Cheerful Charm

I have been on a bit of a summer blogging vacation recently, but I came across a home so cheerful and charming that I had to share. British garden designer Butter Wakefield creates timeless and enchanting gardens, so it is no wonder that her home would be just that. A mix of playful patterns and classic furniture are the make-up for the most charming and effortless design.

Photos by Simon Brown via House & Garden UK.

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Winnetka Wonderful

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I recently was in another wedding of a very close friend in the beautiful town of Winnetka, Illinois. It oozes the charm and ambience you would expect of a small town. Lovely, well-appointed homes with lush landscaping and a quaint town center. On the north shore of Chicago, small towns line up to create an enchanting summer backdrop for a lovely wedding in a wonderful town. I hope you find these photos timeless and inspiring.

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The luncheon was held at an incredible private home with beautiful grounds.

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Soft elegance with fresh flowers, fresh white tablecloth, and beautiful fruit.

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The bride used her own fabulous handwriting as the front of her programs, and on other touches throughout the wedding weekend. Moore Ink.

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Most enchanting church, Kenilworth Union Church.

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The reception was held at a very charming country club.

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Stay

There aren’t a lot of places to stay in the North Shore, but The Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast is a newly opened option that is old-world elegance at it’s finest.  Clean well-appointed and chic accommodations.

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Out East

Summertime often evokes images of hedged lawns, bright blue pools, and shingled houses flanked by hydrangeas. Of course, what I am describing pretty much summarizes the homes out east. Even if you don’t have a chance to make your way to the coastal chic shores of the Hamptons, you can now transport yourself in a beautiful new book appropriately titled, Out East: Houses and Gardens of The Hamptons, written in an eloquent and inviting format by Jennifer Ash Rudick, a Southampton resident.

Out East takes you through some of the most historically well-known and picturesque homes of the Hamptons. From Harry and Laura Slatkin’s beautiful blue & white haven, to the completely redesigned and historically preserved home that formerly belonged to Millicent Rogers, Out East captures the beauty and the story behind one of the most coveted areas of the world.

Here is a sneak peak of Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons. The book is available July 11th.

To purchase: click here

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Perfect Vue

Recently in New Orleans, I had the opportunity to practice some yoga on the perfectly manicured lawn of the Longue Vue House & Gardens. While gazing up into the oak trees on an exceptional day with zero humidity, I found myself completely distracted by a stately and timeless home. The home was designed by Edith and Edgar Stern. They collaborated with Ellen Biddle Shipman and architects William and Geoffrey Platt, to create one of the last great American houses to be built during the Country Place Era. The Platt brothers took three years to build the home from 1939-1942. Shipman started to design Longue Vue’s gardens in 1935 and continued until her death in 1950.

The enchanting gardens and breathtaking estate were clearly designed with a labor of love that will look even more beautiful 100 years from now. Enjoy these pictures from a lovely day on the lawn of Longue Vue.

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Author Julia Reed’s Magnificent New Orleans Mansion

By: Emmy Berg

New Orleans – the land of wrought iron fences, hot jambalaya (Mrs. Doubtfire pun intended), swanky jazz music, and of course, beignets. But for the sake of this post and all things classically “New Orleans”, we will focus on the ironwork aesthetic.

Whether it be a stroll through the French Quarter, your favorite restaurants and bars, or the magnificent hotels that line the streets, the iron fences are an architectural staple that cannot be missed.

Although most buildings share certain elements in common, NOLA offers an array of structural designs. Ranging from the historic grand homes on St. Charles Avenue, the classic creole cottages, two-story townhomes, and of course timeless southern plantations.

But one of my favorites and TPB approved home in this iconic city is the effortlessly elegant white house in the Garden District that formerly belonged to author Julia Reed. The two-storied, large balconied home is the perfect balance of southern charm and modern influence.

The casual, airy layout of the home compliments the more traditional and formal décor. Large spacious rooms are filled with beautiful artwork and allow for the perfect backdrop for entertaining. One of the best features of the home is its exterior. Gorgeous landscape surrounds the entire house to ensure its rightful place in New Orleans’ Garden District.

Photos by William Waldron for Elle Decor and Pail Costello for Southern Living.

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The famous white house on First Street.

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Traditional New Orleans wrought iron fence secures this upper-level porch.

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