Wonderful West Village

I think everyone needs a good dose of New York City every so often. There is something about its vibrancy that is good for the soul. My very quick trip basically revolved around good food, fabulous friends, and amazing art.

If you are heading there soon, I highly recommend visiting The Whitney Museum to see Toyin Ojih Odutola’s amazing exhibit. Beautiful pastels create a poetic story of the juxtaposition of wealth, progression, and culture. It is truly spectacular and I am so proud of my college roommate, Melinda Lang, for curating such phenomenal work.  It is also worth checking out all the amazing talent in Laura Owens‘ new exhibit there. If you want a great treat, go to David Zwirner’s gallery to see Yayoi Kusama’s new exhibit. Beware: the line wait is over 2 hours most days! I was not willing to brave the 30 degree weather for it, but many did!

If you can’t get to NYC soon, I hope you enjoy some wonderful West Village townhouses that I captured this weekend! XO

NYC art photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Toyin Ojih Odutola is masterful in her use of color. This piece was my favorite.

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Laura Owens‘ work on display is invigorating and eye-catching.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 5 I wish the light was friendlier to catch this amazing high gloss door.

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NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 2 NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 3 I love the navy painted doors and windows. It really adds a chic pop.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 6

Bold and very beautiful.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood This photo doesn’t even do it justice. It was so lovely to walk around West Village in the evening.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 4 A great townhouse and courtyard in West Chelsea.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 7

More beautiful architecture and classic door in West Chelsea.

Poetry of Place

In my mind, McAlpine is a name synonymous with excellent architecture. Bobby McAlpine’s new book, Poetry of Place highlights his exceptional range of architectural talent. His work is undoubtedly timeless. He builds houses that look as if they have been there for years, yet still possess a fresh curb appeal. McAlpine understands that each house tells the story of how it became a home. In this book, McAlpine shares that story from his poignant voice. He takes you through the process of having a vision and brings it to life through beautiful photographs of his masterful work.

This book exemplifies that beauty must first come from the heart before it can be made into a home. That is the most gorgeous poetry of all.

Click here to purchase: Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McAlpine

Poerty of Place


McAlpine understands how to beautifully transition exteriors into interiors. This photo captures how his architectural details compliment the exterior landscape.

Gorgeous checkerboard floors and wood paneling. This home will look just as stunning in the next 1,000 years.

I love the light, contrast, and fresh ambience of this kitchen.

AD, Baton Rouge, estersohn

This just embodies the great detail in every aspect of McAlpine’s design.


I love how this bathroom brings the outdoors inside with beautiful greenery shining through the chic windows.
PoetryofPlace_p115Such great attention to detail. McAlpine really understands the importance of windows, shutters, and symmetry.

From Classic to Contemporary

I have always admired the work of Cullman & Kravis, but I must say that their new book From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis is very inspiring. I have always adored their ability to take beautiful pieces of modern and abstract art and juxtapose them against richly timeless interiors and fabrics. The book highlights their ability to transcend one specific genre of design. They beautifully curate a space that is every bit classical as it is current, mastering that art of timeless spaces without loosing a fresh ambience.

From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis  is a coffee table must! Each time I pick it up, I find myself more inspired. Here is a preview to inspire you today! Happy Tuesday!

Link to buy:

From Classic to Contemporary: Decorating with Cullman & Kravis

by Elissa Cullman and Tracey Pruzan

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A super chic outdoor entertaining space.

Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 5 I really adore  spaces that mix modern art with traditional design. Cullman & Kravis really perfect that type of ambience. Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 3 Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 6 Rich and inviting. Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 2

Could you imagine any space happier to grow in?!

Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 8 A gilded marble table stands out in this hallway with gorgeous art. Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 9The perfect amount of texture, contrast, and color.

Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 10 Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 11 Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 12 This kitchen is even more gorgeous in the book!

Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 13 Yes, please. Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary 14 Cullman & Kravis From Classic to Contemporary

Every bit modern and class, but yet all perfectly chic.

