Saturday, August 12, 2017

Living la Dolce Vita - Skye McAlpine's Venice, Italy

With an abundance of flowers, usually pink, and celebratory lunches, or quiet gatherings around the table, Skye McAlpine of @skye_mcalpine allows us to step into her daily life in beautiful Venice, Italy.  Filled with inspiration and joy, she is one of my go to four-seasons guides to living the sweet life, making the most of "that" moment and sharing it with us.  She is #onetofollow on Instagram.  Here are just a few of her gorgeous and inspiring photos...  BELLISSIMO

Photography by Skye McAlpine

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Serenity • Conservation • Beauty

🍃🍃🌿🌿🌿ON GOLDEN POND 🌿🌿🍃🍃🍃

Watching the light dancing on the water ...

 listening to the rabbits as they crunch and nibble ... 

a lovely and serene scene as the ducks glide here and there ... 

I wanted to share one more picture taken right before 

the last rays of the sunset said goodbye last night.

The Central Valley in California is one of the only regions in the United States suitable for the 

innovative process of groundwater banking and storage of rainfall. 

What you are looking at is actually 

a groundwater banking facility... a large number of sizable ponds to you and me. 

They rapidly become a nature sanctuary for a variety of birds, ducks, herons, 

and rabbits that live among the wild flowers. 

These ponds add so much beauty, help clean the air, store water, and lower the temperature

 in those areas. 

Personally,  I am grateful for them and I am proud we don't waste our rainfall.

Photography by Portobello Design | Shot on iPhone 7 Plus

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Private Tour: Fabulous Farmhouse, Blackberry Farm in Tennessee by Designer Suzanne Kasler

Photo: Erica George Dines

In Tennessee, in the heart of the Smoky Mountain foothills, blackberry brambles grow wild, and in 1939 Mrs. Florida Lasier of Chicago snagged her silk stockings on these brambles and the name Blackberry Farm was born.  Thirty nine years later, the Beall family invested their hearts and souls in the same romantic site which has become their family home, as well as one of America's most luxurious, top rated hotels, with a Relais & Chateaux designation.  Who better to design the proprietor's personal home then the acclaimed Atlanta designer, Suzanne Kasler.  I first saw their home on 1stdibs, and I was struck by this airy, whitewashed, cypress beamed kitchen, and a refined, country elegance throughout the home.  I thought you might like a private tour.  

Photo: Beall + Thomas Photography

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

Photo: Erica George Dines

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