The Blue Garden – Newport, Rhode Island

DSC_0502I’ve just returned from a few days, my first ever, in Newport, Rhode Island. In addition to the ocean, the mansions, the shopping, harbor and wonderful dining is an absolute jewel of a garden, the Blue Garden.

Originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead for Arthur Curtiss and Harriet Parsons James as a hortus conclusus, aka a secret garden, for their Beacon Hill House in 1913, it was a unique expression of landscape art. The garden gets its name from the limited and prefered color palette of purples and blues requested by Mrs. James.

It’s opening celebration, “The Masque of the Blue Garden” in August 1913 was covered in detail by newspapers and periodicals across the country and up until the early 1930s the social events in the Blue Garden were heralded features of Newport.

Sadly, the garden, with its labor-intensive upkeep fell into disrepair after the deaths of Arthur and Harriet in 1941. Fortunately, in 2012 the property was purchased by the late philanthropist, Dorrance H. Hamilton who had a deep interest in preservation and gardens and made the full, intricate and painstaking restoration possible, under the guidance of architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand. You can see a wonderful video that traces the complete restoration on their website.

Standing in this incredible space, I realized that photos truly do not do it justice, so trust me that it is something you really need to see and walk through for yourself!
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What a gift to the town of Newport and all those who venture that way.


Stamp of Approval – Magnolia Postage

2017-06-03_07-17-20_284+(2017-06-05T01_07_16.458)When Vashti Davies decided to dress up her wedding invitations with customized, vintage stamps she had no idea that it would lead to a career doing the same thing for others.

Magnolia Postage elevates paper correspondence with beautifully curated postage. New York wedding? Texas themed reunion? Seaside birthday celebration? You can have a set of coordinated stamps to put that finishing touch on your invitations.2017-06-03_07-44-39_581 DSC_5533-4 DSC_5562-29 FullSizeRender IMG_2132+(1) IMG_4810 IMG_4818 IMG_4822 ZOLA3+(15+of+29)Whoever receives an invitation as beautiful as these will surely give them their stamp of aproval!


Lindroth Design – For the Home

Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 9.35.27 PMEarly last year, I wrote about the chic, monogrammed straw bags from Lindroth Design. Those are still a stand out accessory, but Amanda Lindroth continues to expand her line with stunning beach-insired accessories for the home.

Her Lindroth trays would look amazing in any setting…order the handle color that works best for you. Her rattan bowls and trays are intricately designed, yet casual.Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 9.37.18 PM Screen Shot 2017-08-13 at 9.37.40 PM

And, how adorable are her Birkin Baskets?! Hermes, take note!

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I love simple designs, elevated with thoughtful details.