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Tuesday
Jul252017

The garden of landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith

I typically love structured gardens but holy smokes the property of British landscape designer Tom Stuart-Smith is absolutely beautiful and has a magical quality to it. The Barn Garden at Serge Hill is about 25 miles north of London. It has been created by Tom and his family over the last 25 years and is periodically open for groups by appointment. The garden is part work in progress (as all gardens are), part experiment; a bit new and messy in some places and getting quite middle aged in others. It is very much a home and not a show garden. If there is one idea that holds it together it is about trying to anchor a place, about creating a focus for living in a landscape that is slowly losing its weave and detail.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

The Stables

Strong, resolved and enriching architecture. That is what New Zealand design boutique practice McKinney + Windeatt Architects aims to provide and their project, The Stables is a fine example. From its ivy clad walls to the dramatic profile of floor to ceiling, wall to wall steel and glass windows curtains flapping in the breeze, from the cosy confines of the exposed brick kitchen to the bright sunlight streaming in to the adjoining private terrace, all joined by the consistent march of the connecting staircase the house is part stage, part gallery, all home.

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Tuesday
Jul252017

Dreaming of summer

Soon. I know it won't be too far away. I just have to make it through another month then spring will slide into summer. Days in the sun, the taste of salt in the air, sand squeaking underfoot, waves slapping the beach in my sleep. Until hot sunny days are actually here I'll keep my summer dream alive with these photos of a bijoux holiday bolthole in Provincetown by interior designer Glenn Ban.

Monday
Jul242017

New in - trivets and books

Some goodies have arrived lately in my mailbox that I wanted to share with you all, so here we go. First up are some gorgeous trivets from Canadian designer, artist and printmaker Lorraine Tuson. Her patterns are sooooo fun, and this one is my favourite. It's called Fingerprint Flower as it started off with her own fingerprint! She currently carries lumbar cushions, coasters, table runner, pouches and a few others, all made from 100% wool felt. While I plan to use my trivets just for decoration they have a cork backing so they don't slip and are water repellant and can be easily spot cleaned. She is selling her products at one of my favourite shops in Toronto, Green Light District Design, if you want to go check them out in person. We spoke about some new projects she's working on and I'm super stoked to see how they turn out! 

This first book I received is total eye candy and a perfect coffee table book you're going to want to flip through a couple dozen times. Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons is published by The Vendome Press, is written by Jennifer Ash Rudick with photos by Tria Giovan.

Out East captures the enduring appeal of shingled houses, modernist oceanfront designs, artists’ compounds, and Montauk surf shacks. Jennifer Ash Rudick, a long-time Southampton resident, leads an insider’s tour of more than 25 houses, cottages, and pool houses. Tria Giovan, a Sag Harbor–based photographer, captures extraordinary gardens, verandas, lakeside pavilions, farmhouses, and converted barns. This book is fabulous because it features such a wide variety of decor styles: from super traditional, to country, to mid-century modern and Scandinavian. This book has only been out since July 4th so go get yourselves a copy - trust me you will love it!

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Monday
Jul242017

In my dreams

In my dreams I am sitting in this garden room, floral tea close at hand, writing letters (no computers here please ... except perhaps my smartphone so I can IG pretty snaps of my surroundings), misting moss and rearranging pebbles. Bliss! By Frank Ponterio.