A cottage or European farmhouse look would not be complete without some type of rustic fencing.
When thinking about fencing for our home, we loved the thought of using old recycled grape stakes to add instant patina and charm.
We loved the looks below....
Most grape stakes today are made of cedar and will gray over time as in many of the photos above, but we really loved the slightly darker patina of the old redwood grape stake for our home. Redwood grape stakes are no longer made but are often recycled and resold.
Tom went searching and found a raisin farmer that was changing out his 80 year old grape stakes for a more popular metal stake to use in his vineyards.
Two truck and trailer loads later.....we had stacks of them!
He cut, stacked and nailed them together to create taller fencing.....
The design is so unique!
The patina of the garden elements add just the right pop of color against brown/gray of the grape stakes. Both copper elements are original to our home and used to grace the prior owners garden gates in our back garden.
Our courtyard fencing was made using the 4 foot lengths.
We also used the stakes to create an arbor at the front entry. Our wisteria vines have lots of nooks and crannies to grow around.
We are very happy with the look. A combination of sustainable and beautiful!
By the way, we have made great progress in our guest studio renovation and are almost ready to reveal, so stay tuned!