Monday, September 10, 2012

Favorite Places

I have always loved the art of topiary and have tried my hand at fresh and faux, with varied amounts of success both inside and out.  On a recent road trip I was delighted to discover this amazing topiary garden located on a country estate in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.  Green Animals is the oldest topiary garden in the northeast part of the US and is not only spilling over with a myriad of shapes and sizes of the finely shaped plants, but is located on a beautiful site overlooking Narragansett Bay.  This is  a hidden treasure within an hour's driving distance from Boston. 

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Fantasy Closets

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A few weeks ago when the temperatures prematurely soared past 80, I searched for some warm weather clothes to wear to work on a summer day in winter.  Struggling through my tiny closet in our well-loved 100-year old home, I longed for a more organized (and of course, much larger) space to store my things.  I found a few versions my fantasy closet here:

Via Life of Luxury

Via Sotheby's

Via Houzz

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Stunning Suspended Gardens

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I recently stumbled upon these images of string gardens created by Dutch artist, 
 Fedor Van der Valk  .  He designed the suspended gardens with a variety of plants, flowers and orchids, which have an unexpected elegance.   I am intrigued by this natural art form and discovered a post on Design Sponge that provides guidance if you want to design your own unique string garden.

Images via Garden Design.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Best Part of the Oscars

My favorite part the Academy Award Ceremony is watching Hollywood dress up for this red carpet occasion.  There are always hits and misses, fashion that ranges from daring to divine and styles that will be critiqued as perfectly beautiful or perfectly awful. 

I'll be interested to see what has inspired the designers this year: perhaps a nod to French designer, Madeleine Vionnet, who dressed the stars from the 1920's and 30's.  With two films nominated for best picture, The Artist and Midnight in Paris,  set in the 1920's, I'll be watching carefully.

Madeleine Vionnet at the Met

Vionnet Gown
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Rooms for dreaming

While working on creating a new master bedroom, I have discovered many beautiful design ideas for my starting point. I  am especially drawn to the calm symmetry of this room.  

And this room, has made it into my first round of ideas because of the eclectic combination of vintage furniture,  rustic brick walls and the sparkling chandelier.  This is the room I would want if we could move into the City and live in a great loft on the waterfront.
I love the boldness of the over sized vintage mirror in this room.  

While searching for ideas for the master, I stumbled upon some great guest rooms. I would like to be a guest in this cozy room tucked into the eaves.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Inspiration in Green

Today I am inspired by the texture and color of this vertical garden from Flora Grubb Gardens, a floral design studio located in San Francisco.  I love the idea of decorating with something so unexpected and  unique.  I am torn between wanting to make this from fresh plants or fabulous faux (which, given what I do each day at Perennial Designs is where I am headed). 

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Romance of Midnight in Paris

We watched Midnight in Paris last weekend.  This charming film made me smile and convinced me to update my passport so I can escape to Paris on a moment's notice.  The scenery, the story and the characters are all wonderful.  Nothing like a quirky romance in a beautiful city!
Midnight in Paris
Seeing this Woody Allen movie has inspired me to revisit some other Allen films.
 Manhattan and Annie Hall are two of my favorites, and each features a uniquely sweet but
endearingly neurotic story line. 
Annie Hall
Do you have a favorite Woody Allen movie?
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Promise of Spring

January is ending which means Spring is right around the corner.   Winter is acceptable, but I prefer the warmth and freshness of the new season with its longer days and emerging color.  These fresh arrangements provide inspiration for our designs in the store and I can't wait to get started!
House Beautiful


Garden Design

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Have some fun with this!

What does a color say about you?  Have some fun with this Colorscope via Aestate!

What is your color?
I am a mix of gravel and papaya with a hint of sage!
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Monday, January 23, 2012

Welcome to the Year of the Dragon!

Today is the beginning of the Chinese New Year and according to Chinese astrology, this is the year of the Dragon, one of twelve symbols of the Chinese zodiac.  If you are born under the sign of the Dragon, you might be strong, passionate, intellectual and self-assured.  The Year of the Dragon, typically associated with new beginnings and good fortune is filled with expectations of success and happiness.  I think we can all look forward to a year with such a positive outlook!

Via Jo at Sugar and Everything Nice
Festive Lanterns for the Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Inspiration On My Kitchen Bookshelf

Most people who know me, know I read cookbooks like others might read a novel.  I love to cook and my kitchen experiments are inspired by many more talented than I.  My kitchen library is full of inspiration including every book from The Barefoot Contessa, whose recipes were the mainstay of my endeavors last weekend, to The Silver Palate, which I have used forever.

This week I am adding this book to my reading list and hope to try at least one or more of Sophie Dahl's mouthwatering recipes, starting with  the sea bass in tarragon and wild mushroom sauce.  Beautifully photographed and filled with personal anecdotes, I can't wait to get started.

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Dreaming of Green

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Although my garden-path-to-be is covered with snow this morning I am seeking inspiration for our garden, which is in need of a makeover this Spring.  I want to incorporate moss and grassy areas between stepping stones to create an inviting outdoor space.

I love this.

And this.
Fennel & Fern

And I would love a path leading to this.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

There is Nothing Like a Real Book!

This is so clever and makes me smile each time I see it.  There is nothing like reading and holding a real book, at home, on vacation or at work.  

You will see more posts about favorite books each week and we are offering a unique selection of design and cookbooks books at Perennial Designs this year. When you are in the neighborhood, please stop by the store and peruse our bookshelves (and all the other shelves!). Follow Me on Pinterest

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wow Color to Warm a Winter Day

Tangerine Tango proclaimed by color authority, Pantone, as the official color of 2012,
 is sure to warm and energize the mood of this dreary New England winter day.   This vibrant color will dance its way into everything from our wardrobes to our living areas and I can't wait to try it on!

C'est La Vie
Derek Lam
I love this spirited color which can be used with confidence when added as a subtle accent or more boldly on the walls of a room.

Martha Stewart

Sage Atelier

Janie Molster Designs

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

On the Bookshelf this Week

This week I am inspired by Jane Packer's, Color.  I love the sophistication of the many spectrums of white and the warmth of yellow on a chilly winter day. The stunning floral displays in this book are pure inspiration for future projects.  I can't wait to get started! Follow Me on Pinterest

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I spent part of the long weekend lusting over places near and far as seen in this National Geographic book, 500 Drives of A Lifetime.  There is no shortage of interesting places to visit and I want to do more than just read about them.  The last year, with its many ups and downs, has taught me to stop dreaming and make plans. So,  2012 is the year I will venture outside the usual day-to-day and discover some new places.

I might try this clever tree house hotel near Seattle or any of the others found here posted by Garden Design.   Here's to a New Year filled with with new adventures!

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday Musings

Last January I posted my yearning for a new home office space.  One year later, I've finally settled on a plan to paint the rustic wood of my third floor room with a subtle white wash. With inspiration from these rooms I can start my reno this month. Stay tuned for before/after photos!
Via ElleDecor

Via Country Living

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