Sunday, June 30, 2013

Updates at Our Place

Do you remember my home office which I wrote about here in June 2012? As a quick reminder, an upstairs guest bedroom was converted to my office. For meeting with clients, I use our shop's office, while this home office is perfect for reading books, magazines, and favorite blogs. I adore being in the room as it is located in a very quiet and private part of our home.

It's only taken a year, but finally there is progress on the decorating front. Actually, I'm glad I didn't rush into finishing it because some of my favorite new pieces were not planned.
The newest addition is this blue-and-white pouf. I originally wanted a footed ottoman with a ticking fabric and dark legs, but didn't have time to find one. Then, I happened upon this fun elephant pouf and thought: perfect! The size is just spot-on for the slipcovered chairs. 

The best part is how the colors complement my rich indigo blue pillow from LuRu Home. Have you heard of LuRu? They were featured in the June 2013 issue of House Beautiful. Founded by Claire Russo and Liza Serratore, LuRu specializes in beautiful custom hand dyed textiles: pillows, napkins, place mats, etc. I discovered them via the blog Tokyo Jinja written by Jacqueline Wein. Jacqueline, being the world traveler, shares her adventures, special finds, and lovely writing all on her blog - one of my favorites! Thank you, Claire, Liza and Jacqueline!!!
Here is the gallery wall now. There are 4 new pieces of artwork, and I've rearranged the grouping. None of the artworks were acquired specifically for this room. Just a random collection from our travels, friends and leftover shop inventory :) 
Perhaps the piece that doesn't quite work 100% in the grouping is the abstract from Nantucket (above left). It is painted on a grayish natural linen which looks good with the curtains and linen liner of the floral still-life painting. So, for now, it is staying. On the top right are two mid 20th century French paintings: a Brittany landscape and rooftop scene of Paris. The rooftop painting is by Andre Lauran from the Ecole de Beaux Arts de Lyon.
Finishing the gallery wall is a special seascape painting from my friend, Michele Ranard. Michele painted this piece just for me, and I enjoy it everyday! You can see more of her paintings here. Not only is Michele a talented artist, she is the gifted author of the stylish blog Hello Lovely! Thank you, Michele!
  Speaking of updates, we had our second garden shoot for Southern Living Magazine. You can read about the first photo shoot here. Once again, the talented and celebrated Helen Norman came out to photograph our gardens. Here she is shooting the blue garden in the late evening light.
 The next morning, we all got up at 4:30 AM for coffee, and dragged our zombie selves outside to shoot the white garden and front boxwood garden. Whew, talk about tired!
 We had glorious morning light and, miraculously, no rain. Seems like we're stuck in a weather funk lately - rain nearly every day! Tom and I were stressing for days...worrying about the rain ruining the Annabelle Hydrangeas and Asiatic Lilies.
 The photo above was taken around 6:15 AM. Helen, can we have a peek? Helen's photos turned out gorgeous, so I hope you all buy the issue when it comes out. If you subscribe, still go out and buy extra copies :)
 Above: Asiatic white lilies and Alliums poking through the foliage of Japanese Anemones. Below: 
- Petunias in the urn with potted English boxwoods
- Oleander tree (top right)
- Daisies, Phlox and Lilies (middle to bottom right)
 Thank you so much to Southern Living! Tom and I are especially grateful to Garden Editor Rebecca Reed of S.L. And, many thanks to Helen!

Have a wonderful weekend, and a fantastic 4th of July!
Loi
PS - I understand Google Reader will be removed, and there might be changes to blog lists, etc. So I just joined Bloglovin (icon located at the top right side) to stay connected with all my blog friends. Please be patient while I learn how to navigate there.

101 comments:

  1. Oh wow, Loi, your office is gorgeous! You must love spending time in there. That fabric on the pouf is gorgeous. And your gardens. I don't know how you decide whether to stay inside or go out. It's all soooo pretty : )

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  2. Hi Loi, Oh so lovely everything is! Love the tones of your office, I just saw the J Robshaw Mahout pouf fabric yesterday on Lewis & Sharon's site. http://lsfabrics.com/fabric/mahout-21035-0. I may use it in our next house. Love Indian fabrics.

    Could your Annabelle's be any more bountiful? Wow! Or your potted petunias, so perfect in their urns! The blue garden in the evening is positively dreamy. So perfect and pretty!

