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Instagram 27 May 2020

A few years ago my bestie Dani @rosestoryfarm and I went to a floral workshop in Scotland hosted by @cultivatedbychristin. Christin elevates floral design to fine art, and as a beautiful gift to us all she shares her wisdom and gorgeousness in her new book “Cultivated: The Elements of Floral Design”. Today, drum roll please… Christin “arranges” my account and you are in for a treat. When she agreed to take over my account to share her work with you all, I could not wait to see what she would come up with! Click on my stories where Christin is profiling “Five Things to Learn (about floral design) from the Baroque”. Enjoy!

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Instagram 27 May 2020

Cozy is rosy, and nothing goes-y with cozy like a good book. I am an avid reader and listener, and a silver lining for me in lockdown is a little more space for reading. Click on my stories to see some of my current favorites!⁠

P.S. And HEY, let me know what you’re reading! I’m thinking to start a “what we’re reading” on my site and I’d love to include you! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.⁠

This book-loving room designed by @jyoungdesignhouse⁠

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Instagram 23 May 2020

We love a good quarantail, especially of made of fresh ingredients and light on syrups and sugars. When I stumbled upon @withfoodandlove’s Basil + Fig Vodka Smash, I bookmarked it toot-sweet (and yet not too sweet;) for a day that called for a little something special. Today’s the day! (But hey, everyday’s the day 🙂 Join me? Tap the #linkinbio

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Instagram 22 May 2020

It tickles me that the Covid-crazed world has gone nuts over puzzles. I humbly confess I have been nuts over puzzles for a while (and that is probably the single example ever of my being ahead of trend). I confess again that I am partial to the wooden variety as opposed to the cardboard, but bias aside, puzzling benefits the brain and mood big-time. And each piece fitted is an instant gratification, yay! 1,000 piece puzzle=1,000 instant gratifications: Addiction explained. ⁠

From still life florals to landscapes and beloved paintings, @verandamag recently rounded up a few of their favorites, including this beautiful hummingbird piece ☝featuring an illustration from 19th-century German zoologist Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms In Nature. And though my favorite @libertypuzzles is still in lockdown, ol’ Ernst’s hummingbirds and others are out there and available now, see #linkinbio

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Instagram 20 May 2020

Tucked in a Puglia hillside, this serenely decorated white-washed house dates to the 14th century has the distinctive conical roof and stone walls typical to the region. Lovingly restored by Bulgari’s creative director, Lucia Silvestri, her earthy, neutral palette of beige, light brown, white, green, and touches of dark brown merges outdoor and ethereal elements and creates an air of tranquility and calm. Featured recently in @elledecor, its setting among rolling hills and centuries of history is as magical as the house itself. Get lost in Puglia through my stories.

Design @lucia_silvestri
Photography James Merrell

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Instagram 20 May 2020

I find art walls fascinating, like a collage of someon’e life and the evolution of taste therein. The more eclectic the better. And yet the mix must be harmonious and balanced. The stately and ordered are beautiful, but the higgeldy-piggeldy and personal are such fun–like giant bulletin boards of mementos and private amusements. The in-between, like this one, is great. ⁠

But what to do when your framer is closed? (as many are, now) or you just don’t want to be bothered with formal framing? I’ve got a hack and a few ideas on my website #linkinbio And see my Stories, too!⁠

Photography @jennykomenda via @dominomag

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Instagram 19 May 2020

This surprised me, this photo taken by the wonderful @TriaGiovan when she was here a couple of years ago photographing for my last book. I hadn’t seen it in a while and when I came across it I thought, oh, that’s pretty, OH that’s our house! I’m not sure what it means, but It’s interesting when you see familiar people and places as if through fresh eyes. Would that we always saw through fresh eyes, without the stories we attach, whether they are true or not. Hmm.

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Instagram 15 May 2020

Last year I had the pleasure of writing about the famous “ham-and-cheese house” in Palm Beach for @verandamag , as decorated by the ever terrific @susanzisesgreeninc . This gracious manse overlooking the ocean was designed in 1928 by Maurice Fatio, legendary architect to Rockefellers and Vanderbilts whose opulent creations inspired Cole Porter to quip: “I want to live on Maurice Fatio’s patio.” Wanna see it inside? Wonder why it’s called “ham and cheese”? Take a tour through my stories….

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Instagram 14 May 2020

Cookbooks culled and re-oraginzed, and shelves gussied up by this gorgeous Mexican pottery for which I have ranch’s previous administration to thank. The senora had style to spare… And what is the buzzword nowadays for those of us now obsessed with cleaning and re-organizing every inch of the house? #Quarganizing ? I know someone cleverer than I has a word for it…

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Instagram 14 May 2020

As we wander the corners of our homes, organizing cupboards, re-connecting with treasures once lost…I have found myself reminiscing on travels past. I stumbled upon some of my sketches from a past trip and I fell down the rabbit whole to a fascinating four days we spent in Havana. “The people are friendly and warm, and the vibe is energetic and lively. There’s a burgeoning contemporary art scene, and the Buena Vista Social Club plays on. There is much to inspire here…” Get lost in Havana through my #linkinbio

Photography by @markandrewstudios