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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)

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Harmonious gardens…thoughtful layers of formality and naivety blend ever so gracefully together…for me, there is a seductive yet quiet freedom to each and every one of these timeless masterpieces…I hope you enjoy this lovely selection of gardens designed by the one and only Arne Maynard

Happy weekend!

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A manor house in Oxfordshire

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A mill house by the river Cherwell

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A 17th century farmhouse in Devon

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Bowling Green in Derbyshire

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A country house in Norfolk

all photography from Arne Maynard

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I recently discovered master gardener Arne Maynard in The New York Times Style Magazine, Culture Summer 2013…the minute I finished the article, I knew I wanted to learn more about this soulful and talented spirit…fortunately, for all of us, his website is brimming with a gorgeous portfolio, insightful narrative and a number of atmospheric films featuring his home Allt-y-bela in South Wales and The 2012 Laurent-Perrier Bicentenary Garden installation…for me, the films offered the intimate experience I was craving…filmmaker James Aiken created a feast for the senses pairing Allt-y-bela’s visual beauty with Arne’s heartfelt words of wisdom…dawn at Allt-y-bela is something I will never forget…click here to view these exceptional short films

“For me it’s really important to celebrate the morning…even before the sun has risen, dawn at Allt-y-bela is the most magical experience…and to experience the whole garden starting to wake up, especially when the sun starts to rise, it doesn’t hit the house terribly early, but it starts to hit the woodlands beyond the house, and it’s amazing light, and slowly the light rises, and then the garden is completely bathed in this very, very soft low light…there’s something really nice, that connection you make with the garden at this time of day.” ~ Arne Maynard

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Allt-y-bela ~ Welsh for “high wooded hillside of the wolf”

Allt-y-bela is a medieval renaissance tower house cradled in a valley between grazed and wooded hillsides. It could not be a more dramatically different setting to my previous garden which was in the flat fenland of Lincolnshire. Here I wanted to use a restricted palette of favourite elements: fruit trees and vegetables, topiary and wild flowers, roses and bulbs, but had to evolve a very different way of planting them to suit the garden here. I found my beloved symmetrical formality was at odds with the house and landscape and so I have been prompted to develop exciting new ways of designing. My topiary here are like characters at a party, congregating around the house, and bold new sculpted banks at the back of the house are amassed with jewel like bulbs in long grass. Roses will tumble out of trees and the vegetables are tended in raised oak beds that sit in a simple, almost naive, oak and hazel enclosure.” ~ Arne Maynard

Above and below ~ photography from Arne Maynard’s portfolio…click here to visit his awe-inspring website

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Below ~ photography by Tom Mannion for The NY Times Style Magazine…click here, to read the NY Times article

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“I know that I have achieved a ‘sense of place’ when the garden begins to ‘sing’: to speak to the landscape around it.” ~ Arne Maynard from the NY Times

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Longer days and warmer nights invite us to spend more time outdoors…breakfast in the garden, dinner on the veranda, cocktails under the stars, or perhaps a midnight dip in the pool…may these tranquil and beautiful outdoor rooms sweep you off your feet (and into a comfy hammock or chaise lounge!)

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photos from Elle Decor, Veranda, House Beautiful, Lonny and The Gifts of Life

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Perched high above the Concord River, there exists a secret garden brimming with irises, peonies, columbine and rhododendron…this intricately laid out network of paved stones and steps offered me a beautiful view of the terraced gardens and riverscape below…with every twist and turn, this magical place had a story to tell…a garden with an old soul if you will…I’m so glad I took the time to listen

Wishing you a wonderful summer weekend!

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below ~ the Concord River and surrounding landscape, taken on my way down the hill

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photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye

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With Memorial Day weekend just around the corner, I thought you might enjoy a sunny visit to designer Paul Wiseman’s Northern California home. Thoughtfully restored to maintain its original foot print and floor plan, this 1912 gem has been updated using “green” materials that have the appropriate sensibility for a historical restoration in the 21st century. These sustainable materials, such as custom bronze casement windows with energy saving glass, a zinc roof and LED lighting, reduce long term maintenance while preserving the unique character and spirit of the architecture. What a brilliant coming together of modern technology and beauty! From the breathtaking water views to the perfectly edited interiors, this house has it all! Please enjoy!

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend filled with sunny skies and a lovely breeze!

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Above and below ~ photography by Matthew Millman for The Wiseman Group

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To read more about this masterful property, pick up the 2013 May-June issue of Veranda!

Below ~ photography by Laura Resen for Veranda

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Born in Tuscany, educated in London, landscape designer Luciano Giubbilei blends the heart and soul of his Italian heritage with the rigor and discipline of his academic/professional years spent in London. It is this unique combination of passion and precision that sets his work apart. He describes himself as an interior designer for the outdoors ~ “like interior designers, I consider the texture, style, colour, and atmosphere of my gardens, and particularly how people might interact with the space.” These magical outdoor rooms are altogether alluring yet highly functional works of art ~ perfect for lounging, dining, entertaining and of course, dreaming…

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“My gardens are about atmosphere…and the simplicity of the design leaves room for real magic – in the dappled shadows of sunlight through leaves on the lawn, for instance, or subtle uplighting through branches after dark. These are features you have to feel as well as see” ~ Luciano Giubbilei, House & Garden

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above and below ~ Addison Road

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“We return time and again to the comfortable vocabularies, images, sounds, memories, thoughts and feelings that constitute the boundaries of experience and expression…yet every now and then, we encounter a breakthrough moment – a rare instant when the daunting constraints of possibility melt away and then we gain the courage to focus through new lenses.” ~ Luciano Giubbilei from his book titled Nature and Human Intervention

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above and below~ The Laurent-Perrier Garden at the 2011 Chelsea Flower Show, garden design Luciano Giubbilei, architect Kengo Kuma, and sculptor Peter Randall-Page

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“I was studying banking and living with my English girlfriend, Sarah, in a walled garden in Chianti. I became obsessed with the lawn, irrigating it every evening, and friends loved coming round for dinner there. One evening I mentioned to Sarah what a great job it would be to create such spaces for other people, and she told me there was this career in England called garden designing.” ~ LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ Morocco

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“English flower gardens – I just loved them completely. I would go to Kew and to Wisely and write down all the names. But gradually I really got into the structure of gardens. I suppose it all goes back to those photographs of the Gamberaia…I like a strong axis, projecting the lines of the house out into the garden…I try to make everything beautiful at night – trees and pots picked out with uplighters.” LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ Barcelona

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“My gardens are really installations. I would not want you to compare what I do to an English flower garden, where there is such understanding of nature. This is different and has a different function, and the results can be quite instant.” LG from Telegraph Magazine

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above and below ~ The Boltons

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“Gardens are simply rooms. I’m really just an interior designer, outdoors.” LG from Design Week

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above and below ~ Holland Park

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opening quote from Design Week Magazine, photographs from Luciano Giubbilei

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