Weekend Green Thumb

On Saturday we had gorgeous weather here so I thought it was high time I got rid of the dead Christmas greenery splayed sadly in my window boxes and plant some colorful stuff for spring. A was able to do our little refresh during one of Henry’s (very quick) naps and now I feel much better about pulling into my driveway.


I wanted to compliment the chartreuse color of our front door with the plant choices- and also add a complimentary color, in this case a deep plum.  So I came up with a plan (on the fly at the plant store, but we can pretend I was as thoughtful enough to do a Photoshop layout of it beforehand):


Beautiful Boxwood

As I get used to having a home with a yard that needs landscaping I am starting to become more educated about plants and how to use them properly.  Being a busy person who doesn’t have the greenest of thumbs I constantly am looking for plants that make a big impact with as little maintenance as possible. Enter the boxwood.

I love the sculptural essence of this plant and the modern yet traditional vibe that boxwood can take based on how it’s potted and shaped. From using it in the yard to in pots by a front door, it’s the perfect way to fill your beds and outdoor space with big impact greenery. Here’s some inspiration…


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Dream Outdoor Space + MDD

I was asked by the folks at Bravo’s new hit show Million Dollar Decorators to create a dream outdoor space based on this inspiration image- a city roof deck perfect for lounging and dining. The timing is perfect since it’s finally outdoor weather here in the Northeast! Now, they said I could make it any shape, size, etc. so my layout is based on something similar tot his but with a more rectangular shape….

I immediately knew I wanted something modern but with a hint of tradition, black and white with a bold dash of color.  As most of you know, I’m very inspired by Mary McDOnald’s style and I think this space kind of reflects her glamour with my own personal love of laid back living. So here’s the board I came up with….

And here’s my concept for a layout- dedicated spaces for lounging, sunbathing and dining- what more could you want in a roof deck (well, in previews for this week’s episode, I know Martyn thinks a pool would make it “delicious”!)

Here are the sources and notes for the board above!
1. Hedges planted atop side walls.
2. Back pillows of banquette in white Sunbrella fabric trimmed in Kravet Coral outdoor
3. Banquette seat cushions in Perennials Big Stripe in Black Tie.
4. Wally Wall via Design Within Reach.
5. Planter via Design Within Reach.
6. Custom designed banquette by Erin Gates Designs.
7. Banquette pillows in Trina Turk Fronds Outdoor fabric through F. Schumacher.
8. Dining Chairs by Obrien Ironworks.
9. String lights (woven into trellis above dining table) via Restoration Hardware.
10.  Lanterns above dining table via Tazi Designs.
11. Fire table via Restoration Hardware.
12. Stone greyhounds via Restoration Hardware.
13. Dining Table via Restoration Hardware.
14. Chaises via Janus et Cie.
15. Garden stool via Mecox Gardens.
16. Chaise lumbar pillows in Perennials City Kitty.
17. Chaise in coral Kravet outdoor fabric piped in black Kravet outdoor fabric.
18. Retractable awning above banquette.
19. Outdoor rug via Home Decorators Collection.

Terriffic Terrarriums


I have been admiring the fabulous terrariums scattered through one of my favorite local home shops Hudson for months now.  Made by Lyndsay Maver, who works at the shop (hence, Lynzariums), they are a fantastic combination of succulents, mosses, stones, shells (plucked from the sand on beach vacations by Lyndsay herself) and come in various vessel shapes.

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Lyndsay will also create one in a vessel of your own if you have something particularly awesome- like this large on she did in a vintage trough.


They would make awesome holiday gifts for those in the area (she doesn’t ship them yet!) Just look at her little ornament terrariums! Super sweet. Check out the blog for updates on freshly made items and to contact her for custom orders!

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How Does Your Garden Grow

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!

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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!!!