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.
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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.
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.