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Spain’s Colorful, Whimsical Architecture

April 27, 2017

As an art major, I was always keen on the modern masters, sometimes the quirkier the better. So imagine my pleasant surprise when my twenty-something assistant, Michelle Pugliese, returned from…

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Spring on the Eastern Shore

April 25, 2017

The past four months have been a glorious blur of travel — revisiting favorite sights, chancing upon design inspirations in the most unlikely places, taking a fresh look at things…

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Defining Views: A Palm Beach Garden

April 20, 2017

A mutual friend described Terry Rakolta’s garden as her fifth child. Versions of that well describe many of us who are passionate, dedicated lovers of our “plots of green.” Little…

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Casa Tranquila: At Home in Palm Beach

April 18, 2017

It’s seldom that I pair a home and its garden with individual posts. But Terry Rakolta’s exterior and interior are so elegantly and sympathetically considered — one flows gracefully into…

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A Miniature Spring Tablescape

April 13, 2017

Spring…at last? In trying to hasten the green landscapes that seem so long in coming, I resorted to creating my own for spring entertaining occasions in the house. And what a fun…

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Al Fresco Life: Palm Beach Style

April 11, 2017

One of the many assets of Palm Beach living is al fresco dining and entertaining, something that is not really possible on a regular basis in Newport. Fortunately, I’m never…

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Bermuda Influences In a Palm Beach Setting

April 6, 2017

Overlooking its own cove and the Intracoastal Waterway beyond, a white-stuccoed Bermudian style house boasts not just a name architect, Thomas Kirchhoff, but a name landscape design firm, Nievera Williams,…

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Atlanta Garden Party

April 4, 2017

April has just arrived and I’m using it as an opportunity to share a Bon Appétit “Entertaining with Style” feature that was produced in 1994. Why? Because it is always…

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London Pubs: Architecture Galore

March 30, 2017

While out and about capturing gardens and green scenes in London, I kept finding myself chancing upon one pub after another. Yes, they are ubiquitous in this British metropolis but…

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Classic Design Channel: Holly Holden

March 28, 2017

Author and interior designer Holly Holden was introduced to me by my friend, Andrea, of the must-read blog, “Glam Pad.”  It has been serendipitous getting to know Holly as we…

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Paris is Always a Good Idea

March 23, 2017

As spring becomes a reality, one can dream of “April in Paris” — or actually live it. So it seemed timely to pass along my favorite traveler’s post on experiencing…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Garden Rooms

March 21, 2017

Today, the second day of spring, is the finale to my “Inspiring Garden Design” series. One can’t forget that the garden we bring indoors in the winter is deserving of consideration…

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Inspiring Garden Design: Island Charms

March 16, 2017

A chance conversation during my brief lecture stop in Vero Beach, Florida resulted in a visit to a most singular garden. The “surprise” factor played out with the Dutch Cape…

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Inspiring Garden Design: London’s Small Gestures

March 14, 2017

England’s justifiably famous gardens receive so much attention that sometimes one forgets that this heritage of “greening” trickles down to small gestures in urban surroundings. I’m always fascinated to see…

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