Spotted in our post on the Japanese mountain cafe Nap, a patio with a sun shade anchored by rocks.
Owner Makoto Kawai collected stones from a nearby river to secure the sun shade above the cafe's outdoor deck. He had the holes drilled at a local factory, then strung the rocks together with string to form weights to keep the awning in place. Read more about the cafe and gardening store in our post: Nap Cafe.
Photography by Yoko Inoue for Gardenista.
Above: The strings of rocks add a visual rustic note to the outdoor patio.
(N.B. For another idea with drilled stones, check out our post: DIY Rustic Gate Clasp.)
This is an update of a post originally published September 3, 2012.