Bangay Blooms

One of my favorite things about having a blog is getting to connect with people all around the world. Interestingly enough, a great deal of my readers are from Australia. Good taste is universal, and I am so happy I have been able to connect with many Aussies through my instagram and other social media accounts. While I often post so many designs of homes and landscapes by Americans, I thought it would be a good idea to branch out today to the great down under.

I stumbled upon the landscape and garden design of Australian Paul Bangay early on in my blog, so when I came across one of his images recently I thought I would do further research on his work. I can certainly say I was not left disappointed. His gardens are thoughtful, detailed, and perfectly scaled. I am sure most of my Australian readers are aware of his work, but I just had to share his flawless execution and timeless landscape design with everyone.

G’day All!

Tips from Paul Bangay

Winding balls of boxwood with pea gravel by Paul Bangay

The perfect pathway of pea gravel lined with beautiful boxwood. Photo source: Paul Bangay

A perfectly hedges home by Paul Bangay

A high hedged home that is every bit of class and elegance. Photo source: Pinterest

Heavenly stairs by Paul Bangay available as greeting cards via redbubble

Bangay is talented making the placement of everything look as if it has been there for years, and will be for years to come. Photo source: Red Bubble

Hurtsville gardens by Paul Bangay via his website

Classically fresh and sophisticated. I love the gray herringbone brick surrounded by the tall and perfectly trimmed trees. Photo source: Paul Bangay

Incredible hedges by Paul Bangay of Australia

Serene and peaceful walls of green compliment this fountain inlet within the garden. Photo source: Paul Bangay

Incredible lanscaping of boxwoods by Paul Bangay

I love how Bangay uses different sizes of sphered boxwood to frame this fountain. Photo source: Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay beautiful boxwoods via is website

A field straight out of my dreams. Photo source: Paul Bangay

Paul Bangays Beautiful Lanscape on this home front via Pinterest

No detail is overlooked, even the home itself blends with Bangay’s garden design. I appreciate how the house is not completely covered, but has the perfect amount of landscape application. Photo source: Pinterest

Pergola with hydrangeas and boston ivy by Paul Bangay via Pinterest

On the other hand, here is a house completely covered. I love it just as much. From the pergola to the hydrangeas and Boston ivy, this home has an enchanting aesthetic. Photo source: Pinterest

Potted Boxwod by Paul Bangay on Desire to Inspire

A beautifully potted boxwood. I really admire the use of a green pot for the boxwood. Photo source: Desire to Inspire

Stonefields by Paul Bengay via ecooutdoor

A partially covered pond creates a stillness in this garden area of green with some flowering plants. Photo source: Eco Outdoor

A glorious fall landscape by Paul Bengay via Weekly Times Now

Fall foliage covers this home with rectangular topiaries and a pond with breathtaking views (see pond below). Seriously, I am ready for a Australian vacation. Photo source: Weekly Times Now

Stonefields by Paul Bengay via Flickr

Sunken patio with incredible hedging by Paul Bangay

A sunken patio creates an unexpected aspect in this fairytale landscape oasis. Photo source: Paul Bangay

Roses and Russian Sage with potted boxwoods and benches by Paul Bangay via his website

It is clear that Bangay is a master of his craft. He has the upmost respect from this potted boxwood. To purchase his books: Click to Visit His Book Shop Online






Full Of Drama

Monday is the perfect day to be moody, without feeling too dark.  When I was browsing the latest issue of Elle Decor, I stopped upon a home that was perfect for a Monday- full of dramatic lines and bold palates. This rich London townhouse decorated by Nicholas Haslam Ltd. for  Rena Abboud and her husband uses strong texture and worldly antiques to create soulful symmetry and striking pattern.

Go pick up the latest issue of Elle Decor to see more of this incredible townhouse and purchase their fabulous new coffee table book, Elle Decor: The Height of Style.

Photos of this home by Nicholas Haslam Ltd. are by Simon Upton featured in Elle Decor.

Black lacquered walls with zebra upholstered ottoman

Black lacquered walls with intriguing color and rich lines of pattern. A very worldly ambience.

A black screen with a pop of turquoise

A back large screen provides the perfect backdrop for popping shades of blue.

boxwood tropiary amd a wall of modern and clouded glass french doors.

