Treasures from the Farm

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 9.43.47 AMThe Mellon’s Oak Spring Farm in Upperville, Virginia – 2000 acres, four residences, and over twenty cottages. Former home of philanthropist and gardening doyenne Bunny Mellon, who passed away this spring at 103. This November, in a highly anticipated sale, Sotheby’s will host three auctions of items from the Mellon’s private collection – Masterworks, Jewelry, and Interiors. Despite the fact that I appreciate art, and I love jewelry, I am most interested in the interiors auction. Even though the Mellons were incredibly wealthy, Mrs. Mellon collected things that she loved, and the collection from Oak Spring Farm includes such things as simple ceramic dishes, baskets, and walking sticks. These photos, courtesy of Sothebys, show that life at Oak Spring Farm, while charmed, was relaxed and comfortable. For more information, catalog, dates, and exhibition schedule, click here.
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In Remembrance: Oscar de la Renta

Oscar 3Renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died yesterday, he was 82. I have always been a serious admirer of Mr. de la Renta’s, despite the fact I have never owned one of his pieces. Reading Vogue and watching red carpets over the years, I always thought that when my red carpet moment came, there would be no other choice for me but Oscar de la Renta. While I have yet to have my red carpet moment, my appreciation for and love of Mr. de la Renta’s designs has not waned. Through his designs, Mr. de la Renta showed his understanding of the female form, and her desire to look beautiful. One of his most oft quoted comments was, “Always walk like there are three men walking behind you.” 
Oscar 7His love for designing clothes was matched only by his love of his wife Annette and of gardening, particularly in his home country of the Dominican Republic. He and Annette could often be found on their hands and knees in the soil of their property in Punta Cana. More familiar with the climate and soil conditions on the southern shore of the DR in Casa de Campo, de la Renta had originally envisioned a lush, tropical, flowering garden here in Punta Cana. However, when the couple realized that the climate and soil conditions didn’t support that, de la Renta went on to design a contained jungle-like environment, with a series of garden rooms connected by pathways, gates, and living archways. So today, in memory of an extremely talented gentleman, I leave you with pictures of the de la Renta’s garden in the Dominican, a place that stands as a living and growing memory.Oscar 10 Oscar 8Oscar 4

Photos via Architectural Digest

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Growing in our Garden

pin 2I am thinking about redecorating our garden. I love how it looks, however, after a few years using it as such it isn’t working for me the way I had hoped. I really love to entertain, and right now I can only seat six at our outdoor table. I would love to be able to host a garden dinner for eight or even ten. Also, although the loveseat and wicker armchairs are great for cocktails and a chat, there is no place for us to lounge and hang on the weekends in the sun. I really only use the garden when I am having people over, and I would like Mr. B and I to get a little more use out of it! So here are a few of my inspiration photos from Pinterest. I am still feeling a mediterranean vibe, but would love to incorporate a low slung sectional seating area and a large table. I love thoughts and recommendations from my readers …pin 3 pin 4 pin 5 pin1

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