It’s the first Monday in May – what mood are you in?
Morning Has Broken
The beginning of something… May the dawning of each new day be celebrated in the same manner it is being presented to you.
P.S. The winner of our Gardens at First Light book giveaway is Rosalie Rempel!
Gardens at First Light
One of our favorite parts of the day is early morning when the sun is rising over the ridge, the peepers are still peeping in the pond across the street and all is calm. On warmer days, you will find us outside on our terrace or porch with our cups of coffee enjoying the glow that is cast on our gardens at first light. That is one of the reasons why we were so thrilled to be contacted by the lovely and celebrated photographer, Stacy Bass, to profile her new book, Gardens at First Light, on our blog and to offer it as a giveaway to one lucky reader! We are such huge fans of Stacy’s (read about her in a post here) and her work is truly inspiring.
The second reason we were so excited is that the enchanting photographs are accompanied by text from well-known home and garden journalist Judy Ostrow, who not only is one of our neighbors but shares a birthday with us (we could be triplets!) Stacy’s second book is filled with over 200 images that offer a rare and privileged glimpse into dozens of private gardens in the Northeast. The only way you would be able to see these gardens at dawn is as guest of the homeowner!
Astilbe and Hydrangea
Best of all, Gardens at First Light also contains an illustrated reference guide for the featured gardens should you wish to put your green thumbs to work. Given our talent for killing live plants, we’ll settle with admiring the beauty of blooming rolling hills and the serene symmetry of box hedges instead.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Stacy will be signing books in Westport, CT next week on Thursday, May 7th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at White Birch Studio and will personalize a book for you or for your mom! All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Gardens at First Light” in the subject line. You have until 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to enter and we’ll announce the winner on Monday, May 4th.
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If you browse through Kerry Hanson’s online portfolio, you can’t help but be enchanted by her light touch and refreshing palette, then fall for her youthful yet elegant aesthetic.
Bright and Beautiful
We first discovered Kerry’s work in the pages of a local magazine – her own home was profiled in an article written by our next door neighbor, Judy Ostrow, and photographed by the super talented Stacy Bass.
We love Kerry’s bold patterns and tailored touches and the fact that each one of her rooms has personality. From a bright and colorful kitchen to a more refined dining room that mixes the old with the new, Kerry’s interiors are warm and welcoming. Perhaps that’s because she learned her craft in sunny California at U.C. Berkeley and with Edward Lobrano.
With four girls of her own, Kerry knows how to decorate for a busy family and create cozy spaces for quiet downtime. And who wouldn’t want to sleep like a princess in her charming girls’ rooms?
A Princess’ Pad
Now, if only we could channel some of Kerry’s talent and get our own decorating done!
Photos 1, 2, 4 and 5 by Jane Beiles and 3 and 6 by Stacy Bass via Kerry Hanson Design
Wisteria Arbor at Applewood
The great thing about living in a small town is that you end up getting to know your neighbors and our neighbor, Judy Ostrow, is one to get to know. Not only is she is talented writer (she wrote The House That Jill Built as well as many other books on decorating and architecture) but she’s a connoisseur of gardens and landscape design. Her most recent article, Enchanted Gardens, appears in this spring’s edition of atHome magazine and it is delight not to be missed…
The Apple Orchard in Early Morning
The house and gardens known as Applewood look like they have been in the Raveis family for generations but are in fact only a decade old. From lush lawns and apple orchards, to carefully manicured boxwood hedges and a zen-like yoga garden bordered by lavender, the Raveises left no stone unturned in designing a haven of beauty and peace.
Dogwood in Bloom
Apple Blossoms and Peonies
Along with the more traditional perennial borders and espaliered fruit trees, the owners also considered the grandchildren in the design including a terrace with child-sized seating and whimsical topiaries shaped as bunnies and chickens. There’s even a garden named for Peter Rabbit’s arch nemesis, Mr. McGregor, which yields basketfuls of vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season.
French Shutters and a Boxwood Parterre
With a garden like Applewood’s, there no reason to leave home. The Raveises think that “just walking the paths and watching the landscape change with the seasons is a pleasurable journey.” Oh, how we agree!
Blue Victorian Birdhouse and Andromeda
Photographs by Amy Vischio for atHome. To see more pictures, please visit atHome.