Keeping Up With the Joneses

An East Memphis garden offers a lovely way to beat the heat.

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This wide-angled view from the pool house looks across the garden towards the main house.

The swimming pool is five feet deep and was designed by Ogden Pools. Christie Cut Stone Co. installed the limestone hardscape. The spacious, comfortable pool house has a Southern “low country” look and is furnished with a wicker seating set that Sandra bought from a stately home on Central Avenue. The cast-iron column capitals came courtesy of an old building in New York City. With its floor-to-ceiling glass tiles, the bathroom in the pool house has a cool, grotto-like feel. The flower-sprigged, painted porcelain sink set into a handsome piece of furniture was purchased at a Tom Fortner estate sale. The luxurious faucets are by Phylrich.

A niece in Florida says jokingly that the buildings in the garden look a bit “like Universal City’ with their different architectural styles, but it all comes together beautifully in Sandra’s eclectic vision. The brick greenhouse/guesthouse is Georgian in style, with porthole windows and interior columns. The visitor steps first into the glass-roofed greenhouse portion with its four rubber trees (hardy survivors from Sandra’s past gardens), frangipani (Plumeria), and oceans of orchids.

Sandra tells me her brother, Steve Eaton, has “the green thumb of the century” and helps to bring plants back to life when the Joneses’ friends “try to kill them off.” By way of explanation, Sandra says she gave out 150 orchids as presents last Christmas and jokes, “We have a little orchid hospital going here.” The gigantic ceiling fan in the greenhouse comes courtesy of Big Ass Fan Company (yes, that is its name). All of the lighting installations are from Montgomery Lighting.

Antique column capitals from a New York City building and handsome, oversize lanterns give solidity and style to the pool house.


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