Greek Revival Home of Landscape Designer Jon Carloftis

Before you even walk through the front door of a landscape designer’s home, you can probably guess that you’re in for a treat.

Symmetry, scale and a keen eye for detail are, after all, a part of a landscape designer‘s day to day routine.

So maybe we weren’t surprised, per se, when we first got a peek inside Jon Carloftis’s stunning home. But we were delighted all the same!

It’s one of those places that seems effortlessly thrown together yet perfectly choreographed.

Each and every moment is perfectly collected and completely refined but nothing seems overly planned,

As though the bulk was planned but some of the details came together of their own accord.

In fact, we’d say, these interiors are a bit like the perfect garden.

Because, in our homes, our gardens and our lives, sometimes the most beautiful moments are the surprises, the things that weren’t ever a part of the plan to begin with.

A fresh wood pile ready for the fire is a charming reminder of the outdoors.

You really can’t ever have too many silver treasures–especially julep cups, which have so many uses!

A blend of masculine and feminine elements in this room make it cozy and just a hint rustic.

Maybe this is an author’s perspective, but you can really never have too many books. And a landscape designer’s home must have plants! They’re the perfect combination.

Few home styles are as classic and traditional as a beautiful Greek Revival

The peerless landscape surrounding this home is the icing on the cake! What is your favorite part of this fabulous Greek Revival?

What Splendid Sass had to Say about Slightly South of Simple: (That is a LOT of good alliteration!)

“I have just finished Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey. As with the other two books Kristy wrote, Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love, I fell in love with this book. Kristy is a great Southern author, writing about strong women and their love and support for each other. Family is at the forefront of each book… creating a storyline that makes this book one of the best I have read.”
Teresa, Splendid Sass

Things We Love: Garden Gates

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Jean Allsopp Photography

 

These long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the splendor of a beautiful garden

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

While flowers, shrubs and green things of every kind are certainly the main event of any garden, there’s one essential that we think adds so much charm and style:

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A fabulous garden gate!

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From a sophisticated pergola overflowing with flowers,

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To a simple gate that whispers “welcome,”

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Architectural Digest

From a simple, classic wrought iron,

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Hollander Design

To a stunning style with automatic open,

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Hollander Design

There are so many styles to enhance a garden of any size or type.

 

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Jean Allsopp Photography

A gate is a perfect opportunity to insert another material into a pretty brick wall,

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Jean Allsopp Photography

Or create a secret passageway in a stone enclosure.

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Jean Allsopp Photography

Dark stains blend with the wood around,

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Hollander Design

 

While white makes an elegant statement–especially when combined with white florals on the front. What is your favorite type of garden gate?


 

What Exquisitely Unremarkable is saying about Slightly South of Simple:

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“I have read Kristy’s other two books, Dear Carolina and Lies And Other Acts Of Love, and while I completely enjoyed both, [Slightly South of Simple] really hit home.  I don’t know if it was the fact that it’s set at the beach ~ where I live ~ or that there were references to NY ~ where I also live ~ that it’s the story about three sisters and their widowed mom ~ hello, that’s my family ~ or the fact that I myself am the mom to girls.  Or maybe it was those references to 9/11. I swear, the conversation in the book is the exact one I had with my own husband on that terrifying morning. So much of what Kristy had written felt familiar. I just couldn’t put it down.  Of course, even if you don’t have the same connections that I have, you’ll still love this one. The characters are likable, the Southern setting is dreamy, there are tears, laughter, surprises, secrets and best of all, romance. The perfect summer read.” Kim, Exquisitely Unremarkable
I’ll be on tour this week! Come see me!

July 13: Sky Valley Literary Luncheon, Sky Valley Country Club, Sky Valley, GA, 12 pm

July 14: Highlands Golf and Country Club, Talk, Luncheon and Book Signing, 981 Dillard Road, Highlands, NC 28741

July 14: Signing, Acorns Shop at Old Edwards Inn, Nantahala National Forest, 465 Main St, Highlands, NC 28741, 2-4 pm

July 15: Atlanta Market, Codarus Showroom 240 Peachtree St N.W., Suite 15-A-1, Atlanta, Ga 30303, 404.749.5050, Signing 1-3 pm

Thanks so much to everyone who has taken the time to read my latest novel Slightly South of Simple! I am so grateful to each and every one of you. If you have read, would you consider writing a brief review on Amazon? You don’t have to have purchased there to review, and reviews help authors so very much! Thanks for all your support!

Things We Love: Pea Gravel

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Howard Design Studio

Mom and I have both always loved infomercials. I know. They’re worse than reality TV. But it’s not like you set out to watch an infomercial. It’s something that just sort of happens. Not so much anymore, but, back in the days before DVR and OnDemand, we’d be up late, and one would just come on. And then we’d get sucked in, and, before we knew it, we were pulling out our credit card  (Well, Mom’s credit card. I was a child.) and ordering Yoga Booty Ballet because the next fifty callers got a free set of resistance bands.

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House Tour:Art Deco Revival

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You know we love simplicity in the interior. But when those clean lines and pared down color palettes translate to the exterior as well we couldn’t be more thrilled. This Buckhead home from Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle is a stunning example of an Art Deco Revival.  Open, bright, light and with just the right amount of exterior detail, it goes without saying that we can’t wait to peek inside this beauty!

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Things We Love:Boxwood

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Hi, friends! Are you having a good week? We sure hope so! I had a signing for Lies and Other Acts of Love with one of my favorite authors, Mary Alice Monroe, day before yesterday, and Mom got to come too! Everyone had so much fun at the event that we didn’t get home until midnight and, in the shock of being out so late on a school night, we, um, forgot what day it was. Hence the sharing of our Friday favorites on Thursday. But any day is a good day to share favorite links from around the web, right? We hope you’ll forgive us!

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Bunny Williams On Garden Style

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Oh, Bunny Williams… We just love her. Don’t you? Getting to hear Bunny (we’re pretending we’re on a first name basis so let’s just go with that, okay?) speak at the Design Bloggers Conference was such a treat for us, and hearing that one of her amazing books was going to be re-released was almost as exciting!

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 The only thing as classic as Bunny herself is her timeless design sensibilities. She just keeps getting better!

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