Archive for the ‘gardens’ Category

Table & Tulip

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

The other day Lindsey and I were walking to a client meeting in the South End and I was stopped dead in my tracks when passing this little alleyway that was transformed into a gorgeous garden!  Oooh-ing and Ahhh-ing I wondered aloud what it was- and then I saw a little box on the brick wall with business cards for, of course, a floral and event design company, Table & Tulip. I’d actually heard of Andrea Halliday, the owner, before after seeing some of her work at Chestnut Hill’s Portobello Road boutique, but this little slice of heaven in the middle of the city was awesome (my pictures do not capture it)

Here is some of Andrea’s beautiful work to brighten your day!

Flower Girl

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Yesterday I fell in love with florist Amy Merrick’s work, website and blog. Her florals have such a loose, english country garden kind of feel- all loose and natural and never, ever prim and proper.  And can we discuss this GENIUS website welcome page? It’ probably the best thing I’ve seen in, like, EVER:

Some of Amy’s work:

This looks like an old oil painting! So gorgeous!

I would love to have one of these on my large windowsill! If only I didn’t kill plants just by looking at them.

Amy has a summer home in New Hampshire called Elmwood that makes me want to be her BFF and run away there with her for the whole summer. It’s ancient, and not modern and updated and everything you think of when you think of a “summer cottage”…. charm abounds!

So wonderful to wake up to a breeze and flowers on the sill while in a antique spindle bed….

And why is it that I never, ever, ever find amazing paintings like this at flea markets? Am I going to the wrong flea markets? Mine seem to only have velvet Elvis paintings (which will never, ever be “in”)

I mean, come on. CUTE!

I want to be canoeing at dusk! Andrew and I went kayaking in Vermont the other weekend and I hadn’t has as much fun all summer as that!

She also went to Paris with her sister and pictures are marvelous. This one is absolutely fantastic. A framer.

The most touching post and pictures though are of Amy’s anniversary of an accident she was in in which she lost two and a half fingers on her left hand.  Her words and images are so move and a reminder that we all go through difficulties and some of us, if we approach it the right way, come out more wonderful on the other side. In the face of trgedy sometimes it’s hard to see past it, and other time it helps frame your life in a new, better light.

Also be sure to check out her AMAZING series on Design*Sponge. I cannot BELIEVE there is someone else out there that has Troop Beverly Hills on the top of their fave movie lists….and designed a look to coordinate!!!

I may have just found my soulmate.

Au Naturel: Tata Harper

Monday, April 4th, 2011

I have been seeing Tata Harper’s all natural products mentioned in many fashion magazines lately and as someone who has dreams of being one of those glowy, peaceful girls who only uses natural products and eats all organic I became curious.  Turns out, Tata is exactly that girl- and her adorable home reflects that laid back, vintage feel too! She lives on a acre farm in Vermont where all her products are hand made. It reminds me a little of this book I’m reading from a former Martha Stewart executive who left the rat race to move to remote upstate New York.  I always fantasize about the quiet life somewhere int he country with space to think and be and breathe, but I always wonder if I would get so bored I’d tear my hair out.

The silhouette wall behind the sofa is amazing- note the various vintage frames in different shapes and colors which helps create this totally bohemian feel.

Note the turquoise trimmed windows!

Her farm in Vermont and Tata at work in the garden and lab via a great article in Vanity Fair.

I am particularly enamored with the rose tinted resurfacing mask- that color look good enough to eat (you probably could too, but I do not recommend that.)

Photos via David A. Land Photography and Vanity Fair.

How Does Your Garden Grow

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I saw this awesomely creative garden/potting room from the Shippan Designer Showhouse on Stacy Kustel’s blog and had to share. Designer Victoria Lyon and Robin Horton of Urban Gardens crafted such a  charming, relaxed space for those with a green thumb.  From the greenery wall to the birds on the wall it makes me wish I had a garden to tend to!








This room reminds me that I am still dying to see the new Anthropologie gardening outpost Terrain in PA!

Hello killer signage….




These zinc tags remind me of the room above! They would actually be great as gift tags too this holiday season!


They also sell vertical garden wall containers to create a green wall like the one at the showhouse!


I love these various terrariums! I want some in my house!


How about these gorgeous lights?


And there is no more perfect post than this with which to wish my mom, the ultimate gardener (remember her gardens I showed you here?) a very, very happy 60th birthday! Love you!!!


Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Yesterday we spent a lovely hour at Frog’s Leap winery- my favorite in Napa Valley.  Not only because I enjoy their wine but because the grounds and buildings are the stuff of Martha Stewart-like dreams but also because of their fierce sense of humor (and the amazing winery dog Abby).  The first time I visited this property years ago I went bezerk over the building- a LEED silver building using reclaimed wood, gorgeous muted (low VOC) paint colors and natural fabrics. If it didn’t cost a bajillion dollars to open a winery I would in a heartbeat after seeing this place.  It’s one of those experiences that makes you rethink your life and aesthetics.  Instead of a sleek modern kitchen, I am now coveting the one in this building with it’s chic country appeal. Instead of busy, shiny city life, organic farming now seems intriguing. (I go through these phases all the time with each now exciting experience….)

Take a peek and promise me you’ll go if you visit Napa!

The building (and my folks):


The main tasting area with a gorgeous huge table and glass doors that open onto an expansive porch (photo does NOT do it justice!)


The fab fab fab stair runner and kitchen I am DYING for. DYYYYYYIIIIINNNNGGG.


The library and it’s delicious window treatments


More yumminess.


Abby (who I want to come back as when I die) and Drooly Cat. He drools. On nice furniture, I might add.


Nice furniture, case in point.


The details.


Even the rustic outbuildings are perfection (the paint color on that door??? Yes!)


Organic wine vines


Organic garden


Ready to go “awwwww”? Abby’s “ball” is a green apple. How cute and country-perfect is that?


Stick a pitchfork in me, ’cause I’m done. Maybe this will become “Elements of Stylish Farming”? :)