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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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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June Blooms

Hope all of you had a fabulous Memorial Day weekend! As summer is upon us, so is my concern for my little garden. As you all will know soon enough, the latter half of the summer will not have me staying in one place for too long. That said, there is a sadness to leave my orchids and my potted plants into the hands of others (and only on occasion). While some people may find tending to a garden a tedious task, I find it therapeutic and rewarding. Renown jewelry designer, Elizabeth Locke, feels the same way.

Not too long ago she shared her greenhouse and English-style garden with One Kings Lane. She mentions how she loved to check on the growth of her plants at any time of day. There is a thrill to gardening that is easy to ignore or to put off on someone else. I can’t help but love her use of beautiful boxwood, as well as her substantial taste in timeless design (jewelry and all).

For more of inside the house see my previous post here:  http://www.thepottedboxwood.com/lockes-of-love/

“A boxwood’s about the most satisfactory bush you could possibly plant—it will grow anywhere, transplant with ease, and you only need to clip about twice a season.”

— Elizabeth Locke via One Kings Lane

Well, I couldn’t agree more!

Photos via One Kings Lane

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Stunning. I really couldn’t love this Virginia estate more.

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Beautiful painted hardwood and green chiavari chairs. Elizabeth Locke Gardens via Veranda 2

The only color you need is boxwood green.  Perfect lines of pattern.Elizabeth Locke Gardens via Veranda

What a greenhouse!