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.

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 9

This one is my favorite. I just love green shutters!!

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 7

The lighting was horrible, but this home was really stunning.

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 8

This home is for sale and is very beautiful (on the outside). More pictures on Zillow HERE

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 2

This was a very busy road, so hard to snap a great picture of this ivy covered gem.

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 3

I really admired how the homes in Cleveland have sprawling and beautiful front yards.
Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 4

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 5

Lots of pretty brick homes.

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 11Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 6 Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 15 Gates Mills was full of white houses with black shutters (a personal favorite of mine).

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Cleveland House Photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 10 Chagrin Falls was incredibly quaint!

10 thoughts on “Heart in Cleveland

  1. you are sending this through in a huge file— one can only see a bush- not the whole house. Regarding your comment about Ohio- although I do not live there, I am fully aware that many cities, Cleveland in particular, were home to huge manufacturing that built this country- thus, there would be old beautiful homes in which the executives lived [Cleveland, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, etc]. It shows both your ignorance of this fact and your arrogance to make the opening statement that you did- please do your research before making such comments in a blog of this nature! [Please do not post this comment, nor my name.

    • Hi Peggy,

      First, I am sorry the pictures weren’t coming through for you! Second, this blog is not political. This blog is about beautiful architecture, landscape, and design. That comment was in reference to having to go to Cleveland for medical purposes for my father.
      You picked the wrong forum for your comment.
      Best, Christina

  2. I, too, found myself unexpectedly in Cleveland last year for the very same reason but for my mother. Though most of our time there was spent in the hospital, we did have two days prior to her procedure to do a little exploring and I completely agree with you! Beautiful homes and neighborhoods, and quite the food and theater scene. Never having been there either, I didn’t know what to expect–I don’t call that ignorance, as a previous commenter so rudely and bizarrely did, I call that “the only research I had time for on such short notice was open heart surgery!”
    Thank you for all of your lovely posts, and I hope your father makes a full and speedy recovery💗

    • Hi Katie,

      I really appreciate your comment! I hope your mother is doing well. The Cleveland Clinic really is the best place to go for the heart, and that was also as far as my research went! I know most of my followers are kind and supportive, just like you! All the best in health and happiness!

      XOXO
      Christina

  3. Thanks for the beautiful post. I love looking at old neighborhoods when I travel. Really appreciate the pictures. The house that is for sale is so amazing outside! The inside is not what I expected to put it mildly!!!! Hope your father is feeling better!

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for following along! The outside of that house was the real winner. The inside makes me think “whyyyyyy” haha. My father is doing wonderfully, thank you for asking! Appreciate you! XO Christina

  4. Hello dear Christina
    I do hope your Dad is feeling better and that he will make a full recovery,.
    I think you must have had a very busy summer with all your travels, but I know I join with everyone who loves your blog , in being delighted you are back.
    You always inspire me, and as we share so much that we love in the design world your posts are a pleasure and joy to the senses.
    Sending love to you, across the pond
    Sallyxx

    • Hi Sally,

      Thank you for your kind comments! I am excited to be back and should be posting a couple times a week.
      My dad is doing much better, thank you for asking! I hope you had a lovely summer! I always love my sweet followers from all over the world!

      XOXO
      Christina

  5. Dear Christina,

    First, I hope your father is doing well. Secondly, thank you for showing the lovely homes in Cleveland. I grew up in Shaker Heights and loved the classic beauty of the area.

    We have lived in other parts of the country, but are back in Cleveland (my husband’s career). While there things I miss about larger cities, the classics here remain.

    How lovely to actually see parts of this city in such a wonderful light.

    Warmly, Kathleen

    • Hi Kathleen,

      Thank you for your sweet comment. My dad is doing much better thanks to the great doctors at the Cleveland Clinic. Shaker Heights is truly a beautiful area of Cleveland. There is so much timeless beauty in the architecture and overall grounds.

      So grateful for wonderful followers like you!
      XOXO
      Christina

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