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Well after London (as featured yesterday), I am also heading to Paris for a couple of days. I am so excited to be back in the city of lights and the epitome of chic. My photos of Paris (pre-blogging days) are some of my favorites. The architecture, the scenery, the gardens- all of it leaves you in a romantical daze. Today, I had to share the beautiful Parisian apartment of the former Veranda editor, Susan Gutfreund. It is a Francophile’s dream. It has all the romance and worldly wonder you would expect from a Parisian apartment, and then some.

This will be my last post before hopping the pond. In which case, I will be back with posts and photos to share all the beauty. Again, please follow @thepottedboxwood on Instagram (and instagram stories) to see up to the minute photos.

All photos of Susan Gutfreund’s Paris Apartment via Veranda.

Merci! XOXO


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The Super Chic Underdog

Note: At the point I was writing this, Atlanta was super ahead. Y’all know how much I love Nantucket…so get some New England Inspiration from my previous post!

Like many things that fall under “American Traditions,” Super Bowl Sunday is right up there. If you don’t watch it for the sport, you watch it for the commercials. If you don’t watch it for the commercials, you watch it for the halftime show. If you don’t watch it for the halftime show, you watch it for the food. You get my point, there is a reason to watch. While I didn’t have a favorite team in the mix, I did enjoy thinking about all the beautiful aspects of the locations of each time. New England has beautiful homes from Connecticut to Nantucket, and Atlanta has such a mecca of fabulous designers and tastemakers.

While they may not be the winner, I had to share some pictures of my favorite Atlanta homes. There is so much talent that exists in the Atlanta design world, and I thought I would highlight a few of the fabulous!

Atlanta home by D Stanley Dixon via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Beautiful home by renown architect D. Stanley Dixon. via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Atlanta Home by Norman Askins via Traditional Home By far the best looking home there ever was. I really consider this a dream home. Architect Norman Askins understands beautiful homes. via Traditional Home

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Another Askins home, because they are all just too fabulous!

Atlanta Home of Suzanne Kasler via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Suzanne Kasler‘s home is full of inspiration, inside and out. Love the lighted topiaries. via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Former Atlanta Home of Danielle Rollins designed by Miles Redd via Veranda

This space is my idea of perfect. Hand painted wallpaper, beautiful fabrics, and a healthy dose of indoor greenery. Designed by Miles Redd in Danielle Rollins former home via Veranda

Howard Design Studio landscape in Atlanta via Pinterest Howard Design Studio always wows me with their distinct and chic placement of boxwood and ivy. They do all shades of green in the way that truly captivates and makes the home.

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One of the best outdoor living spaces full of blue and white by Parker Kennedy Living. via Atlanta Home & Lifestyles. 


A Chicly Collected Home

I am not quite sure how I missed this house. I subscribe to all the “glossy pages” as I once heard a very amusing woman refer to magazines. Can you blame her? Who doesn’t love a good gloss?! Anyway, I came across the beautiful and vast Ferncliff estate that once belonged to the Astor family. It has since been renovated, restored, and re-imagined by Robert Duffy, with the help of designer Richard McGeehan, into a home that leaves no stone unturned.

I adore Duffy’s requirements for a home- lots of blue, chinoiserie wallpaper, and a dark room with the window seat. I just so happen to agree with all of the above. You can see the passion for collected interiors. It is evident that upon every turn of the corner there is an immediate intrigue about what you may find. So many beautiful antiques you will be sure to enjoy.


All images of Robert Duffy’s home in the Hudson River Valley is designed with help from Richard McGeehan. Photos are from Elle Decor.

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Beautiful entry and landscape. Lush and green.

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I mean…. These are the types of dining rooms I live for. Chinoiserie and blue and white.

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I love the chic simplicity of this kitchen.

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Such an interesting hallway. The exposed brick and dark navy wallpaper are stunning backdrops for artwork.

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Well, you know I love this. When it comes to landscaping, all you need is green and gravel.

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So many books and rugs. Duffy’s home embodies layers with the most chicly collected ambience.

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So many great pieces in one room. That bed is very similar to one owned by my great grandmother.  My only edit (if I was lucky enough to call this my bedroom) would be to make the linens all white on the bed. I just would want to focus all my attention on those fanciful walls!

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Such a tremendously beautiful estate.





Swedish Wish

I once again found myself in all parts of the deep and dark designing parts of the internet. I ended up at the Swedish design website for Skona Hem, and found myself very intrigued by the bare, yet detailed design that embodies that culture. I am obsessed with the paint used throughout this house. It is the perfect amount of white and gray without seeming boring. I would happily tell you more about this, but I can’t read Swedish- so enjoy the details of the design!

P.S. The kitchen is oh so good!


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Happy 2017! I hope all of you had a fantastic Christmas and happy New Year! I spent some quality time in Florida with my family.

I also experienced the most horrific travel day on the way back. Imagine sitting at the airport about to board and then you see people running. Instinctively, I stood up to  see hoards of people running and police screaming, “Get out, get out of the building now!” So the next thing you know, I am grabbing Emmie and my bag and running down the stairs with 500 other people to the tarmac. We stand there baking in the hot sun, unsure of what is going on. While standing there, I heard from two people that they smelled smoke, and two others said they saw someone in handcuffs. An hour later and no answers, we were bussed from the tarmac to the security checkpoint at the airside terminal. So all 500 of us go back through security at the same time, and there are bomb sniffing dogs, police with automatic rifles, and crazy security in place. They say it was a false alarm, but I highly doubt that. It was a terrifying experience that really puts things in perspective. You need to be on your guard when you travel- and that is that!

I thought I would share some fun photos that I took over break! See you back here tomorrow with some fun posts to start the year!


My parents’ Christmas tree! It smelled heavenly! I love how their tree is anything goes. Also- the birds and feathers make for lots of fun!


I transferred these flowers I arranged from the coffee table to the dining table. They held up beautifully!


It is the little details that make things feel special for the holidays.


Putting up a tree is a lot of work. Wine was well deserved after!


Prettiest sunset of 2016! Right from my parent’s backyard!


Love the architecture around St. Petersburg!


A great front door Christmas display.


The most ideal driveway.


One of my favorite homes in St. Petersburg. I love the topiaries.


More classic St. Petersburg architecture.


The Vinoy


Fireworks on New Years Eve! St. Petersburg has a great display on the bay.


The chaos at Tampa International Airport.


500 people who had to run out on the tarmac.


Then all 500 people had to be rechecked at the same time.


Happy to be back in Dallas!