    Please give us a heads up when Southern Living publishes your garden!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! As soon as I know the publication date, I'll post it on the blog.

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  3. Hi Loi, Your garden is gorgeous and these photos are spectacular (it was worth getting up so early:) Your home updates are so much fun to see and I really like the blue-and-white pouf. Such a fun piece and it works perfectly with all the neutrals. Have a great 4th! xxleslie

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  4. Your garden is oh so beautiful. How do you get your petunia's to bloom so well? Mine tend to look scraggly. And your office looks so relaxing to sit with a laptop and read blogs.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki! I do pinch back the Petunias to keep them tight and full. Also, a little fertilizer to keep them flowering and green.

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  5. beautiful inside and out, loi. I, for one, vote for keeping the abstract on linen. It adds such a modern touch to your room and is the perfect foil for the old pieces. Looks great, i think, and a good mix is so hard to acheive - you've done a wonderful job. donna

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  6. Oh my goodness Loi, everything looks so perfect as you have arranged them. Even the abstract Nantucket painting looks so good in that group because it reflects the colour scheme of the room. Your office at home is just perfect for relaxing and lounging. Your paintings are magnificent too.

    Then your gardens are so beautiful and elegant. Love both of the Blue and white gardens. We have too much rain here in Toronto too. Just checked on our white daisies which just crashed flat on the ground due to heavy rain today.

    You also made a great choice on the elephant pouf in blue and white. So fun and I love it! Let us know when the Southern Living story about your garden will be published. Gosh, I never knew magazine work could be very busy too especially when you are after that perfect light. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. Loi...I love the John Robshaw fabric on the ottoman...it looks great with your pillow!

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  8. Hello Loi, The Michele Ranard painting caught my eye, so I checked out her blog, and was impressed with her artistic eye and photos. I certainly wish her a quick and successful recovery, and look forward to seeing more of her work.
    --Jim

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    1. Thank you kindly, Jim! Michele is a trooper, and we all love her!!

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  9. That early morning shot of your white garden, with the faint mist, is just beautiful! I've always wanted a white garden... well, maybe someday!
    And, just wanted to add that your curtains in your office are wonderful: so full and I love the way they puddle at the bottom. I too vote to keep the "Nantucket" painting!
    I'll be up your way for the 4th! But no, I don't think I can handle the crowds down on the Mall for fireworks: we will view from a rooftop on 14th Street!!!

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  10. I never tire of seeing your gorgeous gardens, so of course I will be buying a copy! And your office is beautiful, I love the ottoman, the pillow, and all of your wonderful artwork!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!! xo Kat

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  11. Loi, I am so excited to see the LuRu pillow in situ, and the pairing with the Robshaw print is divine! That room looks so lovely and peaceful. Thank you for your very kind words! Your gardens, as ever, are unsurpassed. I'm glad the rain held off for the photos!
    :-) Jacqueline

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  12. The puff is absolutely perfect! I guess it pays not to rush things! I need help in that!
    Your gardens are gorgeous!!! Do you know which issue you will be featured in Southern Living?
    Hopefully the rains will slow up...

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    1. Many thanks, Patty! I will post the publication date once I know.

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  13. Your little upstairs sitting room is a delight, and I certainly appreciate the way you have hung the pictures. Like you, I take a great deal of time and effort over picture hanging. It's so important to get it right. The drag is when you buy another one, you have to quite often rearrange the while grouping!

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  14. I am inspired by your beautiful garden. I can't wait to get the issue of Southern Living Loi. Your home is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing a sneek peek with us. How exciting!!
    Susan

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  15. Loi, you have a very enviable art collection. I liked every piece for a different reason. Well done!

    I just adore the elephant pouf! I am a sucker for an elephant print fabric.

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  16. Breathtaking, Loi. Cannot wait to see it in the magazine!

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  17. Dear Loi,
    You have a lovely garden. You and Tom must be very pleased with the way it has all turned out. It looks perfect for taking tea in, while reading a friendly book on a sunny day. I do like those white Asiatic Lilies.

    I also like the design of your home office. AGA was telling me that he likes the fact that you aren't afraid to have a collection of different art work together on a wall. And I spy at least two (I think) beautiful Montparnasse frames. . .

