The Unique Plant

I'm just back from one of my favorite places, Chapel Hill, NC. During my visit, my BFF took me to her new favorite nursery, The Unique Plant. They specialize in creating gardens with trees, shrubs and flowers unique to the region. I love the restraint used in their gardens. A lot of the color comes from the trees and shrubs rather than flowers. Like in interior design, sometimes it's what you don't use that makes it so special and beautiful. The wandering paths and soft sculptural trees make a trip here a peaceful and somewhat spiritual experience.

The owner's charming home is also on the property.

(all images iphone)

Living in a State of Wonder

Last week was spring break here in Houston which gave us the opportunity to get away for a few days to one of our favorite places, the Frio River in the Texas hill country.
The scenery, the quiet, the big open sky was just what we needed to recharge ourselves and celebrate our boys 13th birthday. Mother Nature at her finest; real, raw reminders of life, loss and renewal in evidence as we hiked and paddled our way through miles of beautiful countryside.
Here's a little of our time there shot with my phone:

And time to just be still and enjoy a really good book. Ann Patchett's State of Wonder is a beautifully written story about the Amazon. It's a good read.

This was our first time to stay with River Haven. Lovely property, immaculately clean and very affordable. 
Now back to work!

Designer in Residence

"You will spend 9 luxurious nights in an ancient Mas nestled in the heart of the Luberon Valley".

Doesn't that sound like a dream?   The Vagabond International wants to make your dream come true:
Texans and style icons Carol and Tim Bolton of Antiquities Laboratories de Design, along with their two children will head to Provence this Fall to tour the markets and share their design inspiration with some lucky travelers. What a unique way to experience Provence, with your very own designer! For more information visit The Vagabond International or call 
~Bon voyage!~