Gifted & Talented

I hope y’all had a warm and relaxing Thanksgiving. Thankfully I will not be braving the large malls, but only the small town streets in the land of the pines.  I recognize that there are so many gift guides to choose from, so I am merely suggesting some of my favorite things this season of good quality and design. I included items that can be purchased from small boutiques to chain stores.  A little bit of everything for everyone on your list.

Please click the pictures for links to products. Happy shopping!


For The Hostess And The Home

the most important list of all

Jana BEK Navy Brushstroke Lamp  Jana BEK brushstroke lamp in fushia

My favorite instagram find has been these brushstroke lamps by Jana BEK design. They come in striking colors, but can be customized as well. Isn’t the navy divine?!

Ken Downlng NEST exclusive candle from Neiman Marcus

All I can say is I am glad this is not purple (last year Ken Downing had a purple wax candle that my pug conveniently knocked all over my upholstered chair….le sigh).  I am very excited for this Ken Downing exclusive NEST candle that has an aroma of sandalwood, oak moss, wild fig and ginger.

ROX by CJ Designs

ROX by CJ Designs make unique and phenomenal gifts. They are available at select Neiman Marcus stores and in high-end home boutiques in San Fransisco, New York City, Aspen, and Dallas. See my previous post here.

Preserved Boxwood Wreath by Boxwoods in Atlanta

How can I not love a store with the name of Boxwoods! A preserved boxwood wreath makes timeless door decor.

Scaladandre Print Pillow from Furbish Studio  Black and White Spotted Pillow from Furbish Studio

Furbish Studio knows how to make chic and playful pillows that add a fierce pop! From the iconic Scalamandre red zebra pillow to the black and white spots, these pillows could find a sofa home in any type of decor.

Throw from Steve Mckenzies in Atlanta

This classic herringbone racing green blanket from Steve McKenzie’s makes for a warm and wonderful hostess gift.

Ginger Jar from Bombay CompanyTollmache Umbrella Holder by Bombay Company



Blue and white are always a delight, and especially at these low prices (seriously…click the pics!). A truly timeless git from the Bombay Company that any friend would appreciate.

Leotine Linens Miles Applique Monogram

Leotine Linens are of the highest-quality with timeless monogram design.

Cream Collection of Needlepoint Pillows by Elizabeth Bradley Home

Elizabeth Bradley Home needlepoint pillows are not just a gift for your grandmother, but can be a traditional addition to any well-appointed room. See my previous post here.

Tory Burch In Color

The new coffee table by Tory Burch is sure to make any good tastemaker merry.

Aerin Lauder Chocolate Shagreen Tray


Aerin Lauder’s chocolate shagreen tray would place wonderfully on any coffee table or ottoman.


For Her

this is my grown-up Christmas list

Ann Mashburn Shaker Stitch Funnel Neck Sweater

A chic blue sweater from Ann Mashburn in Atlanta. So many glorious colors that would make anyone happy.

Taylor and Tessier Blue Stingray Cuff Taylor and Tessier Blue Python Cuff

After I visited their Aspen studio this past summer, I am hooked. Taylor and Tessier make the most exquisite cuffs from blue stingray to blue python and many more fabulous textures and colors.

Jude Frances Lattice RingJude Frances Provence Cuff

Always a fine jewelry favorite. The Dallas designers of Jude Frances make exceptional and unique jewelry.

PJ Harlow Loungewear and PajamasPJ Harlow Loungewear and Pajama Pants

There is nothing I love more than loungewear, and there is nothing more I love than PJ Harlow loungewear. My unofficial-official attire for writing The Potted Boxwood blog posts night after night.

Charlotte Max Malachite Clutch  with white Amethyst Cluster

A Malachite clutch with a white amethyst cluster by Charlotte Max. This Dallas based company makes incredible clutches that inevitably start a conversation.

Smythson Crocodile Agenda

The Smythson 2015 red crocodile agenda needs no introduction.



For Him

masculine, metro, and marvelous

Texas set for men by goop

If you live in Dallas you have the luxury of visiting Gwenyth’s goop pop-up shop in Highland Park Village. If your not near the sophisticated lone star city, you can still purchase goop’s exclusive Texas set online that is filled of a flask, money clip, and denim pocket square.

Black Crocodile Notepads from Madison

While under “For Him” this can definitely be “For Her” too. This black crocodile notepad from Madison 214 is a classic and universally pleasing gift. These can also be monogramed.

Tizo Lacquered box from Gracious Home NYC

Tizo lacquered tigerwood cufflink box from Gracious Home NYC. A sharp and sophisticated addition to any men’s dresser.

Horned Bottle Opener from Anthropologie

The antler bottle opener from Anthropologie is the masculine way to crack open a corona.

Everlane Cashmere Crew in Moss

Everlane cashmere crew in moss. Fantastic quality and completely classic.

Wusthof Stainless Steel Monogram Steak Knife Box from Williams Sonoma

A monogram box to house this 8 piece steak knife set by Wusthof from Williams Sonoma.


