Great Gate, Fun Fountain: Selby Lane Residence by Zeterre

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You know this is a special place the moment you see the gate up-lighted at night in all its Art Deco-inspired ambience — and you’re right. It’s a residence on Selby Lane, landscaped with tailored elegance and class by Zeterre Landscape Architecture. Enter through the gate and your eye is caught immediately by a spacious stone driveway in a waving, scalloped pattern; lining it are rows of precisely trimmed boxwood and laurel shrubbery. Interspersed with them are small fruit trees — note the pink blossoms just peeking out on the branches as spring begins — and, in a courtyard, a garden planted with ferns and spiky native grasses. Over them, a massive tree with hanging lanterns lights your way — and provides a wonderful ambience as well in an arrangement that fronts the pool house.

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Next to the fern garden, pause and take in the first water feature: a three-spout fountain with a cascade at one end in a tiny reflecting pool. It breaks up the vast expanse of driveway leading to the three-car garage with an interesting visual pause. The second “water feature” is a little more substantial: a long rectangular pool, a blue oasis in the midst of concrete deck and edged with circular planters holding white blossoms and miniature willow trees, while a white-painted pergola overhead shelters an outdoor lounging area with couch, outdoor stone fireplace, Kamado barbecue, and al fresco dining table and chairs. A comfortable, elegant space with well-placed lighting, well-trained shrubs, and well-appointed entertaining areas: that’s this Selby Lane home’s setting, as presented by Zeterre.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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