Ivy League

I’ve decided on a name. If, and this is a very big IF, I were to get another dog (pug) I would name her Ivy. I am a bit obsessed with the name actually. I would even feel confident naming a little human that. Could you imagine two pugs named Emmie and Ivie (I would do the “ie” to be consistent). My only hesitation is that the dog could be crazier than Emmie. I already have my hands full with her OCD, digestively sensitive, crazy self. While a pup named Ivie would be cute, I’ll have to take the Ivy that grows so beautifully as a plant in the meantime.

I’ve posted, photographed, and talked about how much I love climbing ivy. There really is nothing more beautiful than outdoor spaces in walls of green. I’ve rounded up a few new images that give off the exact vibe I am feeling for every outdoor space. Basically, who needs paint when you have ivy?

So you know that bare wall you have? Go cover it in ivy!

Ivy covered walls via Style At Home

Ivy covered patio. Nothing looks better (though it does show dirt), than black and white patio furniture. Via Style At Home

Ivy covered courtyard via thedesignfiles

So incredibly enchanting. Via The Design Files

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Brick and Ivy go hand in hand. Via Pinterest

Gorgeous Ivy covered pool area via prepaganda

Chic ivy covered pool area. Via Prepaganda

Gorgeous neoclassical home via Significant Homes

Gorgeous neoclassical home with boxwood, white flowers, and ivy. Via Significant Homes

Ivy and boxwood via Veranda

Boxwood and Ivy. Via Veranda

Climbing Ivy and blue shutters

Blue shutters, pea gravel, and lovely espalier. Via Pinterest

Ivy garden pathway via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

From the steps to the archway, green is king. Via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Ivy and white shutters via Luxefinds

White shutters and doors look so fresh against brick. Via Luxe Finds

Ivy covered modern home via Elle Decor

A more modern take on ivy and boxwood. Via Elle Decor

Ivy covered wall via Cote de Texas

So beyond enchanting. It reminds me of a The Secret Garden whenever I see a door on an ivy covered wall. Via Cote de Texas

Ivy covered with black shutters via Pinterest

Not sure about the sides of the house, but I will definitely take what is in the middle. Via Pinterest

Ivy entry via Marshalls Abroad

Yes, please. #WhiteandGreen Via Marshalls Abroad

 

Chic & Bold San Fran Living

There is nothing more exciting than getting a great opportunity. A few years ago, I was in Aspen visiting friends and happened to sit next to a high energy blonde showing photos of her home she designed herself. I had just launched the blog that summer and was very eager to see what this obviously chic woman had created in her San Francisco home. I was not disappointed. I knew one day I would have to see this house in person.

I am not one to easily forget things and last weekend proved to be the ideal opportunity. I made my way over to her beautiful home that was built in 1904. With a Miles Redd mentality, Kathryn Lasater created a boldly colorful and unabashedly chic retreat for her husband and three young children. Every room was full of strong complimentary hues and patterns. Every corner was crafted with family heirlooms or well curated antiques. This was not an easy project to take on sans designer, but it is testament to her fabulous taste and enthusiasm for fashioning a home that was every bit as lively and colorful as she.

Apologies- I did not have this visit planned in advance and many photos are different sizes. Most photos were taken on my iPhone on a very sunny evening, other photos were taken by Kathryn Lasater.

All decor by Kathryn Lasater.

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Bold and beautiful boxwood flank the front door. The bigger the boxwood the better.

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Hedges of boxwood surround the outside of the home. Kathryn has an eye for the most chic and unique light fixtures. It is a common thread throughout the home.

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The foyer. Love the checkerboard floors!

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The entry. An incredible runner, a vivid green, and a popping tiger pattern greet you right away. You automatically ease up and prepare yourself for amazing visual eye candy.

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An aerial view. The light fixture is an original and hangs down from the third story and catches your attention from the first floor. It is unlike anything I have ever seen. So very layered and adds the right amount of panache!

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The bathroom right off of the entry is beyond. Wall to wall mirroring, black and white agate inspired paper, and a very cool cylinder shaped sink.

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A glimpse of the kitchen and the outdoor boxwood walled courtyard. When the sun is out, a blue awning can cover the entire space. I really love the roman shade here.

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The basement area. This is an image that has been ingrained in my head for almost two years. Bold black and white stripes, pops of red, and walls of boxwood. She painted the walls underneath the faux boxwood in green, in the very likely chance one of her kiddos decided to do a little picking.

 

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The hallway down into the basement is almost unexpected in the form of bark and branches, but it plays so complimentary to the black and white in the basement sofa.

