The photo above was shot by our talented contributor Bethany Nauert and was the winner of last year's first photo contest. I think we were all attracted to it not only because it's an amazing photo, but a wonderfully dreamy place. The photo is a great example of why pergolas are so awesome: the open structures help define space and create an outdoor room that is shaded during the day, and with a few vines and twinkle lights, can be romantic or festive at night.Here are some other great examples of beautifully built pergolas (also known as trellises or arbors):
Rachel is an Chicago-based architect and LEED Accredited Professional. When she's not designing homes, she enjoys spending her free time traveling, gardening, and playing with her french bulldog.
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