Coral Gables

I was recently in Coral Gables (the Miami area) in Florida celebrating the wedding of two close friends. Even though there was plenty of tree debris from Irma, it did not deflect from the beauty and charm of Mediterranean revivals and colonials throughout the area. I captured a few photos of some of my favorites. They have the worldly elegance and pure ambience of what one would picture of old Florida. I hope you enjoy a selection of photos from my home state (but not hometown).

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A really gorgeous and super fun night! Congratulations Alex and Mike!

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.

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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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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.

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Beauty and Charm

I have fallen in love and poured over a recent issue of Homes & Gardens from the UK. There is this fabulous New York apartment by Dallas designer Cathy Kincaid that I posted on my instagram stories yesterday. It is totally dreamy! Upon trying to find and share the gorgeously adorned apartment, I searched the magazine’s website only to stumble across this charming home in Norfolk, England owned and designed by Birdie Fortesque.

You can’t help but be charmed by the brick, the wallpaper, the furniture, and pattern. It is a total English dream. With a soft palette and well thought-out design, it is no wonder this is the most enchanting countryside escape.

 

 

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