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Links for the Weekend 7•14•17

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer so far! Here are a few interesting things I found this week: I enjoyed this colorful Wisconsin lake house designed by one of my favorite Chicago designers, Summer Thornton.   Charming Bee Cottage located in East Hampton is listed for sale.  I loved Frances Schultz’s book about renovating this lovely cottage and…… Continue reading Links for the Weekend 7•14•17

Flowers · Gardening · Inspiration

Floral Arrangements From My Parents’ Garden

One of my favorite things to do when I visit my parents is to cut and arrange flowers from their garden. It is a luxury for me to be able to step outside and pick flowers–something that I can never do at home in Chicago. My parents have always had beautiful gardens. This year, due…… Continue reading Floral Arrangements From My Parents’ Garden

Flowers · Holidays · Inspiration · Table Settings

Red, White, and Blue Table Settings

As we approach the Fourth of July weekend, I thought these pretty and patriotic tables and centerpieces might provide some holiday inspiration!   I love the mix of fabrics (gingham, buffalo check, florals) below: A pot of red geraniums with a few small flags mixed in makes a quick and easy centerpiece: Cherries, blueberries, and…… Continue reading Red, White, and Blue Table Settings

Blue and White · Design · Flowers · Inspiration · Table Settings

Blue and White Outdoor Table Settings

Blue and white is a classic color combination for outdoor table settings. It works beautifully with flowers of all hues and complements the surrounding greenery. As we enter the outdoor season for entertaining, here are some lovely blue and white outdoor tables to inspire you! The above four photos are from Carolyne Roehm’s book A Passion…… Continue reading Blue and White Outdoor Table Settings

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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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Ideas for Spring Container Gardens

It is still too cold in Chicago to plant spring flowers in containers outside, but that should change in the next couple of weeks. After a long winter, containers of spring flowers by the front doors of homes are a welcome and cheerful sight! Since we live in a high-rise apartment building, I sadly don’t…… Continue reading Ideas for Spring Container Gardens