Topiary Dreams


Someday, I hope to have a garden and when I do, it will have topiaries—preferably, the animal kind. These antique iron topiary forms from Terrain caught my eye. Wouldn’t you just love a boxwood camel in your backyard…? These specific topiaries are “part of a never-used collection from the master gardener at a chateau near Leuven, Belgium” (so romantic!). Learn more about each of the fanciful designs here. READ POST

Flore de Brantes’ French Château


Editor-in-Chief Amy Astley has had great success since taking over the reigns at Architectural Digest and the magazine’s October issue keeps up the momentum. This tour of gallerist Flore de Brantes’ French château made my day. Built in 1770, the “big house” is used for guests and entertaining, while Brantes’ family resides in a nearby pavilion (the two are joined by an underground passage!). Can you imagine calling such a grand place home…?! Read the full story here.


A Pink Living Room


I’ve been debating on paint colors for our large living/dining room and have finally settled on pink. The shade, which I found at the local paint shop, is a dead ringer for Farrow & Ball’s Pink Ground, a pale warm pink with lots of yellow. My husband has concerns, but I keep assuring him that he’ll love it when all is said and done. These photos from Ben Pentreath’s old London sitting room helped me sell Simon on the idea. Isn’t the wall color handsome? With the right pieces, pink walls don’t have to be cutesy at all. Plus, its warm glow is universally flattering to all complexions (especially paired with some hygge candlelight). Wish me luck!