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Back to the first floor, A very colorful and eclectic living area. A vivacious mix of antique and modern.

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I love the mirrored area around the fireplace. Oriental rugs and leopard chairs add the right amount of flair.

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The dining room with a malachite inspired table. Could you imagine blue and white china against this luxe shade of green?! Swoon.

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A glimpse into the other dining area. The light fixtures are wow worthy, the carpet is leopard, and strong colors of green, purple, and yellow find a way to compliment each other in such a grand form.

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The stairway. This may even be my favorite image. Between the windows, the antlers, the paint, and the runner, it is hard to not be happy when looking at this picture.

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The den at the top of the stairs. I always love the sconces on bookshelves.

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Another area that can double as a guest room. I love how Kathryn was not afraid to go big with pattern and even bolder with color. Chic San Francisco Home from The Potted Boxwood 15

A better image of the colors. Look at that royal navy paint color.

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A chic second floor powder room.

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Now entering the main living space for the family. A velvet green sofa in a Tory Burch orange room. Highly lacquered and full of gumption.

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The hidden bar area next to the fireplace. Are you all drooling yet?!

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I really fell in love with her son’s bedroom. We both looked at each other with a sense of foreshadowing that as he gets older, he most likely will  “grow out” of this stylish space.

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Get ready for this. She came up with the idea on her own to have a Leotine linen inspired tile. Well, unfortunately those don’t exist. So she had to come up with another plan. Who monograms tile or things like them?? Funeral homes. That’s right. She got her monogram wish, and it paid off beautifully in all of her children’s bathrooms.

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One of her daughters bedrooms. So fresh, feminine, and smile inducing. Just curious, are you still SO impressed that she did this ALL on her OWN?!

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Adorable, yet sophisticated Jack and Jill bathroom for the sisters.

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The other girl’s bedroom. So refreshing with calming and subdued patterns.

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Another view from the stairs.

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Traditional scones create a modern twist on the green walls.

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The master. The ceiling was already pitched, so why not tent it. I almost felt like I was taken back to the Four Seasons in Florence. It had that same amount of calm and regality. At the same time, it has such a vibrant attitude.

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I love the windows. I also love how you can keep windows wide open in San Francisco in all year long.

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The ceiling.

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The master bathroom takes a step away from vibrant colors and takes a step back into calming shades of glass, mirrors, and white.

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Another bathroom view.

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Her closet was incredible. What I loved the most, apart from the doors, was the wallpapered ceiling.  An interior architect also designed that perfectly placed frosted skylight. There was no detail left undone. Bravo Kathryn!!

 

San Fran

I just came back from a lovely weekend visiting friends in San Francisco. Of course, a Saturday trip to Napa was also a very nice addition in what felt like an ideal weekend of clear blue skies, bright sunshine, and high seventies weather. Surprisingly enough, I even got sunburned sitting on the patio of a cafe for lunch (I am told that is not too common in San Fran).

There was so much overwhelming beauty in the high hillside views, from the waterfront to the various and distinctive architecture, there are all kinds of kinds in San Francisco- both people and houses included. I have for you here a roundup of some gorgeous curbside homes that are beyond beautiful and certainly beyond almost any budget. After all, it is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but is by no means lacking charm. It is easy to get breathless with the beauty of it all, although I am not sure that it is just the steep inclines of the hills. Judging by the pain in my calves and the overwhelming chic of these pictures, I have a feeling it is a bit of both.

Photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

 

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I love the intimate privacy of this gated door. It was surrounded by a chic display of boxwood as well.

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Very San Fran to me!

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Ornate details, down to the landscape.

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If you live where you can grow bougainvillea- do it! You will never need to paint again! They love, love the sun!

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I love this one!! The door is just painted perfectly!

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A very cool living wall for the exterior.  San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 10  San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 12

Can we just talk about this bubbly topiary plant goodness?! SO cool. Would look even more chic against white brick. San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 13

Beautiful details. Feels like a Dallas home from the looks of it.

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Landscaping makes a big impact when you have a small front to work with (granted this is HUGE in San Fran).

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From the trees to the greenery. Such a lush way to frame a home. San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 18

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I’m not quite positive what the plant is over the garage…but I want it!

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Great architecture. San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 23

Lots of shingle style homes around town.

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The streets were beyond gorgeous. It really was ideal weather with the sun shining. San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 25

This could be Charleston! So much charm in this sweet brick home. San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 26

Look at those window boxes. Adds an ideal amount of color to the neutral home. San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 27

Sculpted topiaries.

