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.