    Bye for now

    Kirk

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  18. Hi Loi,

    These updates were a perfect treat with this morning's coffee! From the photos, your office looks most serene and soothing, a wonderful place to relax and enjoy some quiet time. Your garden deserves all the attention it is getting! I especially love the very last picture with its fullness of all white flowers and green textures, the terracotta and cobblestone for earthiness and movement, respectively. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home and garden, it's always such an inspiration.

    xo
    Poppy

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  19. Hi there,

    This is absolutly gorgeous..you have such a beautiful collection of treasures..
    I get new inspiration every time I visit you!!


    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    Big kiss from a friend from the Netherlands
    xoxo Rozmeen

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  20. Morning Loi,
    Everything about this post is so restful and peaceful, the colours, artwork and gardens portray a serene image. Very beautiful.
    Enjoy your weekend darling Loi.
    Di
    XXXX

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  21. Dear Loi,
    You have a dreamy house and garden.I adore these paintings in the office!!!I suppose it's a part of a wonderful and precious collection.If I was you,I wouldn't leave this house ever!
    Hugs and have a nice week end!

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  22. First things first....the office....dying. Love the JR fabric on the pouf! Second....why don't I have a blue garden? I mean for real. Can't wait to see your whole garden in SL! Your rock.

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  23. My dear, dear Loi,

    First of all, I TOO am learning about Bloglovin' and other ways to assist my beloved readers and friends through the transition! I am going to have to post a quicky post to let everyone know as well that I have made the switch to Bloglovin'....so I hear ya!

    OK, DOWN TO BUSINESS AND PLEASURE HERE......

    Gasp. Swoon. Ectasy...(see? Can't even spell the word, I am so taken back by the beauty!)

    The link to your before shots of your glorious work space was A DELIGHT to behold, then this new post....GOOD GLORY HALLELUJAH!!!!!!!!!

    Your new pouf is sumptuous and the blue tones are as peaceful as all of your greys....and the montage of art on the walls is a museum quality display dear Loi and Tom....graceful appeal in every way.

    THE EXTERIOR of the house....perfection indeed. I am running out to get my copy of Southern Living my friend, and will cherish it knowing that YOUR lovely abode graces its pages.

    Thank you for your spirit of beauty that you openly share with us, your admirers, and FRIENDS.

    (we too have been having rain, DAILY, but the gardens are glorious)

    Anita

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  24. I will definitely be buying a few copies of the issue and telling everyone that I know you! (Cool points for me for sure:-)). I love your office and that gallery wall is beautiful. Love how the pieces have sentimental value too. Great pillow and I will have to bookmark the shop(never heard of them before so thanks for the source). I'm a pillow addict:-). Your gardens are really a feast for the eyes Loi. Would love to enjoy some coffee surrounded by all that beaut! Happy weekend. XX

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  25. Wow!! i am very impressed with your lovely post.. i am so glad to left comment on this..This has been a so interesting read, would love to read more here...Furniture stores pune

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  26. so excited for your Southern Living features! Your gardens are truly deserving of photo shoots and are among the most professional looking gardens I have seen. Who knew you have to get up at zero dark thirty to photograph? That's why I'm not a professional photographer...but you probably new that! Your photos are stellar, always! I love your office and your art collection. Hope you have a wonderful trip to Maine and safe travels my friend.
    XoxoNancy
    Powellbrower.com

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  27. Loi,
    You have a dreamy house and garden.I adore these paintings in the office!!!I suppose it's a part of a wonderful and precious collection.If I was you,I wouldn't leave this house ever!
    Angelica

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  28. Collected rooms are always my favorite. I believe you can't get that same layered look when everything is bought at one time.
    Your sitting room is perfection.

    And your garden! Can't wait to see the published article...

    xo
    Brooke

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  29. Are you accepting applications for permanent house guests with big dogs?
    xoxoxo
    Mary

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  30. There is nothing like the early morning light in a garden-but I am with you,Loi, 4:30 am is
    zombie-time, LOL.

    Gorgeous pix-can't wait to see the whole thing. Even though I am a NYer who lives in the PNW right now,
    I still love Southern Living.

    Is there a gardening/decor/design book in the works yet? Put me on that waiting list :)

    We've had heaps of rain for a long time, too. Just yesterday did it stop and mother nature start behaving like summer already. My daisies, roses, and lavender are very happy.

    Enjoy next week's Fourth of July!

