Serenely Chic

I am pretty much obsessed with this Cape Town, South Africa home. It is designed by Serena Crawford, who has the magical ability to create graceful, natural, and superbly chic interiors. Her rooms flow with great natural energy, and the design feels fresh and timeless in the most ideal juxtaposition.

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As if I needed a reason to love this entry #ThePottedBoxwood

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I love checkerboard floors.

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Another glimpse of the front. Potted boxwood and white on white shutters.

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Comfortable without looking lazy (‘ya know what I mean).

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This kitchen may be the best I have seen. Seriously. The blue & white, the contrast of wood and white, the collected design, and the warmth of the texture is all flawless.

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Framed Chinoiserie panels and beautiful fabrics in this white bedroom.

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I really adore all the orchids together. Idea that I may have to steal.

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Ideal.

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A Talent With Boxwood

Anouska Hempel. How I haven’t done a feature of her work is beyond me. When it comes to potted boxwood, she rules the world. She creates these abundant, overflowing pots of boxwood ¬†(stay tuned next week on how to achieve that) that instantly have the ability to transform an environment into one with a magical ambience. Her landscape spaces are enchanting, invigorating, and jaw dropping. Hempel is also a master decorator, but today I want to focus solely on her gardens. If these spaces don’t bring a smile to your face, best of luck with life. ūüėČ

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All The Trappings

I have been on a kick of character recently. Any home that embodies gracious ambience and plush landscaping immediately captures my attention. So, when I found this image of a striking blue door flanked by two spheres of large boxwood, my interest was immediately peaked.

Michael Trapp may be an antique dealer in Connecticut, but he is also a designer of  timeless interiors and garden exteriors. His work evokes a European charm with an enviable relaxed atmosphere. Being an antiques dealer, he brings a refined eye to spaces indoor and outdoor. I want to feature this home in Sharon Village that looks like the perfect spot for a rainy Dallas day like today.

Happy Wednesday!

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A picture perfect deep blue door flanked by two spheres of boxwood among the gravel.

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I love how this deep blue continues on the inside. The black and white photography has an effective pop against the color.

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A charming warmth with bird cages, blue and white lamps, and an overall comfortable atmosphere.

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A perfect collection of subdued patterns and textures.

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A simple and well appointed kitchen. Notice the sconces on the framing of the windows. Such a great addition of symmetry.

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Another view of the kitchen.

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Large windows and banquet seating allow for a wrap around view of the perfectly landscaped grounds.

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A garden house complete with a dining table and casual seating. I love that hurricane in the middle of the two potted plants.

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Great industrial windows on this detached part of the home.

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The blue continues on the side door of the home. Of course, there is boxwood by the door.

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Another view. Look at that sweet antique iron bench.

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A more expansive backyard view with a row of boxwood along the fence.

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Another view of the garden house. Always a fan of the gravel.

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The whole garden house is covered in greenery, from the roof, to the sides, to the placement of boxwood.

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Another view with potted cypress trees.

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Potted boxwood, columns and a picturesque bench.

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Heavenly pots of boxwood. So well collected and varied.

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Just a splendid home with all the trappings.

Virginia Garden Week: James River

For part two of my visit to Historic Garden Week, I wanted to share the three enchanting plantations I saw that are located on the James River outside of Richmond. I had to catch a flight that rainy evening, so I was only able to visit 3 of the plantation homes. Despite the steady rain, I can’t even begin to describe how breathtaking it was to explore these historic estates and gardens.

I started first with the Shirley Plantation, where we had a lovely tea overlooking a boxwood garden. We then walked around the property’s vast landscape and went inside the home that is currently owned by a decendant of the founding owners. I could not take pictures of the inside of the home, where the entry way was the main event in terms of timeless taste. The floating stairwell was also incredible to see (unfortunately they didn’t allow pictures inside).

The second estate that we visited was the Westover Plantation. The clear frontrunner of the James River homes. This estate was full of ancient boxwood, superb Georgian architecture, and continues to exist as a working plantation under the owners who currently live in the home and were ¬†present during the tour. Their young sons will be the fifth generation to call Westover home. The “Westover doorway” originated here, as did the founder of Richmond,¬†William Byrd.