Boxwood topiaries with a wall of cloudy glass doors give an edgy and sophisticated dining room aesthetic.

Dark and rich face to face sofas via Elle Decor

Oversized sofas, furry carpet, and antique mirrors frame this room full of contrast.

Glass stairs in london townhouse via Elle Decor

This home has more incorporation of modern elements than you normally see on the blog, but I am so intrigued by this chrome and glass staircase .

A striking shade of purple high gloss closet

Quite the closet! A very glam and eye-catching space full of colorful accessories and attitude.

A neutral retreat in this master bedroom via Elle Decor

A soft, serene, and neutral space is a refreshing change of pace for this chic modern London townhouse. See more pictures in this month’s Elle Decor.

The Belle Of The Blogs

Years ago, one of my best friends from college told me about her now sister in-law’s blog, The Belclaire House. From my first visit, I was hooked. Jennifer showcases classic rooms, traditionally chic design, and manages to tie it all together with an incredible wit and personable approach. I am the first to admit that I will never be as clever as her, but we both share a love of good-taste and timeless decor.

Jennifer and I can talk chinoiserie, blue and white, and our love of Mark D. Sikes for days on end. Today, I want you to take a long scroll through her fabulous blog and let the Belclaire House inspire  you to start your weekend off right!

See you back here Monday!

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Just one of the gorgeous pictures from her post yesterday on Parish-Hadley.

Lamp Lighter

If you are a frequent reader of The Potted Boxwood, then you are most likely familiar with the name of one of my favorite lamp makers, Christopher Spitzmiller. While there are many things I have to research when I post a picture, I never have to look twice once spotting a Spitzmiller lamp in a room. They are distinctive, stunning, and have the phenomenal effect of tying a room together. They can be a fresh pop of color or seamlessly blend with the setting. Either way, the beautifully handmade ceramic lamps are made with painstaking detail and pride-worthy craftsmanship.

There is a reason why top interior designers incorporate them in their rooms, why magazines always note his work, and why they are consistently timeless in their worth and appeal. They may not be in an everyday budget, but they will last a lifetime. For more info on Christopher Spitzmiller lamps, visit his website.

Here are just a handful of photos with his gorgeous lamps. I promise, you will begin to notice his work (if you don’t already)!

Christopher Spitzmiller via WSJ

Christopher Spitzmiller in his studio featured in the Wall Street Journal.

Christopher Spitzmiller lamps in Connecticut home by Ashley Whittaker via House Beautiful

A phenomenal and fabulously chic office with pink Spitzmiller lamps in this Connecticut home by Ashley Whittaker. Photo source: House Beautiful 

Christopher Spitzmiller maps in hall by Tobi Fairley

A hallway with a splash of modern and classic lines and beautiful blue Spitzmiller lamps by Tobi Fairley (also source).

Christopher Spitzmiller Nicholar lamp in a room by Miles Redd via House Beautiful

A stunning gold wall allows the Spitzmiller lamp to shine in this townhouse designed by Miles Redd. Redd is a huge fan of incorporating Spitzmiller’s lamps into his homes. Photo source: House Beautiful

Christopher Spitzmiller lamps in home by Joe Nye via House Beautiful

A soft and dynamite bedside table with an incredible muted pink Spitzmiller lamp in this room by Joe Nye (passed away last year). Photo source: House Beautiful 

Christopher Spitzmiller yellow lamps by Miles Redd via Veranda

Again, Miles Redd adds an unexpected pop of yellow with Spitzmiller’s lamps in this bedroom featured in Veranda (one of my ALL TIME personal favorites).

Christopher Spitzmillerlamps in Elle Decor

Simple  and effective. Spitzmiller’s ceramic lamps make a statement in any setting. I love the gold base against the white. Photo source: Elle Decor

Mark D Sikes window for Hollyhock with Christopher Spitzmiller lamps

Mark D. Sikes designed this window for Hollyhock with remarkable blue and white Spitzmiller lamps. Photo source: Quintessence

Pretty in Pink Spitzmiller lamps

Another splash of pink with Christopher Spitzmiller magic via Pinterest.

