Leaping Ahead

Happy Leap Day! I think it is pretty amazing that today is a day that only occurs every four years. I recently read that in Ireland, Leap Day is referred to as Bachelor’s Day. The day is a traditional holiday when women propose to men. At this point, maybe that is the route I should take (KIDDING). In all seriousness, this past weekend was a perfect celebration of upcoming weddings and celebrations. One of my friends was in town to watch her bridesmaids try on dresses; another friend asked some of us to be bridesmaids and then tried on wedding dresses herself; and later that evening, another friend got engaged! This doesn’t even include a wedding coming up this April, and another close friend getting married next year!! Phew! At least I can always hem the dresses and wear them again…hehe

In honor of my beautiful friends and what will surely be phenomenal nights to remember, I thought I would roundup some of my favorite wedding inspirations. I can hear the bells already, and I will be there with bells on!  XO

Boxwood Centerpiece via Borrowed and Blue

Topiaries of boxwood and clean white linens compliment any event. Via Borrowed and Blue

Beautiful wedding tablescape via Pinterest

Trunks of white flowers combine beautifully with an overflowing runner of chic flowers. Via Pinterest

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Todd Events always blows his events out of the water. I say that not from a Dallas bias, but from  the fact he is truly the most talented in his field. Via Todd Events

Boxwood Covered Bar for a Palm Beach Wedding via Brides

I love, love, LOVE this bar of boxwood. Very naturally placed. Sweet and simple. Via Brides Magazine

Caroline Trentini Vogue

I adore the urns of abundant fresh white flowers in the church. All you really need as far as church flowers go! Via Vogue

Find your seat in a Boxwood dream via Inside Weddings

Not very often you see a table of boxwood for your place card! Had to include for name sake! Via Inside Weddings

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Danielle Steel’s daughter’s wedding via Vogue.

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This will pretty much always be my ideal type of wedding. Small, intimate space with candlelight and fresh white flowers. Perfectly Beautiful. Via Vogue

Open sky and starry lights. A magical tent via Olivia Rae James

Love the lavender on the plate via The Knot

A sweet touch of lavender on the plate. A fresh and sweetly sophisticated ambience. Via The Knot

Boxwood Walls via Bridal Guide Magazine

Walls of boxwood would make any wedding (or shower) look lush and enchanting.

Low tented wedding via Pintrest

There is something about low and intimate tents that I prefer much more than large high ceiling tents. I feel it keeps the ambience warm and inviting. Via Pinterest

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All white orchids and low lying arrangements make this clean, crisp, and a classic design. Via The Bridal Guide

Boxwood Bar with Wedding Monogram

Another boxwood bar, this time with a little more of a contemporary feel. The wedding monogram is a personalized touch.

Wedding via Dear Pearl Flowers

Timeless green garland will forever compliment billowing white fabric. Via Dear Pearl Flower

Colorful Weekend

I am in the mood for a fun party. I couldn’t help but think of fun when I saw Katie Kime’s Austin home in Lonny a few months back. Her home is so cheerful and full of playful patterns that ease throughout the house with a collective aesthetic. I feel like Friday is deserving of a colorful segue into the weekend, and this house can’t help but bring a smile to my face. Have a great weekend! XO

Photos via Lonny

Katie Kime Austin Home Lonny

I love the texture of the walls and the incorporation of the pink rug in this dining room area. The backing of the chairs is just lovely. Katie Kime Austin Home Lonny 2

The living room is also a cool play of contrast. Notice the fireplace area. I love the tiled marble look above the fire! Katie Kime Austin Home Lonny 4

I am not sure if I have ever seen an acrylic island, but I love this fresh and open plan.

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I can’t help but adore how the wallpaper went to the back of the bookshelves. Katie Kime Austin Home Lonny 8

Unfortunately, I can only picture my little Emmie pug ripping all those flowers off the wall. I can definitely say that this would be pretty enchanting in a little girl’s room.

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A fun play of wallpaper on the ceiling and lots of texture.

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A very cool headboard in a very simple setting.

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Lots of pattern play.

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A really vibrant and eclectic closet.

