Gardening with Sir Francis

“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures.”

“There ought to be gardens for all the months in the year; in which severally things of beauty may be then in season.”

“The green hath two pleasures: green grass kept finely shorn; the other a stately hedge which is to enclose the garden.”

“nothing to the true pleasure of a garden. ”

      -Francis Bacon  -The Essays

As I lift each stone and place it gently where it longs to be I smile to the Angels of the Garden. Just knowing that the vision will come through and joy will delight in my efforts of planting a simple garden.

How Do You Define Style?

“What is the difference between mere fashion and true style?” “Fashion says ‘Me too’, and style says ‘Only me’.”  -Geraldine Stutz

Everyone seems to be talking about style and not just during Fashion Week! I’ve never been one to adopt the trends of the day and since childhood I’ve floated between gypsy princess, classic conservative and bohemian chic. Or so I’m told. Is style all about the clothes and nothing more?  Does ones style tell a story?  

 By Annette Tapert and Diana Edkins

This is one of my favorite books that shares “the women who defined the art of living well.”  That is a clear indication to me that it is beyond the art of dressing well. 

I love my pearls and pumps but my imagination stretches into zones uncharted. 

My style can be sleek, quiet and individualistic. Or full of color and expressive.


A fun gold jumpsuit by Charles Lord puts me in a state of elegance and being unstoppable.

I’ve come to understand that style is in the details of my life. My whole, beautiful and precious life. As I live I tell my story of style and so the question is. What is style to you?

Create Your Wonderland 

 Above all, PRIVACY-…” the main purpose of a door is to admit, its secondary purpose is to exclude. ”                                 – Edith Wharton

An unwritten law of the Aristocrat is to get away from it all. We all need a soft place to land when times get tough and when everything is just right. You can create a sitting room, dressing room, boudoir or a private bedroom just for you! 

Play around with lightning: chandeliers, antique lamps, modern, gothic or candlelight. Sources today are unlimited! 

Use lush fabrics: silk, cashmere, velvet or floral upholstery make great window treatments, pillows, book covers, seat cushions and table coverings. I’ve hung a rug on my wall for warmth and texture! Anything goes as you design your personal space. 

Keep it Glamorous and Luxurious: your colors will speak to your taste. Pastels, deep reds, black, purple, antique white or butter yellow and so much more! 

Make it personal: add objects and items that you love and have meaning. I have fond memories of my mothers perfume tray so I keep a few bottles in my boudoir to ignite my senses. We all deserve to live a little lighter, sweeter and luxurious! Just think of how mysterious it will sound when you tell your friends about retreating in your private chambers! Have fun and treat it as play not a project. I’d love to know what your wonderland looks like!