For The Kids

no cry babies

Me & Re Design Seersucker Monogram BlanketMe & Re Design Monogram Blankets

Anything monogrammed is fun for kids, but these blankets from Me & Re Design can grace the twin bed of a little girl to a college dorm of an upcoming grad.

In Bloom Collection of Books by Rifle Paper Company

A classic collection of books from the In Bloom collection by Rifle Paper Company. How fantastically fun would these be on a bookshelf in a girl’s room.

Girl's glitter lodge mocassins by crew cut

Crew Cuts always has the cutest things, and these glitter lodge moccasins are no exception!

Tucker & Tate Plaid Pajama Pants

Tucker + Tate boy’s plaid pajama pants from Nordstom.

Elenis Chirstmas Cookies

Eleni’s cookies are a delicious and colorful treat for kids (and big kids) during any special occasion. Santa will love these too!


For The Pooch

the lucky puppy

Buffalo Check Dog Collar from C Wonder Buffalo Check DOg Leash from C Wonder

The Buffalo Check from C. Wonder would look so phenomenal on my sweet little Emmie Pug.


Reindeer Bucket from Harry Barker

The reindeer toy bucket from Harry Barker.

Italian Wood Black and White Bone Frame

Frame the sweet picture perfect pup in these Italian Wood bone frames available from Boxwoods online.

Mark and Graham Clear Monogram Dog Bowls

Personalized glass dogs bowls from Mark & Graham make for a happy dog and even happier owner.


For The TravLer

jet set at home and abroad


LUXE City Guide Florence LUXE City Guide Hong Kong LUXE City Guide LondonLUXE City Guide Melbourne

LUXE City Guides are a staple for any of my travel plans. If you know someone who likes to jet set or of a friend’s upcoming vacation, these make a smart and dependable gift.

Essex Weekender Tote by Mark & Graham

The Essex Weekender Tote by Mark & Graham. Perfect for the preppy traveler.


Rifle Paper Company Case

Why not give your new rose gold iphone a nice tattoo? Case from Rifle Paper Company

Brics Bellagio Spinner Suitcase Large Brics Bellagio Suitcase in white

The Bellagio Spinner Suitcase from Bric’s is a stylish and durable way to pack all of your travel needs. You can gladly spot me with mine on my frequent jaunts to DFW.

Ballard Designs Jute cosmetic bags

These $15 Jute cosmetic bags from Ballard Designs can be personalized and make for a wonderful travel accessory.


For all Your Hard Work

sweet gifts for those who help you along the way
Ling Chang Calendars Ling Chang desktop calendar

Ling’s Little Calendars can be placed in their acrylic desktop holders and are the perfect addition for any office or home desk (teacher, doctor, real estate agent, etc.)

NEST holiday candle

Nothings smells of the holidays like the NEST holiday candle. I am clearly a big fan of their beautifully burning candles. With this gift, you can’t go wrong.

Coravin wine opener

An incredible new use of technology. With the Coravin wine opener you can drink your wine without opening the bottle. A great gift for anyone who enjoys a nice glass of wine. My only question is, who doesn’t finish the bottle?!

Jasmin Rouge Body Lotion by Tom Ford

There is nothing Tom Ford does that doesn’t scream chic. Tom Ford’s Jasmin Rouge is my new signature scent. This body lotion would make a wonderful gift that is perfectly packaged.

May Design Notebooks Monogram May Designs Notebooks

If you haven’t heard of May Designs, please let me enlighten you. For $19 you can get cute and easily portable monogrammed notebooks. You simply pick the background, monogram/font style, and how you would like the pages to be filled (lined, graph, agenda). It is as simple as that!

Giving Thanks

I am so thankful for all of my fabulous Potted Boxwood followers. Seriously, Thank You!  I can’t believe how far this blog has come in such a short time. Since The Potted Boxwood launched on June 9th, I have had over 25, 500 views from over 100 different countries. I don’t get paid to write my thoughts (if I ever do I promise I will tell you!). My hope for The Potted Boxwood is to share images of good taste and thoughtful design. I want you to know the designers and the consistencies behind the beautifully lacquered front doors of homes near and abroad.

Thank you for coming back here day after day. As always, if there is ever anything you wish to see more of (or even less of), don’t hesitate to email me. This blog is not about me, but about great design that is all things timeless, some things trendy, and everything chic.

Be sure to visit Friday to see The Potted Boxwood’s gift list.  Have a safe, happy, and perfectly tablescaped Thanksgiving!


Turkey Hill

Martha Stewart’s Turkey Hill home.  Fitting for the holiday. Click the photo for more pictures.

For a link to her perfect roast turkey: click here It’s A Good Thing.

A Blue & White Holiday

There is nothing more I love than tasteful holiday decor. This past weekend my good friend Sara in Atlanta visited the Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine Holiday House. I knew this house was going to be phenomenal, especially since I follow the incredible Danielle Rollins on Instagram and was able to see her constant progress on the den she designed with Bill Ingram. I asked sweet Sara to send me pictures of this incredible home, and I was not disappointed.