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  31. Hi Loi!!
    Your home office is lovely-it looks peaceful too. I love the gallery wall-and thank you for the introduction to LuRu Home. Great stuff over there!
    I can't wait to see the magazine spread in Southern Living. Your garden is perfection so no surprise
    that its capturing this type of attention. Well deserved for sure!
    Hugs to you,
    Sarah

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  32. I can see why you enjoy reading in that room. I love the new ottoman. Your garden is gorgeous and I am looking forward to seeing it in SL. Just followed you on bloglovin.

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  33. ANOTHER WEEK of rain!! Rain, Rain, take a break... The hydrangea this year are in their glory, though! franki

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  34. Hello Loi! Oh my!! Everything in your home is picture perfect, literally. Love your nice getaway office and it's subtle colors and cozy spots to sit. Your garden is beyond beautiful, serene, and lovely. Such a pleasure to stroll in your garden with you as our guide.
    Thank you for following my blog on blog lovin! I will continue to get your blog via emails and always look forward to a post from YOU,
    xo Kathysue

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  35. It is amazing how much rain our area is getting. Yesterday in Vienna, it was non-stop. My herb garden is very happy though. Love your new pouf! Every room needs a unique piece and this one is so charming. As you know, I am completely awestuck by your beautiful gardens and look forward to the magazine article. Wishing you a lovely weekend Loi!

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  36. Oh my word, Loi, your room is just so casually elegant I am completely enamored. The pouf's fabric is such perfection! Love it. Now as for those little thrown-together gardens, lol, holy smokes they are just divine. I am such a garden lover, and I can only imagine the love and care they must require, to say nothing of the enjoyment they must bring. How exciting to have them featured in Southern Living. Please make sure to let us know on IG of the issue so I don't miss it. I was just reading some of your older posts, catching up, and thinking how you have one of the loveliest blogs in blogland. :-) Have a wonderful 4th...

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  37. Just shut up with the gardens already. just shut up!!! haha! Too exquisite for words. You do know that hydrangeas are my fave flower, right? I don't think I've ever seen white ones like that, but if it comes in white, Loi will find it and amaze us all.

    The office is sublime. Love the colors! The art is sublime. It all "goes" perfectly because they're pieces that you love and I think that the contemporary piece is perfectly happy being its little renegade self amongst the more trad pieces. Love it! Love the whimsy of the ottoman and love the staging of the chest. Love the sisal. I almost did that one, but feared that my son would stage a revolt. haha!

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  38. XOXOXOOXOOOX to you dear Loi! Thanks for stopping by to join Bloglovin'! Anita

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  39. Loi,
    Your retreat/office turned out so well. I love the grouping of paintings. I think the Brittany painting and the piece your friend painted for you are my favorites. The small painting your friend created reminds me of Steve Gianetti's work. Brooke's husband painted something similar for a room they designed for a charitable cause (I can't remember what the event was). The garden is simply wonderful and it appears it never has a down time. I've ordered an Annebelle hydrangea for my yard, I hope it comes soon. They are showstoppers. I subscribed to your blog some time ago via your email subscription...that should still be fine, right?

    Enjoy your weekend. I love the Pouff as well as all of the other furnishings, the hawk on the horses back and the rooster on the elephant made me smile.
    xo,
    Karen

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    1. Thank you, Karen! I appreciate you subscribing via email. Everything should be fine there. But do let me know if you have problems with my feeds / posts.

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  40. What a lovely, soothing room, Loi. I love those chairs and the curtains! How nice that your garden is being featured in Southern Living. I get that magazine and can't wait to see your garden featured. Your blue and white flowers are amazing. I remember Helen Norman's house was featured in a magazine years ago and it was lovely, especially the guest house.
    Claudia

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  41. The pouf fabric colors couldn't be any more perfect but the pattern is surprise. I never would have expected to see this kind of pattern your house. But I love surprises; I think it's great.

    I love all of your artwork. Putting together a gallery wall that sings is really quite an art all by itself. I agree with you that the one piece doesn't really work. I think it's its lack of color but sometimes it takes living with things for a while to figure them out. All of the frames are gorgeous. Gorgeous! Works of art on their own.

    I would have loved to have seen the photo shoot of your garden. And I'm looking forward to see your garden in print!

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  42. Your room is so peaceful and elegant- I can imagine you spending many quiet hours there. Your art is quite lovely- I actually like it all, especially the piece from Nantucket!

    And your garden, are there any words? Those blues and whites- just breathtaking!

