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Happy 4th of July! (and a Blog Update)

With the arrival of peak summer vacation season, my blogging will be a bit reduced for the next six weeks. I will be publishing blog posts three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, until the middle of August. I plan to continue to post daily on Instagram, but I might miss a day…… Continue reading Happy 4th of July! (and a Blog Update)

Antiques · Architecture · Design · Designer Spotlight · Home Exteriors · Inspiration · Interiors

The Duchess of Cambridge’s Interior Designer

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (aka Prince William and Kate Middleton) have two residences. When in London, the Duke and Duchess reside at Kensington Palace in Apartment 1A, which was formerly the home of Princess Margaret. Their second home, which they received from the Queen, is a Georgian country estate called Anmer Hall that…… Continue reading The Duchess of Cambridge’s Interior Designer

Architecture · Design · Designer Spotlight · Gardening · Home Exteriors · Inspiration · Landscape Design

Gorgeous Southern Gardens

Today, I am sharing some incredible gardens that were designed by the Atlanta, Georgia landscape design firm Howard Design Studio. I recently came across their beautiful portfolio when I was researching for my post about gardens featuring espalier and thought you would enjoy seeing some of their breathtaking garden designs. Many of the gardens Howard Design Studio…… Continue reading Gorgeous Southern Gardens

Architecture · Design · Home Exteriors · Inspiration · Interiors · Magazines

Charming Beach Cottages

I’ve been subscribing to the magazine Coastal Living for several years, and, to be honest, Coastal Living’s home tours bore me. The homes are always perfectly nice in a professionally decorated way, but they tend to lack personality and originality.  I was  pleasantly surprised, however, when I opened the June edition of Coastal Living and found not…… Continue reading Charming Beach Cottages

Architecture · Design · Doors · Favorites · Foyer · Home Exteriors · Inspiration · Interiors

A Look at Dutch Doors

There is something very appealing about a dutch door. When the weather starts to get warm it must be wonderful to open the top half of your door and let the sunshine and breeze flow inside your home. Dutch doors have been popular in this country since colonial times. They were commonly used as front…… Continue reading A Look at Dutch Doors

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A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

A dear friend brought me with her to visit the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens this week, and it was a treat! Lake Forest is a lovely leafy suburb about an hour’s drive north of Chicago. The home being used as the showhouse was built in 1922 and is an arts and crafts style estate designed by…… Continue reading A Visit to the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens

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My Favorite Movie Homes

My favorite homes featured in movies over the last 25 years have one thing in common:  they were all either written, produced, or directed by Nancy Meyers (and in some cases she did all three!).  The sets in all of Meyers’ films are stunningly beautiful but they are also livable and realistic looking and they…… Continue reading My Favorite Movie Homes