, "Hmmmm...the fencing behind the barn? It's not going to look like crap? Remember, it's the first thing you see when you pull in the driveway. But alright, let's see how it looks.". An hour later...yikes. Our friend, Ken, called it "rustic" and "charming"- he was being kind. PRH is proud of it, though. I'm hoping it looks better with vegetables, but what I really want to do is shoot lasers from my eyeballs and burn it to the ground. 

My point isn't to pick on my poor husband or burn his fence down (although if it did accidentally start on fire...). My point is this: during the course of a renovation, design sensibilities can and, very often, do clash. Big time. For us, the key is knowing when to step back and ask yourself if arguing about a fence is really worth it? It isn't. Ugly fence for the win.

16 comments:

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

I've been in that spot so many times over the years. Sometimes they just don't get it, do they?
You can always upgrade later on to something else. I guess for now it'll keep out the animals, right? Right? :)

Wolfie and the Sneak said...

it's awesome that you can let the fence win, and several great morals to the story. grow a fruiting (or gourds?) vine on it and let it work double duty!

Laurendy said...

Once the garden is full of veggies you won't even notice the fence

Anonymous said...

Plant sunflowers around the outside to screen it!

Sarah said...

Love the idea of growing vines on the fence. I agree with your other commenters, the presence of a lush veggie patch will transform the fence into something truly rustic and charming (and I think it's awesome that he used salvaged materials).

I would love to hear more about how you and your husband negotiate design decisions. Are there certain things you tend to agree on? Tend to wildly disagree on? What's the process by which you come to a decision? I think this is one of the most ignored or under-covered topics on design/lifestyle blogs. But in my house, the lack of an effective process (or, indeed, even a common language) for coming to design agreements is the single biggest thing that holds us back from improving our space. (Ask me why we're almost 40 and still living with handmedown furniture from Target--talk about janky!) So--I'd gobble up any specifics you were willing to share!

Kim said...

maybe something is wrong with me but i like the picket part of the fence that he is unrolling. i think it will look great against all those green veggies!

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

You're all right...once the veggies are in the ground, the fence will fade away. I just planted sunflowers and some other tall flowers to hide it in the meantime.

Kim- that rolled part that make it look like he's not done? It's apparently staying that way. I don't think that part of the fence looks bad- it's just the mishmash. :/

Sarah- we tend to disagree most on the sheer volume of stuff. I'm the minimalist and PRH is the maximalist. For him, more is always better. We seem to argue most about that. He adds and then I go through and subtract.

For the most part, he leaves me to make decisions about the house and he makes decisions about the yard/gardens/vegetables. The thing about PRH is that he's VERY patient and, if I'm willing to do the work, he's willing to step back and let me go crazy. He's also willing to try anything, so that's what works for us.

x,
A

Nancy said...

I've learned that you've just got to let the men have something sometimes. Regardless of how it looks. If they want to do it and it's serving some sort of purpose, just let it go:)

inaina said...

yes, throw seed bombs with seeds of cimbing plants.

I reminds me of a very old princess Sissi movie, where she visits a little fawn in her fathers garden. The fence is the same. ((o:

Karen said...

I love the look of snow fences (that how we use your fence here in Canada). Maybe it's nostalgia. Get the veggies growing, plant some peas and morning glory at the base of the fence, and Wham! you'll have a new look. =)

Andria Crowjoy said...

I think the cannas were made for that fence. ;)

Anna said...

Peas and morning glories were the first thing that came to my mind, too--fun to see others thought the same thing. Peas also work well with a second planting in early August for a Fall crop. Fun snacking for kids and adults (just not sweet peas--you can't eat their pods)

Sarah said...

Abbey, thanks so much for those comments about your process. It's really good food for thought, and I appreciate you taking the time to write those up. I think in our case I'm both the maximalist and the schemer...hmm.....

Diana said...

I totally hear ya on the "what to battle over" topic with your partner. My BF has had a pile of unpacked boxes and a broken filing cabinet in his tiny kitchen/living room since he moved in 3 months ago and even though I don't live there, nothing bothers me more than looking at and walking around crap in boxes!! Also in the pile is some stuff he's letting a friend store at his place (it was supposed to be a couple weeks and has turned into months). I have to step around the boxes to access any of the dishes or pots/pans to cook dinner for us (why doesn't this bother some people??). I would have loved to burn all of the crap in a bonfire months ago, but I don't want to be that uber controlling GF. After enthusiastically offering to help him "spring clean" yesterday we reduced the pile by 3 boxes (2 left!) and his friend agreed to pick up all his crap tomorrow! My BF is actually really appreciative of taking the time to go through it all with him. I'm hoping in a couple weeks there will actually be somewhere to sit when eating dinner other than an office chair. I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!!

Angeline said...

Saw some garden stakes with round finials and a school garden where the kids painted the fence...

The Belvedere- Alyssa said...

There's always a transition period to think about too- once your garden transitions into an overflowing lush veggie creation, your eyes will glide by that fence and see only the bounty!

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