Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Ten Mile Drive

The ocean air flows through the car windows as we fly past stunning homes on the iconic Ten Mile Drive in Newport, RI.  All of a sudden, summertime is in full-swing. We made our way from Ocean House in Watch Hill to the Castle Hill Inn on our New England road trip and the only way to get there is by taking this breathtakingly scenic route along the Atlantic Ocean. Here are my favorite shots of the coastline and the summer cottages that surround it. This post is best enjoyed with a water view, a gentle breeze and glass of rosé; enjoy!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Newport Cottages: The Elms

My husband & I visited Newport, Rhode Island and were able to visit a few of the "summer cottages," despite the torrential rain. The Elms Mansion, built in 1901 and designed by noted architect Horace Trumbauer, was first on our tour of the Newport Summer Cottages; the estate was beaming with elegance from the moment we drove through it's imposing iron gates. We drove down the tree-lined path and parked adjacent the sprawling, impeccably-manicured Classical Revival gardens. There were so many beautiful spaces inside this property that I decided to focus this post on my favorite detail shots. I hope you enjoy scrolling through a part of Gilded Age history!

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Happieset Houseplants

If you are looking for a way to add life to a space that needs a little love, then consider adopting one of these happy plants. In addition to adding something special to your home, many plants also have health benefits, such as purifying your air from common toxins like plastic resins, paint & varnishes (read more here).  I have a majesty palm tree (see below) living in a beautiful blue & white pot near my desk and it immediately lifts my mood each morning when I begin working.  English Ivy is another favorite of mine and always adds so much charm to a small table or bookcase. 

My biggest tip when selecting a plant is to be realistic about your level of ability to care for it. Do you work late hours and want something that is impossible to kill, like a faux plant, or are you able to dedicate a little more time to nurturing something? Also, don't write off faux plants, as they have come a long way in the past few years and no longer look like something you'd see in a waiting room (here is a good source).  For more indoor plant ideas please visit my dedicated Indoor Plant Pinterest page


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