Scrub Down

With the swing of temperatures around Dallas recently, I have not been feeling one hundred percent. One day it is in the fifties and the next day it is in the nineties. It is sure to mess with anyone’s immune system. All that sounds good to me (sick or not sick) is a nice long bath at the end of the day. It is one of life’s most simple luxuries. Hot water, nice bath salts/oils, and uninterrupted time alone. I have recently been thinking about my ideal bathtub, and I have noticed a common theme among images I gravitate towards- simple. While I love layers and texture and patterns in every other area of design, I really believe that a simple, good quality tub can make the best statement of all.

I highlighted a few of my favorite tubs below, and some of my go-to bath products!

Everyone should enjoy a little time for themselves today! After all, the holidays are just around the corner…. Who am I kidding, they are HERE!

Bathtub via Domino

via Elle Decor

Bathtub via House Beautiful

via House Beautiful

Bathtub via Veranda

via Veranda

Olverum Bath Oil

Olverum Bath Oil

 MY ALL TIME FAVORITE. The scent is heavenly and it makes your skin feel amazing!

Bathroom via Elle Decor

via Elle Decor

Miles Redd bathtub via Elle Decor

Via Elle Decor

Bathtub McAlpine via ADVia AD

Knepp Cold Season

Knepp Cold Season Herbal Bath

My go to when I start to feel a cold coming on. The Eucalyptus is strong without being totally overwhelming. Bathroom of Black and White via Elle Decor Via Elle Decor

Bathtub via AD

Via AD

Bathtub by Micahel S Smith via Veranda Via Veranda

Bathtub via House and Garden UK

Via House & Garden UK

Dr Singhas

Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath

This powder is powerful, just like the ingredients. There is something so soothing about it

Library bathroom via Elle Decor Via Elle Decor

Bathtub with marble wall via AD Via AD

Marble Bathtub by Russell Buchanan via AD Via AD

Herbivore Coconut Milk

Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak

A delicate all natural fragrance, this powder turns your bath into a lovely comforting treat for the skin.

Super 8 greens

8 Greens

Also, many of you were asking about this drink product I posted on instagram. It is made up of an amazing amount of highly nutritious superfoods and tastes fabulous. All you do is drop it in a glass of cold water! I LOVE them. A great way to get your greens in every day!

Calling All Gardeners (And Wannabes)

Last week I went to the launch party of an amazing new website called Gardenuity that literally makes gardening fool proof. As much as I would like to say I am an expert gardener, I definitely could use some help. For example, what will the weather be like later- rain or freeze, hot or humid? How much water, sun or shade does it need? Gardenuity alerts you when your plant needs watering, how much sun it should have, or if it is time to cover it for a freeze. You simply can’t mess up your plants because they simply won’t let you!

Another great perk of the website is the ability to buy herbs and vegetables for yourself or as a gift for friends. They come chicly designed in bamboo planters with compost and a cute orange scoop. Honestly, an amazing gift for the holidays. Even if you live in an urban apartment or any space without green space, you can be a gardener. If that isn’t enough, they even email you recipe ideas for the herbs and vegetables purchased. Instead of buying fresh rosemary at the store, why not just pick some from your own collection?  I am a true fan of this amazing concept.

Being a little green feels good and having a little green tastes even better.


purchase an herb box HERE

purchase a veggie box HERE

Gardenuity 4 These fresh herbs come perfectly packaged in bamboo containers with fresh compost. I literally used my fresh rosemary from it last night while cooking. Gardenuity 5

Is this not the most ideal gift for the person who has everything, or the person who doesn’t have any space to plant? I adore the packaging.

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The bamboo containers go with every style.

Gardenuity 6 Another great concept. Rows of seeds perfectly spaced out for planting. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t get any easier to be a gardener with GardenuityGardenuity 2 Beets, Carrots, Tomatoes? It is that simple. The perfect way to plant. Also, how great are the rolling planters?


The complete and beautifully packaged set up. Gardenuity 9

Gardenuity 7 All fresh herbs and vegetables at the opening of Gardenuity’s office space.