I have a collection of her books, my favorite being A Passion for Detail. Every page bursting with superb photography and exquisite room drawings. It's a sumptuous showcase of interior decorating ideas and trendsetting design details that add rich character to any home. My copy is 'well-loved'.
On April 28th, Charlotte's newest book, Garden Inspirations will be available—just in time for Spring and Summer. And I am so stinking excited people! Here is a quick overview of her newest treasure.
An Inviting EntryJust as an empty chair welcomes a visitor with its open arms so, too, can the approach to a house. These hornbeam hedges line one side of the drive, while a double border acts as another screen and backdrop to the white fence along the road. There is a feeling of anticipation mixed with invitation. The same principle of invitation can be translated from one discipline to another. Gardening, architecture, landscape design, and interior design: The atmosphere of the garden is the single most important element—that ephemeral quality gardeners seek where all the senses are awakened and the essence of the place is etched in our memories.
A Winding Meandering Path
Roses, Roses, and......
Once a year we have this joy, the joy that roses bring…persuading us, imploring us, to enjoy the moment! Anyone who grows roses, has grown roses, or reads or dreams about growing roses knows one thing: Roses are not without their challenges. However, the benefits, the beauty, and the joy far exceed any and all heartache. We must have roses!
Herbs and Edibles
Wildflowers!Wildflowers grow in a world with no rules. They preach what there is and to make the most of it. Growing up, I remember picking blackberries along the road to our home and grabbing honeysuckle, Queen Anne's lace, and chicory. I remember the lady slipper orchids that we found in the woods. I would bring them home for arrangements. It was there, deep in the woods, that I learned to appreciate beauty in its natural habitat, and that the simple things can be the most sublime.
A Collection Of Pretty Containers
Garden rooms filled with silver vessels, woven baskets, and blue-and-white porcelain containers are a beautiful thing indeed. I am not a vase snob, by which I mean, if I like it, I buy it. Whether from a thrift shop or an antiques shop, the provenance is irrelevant when it comes to collecting vases. Things find you along your path or you find them—there was an emotional reaction that caused the two of you to go home together. I don't know how many vases I own, but I find that there is always some shape, some size, some color that has escaped me. As a collector…nothing beats the thrill of the hunt. Antique, new, thrift shop—the origin is unimportant.
A Quiet Spot To Sit
Gardening. You can be at it for a few minutes or a few hours—it never really matters, because the joy is in the doing. While gardens are truly personal, intimate endeavors, these are some essentials for carving out a perfect patch.
THE DOMESTIC CURATOR