Happy Monday!

I don’t know about you but I spent my weekend hibernating (for the first time in years!), and loved it! As it happens, most weekends are filled with activities- birthdays, playdates, cocktail parties, shopping and of course the not so glamorous domestic chores. By the time you can just sit and relax, the weekend’s gone! Well, in case you need some cheering up, help coping with the inevitable Monday blues, here is a selection of lush gardens and chic spaces that share a common thread – happy blues.

As it turns out, most people love blue (it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t!) and for good reason. Blue is a symbol of harmony, balance, imagination. I think the reason why so many of us love blue is  because it reminds us of the summer sky, fun days at the beach, heaven and faith.  The color blue is also extremely soothing and conducive to healing, as long as it’s warmed-up with touches of rattan, brass or other natural woods. Now I’m ready to start my week! Have a good one!

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Christopher Maya 

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As I was perusing the web the other day, I found a charming little cottage designed by Charles O. Schwarz III that I want to share with you. It was published in House Beautiful many years ago but its rooms are timeless and the house still retains decorating value we can all appreciate. The house is a Greek Revival cottage built in the 1830s with many of its original details intact.

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Happy Thursday! It is truly happy for me as I have stumbled upon a gold mine of sorts. I have recently discovered the work of British painter Susan Ryder (many of you are probably  familiar with her paintings but she’s a wonderful surprise to me). She specializes in both portrait painting and interiors, as you will see in a minute. She has the best eye for interior design, I’ve never seen more beautiful renderings (and in oil, no less!). Oil can be such a tricky medium when capturing minutiae but her paintings can range both in scale (large scenes as well as sublime miniatures) and mood. She has painted romantic gardens and lush Victorian interiors, with the British manor house being one of her favorite settings.

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This never-ending winter begs for images of warmth, sunshine and blossoming gardens. So for all of you garden lovers out there, here’s a selection of pictures I know you’re going to like. Topiary is the horticultural practice of clipping shrubs and trees into different ornamental shapes and has been around for millennia. Pliny’s Natural History credits Gaius Matius Calvinus for creating one of the first topiary gardens for Julius Ceasar and, in the many centuries since, topiary has gained popularity worldwide.

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Happy Friday!!! It’s been a brutally cold week throughout the U.S but today we can enjoy warmer temps and maybe even a little bit of sunshine. Here in the Midwest the snow has started to melt and we can finally breathe without a scarf, so you know… there’s reason to celebrate. With the colder weather upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about about Nantucket in the summer, rose covered cottages and hydrangea bushes in full bloom. Then one of you sweet readers reminded me on Instagram  about this lovely Swiss chalet owned by Dallas-based decorator Michelle Nussbaumer. It is the perfect spot to hide away from harsh winter days!

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