2.18.2011

French Stone Fountain Before and After

 It started with a family trip to the Dordogne region of France a few years ago 
where we saw lots and lots of ancient carved limestone.



 
"All this cool carved stone is giving me an idea", I thought, a bit dramatically...

The "before" photo of our little patio

Some internet research helped find Charme d'Antan ("Charm from the Past")
 just north of Malibu.  My husband and I took a Sunday afternoon excursion north
and met the friendly French owner who gave us a tour.
His knowledge of stone carving craftsmanship along with his respect for his ancestor’s work, 
motivated him to bring architectural pieces and antiquities from Europe to 21st century
 homes and gardens (paraphrased from his website).
It's really a fun place to visit.


This 19th century French blue stone 
animal trough was the perfect size and shape.

We also purchased this weathered sunflower spout.

The garden wall was smoothly plastered.  
The base was formed and a trellis from Restoration Hardware (end of summer sale) was hung.
A small hole was drilled in the bottom of the basin and two in the wall where we 
threaded the fountain hose.  The pump is hidden behind the concrete block.
The base was also plastered and the contractor installed an electrical switch in the house 
(good idea, Adrian) to turn off the fountain before the cement floor and slate was installed. 
Some new landscaping was added.


Can you see the little hole in the front of the trough?  
That used to have a stake where the animals were tied to to quench their thirst.
Which reminds me (smile), when our son had his basketball team here for dinner,
we filled this with ice and bottles of Gatorade.  
The fountain at night. 


Kirsten is featuring our home HERE.
  Check out her blog and her stylish online design service.

How have your travels inspired you?  

Best wishes,
Mary Ann

Participating in Outdoor Wednesday.

59 comments:

  1. What a stunning patio! I love that you filled it with drinks for a party. :-) CONGRATS on the awesome feature!! You deserve it.
    abby

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  2. Maryanne...really beautiful! Love the fountain....looks like a fun trip! I'll have to scoot over to 6th Street D to see the feature!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a beautiful patio! Such a lovely story, too. I love that you filled it with Gatorades to "water" your son and his teammates. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Stunning! It's really, really beautiful...do you plan to trail a vine on the trellis?

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  5. I have two smaller trellises on the other side of the patio with vines starting to grow on them...I need to do this on the bigger one too but am worried that the plant would not get enough sunlight behind the fountain.

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  6. Absolutley love it...and love a fountain, the noise is so soothing and calming, really beautiful!

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  7. Beautiful transformation!! Fountain is fabulous as is new slate! Great job!

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  8. Mary Ann,
    This is stunning! Love this post.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  9. Love your blog
    Thanks for a beautiful post
    The lighting at night is amazing
    xo
    Pam

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  10. Oh my! That's the prettiest thing ever! I'm amazed that you put that together. I love fountains. Your whole patio was amazingly transformed!

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  11. How pretty. It must be wonderful at night with the light and the soft sound of the fountain, very relaxing.

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  12. that is so pretty! I bet its really relaxing to listen to the water too. :)

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  13. So cool! I love how you told the story and it is such a beautiful addition to your outdoor area.

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  14. Mary Ann, Your family trip looks like so much fun. I can't believe what a transformation you accomplished on that patio. Great vision!

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  15. That was lovely. Such a beautiful retreat.

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  16. What vision to recreate such a beautiful fountain. I love your blog too and am subscribing. Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments!

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  17. I love that your "new" old fountain can transport you back to France. I loved France and Italy! The people, flowers, tile work and food are amazing. Thanks for following my new blog:)

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  18. This is so nice. I love stone fountains. You did an amazing job creating a water scape that is so unique. I love it. I have four fountains in/around my house (3 outside, 1 inside). They are so relaxing and soothing.

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  19. Marianne, I love, love this,you added all of the perfect elements to surround your wonderful find. It is perfection!!! I can only imagine the wonderful sound. KS

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  20. What a beautiful transformation Mary Ann. You picked the perfect one.

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  21. oh my goodness! that is beautiful! i want one!

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  22. I really love it! I want to go to France to be inspired too:) Lovely job!

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  23. I love water features they bring such life to an other wise dead wall great idea and looks fabulous!

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  24. Love your story and love the way your fountain turned out- just gorgeous! You probably feel like you are in France when you see it. Oh, and the ice and Gatorade.....that is clever and real life stuff!

