When given a big backyard space, it is often easy to throw in a bit of everything. However, in reality, most of us have smaller backyard spaces in which to work. This can require some major editing. Ditch the pool, keep the grass? A garden of pots or hedges or flower beds? More entertaining space or more garden? Editing is a difficult art, and one that requires constant attention.
I was recently instagram messaging with fellow blogger Kristy Wicks who is working on her intimate backyard oasis. With so many options and ways to approach her beautiful backyard space, I was inspired to post some of my favorite intimate backyard spaces. When it comes to landscaping, I believe less is more. I also believe in having what you love around you at all times. Any space is a success when you find the perfect balance between the two. Of course, there is never too much potted boxwood.
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There is nothing like Mark D. Sikes’ West Hollywood garden. It is the best! Via Lonny
I love the checkerboard grass and stones in Bette Midler’s terrace garden. Via AD
Gorgeous espalier and boxwood.
This image will forever be timeless. Via House Beautiful yes yes and yes
A townhouse oasis
Recently, I was reading Veranda and came across a familiar face- Oprah. We all know her, and we all know she has the ability to turn anything into a favorite thing. However, this time, the photos of her garden in the article displayed my favorite thing: boxwood. Her chic Montecito garden is full of large spheres of boxwood and an abundance of beautiful roses. Architecturally envious ivy creates a romantic escape in her own coveted backyard. If there is anything to get you inspired to get through the week, it is this beautiful escape.
All photos by Victoria Pearson for Veranda Magazine.
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.
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.