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gary’s autumn

gary's autumn

How wonderful to experience the beauty of autumn through the eyes of a loved one! These expressive photos of Hutchins Farm,¬†in Concord Massachusetts, were taken by my brother Gary while on a shopping trip with my mom…autumn’s warm golden light served him well elevating this humble window shade and orderly row of pumpkins into glowing works of art and in the foreground, bins of aubergine tinted vegetables offered him sculptural forms and textures as only nature could provide…a simple yet soulful composition that speaks so eloquently to fall in New England…so glad I could share this with you today

Gary and mom’s shopping list:

apples

honey nut squash

scallions

cooking onions

tomatoes

raspberries

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photography by gary geissler, 9/29/13

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The garden was buzzing with activity today! Bees in all their glory savoring the sweet nectar of our butterfly bush, roses and basil…the large bees are such a pleasure to watch and listen to…they adore the butterfly bush…as many as three bees can be spotted on just one bloom…I must have experienced the music of hundreds as they flew from blossom to blossom…pure delight…the smaller bees prefer the basil…imagine how their honey would taste? African basil honey! Must be amazing!

The fall solstice is only a few days away but today’s afternoon sun still felt like summer…warm and satisfying…flowers still fragrant and lush…how magnificent and fleeting summer is…may you soak in the last of its warmth and beauty…wishing you a very happy weekend!

top photo ~ a glorious bee on our butterfly bush

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morning glory

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the approach

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visit from a friend

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 lovely white roses

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thai basil

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a small bee enjoying the african basil…I wish you could smell this with me…it’s simply divine!

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I just love the curvaceous shadows it casts on our stone wall…

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Gary’s pepper plant…aubergine at its best!

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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Sorry it’s been so long since my last post! My days have been filled with some exciting new opportunities and time just seems to be flying by! It’s nice to be back with you today…

Let me start off by saying how much I adore this first image…just perfect in every way…what a beautiful and unexpected collection of container plantings…living sculpture at its best…the variety of color, texture, form and scale works like magic in this lush outdoor setting…the talent behind this artful beauty? Landscape designer Scott Shrader…his California home is a tutorial on how to live with your surroundings…his home embraces everything I love about interior and exterior design, blending textures and palettes into one cohesive vision…a petite and peaceful gem…what a nice way to start the week

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above and below ~ photos from Great Gardens in Small Spaces, California Havens published by Rizzoli

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A 12 foot ficus hedge surrounds the perimeter of the property while the garden is partitioned with two eight-foot hedges, each with a broad opening to allow easy flow within the gardenscott shrader 4

Pairs of seventeenth-century French limestone fence posts mark the garden entrances

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below ~ photos from Shrader Design

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Nineteenth-century Guatemalan paving tiles cover the ground in the center garden

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A water lily pool with a soapstone foundation serves as the base for a bronze statue of Icarus

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To learn more about this remarkable talent and to see photos of the interior design, pick up the current issue of Veranda (September/October 2013)

wood and white

today’s post finds its inspiration from this rustic loaf of bread and sculptural white asparagus…rough-hewn wood floors may echo the uneven tone and texture of the bread while a clean-lined white sofa may take its cue from the long lean form of the asparagus…interiors with a complimentary palette and textural content…enjoy!

happy weekend!

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photos from Lonny Magazine, Veranda, The Gifts of Life via tumblr, Rose Uniacke, Haynes-Roberts, Henrik Busk via skona hem, Alexandre de Betak via T Magazine, Darryl Carter, and Studio Ko

cool blue

With temperatures expected to reach 100 degrees today, I’m cooling off with these aquatic inspired blues…may this refreshing summer hue help quench your thirst and calm your senses…wishing you a wonderful weekend! Stay cool!

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photos from National Geographic, Lonny Magazine and the The Gifts of Life via tumblr

the sea

“Long before we saw the sea, its spray was on our lips, and showered salt rain upon us.” ~ Charles Dickens

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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Seascape ~ John Singer Sargent, 1875

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Note in Blue and Opal ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1884

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Sailing boats ~ Mikalojus Ciurlionis, 1906

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The Beach at Trouville at Low Tide ~ Gustave Courbet, 1865

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The Coast of Bellangenay ~ Paul Gauguin

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The Coast of Brittany, Fishing Boats ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1878

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A Fishing Boat at Sea ~ Vincent van Gogh, 1888

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Shoreham Bay near Brighton ~ John Constable, 1824

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The Porte d’Amont, Etretat ~ Eugene Delacroix, 1849

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Seascape near Fecamp ~ Claude Monet, 1881

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Great Sea ~ Maxime Maufra

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Bathing Posts ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Symphony in Grey and Green: The Ocean ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1866-1872

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The sea at the Mouth of the Ebro ~ M.C. Escher, 1922

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Low Tide at Grandcamp ~ Georges Seurat, 1885

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Violet and Silver – The Deep Sea ~ James McNeill Whistler, 1893

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Standing off Deauville ~ Eugene Boudin, 1886

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Coastal landscape ~ Paul Gauguin, 1886

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The Gulf of Marseille seen from L’Estaque ~ Paul Cezanne, 1885

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The Wave ~ Gustave Courbet, 1871

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Cliffs of Etretat ~ Gustave Loiseau, 1902

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The Sea ~ Eflm Volkov

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The heat wave we’ve been experiencing for the past few weeks finally lifted this morning! With windows wide open and fresh air wafting through the house, I thought today would be the perfect day to feature a designer who personifies the phrase, a breath of fresh air! London based designer Rose Uniacke is the talent and visionary behind this light, airy and artful masterpiece…built in 1861, in the Georgian Revival style by society portraitist James Rannie Swinton, the 14,000-square-foot Victorian manse is her most exciting and personal project to date…when Uniacke and her husband David Heyman (film producer of the Harry Potter series) bought the property in 2007, it was in bad disrepair and needed a complete restoration…her first grand gesture, pictured below, involved rebuilding and installing a 12-ton stone cantilevered staircase just as the house’s original architect had intended…pictured above is the original ballroom, now re-imagined as their study and furnished with a 17th century Mughal rug, an octagonol Regency partners desk and a Sigmar Polke painting…by keeping the palette simple, pale walls and unfinished wood floors, but with luxurious and thoughtful touches, Fortuny fabrics and a lava stone indoor pool, she strikes a perfect balance between the past and present…a historic home brilliantly conceived for 21st century living…now that’s a breath of fresh air!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

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“If the space is properly balanced, then the rooms can be simply furnished and allowed to breathe.” ~ Rose Uniacke, T Magazine

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photos from Rose Uniacke and T Magazine

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