The last home I visited was the Berkeley Plantation. This home had the most phenomenal grounds and gardens of boxwood. Sadly, we couldn’t wait for the inside tour since we had to run to the airport. The house is situated on a idyllic edge of the river.

I hope you enjoy these photos and your Wednesday!

Photos by Christina Dandar For The Potted Boxwood

 

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This plantation¬†is still in the hands of the original family. It is the oldest family-owned business in North America, dating to 1638. I love the gravel….a sign of a true stately home.

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The entry is so smart and the benches really tie it together. The aesthetic is very relevant to present day.

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A glimpse of my friend Anne Marie in the doorway. A great oversized doormat and potted ferns flank the entry.

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English and American Boxwood for sale on the property.

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A boxwood garden. Ideal for reading on a spring day.

 

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And now to my favorite plantation…. The minute I saw this side entry…I knew it would be spectacular.

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170 year old tulip poplars and ancient boxwood line the gravel entry.

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The home is estimated to originate around 1730 and was built by William Byrd II, founder of Richmond, VA. An immense display of Georgian architecture.

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“Ancient” Boxwood surrounds the home. Don’t you just love that…”ancient boxwood.” How do I get some??

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The creation ¬†of the “Westover Doorway.” Exceptional entry architecture.

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A little dark, but do you see the glory of the ceiling??

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A stunning home in every aspect. Not sure if it was ahead of its time, or just built as timeless as possible.  I think both.

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I adore the fabrics in the home, some of which have been updated,

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Blue velvet and blue and white!  The owner is a fan of my favorite color combination.

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The owner told me that for the summer seasons (before air conditioning), the family would cover all the chairs in a blue and white linen. It was believed the cooler colors and breezy fabrics would make it not seem as stifling.

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A history of blue and white here. What a special display!

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The back door. It could use some potted boxwood I think! ūüėČ

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Now to the gardens…

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There is such a relaxed sense of these gardens, where as most plantations feel more formal.

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Winding grounds make for a fun walk, even in the rain.

 

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The first official Thanksgiving Day in America. Talk about historical!

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The entry surrounded by glorious boxwood.

 

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A view from the horizontal path of the entry surrounding the home.

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The back of the estate, surrounded by the James River and rows of boxwood.

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The side of the house, also on the river. I think the boxwood looks incredible separated in mounds. Also, the gazebo is dreamy.

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Further back on the property, the river is straight ahead. It was raining fairly heavily, hence the rain drop on the picture and the unclear view of where the grass ends and the river begins.

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A view of the house through the gardens in the back.

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Lockes Of Love

This past Christmas my grandmother bought me a pair of Elizabeth Locke earrings. I opened them, loved them, and then my grandmother said, “I thought it was time for some classic and more mature earrings.”¬† Yes! Elizabeth Locke is a classic, mature, and refined¬†brand of jewelry. So it is no surprise that her house exhibits those same qualities.

Her home is a true Virginian classic. It is true to its roots, yet welcoming and livable.¬†The grounds are impeccable¬†on this renovated 1816 house, and the interior is a testament to Locke’s love of her home’s history. In a place like Virginia, roots are important. I’ll have much more on chic¬†Virginia roots as I am going there tomorrow for Historic Garden Week.

See you back here next week for a recap of garden week and more design dreaming.

XO- TPB

Photos from Architectural Digest. Design: Alison Martin. Architects: Neumann Lewis Buchanan Lanscape: Sue Bowman

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I am obsessed with the entry way. The double door screened entry and the eclectic tradition.

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The blue couch is a fun pop of color against the yellow striped walls. This house is definitely on the classical and historical side of design, but it is to be appreciated and admired.

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Did I ever mention how much I love fireplaces in dining rooms? I think they are very necessary.

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A functional and warm kitchen. I love how the breakfast table is right in between the island and the main kitchen cabinetry.

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This green is a shade beyond ideal. I have this weird urge to see a brown velvet couch in here with a tassle fringe lining on the bottom…anyone else??

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Someone important sleeps here, or at least that is what the room conveys. The ceiling work is truly the cherry on top of the traditionally open space.

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A sweet powder room of blue, with blue trim on the cabinetry as well.

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Another bathroom angle of blue and white in a wallpapered retreat. I admire so much when people use furniture pieces in a bathroom. Too much cabinetry that is all the same can be…well, too much.

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