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english-style garden in the hamptons

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A Classic Summer Cottage Boasts a Gorgeous Garden

When you have The Hamptons and English Garden in the same sentence, I just seem to get a little light headed! Now please, don’t get me wrong. I am by no means a gardener - or anything close to resembling one, I can’t even grow a miserable house plant. My mother, on the other hand, was the one with the green thumb… actually, I think she had a green arm! Our house always looked like something right out of House and Garden. Me? Silk plants shiver when I walk by them in the store “Oh, please don’t take me home!” But I have a strong admiration to those who can make the Earth look as beautiful as the following.

Back to this beautiful home and ‘serene, structured, and orderly’ garden that has been featured in Traditional Home magazine. Prepare yourself to be wisked away to a very magical spot in The Hamptons.

Jane Goldman grew up with the sight of roses nodding gently in the Hamptons' famous summer rains. Their scent still perfumes the air both inside her beautiful family home and in the grand English-style garden that surrounds it. The 1949 Hamptons shingle-style residence is set far back from the road on 17 bewitching acres at the end of a driveway that winds past an orchard.

A classic summer cottage writ large, the home has gardens that ramble like its roofline. Rather like a series of rooms furnished with magnificent urns, pillars, fountains, and a stone grotto, gardens of herbs, vegetables, and many perennials dot the grounds. At the top of the property is a wilder garden--accessed by stairs--with beckoning wildflowers, ferns, trails, and sculpture.

Jane, who actually rather enjoys deadheading and weeding, likes to pick basil from the vegetable garden for bruschetta and pesto and to relax in the perennial garden, which has a beckoning bench and swing. The three words she thinks describe the garden best are "serene, structured, and orderly."

When asked how she entertains outdoors, she chuckles, "The garden is the entertainment! We have dinner on the lawn and we do yoga in the upper garden, which is very tranquil, but mostly people just love to walk around in it."

Inside formal boxwood hedges are informal plantings of abundant flowers with names so nostalgic they beg to be recited aloud--delphiniums, dahlias, and digitalis, hollyhocks and hydrangeas, and most of all roses, roses, and more roses. Roses also cascade around a stone grotto. They clamber up the wooden lattice fence enclosing the tennis court. They fill vases throughout the home.

To maintain harmony and flow, the garden repeatedly uses great quantities of specific roses in two or three shades of a certain color. Hardy floribundas rather than hybrid tea types were mostly chosen--to withstand the Hamptons' rainy and/or hot summers.

Jane Goldman collaborates with another Jane, garden designer Jane Lappin, who first teamed up with the homeowner's mother. Several garden designers have worked their magic here; Jane called Lappin in after she renovated the family home a dozen years ago. Lappin says, "I'll always remember driving up and seeing the driveway and lawn area all ripped up but feeling immediately how beautiful this old property was. It had mature trees with great structure lining the perimeter, and behind the house a lawn with beautiful vistas of Zelkova trees--Jane's favorite." (They're nicknamed "Green Vase" trees because of their dramatic upward branching.)

"As Jane Goldman visited the great gardens in England, France, and Italy, it helped shape both our imaginations," the garden designer says. "It is a pleasure to work with someone who wants to create something beautiful and knows what she wants."

Lappin recalls how she gasped when she first saw Jane's gargantuan urns. "They're so big, they look like something you'd see in front of the New York Public Library," she says. "But they work! Jane has a great eye."

Throughout the garden, the palette is dominated by the romantic colors the homeowner loves--whites, purples, and what Lappin calls "vibrant, cool pinks and the pinkest blues."

At the moment, the two Janes are brainstorming about a new water feature. "Jane loves a project!" notes Lappin. And speaking of projects, Jane dreams of one day seeing her daughter married on the grounds where she has, in fact, promised her a rose garden.

A Zelkova tree enhances the charm of the guest cottage. 
Yes, that's right - The Guest Cottage.

Homeowner Jane Goldman (left) and garden designer Jane Lappin 
(and two very lucky dogs!).

Showcased in the informal perennial bed are cleome, iris, hesperis, phlox, alyssum, guara, and nicotinia.

Lovely old-fashioned roses (New Dawn Climbing Rose) adorn a lattice.

The garden owes its bone structure to elements like these hedges. Lavender flourishes around the armillary.

An urn mounted on a pedestal has a stately air.

Double Delight roses are tipped with a hue as red as Snow White's lips.

Dahlia Park Princess adds an energizing jolt of color.

The arbor, one of a pair at the back of the property, adds timeless grace.