Spitzmiller lamps in an entry via House Bueatiful

A green wall, a blue lamp, and a black table. This color palette would be my ideal combination to see daily. So collected and fresh! Photo source: House Beautiful 

Christopher Spitzmiller lamp in Atlanta home by Suzanne Kasler and William T Baker via AD

Suzanne Kasler and William T. Baker use Spitzmiller lamps in this sophisticated Atlanta bedroom. Photo source: Architectural Digest

Spitzmiller lamps in home by Amanda Nisbet via House Beautiful

How can you not be attracted to red lamps in this photo (and I am NOT a red person)!? Amanda Nisbet knows her color, and Spitzmiller lamps are a perfect incorporation. Photo source: House Beautiful 

The office of Eva Chen Editor in Chief of Lucky Mag in Domino

Last but not least, Domino features the office of Lucky Magazine’s editor in chief Eva Chen (if you don’t follow her on instagram– start!). How chic is her black Spitzmiller lamp. A sharp contrast in her light and playful office space.


Subway Is Always Fresh

Subway tile is one of those current buzzwords in decorating, but yet it has always been a classic choice in bathroom design for generations. It is uncomplicated, clean, and universally appealing. When people go overboard in their pattern or color choice, then- like all tile- it becomes problamatic. I am a big proponent of subway tile in kitchens and bathrooms. I believe they are especially effective in large spaces, when completed in glass finishing, and perfectly horizontally placed.

Here are just a few examples of subway tiles that are flawlessly used in decor. It truly is a fresh choice!

Incredible marble subway tile in this kitchen by Caitlin Wilson

Marble subway and herringbone floors in this kitchen by Caitlin Wilson. Photo source: House Beautiul

Ann Sacks elongated subway tile via Frank Roop in Metropolitan Home

A more modern and glamorous take on subway tile. Notice how a simple switch in the tile drection can change the entire feel? Photo source: Metropolitan Home

Bathroom by Juniper Tedhams in House Beautiful

Juniper Tedhams created this stately shower with black bench top. Photo source: House Beautiful 

Black and White bathroom with Subway Tile via Elle Decor

Continuing with the black and white contrast. A fantasitc use of french doors accompanied by an incredible sphered light fixture. Photo source: Elle Decor

Blue subway in Cape Cod Summer House via Traditional Home

I love this glassy blue subway against the carrara marble trim and floors in this Cape Cod home. Flawlessly executed! Photo source: Traditional Home

Clean and refined subway tile in this kitchen via Traditional Home

A clean and high shine subway in this smart kitchen. Photo source: Traditional Home

Gray Cabinets with White subway in this San Fran home of Susan Greenleaf via Lonny

This white subway tile allows the cloudy gray cabinets to be front and center in this cool San Fran kitchen of Susan Greenleaf. Photo source: Lonny

Alfredo Paredes bathroom in NYC via AD

A darker approach to subway. I love nothing more than traditional elements in a modern setting. This chrome tub and chocolate subway tiled bathroom is by Alfredo Paredes. Photo source: Architectural Digest

Marble Subway in this bathroom via AD

Penny tiles and and subway marble tiles work together to make this bathroom stand out. Look, it even has a gallery wall! Photo source: Architectural Digest

Marble Subway TIle for the Floor via Elle Decor

Subway tiles from the floor to the walls. Photorsource: Elle Decor

Philadephia kitchen feautiured in Lonny Mag

That black stove is everything! It makes it more acceptable to use black hardware on the cabinets. They pop against all the white, yet everything ties in beautifully. Photo source: Lonny

Richard Lambertson and Hohn Truexs Apartment via AD

Richard Lambertson and John Truex know how to bring interesting elements to a bathroom. I’ll forgive them for the colored linen violation since they have the most beautiful marble siding to a tub I have ever seen. The subway tile is the perfect backdrop. Photo source: Architectural Digest

Stainless Subway by Thom Filicia via AD

A fresh take on subway tile with a stainless finishing. This is a huge trend I am seeing right now. I must say it is very effective in this kitchen by Thom Filicia. Photo source: Architectural Digest

Subway tile by Urban Archaeology in kitchen via Elle Decor

A classic kitchen with the backsplash of subway continuing across the walls. The tile in this photo is by Urban Archeology. Photo source: Elle Decor