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.

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All photos by Tria Giovan.

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Booked Up For Summer

The title speaks volumes (pun intended), as I really am booked up for summer. This is exciting for all my followers, because I can share new pretty places, houses, and things that I come across along the way (especially on instagram stories)! Every start to summer, I love to share my reading list of good by-the-pool books. The titles listed are a collection of literature that I have recently read, things my dear friends have read, or books that are highly anticipated. Let’s be honest, there is nothing more rewarding that lounging with a really addicting book. Happy Summer! Happy Reading!

A big thanks to my many friends for some of these suggestions. An especially bigger thanks to my mom, the most avid reader of all. 


The People We Hate At The Wedding

The People We Hate at the Wedding. The title alone is enough to make me pick up the book. This new release highlights family dysfunction in the most comical way.

The Gypsy Moth Summer

The Gypsy Moth Summer. One of the most anticipated books of the summer, this title deals with love, family, and a summer on Avalon Island.

Rich People Problems

Rich People Problems.  I LOVE every book by Kevin Kwan.They are so fun! He writes a fabulous cast of characters, with all the good real life spots mentioned. I am sure this book is no exception.

Do Not Become Alarmed

Do Not Become Alarmed. A total page-turner told from the points of view of children and adults who lose each other on vacation.

Small Great Things

Small Great Things (ABOUT TO BE A MOVIE). Moral dilemmas intertwined with power, wealth and race. Great characters make it a thought provoking page turner.


Party Girls Die In Pearls

Party Girls Die In Pearls. One of my first famous followers of @thepottedboxwood on instagram, Plum Sykes is a woman after my own heart. This Bergdorf Blondes author is back with a high-end and posh mystery set in Oxford.

Fitness Junkie

Fitness Junkie. Lucy Sykes (yes, Plum’s -from above-sister) and Jo Piazza have created a hilarious novel about a woman on a mission to save her job and lose thirty pounds in this fitness crazed, naked yoga, juice loving world.


Fly Me

Fly Me. Set in the seventies, this novel highlights all the fun trouble that can happen in LA.

All The Missings Girls

Missing Girls. An interesting read about two girls that are missing decades apart. One of those where you must pay attention!

Here's To Us

Here’s To Us. I am shocked I haven’t read this yet (came out last summer). I love all of Hilderbrand’s books (she is related to the fabulous designer Lauren Hilderbrand). Set in Nantucket, a man’s death brings about lies, tears, drama and a whole lot more.

The Almost Sisters

The Almost Sisters. Set in Alabama, a fun family romp with some family secrets floating around.

The Girls

The Girls. Northern California, a cult following, and a coming of age story where a girl longs to feel accepted.

The Lost Letter

The Lost Letter. If you loved The Nightingale you will love this. A heart-provoking historical story set during WWII in Austria.

The Girl Before

The Girl Before (READ BEFORE THE MOVIE). This book is a mix of Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. Thrilling at every turn of the page.

The Cuckoos Calling

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Cormoran Strike Book. This trilogy has a plethora of fans. Written under pseudonym by J.K. Rawling, this is a story where a detective’s career comes to life by investigating a super-model’s death.
Into The Water

Into The Water.  From the Author of The Girl on the Train, another psychological thriller to leave us captivated.

Truly Madly Guilty Novel

Truly Madly Guilty. From one of my absolutely favorite authors (the woman who brought us Big Little Lies), comes a new novel with Moriarty’s colorful characters and intertwined lives.

Lilac Girls

Lilac Girls. Another wonderful story set in WWII that brings up all sorts of emotions of love and friendship.


Jackie's Girl

Jackie’s Girl. An inside look at Jackie O’s life with never before heard details told by her personal assistant.
Hillbilly Elegy

Hillbilly Elegy. I have heard this is the book that explains the Trump America very clearly.

 Jo Malone

My Story by Jo Malone. The British fragrance powerhouse has an autobiography that is sure to inspire. A great example of turning passion into a business.

How to Murder Your Life

How To Murder Your Life. A memoir from a former fashion editor living a secret life and the harsh reality of addiction and ambition.

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed. “If you want to change the world, you should start by making your bed.” A great book to be read by every leader, or anyone who wants to make an impact.

Cork Dork

Cork Dork. Like the movie Somm in a book format, this piece explores the complex and exciting world of wine.

Prince Charles Book

Prince Charles The Passions and Paradoxes Of an Improvable Life
The Crown continues on with the heir in waiting. My mom and grandmother adored this book!

Be My Guest

Happy to say I have made my way back to Florida for some much needed R&R. There is something about being in your childhood bedroom where you can just get some pure, uninterrupted sleep. Maybe it is the fact that I know my parents are here and I don’t have to worry about taking care of anything. Sadly, the same doesn’t always go for when you are a guest in someone’s home. There can be the pressure to be up at a certain time, or the uncertainty of what to wear and how much you should help. Chances are if you are using vacation time to visit friends, there is some element of helping out verses what should be a relaxing vacation. Unfortunately, this lies with the responsibility of the host.