Day Breaker, a floribunda in a hue favored by Jane's late mother, is planted in a rose garden.

Urns are planted with roses, geraniums, bacopa, and ivy, imbuing the grounds with a certain air of classicism.

Simply breathtaking, right? 
How can you not be magically hypnotized by all this beauty?
...the beauty of Mother Earth and very good garden designer!

monday at the beach

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When warm weather arrives, my mind and soul wander off to the beach.
(Unfortunately, my body just doesn’t get a chance to go!)

Whether it’s New England or the Gulf coast, I am physically and emotionally drawn to sand and surf.

What is it that has this effect on me?

Does this happen to you?
So welcome to my blog series…

'Monday at the Beach'

Let’s go...

I was looking around on the internet the other day and ran across these beautiful images of coastal rooms that sport the best of sailor-chic style, from preppy prints to ocean-themed accessories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.



Elegant All-American

Here, opposites attract (in a big way!): Sky blue mellows out the bold red in a fire-and-ice combo that's perfect for brightening beach house bedrooms.



Layered Stripes

The secret to piling them on without going overboard? Pairing stripes with different scales and styles (like narrow pinstripes and more abstract designs) and limiting the palette. Here, stylist Melanie Molesworth stayed true to blues, ranging from slate to indigo.


Nautical & Nice

This kitchen’s boat-like style comes straight from its proximity to the water. The mahogany countertops were sealed with marine varnish, consistent with yacht design. Brushed-nickel hardware modeled after boat cleats accents the refrigerator and freezer.



Built In

Bold stripes and playful prints puts a fun spin on the nautical theme. The built-in daybed expands this home’s yacht-like appeal and provides the perfect sleeping spot for afternoon naps or overnight guests. The extra height of this daybed creates the bunk feel of first-mate sleeping quarters.




Coastal Americana

This upbeat interior aims to bring a smile with its bold patterns and classic color scheme. We love the vintage sailboat photographs and ocean-themed touches that give a subtle sea vibe to the traditional colonial style.


Making Waves

You can call attention to a room's architectural elements by painting trim and molding a deep navy. Wake up the floor by painting a nautical motif or stripes of alternating shades of blue.




Instant Update

Dress up outdoor furniture with colors of sea and sky to pack a nautical punch.




Country Classic

Two country favorites—painted floors and checked wallpaper—come together to create an all-American kitchen complete with a butcher-block island and hanging copper cookware. Whimsical coastal motifs stenciled on the floor ensures the room is more nautical than pastoral.



All Aboard Style

A built-in bed with navy-and-white linens lends yachtlike feel. Brass fixtures and polished wood accents enhance the stateroom effect.



Character Building

Everyday items hung in a series create a graphic focal point of architecture-free walls. Baskets, oars, shutters, and even wheels double as art.




Summertime Blues

A flat woven rug in traditional blue-and-white looks just right beneath this master bedroom’s coordinating bed and linens. Overhead, an antique canvas kayak reminds homeowners that the water is only steps away.



Ship Shaped

This casual dining area features a freestanding custom replica of a ship’s table surrounded by banquette seating. A retro-nautical light fixture hangs overhead.




Sea Reflection

Elegant water-resistant fabrics, pillows, and blankets inspire connection with the sea and can handle this cottage’s heavy traffic.



Smart Use of Space

Floating shelves for nightstands and wall sconces in place of bulky table lamps help accommodate the bedroom’s pint-size space. Billowing fabrics overhead soften the lines of the ceiling and walls, while adding more texture and interest plus the illusion of extra height.


Personal Touch

The homeowners dubbed their open living and dining space “The Boathouse” after outfitting it with nautical details.



On Deck

The homeowners dubbed their open living and dining space “The Boathouse” after outfitting it with nautical details.



Sailcloth Chic

A custom slipcover constructed from handmade recycled sails makes a nautical statement and preserves their heritage.



Ocean Lining

Inside this wood-and-glass conservatory just above the high tide line, built-in furnishings and mahogany walls wrap the tiny space, creating the sense of being on a yacht.


Warm & Bright

Knotty pine walls reminiscent of old beach homes and wooden sailing vessels combined with saturated blue, green, and white fabrics create the classic look of a luxury liner.

Simply Styled

No need to be overtly nautical when working with a classic coastal color scheme. Simple shades of blue and yellow can convey the desired feeling.

What do you think of these cute nautical beach styles?

Are they move in ready for you?

