"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”
_ William Morris
, 19th century craftsman, designer, writer


Add your email address here & receive new posts from This American Home!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

American Icon: White Picket Fences


Traditional, charming and heavily weighted with the symbolism of the American dream, white picket fences are undeniably a suburban classic.

Personally, I think they are the perfect compliment to a garden of wildflowers or climbing roses.


One theory for how the classic fencing got its name points to the close resemblance of the pickets or stakes used by infantry troops to fight back the cavalry. 





Tom appeared on the sidewalk with a bucket of whitewash and a long-handled brush. He surveyed the fence, and all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit. Thirty yards of board fence nine feet high. Life to him seemed hollow, and existence but a burden. Sighing, he dipped his brush and passed it along the topmost plank; repeated the operation; did it again...-From Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer



But there are some things I know for certain: always throw split salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for luck, and fall in love whenever you can. - Practical Magic, 1998

 

1 comment :

  1. For most people, a fence around their front or back yard is a white picket fence. While such a fence is conventionally pleasing to the eye, it cannot provide the security and durability that concrete fences can give you.

    White Picket Fences

    ReplyDelete

Follow American Home here!

Gadget

This content is not yet available over encrypted connections.