As a consummate hostess knows, it is preparation that enables the guest to feel at ease and at home (without having the responsibilities of home). Often guest rooms can be a hodge podge of an old treadmill and mismatched linens. In my opinion, if the room feels disoriented the guests will feel the same way. Below are some awe inspiring guest rooms, hosting advice, and items that will make anyone want to be your guest.

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Alessandra Branca Guest bedroom via Elle Decor

The elongated and boldly sophisticated guest bedroom of Alessandra Branca. Via Elle Decor

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Estee Lauder’s room used as a guest bedroom at Aerin Lauder’s Southhampton home.  Via Beauty At Home

Aerin Lauder wrote in her book Beauty At Home that she buys several New York Times bestsellers books to place by the bedside in the guest room. I also believe that fresh magazines are great to have as well.


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A guest bedroom at the Bush family’s Texas ranch. I love how they used some local drawings of Texas wildlife to enhance the stay. Via AD 

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If you are short on space, but love to entertain, this is the way to do it. This guest bedroom has the perfect amount of color, pattern, and simplicity. Via Elle Decor

Having a nice carafe of fresh water by the bed is always considerate. No guest should have to wonder at night to find the kitchen and glasses.


Guest room by Michael Clattenburg via AD

Michael Clattenburg has painted on some book shelves and glossy green walls. The perpendicular beds are an excellent touch! Via AD

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Timothy Corrigan creates a guest room where friends would never leave. The perfect mix of elegance and comfort. Via AD

Guest room by Toni Gallagher via Traditional Home

A Boxwood toile in this serene and timeless twin guest room by Toni Gallagher. Via Traditional Home

Provide your wifi and password, as well as spare chargers. If there is a TV, have a channel list available as well.


A MadelineWeinrib rug in this guest bedroom via AD

A Madeline Weinrib rug in this preppy, colorful, and cheerful guest bedroom.

Julia Reeds Guest Bedroom via Elle Decor

Julia Reed creates an inviting and chic guest bedroom, with the most precious beagle to boot! Knowing how she is a great southern hostess, I am sure she has a plethora of incredible hospitality tips. Via Elle Decor

Throughout my beauty buys during the year, I store all my free samples in a glass jar. This leaves guests with plenty of high end products to sample, and is helpful in case anything is forgotten.


Mariette Himes Gomez guest bedroom via AD

Mariette Himes Gomez has an undoubtedly peaceful bedroom in her home to keep guests at ease. Via AD

McAllpine Booth & Ferrier Interior guest room via AD

Back to back fun in this remarkably crafted guest room. McAlpine Booth & Ferrier know how to sync architecture and design in perfect harmony. Via AD

Bathroom necessites: hair dryer, fresh robe, wash cloths, plenty of toilet paper, and a fresh toothbrush and tube of toothpaste.


Michael S S mith Guest Bedroom

Michael S. Smith plays with pattern to make this a memorable and well-appointed  guest room. Via AD

Randall Powers guest bedroom via Elle Decor

A more modern and streamlined guest bedroom. Via Elle Decor

Luggage racks are a wonderful way to say- unpack and stay awhile.


 Sheila Bridges Guest bedroom via Elle Decor

Sheila Bridges demonstrates beautiful pattern in a gracious display in her Harlem guest room. Via Elle Decor

Tory Burchs guest bedroom via In Color

Who wouldn’t want to be a guest in Tory Burch’s Southampton home. Incredible wallpaper, bedding, and oriental rug. Talk about living, In Color.

Book It For Summer

How did Memorial Day weekend get here so quickly? I really can’t believe it. The start of summer is upon us, and I am ready for it! I am a big fan of summer reading, and reading in general. However, I must admit that since I started my blog I have put design reading ahead of fun summer fiction novels. My thought is, why read when I can get another blog post up and running.

I plan to change that thought this summer. With lots of traveling in the works and poolside afternoons, I am desperate for some good summer reads. What I have here is a collection of all the essentials you need to make a weekend (or a whole summer) full of decadent reading in style. Some of these titles I have read, some I have yet to read, and others I have heard nothing but wonderful reviews. So whether you are by the beach or up late on a summer evening, I hope you get some reading in during these hotter days. Please comment if you have any suggestions. I am always looking for a good read!

Happy Memorial Day!

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The Knockoff: A highly anticipated read full of style and chic whit. My copy just arrived and I am ready to dive into this first!

The Girl On The Train: A NYT Bestseller that I can’t wait to read. I’m always up for a page turner, which this is recommended to be quite the ride.

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The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: Speaking of page turners, I highly suggest this book by Tony Ortega. A champion in the fight against a horrible cult and the unspeakable ways they use corruption and money to destroy good people’s lives.

My Paris Dream: An insightful memoir of a former Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar editor coming of age in Paris.

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Luckiest Girl Alive: A novel full of chic wardrobes and luxe lives with high-end twists and turns.

Outlander: I am sure you have heard about it, and you have for a reason. Historical and addicting fiction set in the lush scenery of Scotland. You won’t be able to put them down (a series to impress).