Lance Jackson and David Ecton of Parker Kennedy Living designed a brilliant back porch on this home that is graciously adorned with blue and white porcelain pots filled with potted boxwoods and chic red ribbon design. My friend was only able to snap a few pictures, but the ones she did take were worth sharing.

Enjoy these potted boxwoods perfected. Happy Monday!

An outdoor mantle at the Atlanta Holiday House by Parker Kennedy Living

The stunning fireplace of magnolia leaf garland, lemons, and chic blue and white porcelain. An incredible display.

Blue and White perfected by Parker Kennedy Living

I adore the combination of blue and white pattern. How divine!

Potted Boxwoods in blue and white pots designed by Parker Kennedy Living

My favorite display of boxwoods in blue and white porcelain pots. The macau dining chairs in white are so effective against the blue.

More of the outdoor area designed by Parker Kennedy Living

Honestly, could this be a more picturesque porch?!  Any side table that stands upon blue and white ginger jars is going to be a favorite.

Close up of the fireplace designed by Parker Kennedy Living

Cheers to David and Lance at Parker Kennedy Living! This back patio is not only ideal for the holidays, but would be timeless year round.


Making Moves In Nashville

Nashville is a fun, vibrant, and eclectic city, yet I am a hesitant fan of it today. One of my very best friends is packing up in Dallas and moving there after this weekend. While it is a wonderful and exciting move for her, I am sad to lose the everyday presence of a fabulous friend. On a positive note, I get a marvelous excuse to visit the growingly popular city.

In honor of her impending address change, I thought I would share with you one of my favorite Nashville projects by Brookschmidt & Coleman. It is a home that has classic structure and chic flair. It is a perfect representation of my sweet and always chic friend, as well as a great way to send my lovely readers into a lovely weekend.

Photos of this home by architects Ridely Wills and designed by Brookschmidt & Coleman were featured in Elle Decor.

A wallpapered entry in Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

A striking and bold wallpapered entry. I love the pop of the red bench.

A living room in Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

Hues of blue and hints of strong color in this living room. I am obsessed with the blue marble on the fireplace (and the blue of the french door).

A yellow and circular dining room in Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

A strong yellow is used in this circular dining room. What fantastic natural light.

A sharp den in Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

A dramatic and fresh look for this den. I adore the lamps and the subtle red on the curtain’s trim.

A sophisticated kitchen in the Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

An effective use of black from the dining chairs to the hood. I love the layout.

A striking sunroom in Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

My favorite room in this house. The white sofas with black piping, as well as the black and white ticking on shades make an effective statement against the mossy green walls.

A sweet sitting area in Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

A sweet and southern sitting area off of the master bedroom. Classic florals and traditional antiques.

The master bedroom in the Nashville by Brookschmidy and Coleman in Elle Decor

The lamps add a stark punch of pizazz in this soft master retreat.

Brown Beauty

Brown. Poor brown.  I feel it gets a bad rap. It was only a couple of years ago when brown and turquoise were all the rage, yet how quickly did that color combination get old? The common philosophy is that black is more striking than brown when it comes to design. I must admit that I tend to agree. However, when the shade of brown is bold it can make a statement all on its own.

From a rich cocoa to a light luggage color, brown can be versatile in classic and contemporary decor. When it comes to brown, I believe that texture is key. When it is a velvet brown on an arm chair, or a high-gloss brown on a wall, it can make a big and bold impact.

Here are some pretty brown beauties that are always in season.

A pop of green against brown via Elle Decor

A pop of lime green in this deep cocoa living room. Photo source: Veranda

Nate Berkus Manhattan duplex via AD

An interior shot in the Manhattan duplex of Nate Berkus. He chose softer and more contemporary tones of brown. Photo source: AD

A smooth brown painted home via Houzz

A smooth and chic shade of brown is used on this home. I love how the color really makes the cream trim stand out. Photo source: Houzz

Hues of Chocolate brown via AD

Many shades of chocolate brown make for a striking contrast and continuous color that ties the living and dining room together. Photo source: AD

Bedroom by Alexa Hampton via Veranda Magazine

Alexa Hampton throws in a beautiful brown fur in this sophisticated and perfectly appointed bedroom. Photo source: Veranda

Bedroom by Kelly Wearstler House and Garden

Kelly Wearstler chose brown canopy lines with white for this incredible LA bedroom . Photo source: House and Garden

Brown Guest bath via Elle Decor

A smart guest bathroom that uses shades of brown and black. Photo source: Elle Decor

Coco carpet and brown leather sofa via Elle Decor

A brown carpet and distressed leather sofa add a great backdrop for the leopard and light wooden table to shine. Photo source: Elle Decor

David Jimenez Kansas City Apartment via AD

A timeless and classic living area with marvelously molded brown walls. Photo source: AD

Browns and Rustic Tones via Elle Decor

Brown is a perfect color for this rustic and eclectic room with a magnificent gallery wall. Photo source: Elle Decor