Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cardinal House - An Impression

It was back in the fall that I went to the house and discovered that the crew had poured the concrete for our lanai {read it HERE}. I was so excited and could finally envision how incredible this part of the house was going to look.

It was the fall, the leaves were dropping and I really didn't think anything of that on our new concrete. I mean it's concrete and the weather was cool - so it is a pretty hard surface. But the mighty Maple Leaf ..... ok, and a few oak as well, they settled in not just for the winter but for good.

And this is what we have discovered on our lanai. 

I asked our concrete crew to leave the surface with a subtle brushed finish.

Mother Nature had a different pattern in mind. 

We have swept the lanai several times and I was afraid that the settled leaf impressions might be so slight that they would easily disappear. Thankfully the leaves nestled in enough to stay and the red clay in our yard brushes against the finish highlighting the pattern. 

Someone else may be annoyed by the imperfection in the finished concrete, but we think it couldn't have gotten more perfect if we had tried. 


  1. I think it's the most beautiful thing ever!! Couldn't be better :)

  2. I agree Stacy - Mother Nature does leave a pretty mark.

  3. It is perfection! Love that it wasn't planned and is mother nature's way of saying she aprroves of the house!! So excited for you both!

    1. With Mother Nature approving and the Cardinals visiting - we are in good form. Thank You Joan.

  4. That's what I call serendipity!!! I love it! It will probably one of the things you will love most about the lanai.
    sending hugs...

    1. From the moment the concrete was poured I knew that the lanai was going to be our gathering space. Wonderful things like this make it even more special.

  5. That's incredible and so artful! Nature is so beautiful in every way. Hope you've been well!

  6. Beautiful blog, what a delightful discovery. I appreciate nature's imprint on your floor!