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.

Design by Serena Crawford

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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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Muy Bonita

Very beautiful, lovely. That is the translation for Muy Bonita. I can’t help but fall in love with this very beautiful and enchanting Spanish garden by Fernando Caruncho. The cascading archway of wisteria is no short of magical, as well as his topiary gardens and envious amount of cypress trees. A little bit of enchantment to start your Tuesday.

 

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Ivy League

I’ve decided on a name. If, and this is a very big IF, I were to get another dog (pug) I would name her Ivy. I am a bit obsessed with the name actually. I would even feel confident naming a little human that. Could you imagine two pugs named Emmie and Ivie (I would do the “ie” to be consistent). My only hesitation is that the dog could be crazier than Emmie. I already have my hands full with her OCD, digestively sensitive, crazy self. While a pup named Ivie would be cute, I’ll have to take the Ivy that grows so beautifully as a plant in the meantime.

I’ve posted, photographed, and talked about how much I love climbing ivy. There really is nothing more beautiful than outdoor spaces in walls of green. I’ve rounded up a few new images that give off the exact vibe I am feeling for every outdoor space. Basically, who needs paint when you have ivy?

So you know that bare wall you have? Go cover it in ivy!

Ivy covered walls via Style At Home

Ivy covered patio. Nothing looks better (though it does show dirt), than black and white patio furniture. Via Style At Home

Ivy covered courtyard via thedesignfiles

So incredibly enchanting. Via The Design Files

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Brick and Ivy go hand in hand. Via Pinterest

Gorgeous Ivy covered pool area via prepaganda

Chic ivy covered pool area. Via Prepaganda

Gorgeous neoclassical home via Significant Homes

Gorgeous neoclassical home with boxwood, white flowers, and ivy. Via Significant Homes

Ivy and boxwood via Veranda

Boxwood and Ivy. Via Veranda

Climbing Ivy and blue shutters

Blue shutters, pea gravel, and lovely espalier. Via Pinterest

Ivy garden pathway via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

From the steps to the archway, green is king. Via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

Ivy and white shutters via Luxefinds

White shutters and doors look so fresh against brick. Via Luxe Finds

Ivy covered modern home via Elle Decor

A more modern take on ivy and boxwood. Via Elle Decor

Ivy covered wall via Cote de Texas

So beyond enchanting. It reminds me of a The Secret Garden whenever I see a door on an ivy covered wall. Via Cote de Texas

Ivy covered with black shutters via Pinterest

Not sure about the sides of the house, but I will definitely take what is in the middle. Via Pinterest

Ivy entry via Marshalls Abroad

Yes, please. #WhiteandGreen Via Marshalls Abroad

 

Simply Sophisticated Shower

Don’t you love when you work on something over a period of time and it all comes together seamlessly?! This weekend was one of those weekends. Over the summer, I decided I wanted to throw a hometown shower for one my oldest and dearest friends, Anne Marie. We have such a long history together with our families, that it only felt fitting to throw her a party to remember. I knew it had to reflect her vibrant and colorful style. She has a Kate Spade decorum that  truly embodies her vivacious and bold personality. If you truly know someone well, it is easy to find the perfect palette to celebrate them.

The shower was held at The Birchwood Hotel in our hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida. I was having lunch there with my mom and grandmother this summer, when we looked out at the boxwood walled courtyard and knew immediately that it was the perfect place for the luncheon. I teamed up with Anne Marie’s Maid of Honor, and together we worked back and forth to make this a truly special Saturday in January. We decided to go for black and white stripes mixed with pops of pink and gold. It had such a fun and flirty feel. Everyone felt right at ease in this enchanting courtyard setting, with the effortless excitement of constantly passed mimosas and always flowing Chardonnay.

I have always been a big believer that if you are going to do something, do it right. No one likes a boring party, and a bridal luncheon is hopefully a once in a lifetime party! It is a great way to celebrate a friendship, a bride, and an upcoming marriage that is surely one for the story books. #OnceUponATimm

Photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Venue: The Birchwood Hotel

Flowers: Braun’s Fine Flowers

Napkins: LB Originals

Cake: Sweet Divas Chocolates

Place Cards and Serving Tray: Kate Spade

 

Boxwood Garden Walls for Luncheon

Walls of boxwood make the ideal backdrop for any party! I knew the gold chivari chairs were a necessity for this intimate courtyard space.

Kate Spade Themed Luncheon

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Tiered levels of flowers in gold mercury vases gave a nice shine and reflective quality to the table.

Mimosa Bar Bridal Shower

A mimosa bar with the wedding hashtag monogrammed on the napkins created by Memorable Wedding on Etsy. The server also put strawberry in the champagne for a nice touch!

