Timelessly Tasteful

Tasteful and timeless don’t always have to go hand in hand, but in this case they compliment each other perfectly. Tory Burch is a name synonymous with style, so it is no wonder that her Southampton home reflects all the epitome of American chic (with the help of Daniel Romualdez). From tennis courts to topiaries, her home is the ultimate display of luxe layering of beautiful patterns. Sometimes you just need a little chic peek in the middle of the week!

XO
Christina

All photos by Oberto Gili  via Architectural Digest

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Her use of topiaries and terracotta indoors is so refreshing.

Tory Burch Home via AD 11 I would love to get my hands on that large skirted ottoman. What a fabulous way to display books.

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The floor is everything!
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From the chair by the bed, to the flooring, to the large topiaries in the windows- this is the ultimate oasis.

Second Bloom

I have had tablescapes on the mind lately. That always tends to happen right before Thanksgiving. Besides having great food, I think it very important to have an even better ambience. Candles, layers of necessary fabric, and decorative items that don’t distract, but engage. I have become even more inspired reading Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table by Alexis Clark. It is engaging in the way it sets up tables and flower arrangements by seasons. She offers incredible advice and unique ideas that you can implement at home. For example, using fresh herbs to make an arrangement more fragrant. She brings elements of wonder and intrigue to make dining more of an event than a task.

Here is a little peek of Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s  Art of the Table. 

You can purchase here

 

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Petite Garden

When given a big backyard space, it is often easy to throw in a bit of everything. However, in reality, most of us have smaller backyard spaces in which to work. This can require some major editing. Ditch the pool, keep the grass? A garden of pots or hedges or flower beds? More entertaining space or more garden? Editing is a difficult art, and one that requires constant attention.

I was recently instagram messaging with fellow blogger Kristy Wicks who is working on her intimate backyard oasis. With so many options and ways to approach her beautiful backyard space, I was inspired to post some of my favorite intimate backyard spaces. When it comes to landscaping, I believe less is more. I also believe in having what you love around you at all times. Any space is a success when you find the perfect balance between the two. Of course, there is never too much potted boxwood.

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Happy Weekend!

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There is nothing like Mark D. Sikes’ West Hollywood garden. It is the best! Via Lonny

Bette Midlers garden via AD I love the checkerboard grass and stones in Bette Midler’s terrace garden. Via AD

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Gorgeous espalier and boxwood.

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Coral Gables

I was recently in Coral Gables (the Miami area) in Florida celebrating the wedding of two close friends. Even though there was plenty of tree debris from Irma, it did not deflect from the beauty and charm of Mediterranean revivals and colonials throughout the area. I captured a few photos of some of my favorites. They have the worldly elegance and pure ambience of what one would picture of old Florida. I hope you enjoy a selection of photos from my home state (but not hometown).

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A really gorgeous and super fun night! Congratulations Alex and Mike!

Fall Tablescape

One slight drop in temperature here in Texas inspired me to get into the fall spirit. Since I am without little ones, I don’t really “halloween” things around the house. Instead, I prefer a more seasonal take on this autumn/thanksgiving season. I also don’t love using orange that much in my decor. In fact, i really don’t have much of anything with that color besides a punch or two of tangerine around. I like to infuse a bit of fall with white and green pumpkins, jewel tones, and chinoiserie blue & white pumpkins hand painted by some of my favorite artists.

I had the same approach with my fall tablescape this year. I wanted a dash of color, contrast, and functionality to add a punch of fall and festivity to my place settings. I hope you are inspired and feel free to “shop the look” in my links!

p.s. my soup spoon is incorrectly placed in some of these photos- I had to move it for space. Don’t be mad :)

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THE TABLE:

Pumpkin (like any flower arrangement- it ranges in price): 

The real winner of the table was my custom pumpkin centerpiece from Dr. Delphinium. I had jewel tones of  deep amethyst and boxwood green make a perfect contrast with the white pumpkin. LINK

Tablecloth ($168):

For my table, I chose a Poolside linen tablecloth from Sferra. It is one of the pricier items, but it is exceptional quality. There is nothing worse than a scratchy and cheap tablecloth!

Plates ($18, $22), Napkins ($15) and Water Glasses:

For my salad and dinner plates I went with Juliska’s melamine line that is dishwasher safe and unbreakable (always a good thing if you are cleaning up at the end of the night after a few glasses of wine). Also, a great way to use the “nice stuff” around kids or not so steady friends and relatives. The Forest Walk Napkins are of the highest quality and would go with any fall tabletop!

Chargers ($15) and Placemats ($14):

I added some texture and contrast with cork chargers and rich green snakeskin placemats from Caspari. I couldn’t find the Caspari chargers online anywhere, but Juliska makes similar ones that are a little more expensive!

Flatware ($79 for 20 piece set):

I love bamboo and I think gold glistens at the dinner table. For $79 you can get a 20 piece gold bamboo flatware set that serves four. It really added the right amount of chic and glam to the table! LINK

 

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PLACE CARDS:

All place cards created by Moore Ink. She works quickly and can do pretty much anything from envelopes to menus to gift tags and more! Can ship within the U.S. EMAIL: margmooreink@gmail.com LINK

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COCKTAILS AND APPETIZERS:

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I used Zephyr Gin to create an Apple Autumn cocktail! It was so delicious! Recipe: HERE 

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 3 My favorite food blog is Half Baked Harvest. Her recipes are always unique, easy to make, and delicious. This Apple Butternut Squash Burrata Pizza was a huge hit! Recipe: HERE

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 4How gorgeous is this Crispy Autumn Kale Salad? I have a couple of friends who are doing Whole 30 so I left the goat cheese out. It was almost too pretty to eat. Would be perfect at Christmas time! Recipe: HERE

To purchase that gorgeous blue & white chinoiserie pumpkin click: HERE

Fall Tablescape by The Potted Boxwood 5 I made these Whipped Ricotta Crostinis as an easy appetizer when people first walk in the door. So simple! You can top with anything. I used extra butternut squash from the pizza on some, and then marinated some mushroom in olive oil and balsamic glaze for the others. Recipe: HERE

FALL DECOR:

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I ordered these hand painted blue & white pumpkins from Karolyn at The Relished Roost years ago. They are some of my favorite fall items. I blend them in with my other blue and white pieces and ALWAYS get compliments on how fresh and chic they are!

See my blue and white pumpkin from Dana at Indigo Home Shop above, next to the the Crispy Kale Autumn Salad!

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