Savannah. Charleston. New Orleans. San Antonio. These colonial-era cities inspire the courtyard garden ideal: green and lush, with beautiful plants, pools and fountains, paved with stone, tiles or bricks, & protected by sheltering walls with gates that reveal a table and chairs for cocktails or an al fresco meal...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thomas Jayne’s apartment and courtyard in New Orleans is highlighted in the New York Social Diary. The courtyard is traditional, with flagstone flooring and brick walls. You can imagine the temperature being several degrees cooler than the street in the summer and several degrees warmer in winter. 

These freshly painted green and gray stairs lead up to the balcony which wraps around the second floor of the courtyard.

On the balcony a perfect spot for petit dejeuner.

The balconies look out over the courtyard to the lush plantings below.

Descending the green staircase, through the brick archway and into the courtyard. The gray of the steps matches the flagstone, and the green coordinates with the plantings and shutters.

Bananas, cycads, elephant ears and bromeliads lend a tropical feel. The metal table and chairs, though new, could just has well come from a park in Paris. The wooden shutters and brick arch supporting the balconies are pure New Orleans.  Sit down and enjoy a drink!

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