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Hedge goals.San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 33

Green always pops the best against white. San Fransisco House and Architecture by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 34

The streets were just everything.

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A great garage door.

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Sculpted sass.

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Needs a little pruning, but entirely full of character!

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Just look at those roses.

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My friend’s fiance first spotted this topiary rooftop garden. I was so grateful that he took me to see it in person (he took me to see all these homes actually).

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A beautiful flower shop called “The Bud Shop” in my friend’s neighborhood. Overwhelmingly beautiful flowers.

Dallas Defense

Sorry for my absence. I was mourning the trainwreck of Monday night’s Real Housewives of Dallas (which should more appropriately be named Real Housewives of the SUBURBS of Dallas). No offense to my suburb friends, but if they don’t live in Dallas county?!!!  Moving on….But seriously, those houses…Sorry, I am being mean….Also, true Dallas wealth is very private and tastefully unassuming…They don’t talk about “society”… Ok, off the soap box and back to more tasteful Texas topics.

How about a glimpse at some of the most beautiful homes in Dallas? I am talking about homes within the county line. Some grand, yet charming and some quaint, yet powerfully stylish. Iron staircases and three car garages aren’t always a symbol of luxury living. If you know how to give a home curb appeal and interior warmth, any home can be truly luxurious. Some people say good taste is something you are born with, and I would agree that Dallas county has some of the best genes.

Here are the REAL houses of Dallas, wives not included (nor would they ever want to be). These are all homes I drive by daily and all photos are by yours truly.

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Great Gifting

Gift giving can be difficult. I feel it is so easy to get stuck in a gifting rut. Thankfully, I find so many talented people through instagram that I feel I have a “one-up” on my skills. While we aren’t close to Christmas, we certainly are approaching the summer months of hostess gifts, backyard parties, and the fact it is bound to be someone’s birthday! So, if you are my friend (you may be seeing these gifts soon), but for the rest of you, I thought you will enjoy some inspiration that will surely leave your recipient as happy as can be! Not to mention, you will have others eyeing your unique finds.

Here’s my lust list of gifts I’m loving right now…

C BUXTON ART

C Buxton Art creates the most jaw dropping and Potted Boxwood worthy designs. I recently received her potted boxwood topiary notecards with my monogrammed initials and I have never received so many compliments on my own thank you cards! Her illustrations are so well done and vary in style. From tote bags to custom espadrilles to flirty and fun iPhone cases, Christina Buxton is a talent that will make any gift the ultimate personal gift.

C Buxton Designs Boxwood StationeryC Buxton Designs Potted Boxwood Stationery

C Buxton Art French ChairC Buxton Designs EspadrillesC Buxton Designs Phone Cases

 

August Morgan

I am obsessed with August Morgan cocktail napkins. A trusty hostess gift for any occasion.

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BEAUTYCOUNTER

Beautycounter is my new obsession. Seriously. It is about getting safer products into the hands of everyone. The truth is we don’t know what is in the majority of our personal care products. Beautycounter makes products that are safe, and safety is the one things moms tend to care about. Why not give a beautiful package of safe baby products?! I am a consultant so please visit this page: http://www.beautycounter.com/christinadandar

 

Beautycounter Baby

 

Compartes Chocolates

The packaging is incredible (hello Kelly Wearstler) and the flavors will leave your mouth watering (donuts and coffee, honey butter and biscuits…drool).

Gold Pebble Dish Via Waiting on Martha

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LB ORIGINALS

I LOVE LB Originals. She made the most gorgeous monogrammed napkins for a shower I hosted last January, and she creates the most personally charming devotional pads. These monogrammed disposable paper coffee cups are next on my list! What a fabulous gift for housewarming, hostess, or birthday fun!

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Waiting on Martha

A great site featuring wonderful gifts such as a pom fringe throw and a gold pebble dish.

 

Herringbone Pom Throw Via Waiting On Martha

Pebble Dish via Waiting on Martha

 

KRISTIN HENCHEL

Any golf or tennis pros? I couldn’t think of a more unexpected and thoughtful gift than monogrammed golf and tennis balls by Kristin Henchel.

 

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SASHA NICHOLS

Another custom option. A lovely set of monogrammed napkin rings from the always chic Sasha Nichols.

Monogram Napkin Rings by Sasha Nichols

 

Madeline Weinrib

Madeline Weinrib has a gift for textiles, and her toiletry bag makes the most unique and special gift.

Madeline Weinrib Toiletry Bag

 

MADRE

If you are local here in Dallas, visit Madre Dallas for these gorgeous horsehair keychains.

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