outdoor spaces become rooms subtly defined, with seat walls made
of lannon stone in an ashlar pattern capped with bluestone and
surrounding warmer-toned plantings.
landscape is potentially a feast for the eyes, especially in its blend
of color and texture throughout hardscapes and plantings.
That thought was
put into practice when Jim Drzewiecki of Cedarburg-based Ginkgo Leaf
Studio extended not only a Fox Point home’s outdoor living potential,
but also paid homage to the home’s architecture and history.
existing updated tennis court becomes a place of relaxation for
those viewing the action. The adjoining stone-lined hot tub eases
into the rest of the hardscape.
centerpiece of an aging tennis court in the large, double-lot backyard,
Drzewiecki designed a series of "rooms" with specific
personalities that practically connect to the court, the house, natural
areas at the far reaches of the property and with each other.
Drzewiecki says he
drew from his architectural background and took cues from the home’s
English Tudor style.
"There were a
lot of Old World details to work with," he says, noting wood
carvings over the fireplace, leaded glass windows, exterior lannon stone
and a slate roof. "The owners wanted to establish a patio area in
the backyard, and they wanted to work on the front yard. They also felt
the front door wasn’t prominent enough."
bordered bluestone makes the perfect transition from driveway to
walkway. A plethora of textures and colors
embodied in more bluestone are lined by colorful pops of summer
flowers on one side and boxwood evergreens on the other.
work included creating diverse backyard spaces ranging from quiet
seating and viewing areas to those lending themselves to grilling,
dining and hot tub soaking. Pathways around a distinctive crab apple
tree lead from the front door around to
carefully selected hardscapes and plantings to provide the perfect
ambience. Lannon stone walls provide definition, while bluestone and
slate pavers, stone chip and mulch add texture.
He says creating
color and texture balance is part science, part client satisfaction. The
result here is an array of elements, including orange yarrow, yellow
black-eyed Susans, purple cones, impatiens and geraniums.
designer Jim Drzewiecki of Ginkgo Leaf Studio consulted with his
client’s interior designer to extend the natural outdoor
elements to wood and wicker furnishings throughout the exterior
Drzewiecki says he
also incorporated colorful bark and berries that shine through gloomy
winters and add to Wisconsin-friendly evergreens.
The project has
helped restore the home’s legacy, says homeowner Jim Davis. The
attorney, who purchased the property a few years ago, is researching the
history of the 1936 residence. Davis has discovered far more than the
fact that the home originally was owned by Ralph Evinrude, who served as
the CEO of the outboard motor company his father founded.
Frances Langford, was a singer and entertainer with strong Hollywood
there was a photo of Frank Sinatra in the house at one time," Davis
says. He added that the neighborhood grapevine has passed down an
unconfirmed story that someone once heard "Ol’ Blue Eyes"
singing happy birthday to Ralph.
and landscaping trends reflect an interest in sustainability and
personal history as well as finding new ways to incorporate color and
Anne Marie Adams,
customer service specialist of Ebert’s Greenhouse Village in Ixonia,
points to three current trends:
Edibles in the
are now adding vegetables and herbs in their flower beds and gardens to
create interest with fragrance, color and foliage," Adams says. She
adds that "grow your own" food is
a rising trend,
and some people with small yards are replacing front lawns to create
Planters on wheels
and colorful ceramic pots add an attractive element.
"You can grow
plants in just about anything, including old sinks, suitcases and even
bicycles," Adams explains. "You can take a favorite item from
your grandmother and use it as a planter."
favorites such as foxgloves, begonias, peonies and hostas, she says,
"remind us of earlier garden eras" that can become today’s
Plants like cacti
that "exhibit color and quirky texture" are intriguing to
gardeners, Adams says. "In our climate zone, they can easily be
over-wintered indoors and planted outdoors again in the heat of
summer," she notes. M