We had an absolutely amazing time in Bordeaux! From the gorgeous lands, to the plethora of wine tastings, to the wonderful people and delightful food; to say my expectations were met is a bit of an understatement!
Let’s rewind a bit – our wine tasting tour started on Monday, so Billy, my parents, sister, brother and I arrived a few days early to explore the city and do a little shopping – naturally! The port city of Bordeaux is absolutely gorgeous, filled with art, history and architecture dating back to Roman times – I could have spent a month in the city alone. After a few days on our own, we were whisked off to Château Coulon Laurensac, an exquisite 18th century Palladian Château nestled on the banks of the Garonne River, right in the middle of Bordeaux’s famous wine growing region. The Château itself was fairytale-breathtaking, with awe-inspiring gardens, a state-of-the-art kitchen (I was drooling over) and hundreds of years of meticulously maintained history between its walls – I’m still dreaming of all the ceiling beams and fireplaces! Our suites were located in the former chai à barriques (a building where wine used to age in oak barrels), which just added the overabundance of charm!
The unique part about our tour was that Château Coulon Laurensac is the year-round home of Wine Masters, Ronald and Margaret Rens, who graciously hosted and guided us throughout our stay. Our week was filled with visits to some of the premiere 1st growth vineyards on both the left and right banks of the Bordeaux region, cooking classes at the Château, an adventure to the local farmers market in Creon and more 5-course+ lunches & dinners than I care to admit to!
As always, my favorite places to eat and see are bookmarked here; and if you’re looking to visit Bordeaux, sample their wonderful wines and cuisine, I can’t recommend The Bordeaux Wine Experience enough!
One of my favorite gifts that Spring brings is the return of my garden! Last year was my first real go at it, and this year I have so many ideas and best practices I want to implement. Terrain is by far one of my of my favorite online shops to peruse for outdoor decor and inspiration – it’s my mission to make a pilgrimage to one of their stores this spring! Their blog The Bulletin has been chock full of DIY’s lately, here’s a few of my favorites that I’m dying to try my hand at:
Sphere Easter Basket
Floral Specimen Shadow Box
Pressed Flower Easter Eggs
Tulip Kusamono Tray
Spring Cotton Wreath
Spring Flower Arrangement
Blooming Heart Wreath
Are you a big DIYer?
As much as I love my early AM espresso, tea is my hot beverage of choice throughout the rest of the day. Lately I’ve been hooked on Harney & Sons teas, smitten with their flavor blends and fabulous packaging – I love how the tins look stacked on our kitchen counter! I’ve been thinking about what to do with the tins once the goods are depleted, and after a quick Pinterest search I think I found my answer!
I simply love the idea of upcycling the tins to be used as vases or planters – a bridal shower, wedding or Easter table immediately come to mind! They’d also make for a fabulous window box herb garden for city dwellers (check out the best herbs to grow inside here).
Are you a tea drinker? What are some of your favorite brands?
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I must admit, gardening is something I never thought I’d be into, but it’s a little hobby I’ve grown to love over the past few years! In our society of “1-click ordering”, there’s something really authentic about getting your hands dirty and enjoying the colorful bounty. I’m lucky to have several women in my life who are exceptional gardeners (and thankfully answer my endless array of novice questions!). I think they’d love any of the items on this list!
Are you into gardening? I planted a few fig tree clippings this Fall, and you would have thought I birthed a child I was so excited! Hopefully they make a return visit this Spring!
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This past weekend I picked these hydrangea from my garden to place on the coffee table in our living room. Much to my dismay, it looks like they may be the last of the season with nighttime temps dropping into the 20°’s; so farm stand and supermarket bunches will have to take their place over the next few months.
However, one bunch usually only accommodates having flowers in one room, and ideally I would love to have arrangements in every room of our home (which is sadly not in my budget)! I do dry a few bunches of hydrangea and eucalyptus, which turn beautiful shades of pastel, but sometimes I want a big burst of color (surprise, surprise!).
When I saw Tory Burch’s new home collection, I was instantly smitten with the image above! Sure the inlaid bone box is beautiful, but the paper flowers is what really grabbed my attention. A simple, affordable, long-lasting arrangement – way more chic than you’re local craft store variety!
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Are you a fan of having fresh flowers in your home? If so, what are your thoughts on the paper variety?
I have a confession – I haven’t been loving Lonny Magazine since Michelle Adams departure. That’s not to say I strongly dislike it, but lately it just seems to be lacking that je ne sais quoi, Domino-like-sparkle I adored. I quickly flipped through the July/August issue yesterday, and was left with a mild level of satisfaction – opposed to my typical adrenaline high, omg this is so good, I must re-read at least 3 more times response.
Then I was on Pinterest last night and came across several gorgeous images of this masculine Montauk beach house belonging to famed photographer Ben Watts (brother to Naomi). Naturally I needed to know all of the details so I excitedly clicked through, and imagine my surprise when the very same issue of Lonny I’d read only a few hours earlier popped up on my screen! How could I have missed this?! Those buttery leather director chairs should have stopped me dead in my tracks!
And I adore the ticking stripes paired with the steel steamer trunk, cowhide rug and modern art.
I’d imagine this backyard has played host to some amazing parties!
And I think y’all know how much I adore a cedar shake house decked out with flags!
So why did I miss this beautiful abode the first time around? I’m thinking it may have something to do with the new layout and smaller scale photos.
What’s your take on the “new” Lonny? What layout style do you prefer?
Once all of the furniture has been put in place, accessories elevate a room to the next level. Art, pillows, throws, trinkets from travels abroad, lighting, books, etc. add lovely personality to the space, and I always like to include something fresh in the mix. House plants and bunches of cut blooms are a constant in my home (if you follow me on Instagram you might be familiar with my “Blooms of The Week”) – and lately I’ve been taking full advantage of the sweet Summer harvest including big bowls of fruit scattered throughout the house. Equally functional as they are beautiful, I cook with the produce more often when in plain view, and fewer items seem to get lost in the back of the vegetable drawer.
Including big bowls of oranges makes this lovely table arrangement much more budget-friendly.
It’s kind of like adding lemon zest to finish off a recipe, brightening up the palette with a burst of color!
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One day I’d love to have a garden room lined with windows and full of natural light, where I can sip my morning espresso, admire my flowers and watch the birds frolic in the yard. I came across this room on Pinterest a few days ago and was instantly smitten with the gorgeous space. The latticework adds wonderful dimension and detail to the room without being overly cumbersome, and the square tile cleverly mirrors the diamond pattern on the wall. The furniture selection is spot on including items that could easily be transported outdoors to accommodate additional visitors, and indoor/outdoor lantern perfectly compliments the transitional space.
Style At Home also featured a second rendition of the same room with a more affordable price tag – check it out here.
Which design do you prefer?