Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Holiday Porch…

There is just something about a warm entry of a home.  I love walking up to my own front door when I have it decorated for the holidays! This year I did slight touches of authentic Christmas colors of whites, red and greens! How simple just tying a little greenery and a couple ornaments made this area of my home. 

xoxo, tracie

Sunday, December 14, 2014

In & Out of Paris Gardens of Secret Delights…

Oh my goodness…Paris!


While Christmas shopping I came across the most fabulous and dreamiest book ever!  A coffee table book worthy of any living room! Yes, I may be a little bias when it comes to anything gardening, but who could not be in complete awe of the photographs included in this gorgeous book? Especially for those of us who dream of someday visiting such a place and seeing these secret gardens with out own eyes…


This book is full of beautiful photographs of architecture, gardens and art for anyone that loves natures beauty!






San Francisco—October 2014. When French queen Catherine de Medici created the Tuileries Palace and Garden outside Paris’s medieval walls, she began the unprecedented expansion and greening of one of the world’s great cities. Now Paris’s extraordinary public parks are rivaled only by secret courtyard gardens and miniature orchards of delight on hidden roof terraces. image

Among the more than 30 great and small projects within In & Out of Paris are Vaux-le-Vicomte, Versailles, and Courances—all classic André Le Nôtre–style French gardens. Also discover the Paris gardens of celebrated artist Jean-Michel Othoniel and art aficionado Pierre Bergé, architect Kenzō Takada’s Japanese retreat in the Bastille, Australian couturier Martin Grant’s tiny terrace in the Marais, Mexican painter MariCarmen Hernandez’s Montmartre rooftop, and American architect Michael Herrman’s homage to Le Corbusier’s surreal ChampsÉlysées garden for bon vivant Charles de Beistegui.




Modern masters Louis Benech, Gilles Clement, Pascal Cribier, Christian Fournet, Camille Muller, Hugues Peuvergne, and Pierre-Alexandre Risser are also featured, representing a new era of experiments, color, and asymmetry in the Paris garden.image

Every page is so inviting and this book is full of information (I promise it’s not just photographs!)





Marion Brenner’s photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, including Landscape Architecture, Gardens Illustrated, Martha Stewart Living, and Garden Design, and can be found in the photography collections of UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Berkeley Art Museum.





Zahid Sardar is a San Francisco–based editor, writer, and curator specializing in architecture, interiors, gardens, and design. His work has appeared in the magazines Dwell, Interiors, Western Interiors & Design, Interior Design, House & Garden, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Landscape Architecture, and the San Francisco Chronicle. He has lectured widely in the United States.


Sigh, maybe someday I will visit in person, but for now ~ this book will have to do! If you are looking for something pretty special to give as a gift for the “Dreamer” in your life, this book will be perfect! What a great and inspirational place for our minds to visit ~ the inside of the pages of this book! To order for yourself or a gift click here! Can’t wait to hear what you think too! xoxo, tracie

Friday, December 12, 2014

Holiday Mantle…

I am taking on one Christmas decorating task each day and today was our faux mantle! Its not very exciting that I loved last years décor so much that I replicated most of it again this year! 
Bringing in the greenery from outside to decorate the mantle is one of my favorite things to do during the season!  Our Christmas tree is not real, so having the freshly cut branches gives this room some sort of seasonal authenticity! And you really can smell the scent of pine…
I really enjoyed making these tart tins with a few initials and decided to hang them with the stockings again this year.  These birch like candles from World Market give the space a little warmth too!
Keeping it all so simple and clean feels right this year!  Can’t wait to show you more of my home as my decorating progresses!
xoxo, tracie