Gardening Inspiration

Now that our new house is done and Spring is here, I’ve been able to focus more on the outside spaces. And specifically – get started with some gardening! Being located in Florida, as a family we spend a lot of time outdoors when the weather is good. It was a MUST to have some outdoor space and large garden areas.

Before I share what I have (and haven’t!) been able to grow successfully, I wanted to showcase some of the incredible gardens and garden designers I am OBSESSED with!

The Starting Point

So where do you even begin with a new garden that’s completely bare?!

Pinterest of course! I saved a bunch of inspirational images waaaay back before we even started designing the house itself, and the gardens were a huge part of it.

Here are some of the initial images I saved and a snippet from my Pinterest Boards.

As you can see, there’s a bit of a theme starting! I knew I wanted lots of greenery, hydrangeas and roses, as they are all key flowers of the Hamptons. And if you’re a frequent reader here, you’ll know I love the Hamptons style!

The Pinterest boards were a little chaotic, so I did some research and there’s a number of designers and bloggers that I have started to follow! Their gardens are absolutely STUNNING and having these key inspirational sources means I can (try to) keep my garden areas looking on point!

Let’s dive in!

1. Carolyne Roehm

Someone else’s gardens I’m obsessed with is Carolyne Roehm! Her garden style is beautiful and she has some fantastic garden books too. It’s like she’s a one stop shop; she grows the flowers, designs gardens, photographs the gardens/flowers, and writes the book. She does it all!

You can find out more about Carolyne HERE.

If this isn’t absolute GOALS I don’t know what is!!!

Here is a sneak peak at her amazing Instagram feed!

And now time for some of my personal favorites!

This is such a dreamy poolside!

How gorgeous are these white flowers in HUGE oversized pots?! This is a whole look I’d love to create in my own garden one day.

Tulips are a classic. I love how this whole garden bed is full of one type of flower with two close tones of color.

Among all my research I’ve learnt that it’s important to have plants and flowers that blossom into differing heights. It adds visual interest to the outdoors!

A simply stunning photo! Yes please!

And if THAT’S not enough, Carolyne Roehm has also written some incredible books! You can check them all out HERE.

2. Kelli Delaney kot of KD Hamptons

I am totally OBSESSED with Kelli and her garden style. She has a blog that I follow for all things Hamptons and the lavish lifestyle that comes with it.

You can find out more about Kelli HERE.

I completely fell in love with Kelli’s Instagram feed, here’s just a snippet!

These outdoor patio areas are STUNNING!

And if that’s not enough, these are my favorite photos of her personal home!

How beautiful and picture-perfect is Kelli’s home?! Everything about her garden is #Goals

Perfectly blue hydrangeas! These really make the green areas come alive.

Blue and white ginger jars, table cloth and hydrangeas look so stunning together! I can’t wait to style my gardens for socializing.

Keeping the color scheme simple and having a relaxed approach like this has definitely inspired me and my garden spaces!

3. East Hampton Gardens

East Hampton Gardens is actually a retail store, which I love! Aside from the beautiful Hamptons style accessories and scenery, the owner – Michael Giannelli – has stunning gardens that he posts about. It’s perfect!

Swoon over more of his gardens HERE.

A glimpse into their beautiful Instagram feed:

Michael is always arranging the most beautiful bouquets and displays!

Borded areas of grass with sleek hedges – a definite must for my garden!

This set up has it all! Beautiful blue and white jars with fresh flowers and structured hedges in the background.

This is such a dreamy lounger set up! I can already imagine myself spending hours relaxing in the summer and enjoying a book.

Hydrangeas, and more hydrangeas!

4. David Austin Roses

The OG of English roses, David Austin is my go-to for any and all thing roses. They have mastered hybridizing roses to *look* like the more difficult, only blooming once a year style of Garden Roses with the newer Hybrid tea varieties that bloom continually. Its a beautiful mix of two worlds that makes growing gorgeous, peony style roses possible for the masses, like me!  I hands down wouldn’t be able to grow and care for Roses without the help from the David Austin Roses website! They are an English rose vendor, with gardens in England, that I LOVE. Roses are the perfect flower to use to add more color and something different other than my favorite hydrangeas. Fun fact, most of their roses are named for literary characters. 

I plan to visit David Austin Roses in England next summer, but until then – I’ll keep swooning over their website!

You can explore all of David Austin’s beautiful roses HERE.

Another incredible white floral bed finished with box hedges. So dreamy!

So, this is just the beginning. I have the gardening bug and am hell bent on learning how to grow and care for these things! I’ve learned a thing or two over the past year and as soon as my garden has taken shape, I’ll share. Right now things are just starting to bloom.

 

I’ve put together a list of my go to, tried and true favorite items, see below. If you fancy creating a similar garden at home, check out my favorite gardening tools!

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Charity Fundraiser – Chic Kitchen Basket

I was recently asked to create and donate a basket to a charity fundraiser, and wanted to share the super chic items with you too!

Apron – No kitchen is complete without a stylish apron! I love the blue and white pattern of this apron.

Kitchen Towel Set – You can never have too many dish towels, so this set is perfect for every household!

