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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.

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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.

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Heart in Cleveland

Miss me? For those of you who follow me on instagram, this summer has been full of travel from coast to coast for various reasons. Not to fret, I’m officially back in the Big D and back to our regularly scheduled programming. Throughout the summer, inspiration would strike me and I would think, “that would be a great blog post.” Sadly, I never had time to do it! Needless to say, we have a lot to catch up on!

One of my last trips this summer was to Cleveland, and I’ll be honest, it wasn’t by choice. The Cleveland Clinic is the number one heart hospital in the country. When we found out my dad needed a procedure, I quickly found myself checking Ohio off of my list of states. I must say, I was blown away by the quiet beauty of the homes and neighborhoods surrounding the area. There is an understated midwestern charm that you could miss if you aren’t paying attention.  It is a subtle elegance that is shown in the meticulous care and upkeep of beautiful and timeless older homes. They are the type of homes that you look at and say “they don’t make them like this anymore.”

While most of my time spent there was in a hospital, I did get to explore just a bit. Hope you enjoy my few snapshots of Cleveland, which include Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, Gates Mills, and Chagrin Falls.

All photos by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood.

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This one is my favorite. I just love green shutters!!

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The lighting was horrible, but this home was really stunning.

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This home is for sale and is very beautiful (on the outside). More pictures on Zillow HERE

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This was a very busy road, so hard to snap a great picture of this ivy covered gem.

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I really admired how the homes in Cleveland have sprawling and beautiful front yards.
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Lots of pretty brick homes.

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Cheerful Charm

I have been on a bit of a summer blogging vacation recently, but I came across a home so cheerful and charming that I had to share. British garden designer Butter Wakefield creates timeless and enchanting gardens, so it is no wonder that her home would be just that. A mix of playful patterns and classic furniture are the make-up for the most charming and effortless design.

Photos by Simon Brown via House & Garden UK.

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Winnetka Wonderful

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I recently was in another wedding of a very close friend in the beautiful town of Winnetka, Illinois. It oozes the charm and ambience you would expect of a small town. Lovely, well-appointed homes with lush landscaping and a quaint town center. On the north shore of Chicago, small towns line up to create an enchanting summer backdrop for a lovely wedding in a wonderful town. I hope you find these photos timeless and inspiring.

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Wedding 

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The luncheon was held at an incredible private home with beautiful grounds.

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Soft elegance with fresh flowers, fresh white tablecloth, and beautiful fruit.

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Ceremony & Reception

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The bride used her own fabulous handwriting as the front of her programs, and on other touches throughout the wedding weekend. Moore Ink.

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Most enchanting church, Kenilworth Union Church.

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The reception was held at a very charming country club.

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Stay

There aren’t a lot of places to stay in the North Shore, but The Stone Terrace Bed & Breakfast is a newly opened option that is old-world elegance at it’s finest.  Clean well-appointed and chic accommodations.

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Out East

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.

To purchase: click here

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