Second Bloom

I have had tablescapes on the mind lately. That always tends to happen right before Thanksgiving. Besides having great food, I think it very important to have an even better ambience. Candles, layers of necessary fabric, and decorative items that don’t distract, but engage. I have become even more inspired reading Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s Art of the Table by Alexis Clark. It is engaging in the way it sets up tables and flower arrangements by seasons. She offers incredible advice and unique ideas that you can implement at home. For example, using fresh herbs to make an arrangement more fragrant. She brings elements of wonder and intrigue to make dining more of an event than a task.

Here is a little peek of Second Bloom: Cathy Graham’s  Art of the Table. 

You can purchase here

 

Second Bloom

Second Bloom 2

 

Second Bloom 3

 

Second Bloom 4

 

Second Bloom 5

 

Second Bloom 6

Petite Garden

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.

double click photos for source

Happy Weekend!

Mark D Sikes Garden via Lonny

There is nothing like Mark D. Sikes’ West Hollywood garden. It is the best! Via Lonny

Bette Midlers garden via AD I love the checkerboard grass and stones in Bette Midler’s terrace garden. Via AD

espalier and boxwood

Gorgeous espalier and boxwood.

Garden bench via Melissa Penfold Garden courtyard via AD Garden via AD Garden via House Beautiful

This image will forever be timeless. Via House BeautifulGarden via House Beautiful dining table garden via Pinterest yes yes and yessmall garden House and Garden UK townhouse garden via Pinterest

A townhouse oasis

Oprah Outdoors

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.

Oprah Winfrey Garden via Veranda

Oprah Winfrey Garden via Veranda 2
Oprah Winfrey Garden via Veranda 4 Oprah Winfrey Garden via Veranda 5 Oprah Winfrey Garden via Veranda 6

bACKtoACK

It is possible to fall in love over and over again. Nantucket proves it.  I was back again this summer visiting my friend and her gracious mom who is a full time islander. From the hydrangeas to the wavy beaches to the shingled houses and cute shops, the island is the ideal signature of summer. I just have to share some photos that I took while I was there. Enjoy the visual dream that is Nantucket.

For my previous Nantucket posts: click here – here – here – here and here

All photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood.

Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 30

Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 19 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 20 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 21
Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 23

Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 28 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 29
Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 31 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 32 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 2 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 3 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 4 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 5 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 6 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 7 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 8 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 9
Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 10 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 11 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 12 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 13 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 14 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 15 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 16 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 17 Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 18

Where to Stay

Greydon House just opened after the last summer season. It was designed by Roman and Williams and exudes a charming warmth in chicly designed setting. Located right in town, you can walk to your favorite restaurants and shops. However, you wouldn’t even need to leave the hotel since it boasts one of the best restaurants. See more pictures below.

Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 27Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 26Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 24
Nantucket home photo by christina dandar for The Potted Boxwood 25

Garden Dreams

Happy Monday! With a nice amount of rain in Dallas yesterday, I am admiring everyone’s green landscapes. I felt I hadn’t posted a beautiful garden in awhile, and I discovered the perfect one.

I simply adore this classic and timeless (built in 1743) Charleston home belonging to Cindy and Ben Lenhardt. My reason is very transparent. The grounds of the home are simply swoon worthy. Ben is a natural green thumb, and it shows with just the right amount of formality and natural grace that one can only hope for in landscaped grounds.

Honestly, I am just going to keep staring at these lovely photos. No words needed….

Photos from Traditional Home.

Charleston Garden via Traditional HomeCharleston Garden via Traditional Home 2 Charleston Garden via Traditional Home 3 Charleston Garden via Traditional Home 4 Charleston Garden via Traditional Home 5 Charleston Garden via Traditional Home 6 Charleston Garden via Traditional Home 7