Archive for September, 2011

My October 2011 issue of Veranda arrived the other day and much to my delight, they featured their summer showhouse on the cover! I have been waiting patiently for more pictures of this masterful concept home and let me tell you, it was worth the wait! I would highly recommend picking up a copy as there is a wonderful article and some additional photos…for me, I still enjoy seeing the images on the pages of a magazine…somehow there is an intimacy to the printed page that I lose with the computer…my heart still beats a bit faster when I see a magazine arrive in the mail!

Aptly nicknamed The House of Windsor, it takes its name after Windsor Smith, lead designer for the 8,000 square foot project situated in Los Angeles’ Mandeville Canyon…joining her, an all star cast of fellow designers ~ Candace Barnes, Stephen Block (patios), Peter Dunham, Richard Hallberg, Kathryn Ireland, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Paul Robbins (landscape design), Richard Shapiro and Tara Shaw…what makes this project unique is Windsor Smith’s vision for the home…she wanted the architecture and interior design to reflect the needs and wants of today’s family…a return to tradition and intimacy…what a wonderful collaboration and stimulating challenge for this talented group of designers…I believe the images speak for themselves…enjoy!

below ~ entry hall designed by Windsor Smith

below ~ family room designed by Windsor Smith

below ~ great room designed by Richard Shapiro

below ~ dining room designed by Richard Hallberg

below ~ kitchen designed by Windsor Smith

below ~ study designed by Peter Dunham

below ~ media room designed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard

below ~ master bedroom, bath and dressing room designed by Candace Barnes

below ~ bedroom designed by Tara Shaw

below ~ guest suite designed by Peter Dunham

below ~ the stable designed by Kathryn M. Ireland

photos from Veranda, Los Angeles Times, Coco Cozy

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the goats

Yesterday afternoon, my husband and I walked down to the farm to meet our new neighbors, a family of nigerian dwarf goats! They are as sweet as can be and seem very happy in their new home…as you can see in the photo above, they were getting plenty of food and attention from their expert care-givers!

It was a peaceful visit…something very zen about the whole experience…to simply watch these beautiful creatures living in harmony with their surroundings…it was a timeless moment, void of cell phones and 21st century technology…I could get use to that…

photos by me, 9/18/11

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“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir

photo by me ~ provincetown, summer 2011

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Today’s post features a painting I purchased last summer titled “bowl of peaches”…it is by Provincetown artist Leslie Packard, sister of painter Cynthia Packard, daughter of painter Anne Packard, and great-granddaughter of the well-known painter Max Bohm…what I hope to share with you is her brilliant eye for color and her bold use of texture…using a palette knife and brush she applies, scrapes and reapplies her paint…the result is a multi-dimensional layered effect that feels impressionistic yet at the same time fresh and modern…you may have noticed the gradations of lavender she chose for the shadows and the light blue hues she chose for the bowl…two of my favorite colors in combination! Please enjoy these close ups of my beloved “bowl of peaches”…

photos by me ~ 9/15/11

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While researching yesterday’s post, I couldn’t help but think of John Saladino and his passion for lavender…you can find his signature color on the cover of his books, on his website and of course in his interiors…what I find most inspiring is how beautiful the lavender looks in each one of these settings…he is so careful not to overwhelm…I liken it to setting a precious jewel…the setting must be simple and complimentary to allow the jewel to shine! Enjoy!

photos and resources ~ John Saladino and Tokyo Jinja

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fields of lavender

To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter; to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”  ~ John Burroughs

photos from eddiejuddphotographybellebebes.co.ukNational Geographic, pepperminttwistvacationsandholidays, politicook, forgardenlovers

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an ethereal blue

an ethereal blue…

light…airy…elegant…so beautiful

photos from Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, May 2007

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