Author: Frances

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Instagram 14 Dec 2020

Oh Christmas cheer! A lot of it and all pretty in pink. Each December, celebrated garden designer @butterwakefield transforms her West London house into a candy-colored jewel box. Ready to deck your own halls for the holidays? Let’s explore Butter’s wild, joyous mash-up of color with a tour in my stories… Photography by Clive Nichols

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Instagram 13 Dec 2020

A sample from the Whenyoucantmakeupyourminduseeverything School of Flower Arranging Still decorating for Christmas despite a much diminished “audience” this year, but it makes me happy to decorate for YOU and I hope you find some joy and inspiration in it. If you have questions or would like suggestions, please pipe up! Id be happy to hear from you.

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Instagram 12 Dec 2020

Scott Schrader’s inviting exterior spaces always start the same way: from within. Every view from inside the house frames a space he creates outdoors, as if completing a narrative. Tour Scott’s Hacienda project (and others) via the link in my bio. Design @scott_shrader

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Instagram 10 Dec 2020

Christmas in New York is still Christmas in New York, COVID or not. If the Grinch couldn’t steal it, then neither can some wretched ol’ virus, which we are going to WHUP any day now, y’all hear me?! And then it will be Christmas all over again. Meanwhile, you can love our virtual visit to Rolf’s restaurant in Gramercy Park, with its thousands of ornaments and twinkling lights…What is your favorite holiday tradition, and how will you observe or practice it this year?

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Instagram 8 Dec 2020

We’re in the dark here. The Santa Ana winds are howling in Southern California and the power lines dont like it one bit. Mr and Mrs Livewire, however, enjoyed a candlelit dinner by the fire… Less Santa Ana I say, and more Santa Claus! . . #californiacookingandsouthernstyle #rancholazaca #homesweethome #dinnerbythefire #huntslonem

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Instagram 7 Dec 2020

My Southern heart and green-and-white-loving soul is loving this @bobcollinsandsons wallpaper @palmerweiss has created a airy, cozy guest bedroom I think anyone would love to wake up in. See more of the Martis Camp project featured in @elledecor via my link in bio. Photography by @drewkellyphoto

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Instagram 7 Dec 2020

Sunday paintin’ right here on the ranch. A little heavy handed with the color intensity, but the vines are so pretty now, and Grass Mountain in the distance is a patient subject. . . #enpleinair #pleinairpainting #pleinairartist #rancholazaca #grassmountain #santaynezvalley #losolivos

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Instagram 5 Dec 2020

Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan is an elegant, if severe, house, and chic down to its very fine Italian bones. Designed and built in the 1930s by architect Piero Portaluppi, the house is a paragon of Italian rationalism and a snapshot of the fortunate past of the Necchi-Campiglios. Fortunately for us, the house is now open to the public, and open to YOU today in my stories… Photography by Marina Denisova

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Instagram 4 Dec 2020

Searching for a wonderful autumn-y, crunchy, yummy salad that will satisfy your tastebuds for fall and beyond? Even a kale lover needs a revamp to the traditional kale salad and how can you pass up this opportunity when there’s no cooking involved? Decorated in fresh apples and oranges with a dash of apple cider vinegar, tarragon, basil and mint…is your mouth watering yet?? Everything you need to (literally) throw this delicious savory salad together is linked in my bio. Enjoy! Photography by Teresa Floyd

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Instagram 4 Dec 2020

On the road to covid recovery is the hope of us all! That’s partly what I was thinking as I finished this little study in my studio today. It is a photo taken by a fellow Ian Roberts workshop classmate, that teacher Ian went on to paint—so I do t take much credit for this, except to say that I did learn about light and shadow and warm and cool from painting it. Let’s all keep it on the road here in the days and weeks to come. Stay safe y’all.

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Instagram 28 Nov 2020

A well-styled bookcase is a beautiful statement for a room, while a mess one can ruin the feng shui of the space and can clutter the mind. Begin to achieve the inner peace you desire by first taming the outer chaos. I’ve put together a few tips to de-clutter your bookcase and work your way back to visual Zen. Tap link in my bio for more tips.⁠ ⁠ Design by Roberto Peregalli of Studio Peregalli⁠ Photography by Oberto Gili⁠ Published in @archdigest

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Instagram 25 Nov 2020

Beginning to take shape and direction … Keeping it simpler this year, which is not to say simple … I love the combo of magnolia, camellia, olive and persimmons, and this is what’s ended up on the mantels. The entries are done and now only setting the table and the centerpiece to go. Our gathering is tiny this year, but Im not stinting on the flowers or greenery. The more beauty the better!More ideas in my stories