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That rosy pink appears again, so fun!Katie Kime QUOTE VIA LONNY

 

Perfectly Coiffed

Who doesn’t love good hair? I am a big fan of the blowout for any given occasion. Hair is big business in Texas. In fact, it is big business everywhere. Even the person on the tightest budget doesn’t flinch to spend good money on their everyday hair style. While I love perfectly coiffed hair, I love a perfectly coiffed home much more. The master of hair himself, Fredrick Fekkai, not only knows fabulous hair, but also knows fabulous homes. His home in the South of France is no exception. The garden grounds are every bit enchanting and luxuriously laid out.

Photos by Simon Watson for AD

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I love the aged look of these urns with boxwood.

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Holy lavender! A divine and enchanting field of heavenly scent.   Fekkai via AD 6

A chic lanai that is quietly stated and comfortably appointed.  Fekkai via AD

A symmetrically appeasing poolside full of potted plants and a simply lush landscape.

 

 

Boston Proper

Despite the emotional and traveling exhaustion of last week (see my previous post), I had already had a trip planned to Boston. The historic and vibrant city was a place I have only visited through the airport and for a college trip with my dad one Spring many years ago. Needless to say, I hadn’t spent any quality time exploring and relishing their colonial architectural perfection. Unfortunately, the trip was cut short so I wasn’t able to expand my trip to any of the outer areas, but I sure did fall in love (as I knew I would) with Beacon Hill. I also adored the quaint neighborhood of the South End.

While the architecture and shops were so special, I can also say we didn’t have a bad meal. Coincidentally, we went to all restaurants owned by Barbara Lynch. Despite all being very different, they were full of tastefully done decor and memorable dishes (as well as drinks). In fact, we ended up having drinks with the owner herself in a very fun and vibrant crowd. I would go back to Boston in a quick second, despite the fact that it was a record -9 degrees. I can honestly say I have NEVER been so cold!!! Especially with a  windchill of  -16, not even in Aspen!

Even though it was very cold, and I almost froze off my fingers snapping pictures…I know these townhomes will warm your pretty little hearts. SO happy to back here with all of you! XO- TPB

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Window boxes were the one thing that stole my heart this trip. Boston photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 4

It is not every day you see a high gloss door done just as perfectly as this one.

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I admire the paint on this door with blue and white outline. So refreshing in a town that loves black and brick (obviously I do too). Boston photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 8

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Look at that window box. Little topiary figures make their presence known in a town lacking front landscape. Boston photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 10

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One of the most spectacular streets in Boston. Acorn Street stole my heart with its narrow and uphill townhouses. So lovely. Boston photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 12

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A superb blue door and even more abundant window boxes. The Bostonians really do get clever with their curb side landscaping that takes shape in the form of window boxes. Boston photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 14

Boston is full of glossy black doors, and I must say I love it more than anything!

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A perfectly charming side courtyard entrance on Chestnut Street. See facts about those purple windows below.

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The picture above is Chesnut street. I love the facts of the purple glass windows!

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I love the monochromatic grays and whites of this townhouse. The window boxes of boxwood add the most sophisticated curb appeal.

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A striking green that would be beyond welcoming to anyone.

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One of my favorite shots. There is nothing like the old world charm of street lamps, uneven brick, glossy black doors, and sweet window boxes.

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A red door always makes a statement, especially if it is painted well.

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The South End. Full of sweet parks and great eats.

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I really admired the iron work in the South End. I kept referring to them as the “curly iron stairs.”

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A pop of color is sometimes necessary in a city that has it’s fair share of winter.

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How interesting is the birchwood logs in the pot?! So chic!

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A very interesting twist on a townhouse. There is a little Frank mixed in and a lot of cool shades of gray. Fun fact: My great great grandfather’s cousin was Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Of course, it is always great to see a the deep historical side of Boston.

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A beautiful dark emerald door with a chic boxwood wreath.

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Beautiful, snowy, historic and incredibly cold…no matter what, Boston is very charming.

 

 

Reflecting and Remembering

I haven’t forgotten about all of my lovely boxwood followers. My grandmother passed away and I am currently spending time with family.  I will be back to you later this week or the following week. Despite the sadness, there is still so much beauty to share.

XO- Christina

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This past July, celebrating her 90th birthday. How quickly cancer takes it toll….

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” -2 Corinthians 4:18