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Garden designer, stylesetter, and philanthropist Rachel “Bunny” Mellon She designed and planted a number of significant gardens, including the White House Rose Garden, and assembled one of the largest collections of rare horticultural books.

In Winter when all the flowering plants have collapsed, I feel this is the time to go outside and look at the structure of your garden. I love walking through the garden on these frigid days. It helps me anticipate the return of spring and what it will bring. I believe that weather is one of the most critical design issues for a garden. I think good design features the many faces of the weather. I feel that you have to establish some structure- some good bones.  Good bones can be built upon, or stand on their own.  Structure in the landscape in our zone has to take the winter season into account.

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In Vanity Fair some years ago this, below, stopped me.  A kindred spirit.  Who exactly is Bunny Mellon?  In the fullness of time, may she keep returning to your radar, as she does mine.

skyview landscapes. bunny melonMellon was born into a pharmaceutical fortune in 1910 (her grandfather Jordan W. Lambert manufactured Listerine) and married into a banking one in 1948, when she wed Paul Mellon, her second husband. Mellon’s greatest acclaim came not from her masterpiece acquisitions, however, but from her self-taught skill at sculpting the natural world.

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Garden designer Lanning Roper, called her “the leading landscape genius in America.” Far less known are the remarkable interiors  she created in the dozen-plus residences that Mellon and her family occupied in the U.S., France, and the Caribbean.

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Relatively small, intimate houses were Mellon’s preference, livably elegant and skirting clear of pretension. “Make it look like we just brought it down from the attic,” Mellon told Bruce Budd, one of the decorators she worked with (the roster also included English master John Fowler and American tastemaker Billy Baldwin).

skyview Bunny Mellon design Oyster Harbor yard

In every room in every house, Mellon placed what she called “standing herb trees,” which she developed in 1952 while recovering from tuberculosis, having been inspired by topiaries seen in the medieval manuscripts and early garden manuals.

skyview Bunny Mellon standing herb trees

A bird painting by Balthus hangs in Bunny Mellon’s bedroom in her villa at Antigua’s Mill Reef Club, where decorative artist Paul Leonard created Swedish-style painted floors that mimic stone paving; as Mellon once said, “I liked the way marble floors reflect light, but these are warmer and quieter.”

skyview landscapes. bunny melon Antiqua Residence

November 24, 2014 I read an article that saddened me, it said:

Southerby’s Auction house says its multi-day sales of Racel Bunny Mellon’s  furnishings art, jewelry, and other objects totaled $218 Million.

Three works — two paintings by Mark Rothko and a fancy vivid blue diamond — fetched over $30 million.The 9.75-carat pear shaped gem set an auction record for any blue diamond.

The benefits went to The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation. It supports The Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville, Virginia, which houses Mellon’s collection of works related to landscape design, horticulture and natural history.

Bunny pasted away at the age of 103, in March of 2014. This lost was felt through out the design world. Rachel Bunny Mellon had her first garden epiphany as a young girl she wrote “This towering forest of scent and white flowers was the beginning of ceaseless interest, passion and pleasure in gardens and books,” she wrote. “Like a magic carpet it has carried me through life’s experiences, discoveries, joys and sorrows. In sadness especially, it has been a hiding-place until my heart mended.”

Thanks for letting me share some of my favorite gardens with you! Stay tuned…

XOXO

M

 

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From the moment a designer first starts sketching a new space, she will give thought to the materials you would like to use, and make sure the design is the right fit for you and your home. But what designers really create is pure art and beauty to inspire your home!  Recently, I decided to do some research and found some great pictures of Kitchens and Baths that take design to a new level, of course there are a few of my favorites thrown in as well hope you enjoy these:

Goforth Gill Architects

Shaker style began a rise in popularity in 2009 and gained momentum in 2010. By the end of the year, Shaker has supplanted Contemporary as the second most popular style used by  designers, while Traditional remains the most popular style. Cottage was the only other style to garner at least 20% of the market. 
Dark natural finishes overtook medium natural, glazed, and white-painted finishes to become the most specified type of finish toward the end of 2010.

Chris Novak Berry Brooksberry and Associates

While medium natural cabinet finishes fell from being used, dark natural finishes rose from 42 to 51%. Light natural and colored painted finishes remained fairly common and distressed finishes dropped significantly.

Cabinetry options also changed recently,  Wine with everything. 
While the incorporation of wine refrigerators seems to be on the decline (below), unchilled wine storage is growing in popularity. Other types of cabinetry options are on the decline, including tall pantries, lazy Susans , and pull-out racks. Appliance garages also seem to be falling out of favor, as their use declined from the end of 2009 to 2012.

Four doors, 
the French door refrigerator has strengthened its position as the type specified most often by designers. While freezer-top refrigerators were always used by designers, as 2010 drew to a close, freezer-bottom models began to gain popularity.  Side by side refrigerators have made a good showing, still being used in many designs.

This Kitchen was created by my friend and colleague Denise Maurer of Denise Maurer Interiors, It was featured in  June 2012 Country Living Magazine! Love the Soap Stone carved sink with whale motif!  The owners are Bonnie and Bill Daggett’s this is their Massachusetts beach house. This is just a little excerpt from the article:

 
 “My theme was ‘sun, sea, and sand,’ and I love painted furniture,” Bonnie says.  She envisioned lobster-red Adirondack chairs, gray-blue night stands, and a  melon-bright coffee table, but choosing the right shades proved difficult. The  yellow she originally picked for the kitchen morphed into something “too ugly to  describe,” says her friend and interior designer Denise Maurer, who recommended  white wall tiles and Celadon cabinets instead. “The natural light in Chatham is  different than in most places,” Bonnie explains, since the water shifts from  gray to cerulean throughout the day. “Artists come here because of the way color  is reflected and perceived.”Read more: Green Kitchen Cabinet – Colorful Beach House Decorating Ideas – Country Living .
Now for some of Clive Christian’s gorgeous kitchens, sumptuous baths from Candice Olsen and a few other favorites:
 
Ending with this spectacular Kitchen, as Shakespeare has said “Parting is such sweet sorrow”…………
Stay tuned for more adventures in Styleland!
XOXO
M

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Candice Olson - Love Her!!!

Ok so here we are February 2012 (Happy Valentine!!) and I am working on new colors and finishes. I am loving neutrals again, returning from the deep jewel tones to the lighter and brighter spaces that lift us up and make us feel as if we are new and crisp! I am still loving the Blues, such  a soothing color and wanting to use it paired with taupe and grey tones. Using color on trim to create a focal point or frame for the room. I just viewed a video for Certa Pro (who I have been working with) and loving the use of dark trim in this space http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB4aZMKWzi4

Here are other pictures from rooms that are giving me inspiration this year.  I loved working with textures and colors. Some of the finishes that I have enjoyed are grisaille murals (monochrome grey colors), chinoiserie,  layered damask finishes and stripping. Decorative Painting has been a passion for me for many years. Using decorative finishes can breathe life into plain spaces, almost making the walls come alive, giving them dimension and or texture!! Although you want to be sure that if you do a textured finish it is something your absolutely love, these types of finishes are usually for life and not for the faint of heart or person that changes their decor like we change our shoes. These finishes make a bold statement, but are somewhat permanent. Here we go…… tell me your favorite space! As always stay tuned…

XOXO

M

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