Entertaining

Garden Cocktails

July 03, 2012
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“Elixir of fruit juice, crushed root, and golden honey date back to the dawn of time and far beyond the written word,” noted Charles H. Baker Jr., author of the esteemed 1939 volume The Gentleman's Companion. And indeed, it can be argued that virtually all cocktails stem from ingredients pulled in some manner from the earth, be it the julep (whose name, according to the above title, comes from the “Persian gulab, or Arab julab, meaning rose water”) or the fresh strawberry juice-infused La Fraise d'Amour.

Whether it’s a landscape in Australia, America or Barbados, Jamie Durie follows a similar process. “It’s about creating a space that represents your lifestyle and stylistic preferences and also, simply, about being outdoors and letting nature soothe our souls,” he says. 

Photo by: Gemma & Andrew Ingalls
This article was first published in Garden Design July/August 2011

Agrarian: Williams-Sonoma's New Garden Line

May 16, 2012
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Williams-Sonoma’s new Agrarian line joins the hyper-locavore movement with backyard beehives and the Alexandria Chicken Coop. ($880; Williams-Sonoma

Coveting: Janus et Cie's Flourish Teapot

April 04, 2012
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There’s nothing short or stout about Janus et Cie’s immaculate, whimsical decorative teapot. Inspired by the beauty and complexity of Japanese gardens, the ever-chic furniture design company dreamed up Flourish, a ceramic vessel draped in floral and foliate forms. The teapot rests under a glass case, an exquisite, perpetually blooming landscape. Good luck finding matching cups.

 

Easter Crafts and Decoration

April 02, 2012
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We've put together a lot of Easter content on the site. If you haven't had a chance to read all of it, here's a compilation:

-Decorating with herbs and daffodils for your Easter table.

-How to make floral crowns with lilies and lily-of-the-valley.

-Making Easter baskets with peat pots.

Garrett Eckbo's Midcentury Style

March 27, 2012
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Garrett Eckbo’s designs integrate indoor and outdoor living, providing “maximum pleasure with limited maintenance,” says Charles A. Birnbaum, president of  the Cultural Landscape Foundation.

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