Berry Basket – Clean your fruit, but make it chic with this berry basket

Salt and Pepper Shakers – Stylish salt and pepper shakers that look fantastic on the counter? Yes please!

Scented Aromatherapy Candle – Use a scented candle to diffuse cooking smells!

Marble Chopping Board – This chopping board is both practical and modern so it looks great if only for decorative purposes

Rattan Tray – I love using rattan trays on kitchen islands to create a decorative display

Dish Towel – A super chic dish towel that all the family and your guests will love

Oven Mitt – Your oven mitt doesn’t have to be boring… I love this chinoiserie one!

Spoon Rest – A must-have for anyone with stone or quartz countertops!

Rectangular Basket – Storage baskets are so helpful, and you can use them throughout the home

Go-To Dinners Book – Stuck for meal ideas? This cookbook will help!

Make This Tonight Book – Another favorite cookbook

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Building Our Dream Home – Family Room Reveal

The family room is an important area of any family home, and it’s no different for our family! We love to hang out together after a meal, or while one is cooking, and catch up. The family room in our dream home is central to everything else in the house so the design for it was crucial to get right.

Let’s explore the design and details of the family room! Each item is linked below, so be sure to scroll all the way down.

Where the design started

The design for the family room started as a result of being visible from the front door and foyer. Because of this, it was so important to embrace these sight lines from the foyer, and have everything centered.

Also, I wanted to incorporate a builtin with bookcase space, a fireplace, and TV above. This was designed for the main large wall while all furniture would be centered around it.

It was so important to keep the sight lines from the foyer and kitchen island all centered and aligned.

When I was designing the floor plan for the house I knew it was important to me to have privacy so I made sure the sight line from the front door was exactly centered on one of the French door sets, looking directly to the pool out back, and not into any area with furniture.

This is the view from the front door and foyer. As you can see, the only thing visible is the set of French doors that lead outside to the pool area.

Finishes

I wanted to keep the finishes simple in the family room because the space connects to other areas of the home and it’s open plan with the kitchen and dining area. The hardwood floors are from Shaw Floors, and you can read all about the journey of picking the perfect hardwood floor HERE.

All the trim work was painted to match all the others in the house, and the main wall color is Evans Greige.

Furniture

For the furniture, I created a symmetrical layout with pieces that could be used for conversations or more informal TV watching. I selected two white linen covered sofas that face each other, two large leather wingback recliners adjacent to the sofas that faces the fireplace and TV above. The leather of the chairs bring a warmth to the area which helps to make the furniture arrangement feel cozier. The main coffee table, and side table between recliners, are black stained wood which helps to ground the whole furniture arrangement.

Off to the side of the fireplace builtin, I chose a blue linen armchair to create a little nook with a floor lamp, side table, and simple framed artwork. It’s a cute area that is great for reading a magazine on Sunday morning.

Lighting

Instead of using traditional lighting in the family room, I have installed two ceiling fans from Fanimation. They are directly above the family room and help to circulate cooler air around the main living areas of the home.

Artwork

Artwork can totally transform a space and I wanted a piece that would tie all the blue tones of the family room together. The majority of artwork in the house is from One Kings Lane, and this beautiful piece is no different!

Accessories

Home accessories are a key way of injecting personality into a home. I have chosen pieces for the family room that nod toward the inspirations for the whole house design, while keeping it relatively Coastal and Hamptons inspired too.

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Cute New Family Home – Just Sold!

Just Sold for $299,999 - our brand new spec house!

We set out to create a family-friendly home that was modern, fresh and chic in Alachua, Florida – and we couldn’t be happier with the final result! Like it? We can build you one too!

How did we do it? Here’s the complete run down:

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Holiday Gift Guide: Teen Girl

Struggling for gift ideas for your teen girl? Here are my top Holiday Gift Ideas for teen girls!

UGG Boots – These are super trendy right now, and your teen will love you for gifting them!

Lulu Fleece Belt Bag – Does your teen love all things fleece and soft? This belt bag could be a winner!

Lulu Belt Bag – A plain version of the above

iPhone Projector – This iPhone projector makes watching videos so much easier!

Disco Ball – A super fun gift idea for your teen girl

AirPods – Have they been raving about these for a while? Now’s a great time to gift them!

AirPods Case – This cute case would be the perfect addition to the AirPods themselves or a good replacement

iPhone Case – Teens love different phone cases!

Selfie Light – Does your teen love TikTok or Instagram? They will love a selfie light!

Layered Necklaces – These layered necklaces are a cute gift idea

Heart Necklace – Prefer a more meaningful piece? This necklace is for you!

Dainty Hoop Earrings – This set of earrings is the perfect gift idea for those teens with their ears pierced!

Barefoot Dreams Blanket – Something soft for them to cuddle up with at night

Glossier You Perfume – Does your teen love Glossier? This perfume is a great gift idea!

Laneige Lip Mask – Another idea for a skincare loving teen

UGG Slippers – The iconic UGG Slipper in pale pink is a beautiful gift idea

Glossier Gift Card – If in doubt, go with a gift card!

Balm Dot Com – Teens love lip balm, and even better if it’s a big brand like Glossier!

Brazilian Crush Spray – This body spray is layerable and ideal for any teen girl!

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