tiny boxwood

July 18, 2011

In my online quest for square wooden planters for a patio I’m revamping, I came across these charming pictures of Tiny Boxwood, a small cafe in Houston. Inspired by the South of France, this 15-table lunch hotspot is actually part of an upscale garden center and nursery that also houses a home decor shop.  From…

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the charm of charleston

July 15, 2011

I have a love affair with the city of Charleston.  I posted my extensive collection of photos of window boxes here and gave a little tour of one of my favorite shops, South of Market, here.  Every time I go, I spend 99% of the time wandering the cobblestone streets, taking pictures of gardens, driveways,…

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designer love: jackye lanham

July 1, 2011

When I saw these images of a beach home in Stuart, Florida in Southern Accents magazine a couple years ago, I couldn’t flip through it fast enough to find out who the designer was.  (Sorry for the grainy pics-my scanner’s not working, so I took some quick shots of the magazine). Since then, I think…

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j.k. place capri

June 30, 2011

I need a vacation bad-somewhere far, far away that will soothe the mind, body and the soul. Since that’s not going to happen anytime in the next month or so, I’m left pouring over pictures of the haute hotel J.K. Place in Capri, Italy.  One night’s stay in this place would easily cost me a…

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designer love: waterleaf interiors

June 14, 2011

The first I heard of Waterleaf Interiors was back in 2007 when the interior design firm and their boutique, based in Manhattan Beach, California, was featured in Coastal Living.  I was immediately drawn to their elegant yet casual, coastal style and how seamlessly they created laid back spaces that beckon you to come in, put…

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classic casual home

May 31, 2011

Every once in a while, I come across a blog that is so breathtaking I can’t devour every little tidbit fast enough.  Classic Casual Home, penned by Mary Ann Pickett, is definitely one of those blogs-when I saw her kitchen renovation featured on Hooked on Houses a few weeks ago, I dropped everything and read…

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swimming pool inspiration

May 12, 2011

When the hubby got orders to transfer to another base, the one caveat of selling our home at the beach was that we would put an in-ground, concrete pool in the backyard.  Two weeks after we finished construction on our new home, my husband left on a four-month deployment and construction on the pool began.…

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219 north cliffwood

April 18, 2011

If you aren’t familiar with Brooke Giannetti, interior designer and author of the blog, Velvet and Linen, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Brooke and her husband, Steve, an incredibly talented architect, create drop-dead gorgeous spaces, photos of which they graciously share in extensive detail on her blog. One of my personal favorites, handsdown, is a Santa Monica property, 219…

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heavenly herringbone

March 17, 2011

There’s something about herringbone that gets my heart racing.  Hardwood floors, tile backsplashes and garden walks go from basic to breathtaking when installed in this elegant, unexpected pattern that never goes out of style.  Here are a few images that I’ve saved in my inspiration folder for a while that still make my heart skip a…

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wonderful world of window boxes

March 10, 2011

Spring is in the air-well, kinda-and with the warmer temperatures, I have landscaping on the brain.  Next month, before the humidity gets too high, I’m completely re-doing the landscaping in the front of our home.  While that’s one way to increase your curb appeal, it’s certainly not the easiest or the cheapest (in my defense,…

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