    A wonderful post, as always.
    Best,
    Mimi

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  43. I just love the updates to your office and the paintings are all so beautiful. Would love the modern piece!! I don't even know where to begin on the gardens. We are just trying to find urns for the front porch at the Beaufort house and are having a time with that - oh how to get the yard done...Just simply spectacular and I'm imagining myself enjoy morning coffee in these amazing surroundings! I am a subscriber to Southern Living so will wait with anticipation for my issue!!

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  44. Hi Loi, I love the gallery wall in your home office, and I too like to bring back little bits from my travels for my home...just returned with two canvases from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg of 18th century artists...the garden is to die for...beautiful restraint, and perfect symmetry and colour...LOVE IT!
    The hydrangeas and lilies, gorgeous...mine are way behind yours! Enjoy the rest of our summer, N. xo

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  45. Seriously Loi, I love your home. Your office looks so comfy and I love everything in it. As for your gardens, seriously, I'm jealous. They're gorgeous. I would love to be able to retro my property to look like yours. How many hours do you spend in maintaining the grounds? I really do like gardening, it's just finding the time. Can't wait to receive my SL copy!
    Dawn

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  46. My favorite thing in the room is the piece of abstract art! It is fabulous!! I'm glad it is staying even though it is quite different than the other art. Who made it work! The room is so very lovely! The pouf is unexpected and fun and I love that!
    I can.not.wait. for the Southern Living issue to come out with your garden inside!!!!

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  47. man oh man, my weekend was just made! so happy to return from san diego and see these gorgeous photos and the gracious nod to me and my blog. thank you, loi! love seeing how the office came together and for the taste of the southern living feature. hopping over to bloglovin now.

    hugs.

    michele

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  48. Of course, your office and garden are perfection. Wish I could grow my beloved Annabelles in SW Florida. I do miss all the summer flower arrangements I made with them when I lived in the Hudson Valley. I will be looking for that issue of SL with great anticipation.
    XO, Victoria

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  49. You bet I'll be purchasing many copies once your features comes to print. So excited for you! You have created such a beautiful home and garden. What a wonderful honor to be featured in a magazine.

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  50. Such a lovely room Loi! Congratulations on the garden feature, I can't wait to see it. Your garden is so beautiful and peaceful.
    happy sunday,
    joan

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  51. Hi Loi,
    Your white garden is such an inspiration to me! I've wanted to do one for years, and am researching some xeriscape plants that might work in my semi-arid region. I also enjoyed seeing your home office - a little more whimsical facet of your personality. I love how you used items from friends and things that have sweet memories attached.
    -Revi

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  52. DEAR LOI! Ohhh, don't feel badly, I have NO clue as to what this Google Reader is that is disappearing tomorrow! But if you joined Bloglovin' and have not used Google Reader as a source to feed your favorite blogs, then I THINK you should be OK. We will all see tomorrow! Thank you so much for joining Bloglovin' and for following. I just came in from sitting in our newly enclosed deck so we can enjoy the green and white garden, the birds and bunnies, BUG-FREE.

    What a magical summer it's been so far! Have a great evening my friend. Anita

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  53. Hello Loi
    Thanks for sharing your lovingly collected office and haven. I love all your original art work and you have tied all together so beautifully. I am particularly fond of the Nantucket painting and also the beautiful seascape by your friend, I shall visit her blog.

    Wishing you a week of joy

    Helenxx

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  54. your home is looking amazing! love the blues and soft colors, and i can't wait to see your gardens in southern living! :)

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  55. Everything is spectacular!!! As usual! I am super excited about seeing your home/gardens yet again in another wonderful publication! I'm still looking at the spread in Traditional Home! Of course I will be extra copies! Hoffman Media just finished shooting in my shop but it won't be anything like this! This is stunning! I wish I understood all that is going on with joining Bloglovin and Google Reader changing…hmmmm! Maybe you can explain it to me! Also…your art is amazing! Love the gallery wall!

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  56. Your art is all exquisite {of course}, but I must say that the seascape by Michele Ranard is my favorite, what a treasure. Zipping over to visit her when I finish. Your gardens are dreamy and I love the idea of the alliums coming up through the japanese anomies, mind if I copy??? It't the most sincere complement.

