English Roses & French Rose

Hello friends! I am back from my trip across the pond. Hopefully you followed along on instagram stories. If not, I rounded up some fun photos from the trip. I visited London and Paris this week. Both cities I have explored previously, but it was fun to tackle the city by foot and with great enthusiasm for good food and even better shopping.

I have a series of great posts lined up in the coming weeks. Until then, enjoy these photos, get inspired, and let me share some of our itinerary with you!

Cheers, Au Revoir, and see you tomorrow! xxoo

London

Stafford Hotel photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

A great stay at The Stafford

Red door in London photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

British red door.

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Sketch London photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Afternoon tea at Sketch is a MUST!

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The luncheon room at sketch.

London landscape 2 photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

London landscape photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

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Pretty street side London landscape.

Pink Notting Hill Home photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

All is quaint in Notting Hill.

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Notting Hill Home 4 photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

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All lovely Notting Hill.

Liberty London photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

The best shopping at the most enchanting Liberty London.

London doorway photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Black front door in London photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Black doors reign in London…and I love it.

Claridges Hotel photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

The lobby of Claridge’s Hotel. Super deco and chic.

Paris

The Ritz Paris

bathrooms at the Ritz Paris photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

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Boxwood at The Ritz Paris

The most beautiful hotel. The Ritz in Paris.  Snails and Rose at L'Avenue photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Who doesn’t love a little snails…

Ralphs in Paris photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Ralph’s in Paris was every bit as chic as you would imagine.

Private courtyard photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Snuck my phone through a gate…not even sure what this was..

Parisian blue door photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

This blue. I can imagine it on a future door or in a future room.

Parisian Balcony photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

The Parisian architecture is so enchanting.

Palais Royal photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Palais Royale.

Blue doors in Paris photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Black Doors in Paris photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Parisian doors.

Flower display at Merci Paris photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

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Merci Paris. A very chic and fun store.

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Beautiful flowers by Jeff Latham flowers at the Four Season George Sank.

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Completely charming flower stores.

Courtyard in Paris photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood     Chatelles Shoes Paris loafers photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood Chatelles Shoes in Paris photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood  Chatelle shoe choice photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

A follower of mine, Rebecca Lindrew, recommended visiting Chatelles shoes. One try on the foot, and I am obsessed. In case you wanted to know, I bought the black. Well, I also bought some leopard slippers too….

The Round Table

I love a round dining table. It is intimate for group conversation, while allowing for an abundant arrangement to be the focal point. My friend has a round dining table that is in need of some chairs. It is to this point that it is driving her husband crazy. A great big table, and nowhere to sit! I figured I would give her some sources of “chair-spiration” and also inspire all of you with some beautiful round tables. Because a round table discussion is the most important kind of talk.

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brook shields townhouse by David Flint Wood Dining room from James Andrews Lee Ledbetter designed dining room via Architectural Digest Round dining area via Elle Decor round dining room via Veranda round dining table via domino Round table and blue and white toile chairs via Elel Decor via Better Homes and Gardens

 

Chic Castillo

I love the timeless, collected, and absolutely beautiful work of Lorenzo Castillo. His work conveys rooms that are approachable, yet undoubtedly chic. They are the spaces you want to curl up with a book, drink a coffee, or just sit and absorb. Honestly, you know you are in a beautiful space when you can find something new to look at and love in a room you see everyday.

Castillo’s residence in Northern Spain is no exception. It conveys a chic masculinity and maturity while still feeling soft and lushly layered. This Dallas weather has been so gloomy recently, I am craving layers- not only in clothing, but also in decor. This design is the perfect fit.

Happy almost Friday! XO

All photos of Lorenzo Castillo’s home are from AD.

 

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Red Right

Red. I know I have posted about this before. I have an unsteady history with the color. I often find it either elementary or overkill, cheap or bougie.  Basically, I have trust issues with red. You see- it can be done SO right. In my mind that is the exception not the normal.  Every time I expect a beautiful red, it often ends up wrong. I want a luxe Hong Kong red, or a deep rose red. I love to see it pop on fabric more than paint. I like a red lacquer, not a red paisley. I am very quirky with the color. I love it done right, rich, and perfectly popped!

Here is a little bit of winter red to help you navigate the winter blues.

 

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One of my favorites by the color wizard Miles Redd. Pink and Red looking so romantic together.

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Brooke Astor’s chic library by Albert Hadley via AD.

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A chic red library by Beverly Field.

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Mark D. Sikes Kips Bay Showhouse all decked in red.

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Again. Miles Redd knows how to pop the perfect amount of red.

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Charlotte Moss also knows how to use a lovely red lamp shade in the most feminine way.

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Red and green can make the perfect pair without making it feel like Christmas all year round. Then again, why is that a bad thing? Via Elle Decor

Bunny’s Garden

It is funny, the minute I start craving winter and candles and fur blankets,  I immediately want to see spring and green and flowers. I can’t make up my mind sometimes. I love a bit of everything. An aquarius through and through, it is hard to decide on what I want. Currently I am craving green, even though my garden is essentially frozen over.

My best friend goes by Bunny, and she has been a good support system recently. I find that fabulously ironic since, when I want some stability in design, I look to none other that Bunny Mellon. Both are New Yorkers and both have a fabulous sense of self. Below, Bunny shares her remarkable and elusive Virginia garden to Vanity Fair.  Sometimes you need a little bit of bunny business. Happy Wednesday!

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“Nothing should be noticed”-  Bunny Mellon

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Could you imagine….how ideal!

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Beautiful grounds.

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I really do love white iron chairs. Never out of style.

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Bunny loves a trellis, even if the grounds are overgrown.

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A little overgrown, but yet so perfect.

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Look at all the baskets. I love it.

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So much detail from the ceiling to the hidden shelves.