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  25. Oooh-la-la, what a relaxing place to hang out!
    Tracey

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  26. How pretty! Loved where you got your inspiration! Also loved your feature on Kirsten's site!

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  27. beautiful! Love the fountain. Hugs

    http://design-elements-blog.com/

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  28. Wow, this is just amazing. You have a great eye for design. I just love this fountain.

    Marcie

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  29. Hi mary anne, so lovely to meet you! I wanted to thank you for visiting my blog firstly and so glad to have found yours! Love your beautiful garden feature! going to go back and read more of your posts!
    best wishes, laura curriex

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  30. I just love how you take an historic or dynamic piece (the French animal trough) and pair it with a local sale item (Restoration Hardware). It makes such a beautiful statement on your patio.

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  31. Amazing! J'adore your french inspired fountain. Looks beautiful with the light on.
    -marie

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  32. That looks amazing! As does your trip!

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  33. Ha I like the dramatic thinking. So much inspiration here in these pictures. Travelling and visiting new destinations is so great for the soul and inspiration for your home and garden. Love the wrought iron and stone here. Sonia :)

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  34. Lovely fountain. And what a great idea for cooling bottles

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  35. Oh Mary Ann!!!! What a wonderful fountain! I used to work for a landscape company that specialized in water gardens/features. What you did with that plain-Jane wall is just fabulous!! Isn't hearing that water at night just heavenly??? Kudos to you, girl!!! Happy MM!

    xoxo laurie

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  36. I saw your feature and had to come say hello! Your home is so gorgeous- I love it all!!

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  37. It looks amazing Mary Ann. Adore the trough and fountain!!

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  38. Mary Ann,

    This is one of my favorite features of your home!! Now that I know the story, I think I love it even more - the photo of you pointing at the stone is perfect - I can just see you pointing out a wonderful detail. I think I not only need to hire you as a designer but also as a tour guide!!!

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  39. Hi! I am excited to find your blog. Thanks for coming to mine and leaving a comment so I could follow you home~
    I love your fountain, so wonderful. And yes, dramatic but perfect too! Inspired by your trip to France makes it all the sweeter.

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  40. Lucky you - that fountain is fabulous. The lighting at night just adds the right emphasis.

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  41. Hi! It is so nice to "meet" you here in blogland! :-) Thank you so much for coming by and linking up to Inspiration Friday this week. Your fountain is just gorgeous! There is just nothing quite like the sound of a fountain as you sit outdoors in the evening with a glass of wine. I loved hearing about your adventure in having it made too! You are near our old stomping ground (hubby and I moved to the NW from Westlake Village/Thousand Oaks area) and there are just so many great resources there. I am following you right back and hope we see more of you in the weeks to come!
    Vanessa
    P.S. I peeked around the rest of your home and it is gorgeous!

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  42. What a beautiful job you did!!! Just stunning!!!
    Love it :)
    hugs
    Manni

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  43. Truly amazing, what a find!! The night shot is so relaxing I could have a glass of french wine out there!

    So cute, I agree the the Gatorade was cute the cattle would be proud ; )

    Happy Monday Have a great week.

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  44. This is beautiful~ I love how it looks and the gatorade is too funny! Thanks for sharing this at Feathered Nest Friday!:)

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  45. Love this! ... true French inspiration!! ... I hope you'll considering linking up to our new party starting tomorrow at French Cupboard ... this will be the perfect French post ... Voila!!

    http://frenchcupboard.blogspot.com/2011/02/goodbye-black-friday-hello-french.html

    Thank you for sharing,
    xo
    Jill

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  46. Hello me again ~ Thank you for bringing your French goodness over to the first Voila! party ... I hope we get to see a lot more of you ; )

    xo
    Jill

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  47. If I had a bit more space, I would LOVE to incorporate a sweet fountain like yours. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

    Blessings... Polly
    French Cupboard
    Counting Your Blessings

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  48. That is just so pretty. Very well done. I know you must enjoy it so much.

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  49. Thanks for linking your post to Cottage Flora Thursday's Gorgeous fountain!!! xoox, tracie

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  50. Love the sounds of water flowing in a garden. Thanks for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday...xoxo, tracie

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