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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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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All photos by Tria Giovan.

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Stunning At Every Turn

I recently posted a photo of a Dallas home on my instagram feed that did not do the house justice. It is a beautiful white brick home, set back on a very popular street. This home is also featured in the recent issue of Veranda magazine (run- don’t walk to get it!).  It is designed by Cathy Kincaid and restored beautifully by my favorite architect Wilson Fuqua. I have never seen an architect understand the great balance and perfect execution of chic and charm quite like Wilson Fuqua. I found some photos of the home on Mr. Fuqua’s website and I just had to share his unbelievable restoration and Cathy Kincaid’s stunning design of this inviting and totally chic home. Happy Weekend! XO

Photos via www.wilsonfuqua.com

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Isn’t this courtyard enterance beyond charming?

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Beautiful boxwood landscape surrounds this home. I really love the chic California privacy of this residence.

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An amazing sun room. The ideal blend of fabrics and light.

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Everything is timeless without looking stale or dated. Cathy Kincaid is really a master at that!

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This is the dining room of my blue and white dreams.

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Her choice of fabrics throughout the home really speak to the architecture.

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Cathy really understands the art of an inviting bedroom. She creates a personal and calming oasis, with a punch of personality.

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The architectural details of this room make for the perfect palette to decorate.

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Really beautiful shutter color and lush topiary borders.

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WOW.

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I love the infusion of brick texture as well as classic cabinetry. Perfection at every turn.

Old World California Charm

I love a home that combines timeless style and fresh curb appeal to create a truly glorious and charming oasis. That is exactly what designer Lauren King and Oscar Shamamian (from the amazing architectural firm Ferguson & Shamamian) have created in L.A..  From the front of the home where large potted boxwood greet you, to the inside where the color, pattern, and texture all melt together, it really is a truly beautiful home that will last the test of time.

Happy Monday! XO

Photos by Miguel Flores-Vianna from last month’s issue of AD.

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This is my dream… The soft shutters, the beautiful boxwood, and the welcoming tone.

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Rich materials contrast with the sun-filled light.

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Clean and simple kitchen lines.

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Really stunning molding works throughout this entire home.

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The grounds are beautiful.

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This room would look good 100 years ago and will still look good 100 years from now.

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I adore the blue painted ceiling.

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