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  57. Wow! What a gorgeous and serene space....yet another masterpiece by the brilliant Loi! Absolutely exquisite!
    I took a peek at the original post as well....doesn't a magnificent view just elevate your day? And what a view it is! LOVE all of the art, and the new touches you have added....oh so beautiful.....
    Can't wait for the magazine to be on the shelves, dear Loi!
    Wishing you sunshine and a happy 4th, sweet friend!!!
    Thank you so much for adding the link you mentioned...you are too too kind!! :)
    Hugs,
    - Irina

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  58. What a beautiful and calm place to relax Loi......and your artwork is stunning, as is your immaculate garden!

    Have a lovely week,

    Sophia x

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  59. Teu cantinho de leitura está maravilhoso, sua galeria de arte belíssima. Mas seu jardim é uma perfeição. Parabéns pelo lindíssimo jardim cheio de lindas flores.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.
    Anajá

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  60. I want to curl up and read a book in that beautiful office (retreat!) and I can't wait to buy my copies of Southern Living!!!!

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  61. before i begin my work day, i stole a moment to read your latest post. what a way to begin my week, with serene images of stunning beauty!
    dear loi, i admire your skills indoors and out as i have always admired your spirit
    thank you for sharing such loveliness
    debra

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  62. Dear Loi,

    I enjoyed seeing the updates to your office, and the tour of your artwork. It looks as though Southern Living photographed your gardens at the absolute perfect time of year. I'll look forward to that issue.

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  63. so cool and refreshing both inside and out for these hot summer days! All the best Loi!

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  64. Your gardens are perfection.

    Berta

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  65. Oh My Mr. Loi!

    You find the best pieces! And your eye for wonderful vignettes simply can't be beaten!

    When we one day get to build our dream house in Seattle - you will be drafted together with Heiberg & Cummings, who's style I also adore. Do you know them?

    Not blogging much this summmer...

    Hugs to you!

    Mon


    P.S Michele is the best! She is a most wonderful friend and very talented.

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  66. Dearest Loi, your home is breathtakingly beautiful -- those gardens--- I can only dream of! I can't wait for that issue of Southern Living to hit the stands! I will buy many copies. Your room is gorgeous, the paintings are beautiful and that pouf is really a stand-out piece and makes the room fun and colorful! You are truly talented. thanks so much for stopping in and visiting my little ole blog - really makes me feel special!!

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  67. Oh my gosh, Loi! I have never seen so much beauty in a garden,and the light was amazing. I can't wait to see the piece in SL, and I will buy a few and give them to friends!
    Your hydrangeas are the most beautiful I have seen. This has truly been a treat!
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  68. Loi your gardens are simply mesmerizing to me! I love the new pouf for your study upstairs..
    Of course your collection of art on display is perfection!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2013 Designer Series

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  69. I love the new pouf! The art wall looks great; I love every piece you've placed there.

    Can't wait for your gorgeous garden article to be out on the news stands! I'll be sure to pick up a copy or three!

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  70. oh loi - everything looks splendid. that elephant pouf is just perfect. seems like a bit of an envelope push for you and i think it paid off. its just wonderful. ok, im DYING to know about the dark still life painting. Please tell me everything you know about it. I really am in lust over it! was that a shop extra? oh boy, now im fixated on it.

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    1. Thanks, Bethany. The still life I purchased at a shop on Portobello Rd, London. It is oil on board, and dates from the early - mid 20th century. Unfortunately, don't know the artist :(

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  71. Loi

    Love the updates to your home office...what a fun idea to use that poof! I love that abstract...something tells me if you will find another spot for it if you don't think it is quite right! Your garden as always is magnificent...I am in awe...

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  72. Loi,

    How exciting! Well if ever there is a perfect garden yours is it. Love what you've been doing with your lovely home. So relaxing and tranquil I hope you get to relax this weekend...you're always on the move.
    Happy july 4th to you,Tom and the little ones.

    Bette

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  73. Your place is so gorgeous Loi! Let us know what issue it is featured in and I will go buy one!