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Perfectly Miserable: A comic memoir on WASPY New England culture and the tricky balance of mothers and daughters.

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tiding Up: Everyone who has read this says it is, in fact, life changing. Apparently it causes you to purge and apparently that is a good thing?? This definitely goes with a “less is more” approach over the adage “more is more and less is a bore.”

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#GirlBoss: Get motivated and take your life seriously. Takeaway quote: “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool.  Then let’s do this.”

Good to Great: Taking your company and perspective a step further.

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If I ever find my mom hysterically laughing it is from the high-class romps of Nicholas Coleridge. I equally adore his witty banter and rich characters. I can promise you will too.

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Gods and Kings: Why not explore the dangerously fashionable lives of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Sure to make a chic read.

Circling The Sun: I truly enjoyed The Paris Wife, so I can’t wait until this book, from the same author, arrives this July.

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Absolutely Beautiful Things: A truly beautiful book from one of my favorite designers in Australia.

Camille Styles Entertaining

Camille Styles Entertaining: A perfect book for summer entertaining and nights on the patio, beach, or wherever your summer may take you .

Beach Reading Essentials

Aerin Lauder Pouch

Aerin Lauder has the perfect raffia pouch to bring to the beach to store your lip gloss, suncreen, and summer essentials.


MDS Stripes Tote

I think that raffia pouch would be ideal in the effortlessly classic tote by MDS Stripes.

Mark and Graham Beach Chairs

A fabulous chair for the lawn or beach that can be perfectly monogrammed by Mark & Graham.

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Santa Barbara umbrellas are a ultra tasteful way to shield yourself from the sun. I love the two tiered gray.

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I love the sweet simplicity of Restoration Hardware towels. The stripes are just totally classic.

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Me & Re Design creates such high-quality monogram items. They have the most delightful patterns and monograms from towels to party coolers.

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If you prefer a simple and quintessential beach towel, target has these great blue and white striped towels that are perfect for any poolside.


Queen Charlotte

No, I am not here to talk about the royal baby, as cute as she may be. In my opinion, there has only been one queen that reigns with the name of Charlotte, and that is Charlotte Moss. I have mentioned before how I have always admired her work since middle school. Yes, when most children were concerned about Britney Spears being overprotected, I was concerned about how to grow up and emulate the good taste of Charlotte Moss.

My freshman year of college I visited her townhouse (store) with my mom and closest family friends. It was a wonderland of chic, with the most tasteful finds lurking in every well appointed corner. I have purchased her books and poured over each word carefully over the years, knowing that Charlotte’s word always reigns.

Imagine my delight when I found out she was coming to Dallas for a signing of her new book, Garden Inspirations. I was giddy with anticipation all day, and felt as if I was meeting someone worthy of a royal curtsey. While I didn’t curtsey, I was beyond flattered to know that Charlotte follows The Potted Boxwood, and was nice enough to tell me I had “a great eye.” The event at the Nieman Marcus downtown (that is the first ever Neiman Marcus for the non-Dallasites), was a picture perfect soiree filled with lush greenery and store windows inspired by the gardens in her book.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse into a superb event hosted by Neiman Marcus and Architectural Digest, with locally featured hosts Jan Showers, Cathy Kincaid, and Ken Downing.

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Garden inspired dresses and green turf covers the store. There is something about green that makes everything else display so beautifully.

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Love that pink dress!

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I wanted to take these chairs home. I love how the white pops so beautifully against the green. The detail is remarkable.

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A table display of flowers. The flowers were truly stunning everywhere you turned.

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Of course, blue and white vases steal the show. I love the mix of flowers and the incorporation of potted boxwood topiary!

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Another arrangement of flowers. A mix of pottery, mirrored, and glass vases works well with the variety of flowers.

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Another table with lush floral arrangements.


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My introduction to Charlotte Moss. She is just as chic and inviting as her interiors she creates.

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Diligently signing my copies of her latest book, Garden Inspirations.

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A gorgeous green backdrop for a picture with Charlotte Moss.

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While inside the department store things were blooming, the windows on the outside were also growing a life of their own.

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Such a creative display of housewares available at Neiman Marcus, all inspired by Charlotte’s book.

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Another tremendous arrangement of her book and beautiful fine dinnerware.

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A large backdrop of a page in her book is striking with the green and white dress. Of course, I am partial to this window due to the appearance of a lovely potted boxwood.

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She speaks words of inspiration for any occasion of entertaining.

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A swanky bar cart in this display. I also love the white rock floor of the windows. So fresh for spring and summer.

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A splendid view of a garden room, full of the organic beauty of nature. From fruits, to flowers, to countertop displays, it looks so naturally chic.

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Wise words.

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Sophisticated garden attire.

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I love Charlotte’s book since she not only gives us an in-depth glimpse into her own garden, but also into the beautiful gardens of people all over the world.

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It truly was a great evening surrounded by style, elegance, and charisma, from the party and windows to the author, designer, and talent herself.