Almost two years ago Amanda Brooks quit her job as Barneys New York’s vice president and fashion director and left New York for a life in the English Country side with her family.  To say her new life in Oxforshire is storybook like, is an understatement.  Storybooks aren’t this picturesque and “rustic” never looked this chic.  I am obsessed with following her in Instagram. Where she chronicles her daily activities such as riding, hunting, writing,  making perfect al fresco lunches for her family and chasing after an excaped pot belly pig here and there.  The Selby also did a editorial on their home and family life.  As a animal and horse obsessed little girl, this would have been my dream house in which to grow up.  Warning: It is all very landed-gentry, Downton Abby, Pride and Prejudice perfect.  I love it!

From The Selby: The House

 

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A little girl’s dream:

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More picturesque images from her Instagram:

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A Bushel and a Peck

July 16, 2013

The Grand Opening party for The Savvy Hen in Boulder, Colorado was fabulous.  The store was constantly swarmed with people, kids were dancing to the bluegrass band, Hen Scratch, and the food was delicious.  I could not be more proud of my brother and more importantly my sister-in-law, who is really the vision and mastermind of this all.

The shop and grand opening.

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My darling sister-in-law, Melissa.

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My brother.

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The chicken coop at their home.  Cutest thing I think I have ever seen.  Friday night my daughter met the chickens, played with their 8 month old golden retriever puppy and had a dinner of fresh eggs straight from the coop.  No need to tell a bedtime story that night.  We just relived our amazing day.  Boulder is truly one special place.

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The Savvy Hen

July 9, 2013

I am so excited to announce the opening of my brother and sister-in-law’s venture, The Savvy Hen!  The grand opening party is this Saturday and we are of course packing our cowboy boots and heading to Colorado this weekend.

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The Savvy Hen is an urban farm and feed store located right in downtown Boulder, Colorado. Their focus includes chicken feed products, gardening supplies, beekeeping products, and natural body-care products all hand selected by my sister-in-law Melissa.  They are also offering beautifully designed builder contracted coops.  Their own backyard coop echoes the arts and craft style of their home.  It has to be the chicest chicken coop I have ever seen.

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Don’t even get me started on the interior.  White washed walls, a pink chandelier, baby photos…too much!  Makes me want to hang out and play.

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On top of all this they even have an in store classroom where they will have seminars on chicken and beekeeping, gardening topics and make-your-own skin care, so if all of this seems overwhelming, they are there to help.  I cannot wait to see them and the store in person.  Oh and their adorable golden retriever puppy, Mosby, unofficial store mascot.  Here is a peek at the store right before opening.

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See you soon bro!

Constant Gardener

April 22, 2013

I could not have had a better image greet me this Sunday morning than a feature on a gorgeous Connecticut garden I photographed for the Boston Globe magazine!  Among the craziness of last week I somehow had forgotten it was going to print this weekend.  A four page spread of my photographs in the Globe Magazine!  Pinch me.

I photographed the gardens last June when they were in their full Spring/Summer glory.  To say they are magnificent is the understatement of the year.  The creeping honeysuckle, the climbing roses, this garden is truly a little slice of heaven tucked away in Pomfret, Connecticut.  The wife tends to the garden herself and the husband designed the home.  Dream team indeed.  And it is no wonder…they are the parents of my friend and blogger/designer extraordinaire Erin Gates.

Here are the photos the Globe selected and the full article here.

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 Here are some more from our shoot that day.  All I want to do is run around that grass barefoot.

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Last but not least their metal chicken “Beyonce” overlooking the home.

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City living is great, amazing restaurants and shopping at your fingertips, museums, music and cultural events around every corner, but what city and apartment living can often lack is the opportunity to stretch (errrr use…you know what I mean) one’s green thumb.  I’ve tried to make do with some window boxes and little terrarium vignettes in an effort to bring the outside into my little city apartment.

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Terrarium inspired plantings

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Gorgeous bright pink peonies and hydranga

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What have you planted for spring and summer?

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