May 30, 2011

~ boxwood and ivy



Finally! I have been storing 'before' photos for weeks awaiting Vickie Lea Designs, the most wonderful landscape designer, to do her thing with my pots! Vickie Lea prefers more color and has wonderful ideas, but with the colorful beds of impatiens I have going on, I didn't feel the need for more color! The fact is, I have an addiction and it's called boxwood and ivy. Let's break it down, shall we?
Several years ago I got a glimpse of Dan Carithers' patio/garden and I was beyond smitten. This would be my inspiration for the ultimate backyard.... My sister-in-law actually drove me by his home in Atlanta, and we peeked since she knew he was out of town. (It's not as creepy as it sounds... he was doing work for her and she could have been stopping by to chat...) The patio was immaculate and dreamy with boxwood and ivy everywhere! As obsessed as I am with color, I am surprised at my passion for this garden design where the colors are strictly green and white. Now, my yard has much more color than Dan's, but the boxwood and ivy are a definite theme. If I'm in the mood for more color, it's easy to add with pillows, smaller plants/flowers, pottery, and other decorative objects. The boxwood and ivy provide a rich backdrop and set the stage for a gorgeous patio, front porch and garden. Green is my favorite color after all!
I searched through magazines to find images I remember seeing of the coveted boxwoods and ivy belonging to Dan Carithers. I found these images, from Southern Accents, and am almost positive this is his personal garden- it sure looks like the back of his house. Regardless, he is definitely the designer of this garden, and my inspiration will be understood...




Obviously, replicating this look would take years. I have big plans to grow Boston ivy up the fence, but the green layers in this beautiful Atlanta yard have been in the making for decades... such exquisite inspiration.
So finally I have 'after' photos to put with the 'before' photos... plus some additional backyard images so you can see what an amazing landscape designer Vickie Lea is... this backyard was literally grass and a fence just 3 years ago!




Just look at what a difference boxwood and ivy makes!
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After... I love those little white flowers... and a little pop of pink at the top...

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We enjoy these gorgeous boxwoods from inside too!

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You may notice the little helicopters from our Maple trees scattered about... a constant battle in May. We are so discouraged by the mess these little monsters create every Spring- our driveway is covered and with the rain, it's a disaster. But come June, the helicopters are gone, and even with the mini Maple tree reminders that spring up everywhere, the mess is forgotten and we are thrilled under the shade those big Maples provide.
Thank you Vickie Lea! Just in time for Memorial weekend!
Hope yours is relaxing...




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May 29, 2011

~ greenwich

Last week I had the pleasure of spending a few days in Greenwich. I forced my mom to meet me against her will. She loves her new home in Winter Park, FL and will probably never leave again. She was freezing the entire weekend and our hotel didn't have diet coke... a major travesty.
Here are some highlights from the trip:
First, we drove around in our rental in search of beautiful homes (my favorite thing to do) and we were not disappointed...
My good friend Ann (yes, the one with the inspired home) lived in 3 homes in Greenwich and we had the addresses plugged in our magical navigation unit.... Oh man, I love those things. This was the ticket to finding beautiful homes in lovely neighborhoods... 
This was Ann's last home in Greenwich... SO beautiful! I wasn't able to get a good shot of the first two due to gates and possible homeowners in the front yard... too embarrassing!
Next, Eddie Ross was as charming as expected... and the Pop-up Shop event was fantastic... Love the pink sugar rims...
 The best part of the day was meeting two of my favorite bloggers! 


Here's what I brought home.
A glass container for forks and such,
 a charming gold rubbed bowl, 
a silver leaf tray,
and this glass bowl... I loved the rim - look at the shadow!
After Eddie Ross, we continued our shopping experience.
Charming store fronts abound...
Home stores are aplenty...
 This flower shop was amazing...
 Check out this chandelier!
Our hotel, despite the lack of diet coke (nearly a deal-breaker) did have some charm to offer...
The location was primo... right down the street from Greenwich Avenue and on the water with a beautiful view. We walked to a charming restaurant for dinner both nights, and I had the most delicious halibut I think I've ever had.
The trip for me was awesome. The best part was spending time with my mom. Despite the diet coke situation, I know she loved being with me too. After all, I am her favorite daughter! (I'm sure both my brothers would agree...)

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