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  74. I can't wait for the issue to come out. I am already a subscriber but I will take your advice and buy a few extra for friends. And I can say, oh this is my friend Loi's home.... LOL

    Terri

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  75. I can't wait for the issue to come out. I am already a subscriber but I will take your advice and buy a few extra for friends. And I can say, oh this is my friend Loi's home.... LOL

    Terri

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  76. A very serene and peaceful home office, and your garden is to die for :)
    Best wishes. Happy 4th of July

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  77. you have a really nice place especially your garden. white flowers:)

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  78. Thank you so much, dear Loi! Will you be watching the big fireworks show?
    Enjoy, sweet friend!!
    Hugs,
    - Irina

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  79. How chagrinned do I feel now after my comment about not liking blue. The blues in your study are soft, soft accents not cold, cold walls, so forget what I said. Your room is restful, and my favorite painting is the Nantucket seascape. More and more, abstract painting seems appealing. (But then again, so are Belgian still lives.)

    And your blue garden! It's beautiful precisely because it is blue, a color usually so rare in gardens.

    Was in Longwood country Monday - Wednesday and your garden would fit right in. Kudos to you and your blue.
    xo,
    b

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  80. Such a gorgeous post. Your garden is amazing...we just planted lavender and it smells so good. I need to check out Lu Ru Home. Textile addiction here.

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  81. Loi,
    First off, congratulations on your Southern Living photo shoot!!!! I am a subscriber and can't wait to open up that issue and feel as if I already know that beautiful garden. So wonderful!!!

    From the new ottoman ( I love elephants) to the pillows (already popped over to check at LuRu) and the paintings...everything looks inviting and yet picture perfect.

    Hope you are staying cool and having a wonderful summer!
    xoxo Elizabeth

    ps: I'm definitely a bit behind the 8 ball when it comes to losing google reader. I'm on bloglovin'....so hope you'll find me there!

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  82. Loi, Of Course I will be running out and picking up copies of Southern Living!! Can't wait to see your gardens! Your home-office is both beautiful and cozy. I love the elephant ottoman. It has great unexpected energy! Glad the rains stayed away for the shoot. Monica

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  83. Gorgeous and inspiring as always, Loi!
    xo,
    A

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  84. Sign me up for lots of copies - stunning! Congratulations Im so inspired to keep my dream of an all white garden having witnessed all this goodness.

    xo
    jennifer

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  85. Loi, I am always so thrilled by the views into your beautiful home. What a serene haven. And the garden is a work of art. Very much looking forward to the magazine article. xo, Phyllis

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  86. LOI!!!!!!!!!

    I just saw you "come in" at this moment! OH you poor souls out there in hot D.C.! I remember the east coast humidity and especially in your part of the map! My friend, how wonderful that you were up in Maine! Isn't it fabulous? We used to drive up to Maine from Mass. for lunch and be back on the North Shore of Boston in our apartment by dinner. Nothing like the beach, n'est-ce pas? And you went hiking and thought of MOI? Oh wonderful because I do love the birds and the moss and all the glory of nature. We finished enclosing our patio off the French doors about three weeks ago and I am practically living out on the porch. To be near the birdsongs and the trickle of my water fountain is pure ecstasy!

    Thank you for coming on by to say hello! I am going to go out gardening early tomorrow morning to beat the heat here too; I think of you often as well as I enjoy my white flowers in the midst of plump and dark green boxwoods!

    Enjoy a lovely evening my friend. Anita

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  87. What a lovely garden. Looked almost English til I saw the house. Has that not too manicured look which I love

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  88. Simply gorgeous! I may have missed it, but would you mind sharing where the pouf is from? Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, Lauren! The pouf is from Crate and Barrel. They have a few color options.

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    2. Thank you so much, Loi. You are so kind to reply so quickly!

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  89. Loi, I had to come back to take a peek at your garden photos. They're so gorgeous, and your garden is so peaceful and romantic. My mother is coming up on Tuesday of next week from Texas, and so much of my garden has been beat up by the rain this early summer, and now the terrible heat, that I am going to have to go out and buy more flowers to fill in spots, and get it up to par with where I want it to be. As usual, you're a great inspiration ... gonna totally copy the petunias in the urn ... just gotta figure out where I can get one, quick.
    xoxo,
    A

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    1. Thank you, Artie!! Here's a link to our variety of petunias:

      http://www.provenwinners.com/plants/petunia/surfinia-white-petunia-hybrid

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  90. I really thought I was seeing heaven while looking at those white and gorgeous flowers. They really are so captivating, don’t you think? My, I surely love your house. It really looks beautiful and cozy from here. Are the one who decorated the whole house? It’s really really great! Keep it up!

    http://online-phd-uk.co.uk/

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Many thanks for your visit! If you have a question, please leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Loi