Kate Spade Party Tray Fancy Another

I came across this Kate Spade tray that has “Fancy Another ?” written on the inside. We used some of the extra party favors of personalized champagne bottles in the background.

A bride at a Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Luncheon

The bride! Could she be more Town & Country worthy in this moment. Playful, preppy, and totally embracing this feminine moment to shine as the bride to be!

Tables Setting for Bridal Luncheon

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Do you love the napkins!?! I mean how can you not!  They allow for any party to become personal. I knew I wanted these to be my gift to the bride, so I didn’t hesitate to contact my favorite monogram instagram friend LB Originals. She did a superb job creating a 4 letter monogram!!! The best!!

Bridal Shower Game Idea

The present table was shared with the game table. That glittered gold fish bowl was created by the Maid of Honor to house everyone’s favorite memory of the bride. It also makes a huge difference to frame any game instructions. Much more polished and put together!

Bridal Shower Cake from Sweet Divas Bakery

The cake was simple, yet detailed with fresh roses and gold foil dots. Sweet Divas Chocolates absolutely blew away every guest’s tastebuds with this vanilla and fresh strawberry cake. Sadly, I only had a bite of my friend’s cake in the chaos of the party. My biggest regret of the day!

Bridal Shower Games

These notecards were another great find by the Maid of Honor. She had guests write down their favorite Date Night ideas and Words of Wisdom. These were then put into a photo album and given to the Bride at the end of the event.

Bridal Shower Menu from Etsy

I insisted on printing my own menus for the party. I found this great template by Grace Designs on Etsy. The header was ideal for my theme. I was able to download the menu straight into Word and play with the other fonts and colors on the menu. A Kate Spade Bride

Could you ask for a more perfect bride!! Back and White Tablescape

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Flowing wine and conversation.  It is always great to mix people up and keep some familiar faces together. Showers are a great time to mix extended family and likewise groups of friends. Bride Chair at Bridal Shower

The bride’s seat! I think it is always important to dedicate a seat just for her!

The bride shines against the boxwood walls

Such an adored bride-to-be!

Kate Spade Luncheon with champange favors

Personalized freixenet champagne bottles as party favors! Kate Spade place cards made for an ideal addition to every seat. Like any good hostess knows, place cards are very important!

Kate Spade Luncheon

Black and White, Pink and Gold.          A boxwood wall

A perfect bridal shower for a perfect friend.

Roehming Around

I have been glued to my computer these days. I definitely have that mix of dread and excitement when it comes to moving. I am constantly scouring the internet to make sure there isn’t the ideal fabric that I have missed, or that there isn’t a better light fixture to hang in that perfect place. I find myself in a constant monologue that goes something like…”well this a great fixture, but if I put it in the dining room… there will be too much brass if I decide I want those bookshelves… but then where will that painting go?…it would look really good above a console table…I love the marble top console table from Wisteria…but that will be too much If I get a marble top made for my dining table..but that is overly expensive so maybe I should go with soapstone for the top…do soapstone and marble mix?…that reminds me, I need to call about a handyman putting up the light fixtures”….etc. etc. etc.

This constant conversation with myself does not stop. As much as I seemingly complain about how busy and exhausting it is, I secretly love it. I love logistics. I always have, I probably always will. I love figuring out how I am going to get from point A to point Z, I thrive in that situation. It is not just a gift for practicality, but also so relevant in the world of design. How am I going to get a bland room into one that is enviable and enchanting? Let me work the logistics. In the process, I have spent a lot of time on One Kings Lane (more time than anyone should ever spend staring at a screen). They are featuring a Carolyne Roehm inspired sale which you can’t help but adore. She is the queen of blue and white and her taste is beyond chic. She has been a true inspiration for my end results. Take a look at just a few of the pictures of her stunning home here. For more, visit One Kings Lane.

Photos by Lesley Unruh for One Kings Lane.

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A classic Georgian home. I love the coloring of the stone and the spheres of boxwood in all sizes.

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This home has so much light, as well as an airy ambience that adds another level of sophistication to a formal home.

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Carolyne always knows how to display her collection of blue and white. PS: If you want any blue and white, don’t forget to shop!

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Carolyne on her timeless sofa with her pup. I love how she put white potted plants throughout. It makes a huge impact in each space.

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Another angle of the room. A play of symmetry and understated elegance.

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Formal antiques pop with the ideal contrast against white walls.

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Could you imagine a breakfast room like this?! This room definitely has a place for everything. The arrangement of potted topiaries makes quite an impact.

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A perfect garden room with an array of potted plants hedged to perfection.

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Pea gravel and a fresh palette of white and green make for an ideal conservatory.

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White flowers provide the most splendid contrast of blooms.