Many thanks go to my friends at Coastal Living for their help with this.

church on sunday

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Whether a church is
simple or ornate, large or small,
old or new, wooden or stone...
it is most likely always a beautiful sight to behold.

Today, I share this beautiful image of a church with you
in hopes that it will bring
a little peace, a little joy
and a lot of love.

Lord, as I walk through this World,
Let Your Grace Light my Path,
Your Mercy Shelter my Soul
and Your Love Heal my Heart.

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be a good host

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Planning on throwing a big summer soiree? Many people just can’t seem to handle being the HOST part of a party. They seem to get so stressed out, that everything seems to start going wrong and before you know it, no one is having a good time. Well, it really isn’t that difficult if you plan ahead, prepare ahead and follow my ten ‘go-to’ rules from Town and Country when playing hostess to any party.

1. Ask for help.

I don't know about you, but I'm constantly saying "I'm fine!" when people offer help. This is the host's version of rejecting a compliment: Don't do it! If someone is generous enough to offer their help, take it. They can help put together a cheese board, light candles, do dishes, so you can be free to focus on those last-minute details.

2. Give yourself 25% more time than you think you need.

Sometimes we all get a little over ambitious and think we can defy physics. Doing an hour's worth of work in 20 minutes? Yeah, it's not happening, no matter how put together you are. I always schedule in a little bit of cushion when I'm hosting an event, so if you think you need an hour, give yourself an hour and 15, you'll be so happy you did.

3. When in doubt: nice smells and good lighting!

Light candles, toast crostini, slice up fresh citrus for cocktails, get those delicious smells going to kick start everyone's appetite. Additionally, turn the lights a few degrees lower than you think is appropriate, and light tea candles to compensate. The glow of candlelight is universally flattering, and your single friends will thank you.

4. Invite a few VIPS.

Always invite one or two friends over a little earlier to help decant wine, mix cocktails, and sort of populate the room before the rest of the guests arrive. Not only will having your pals around help you de-stress, it will also make it less awkward when that random "plus one" shows up right on the dot.

5. Use the 1:3 ratio for cooking.

Everyone wants to be a hero when they're hosting but, in my experience, that is a recipe for stress. I will inevitably ruin that dish I wanted to try out for the first time, lose track of time, and be putting on lipstick 30 minutes after guests start arriving.

To keep things simple, I have two rules:
1) No new dishes
2) For every one dish cooked, 3 are make ahead or assembly only

This means for every main course, there's a salad, a cheese board, and a dessert I made the day before balancing everything out. This way, I can focus on the one centerpiece that requires a little extra effort, and not sweat the quick to assemble, "ready out of the fridge" stuff.

6. Fill the void.

Awkward silence is the worst, so I fill those pauses with my favorite music. I tend to go with classical solo piano music at the dinner table and light 1960’s music of soft jazz before and after the meal, but whatever your favorite is will work!

7. Set boundaries clearly.

Do you not let people wear shoes in the house? Make sure to tell them! The resentment of a petite woman having to remove her heels can be fierce. Additionally, if you want people out of your house by a certain time, either center the evening on an event (a dinner or birthday have a natural conclusion with dessert or a viewing party ends when the movie or TV show is over, for instance) or include an end time in an invitation. For start time, assume 30 minutes grace for a dinner party and up to an hour for a larger or more casual get together.

8. Invest in a good bottle opener.

This will save time and your carpet. I have spilt many a bottle trying to pry one open. It is also a good idea to put a specific person in charge of this task, when drinks seems to be running low… “Please open another”. This, too, will free you up from yet another duty to focus on.

9. Dishes.

You did it! You've hosted an amazing get-together, you've kicked off your shoes and blown out the candles and you're about to soak in the tub until…you walk past the pile of dishes in the sink. This echoes #1, but make sure you have help for after the party. That feeling of relief once the last person leaves shouldn't be ruined by a series of exhausting chores. Have a friend stay, play some tunes, dance in the kitchen, load up the dishwasher and get to bed!

10. Do you.

Being a host means that you are responsible for the experience of everyone walking into your home. You're in charge of making sure they're well fed (if it's that kind of a party), well quenched (if it's that kind of a party), and generally having a good time. You make introductions, keep the conversation moving, and keep the energy flowing the whole night. You also should take a breath and make sure to have fun. It's so easy to get wrapped up in the process of throwing a party, that we forget to actually take part in the party. Enjoy your delicious food, sip a refreshing drink, and take the time to savor an evening with close friends.

There, that wasn’t so hard after all, was it?