• Italian inspired garden moodboard | totallybydesign

    Roman garden inspiration for small city garden

    After fun filled, although sometimes frustrated search (favorite Anthropologie planters sold out!) my Roman inspired garden mood board is ready. Now the hard part, making it happen. I cannot wait to share the results! Clockwise from top left: Planters: Pottery Barn Umbria planters Outdoor sofa: Patricia Uroquiola “Foliage sofa” at Hive Modern Aged scalloped planters: Jayson Home Plant pot with saucer: Ikea Decorative outdoor pillows: Blossom pillow West Elm and striped pillow West Elm Nasturtium “Gleam Salmon”: Floret Flower Farm Jardin Bistro Folding Dining Set: West Elm Rosemary in clay pot: Burpee Lanterns: Anthropolgie  

  • Gardner Museum floral inspiration | totallybydesign.com

    Spring floral inspiration – Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    It has been rather unseasonably cold in Boston this spring. My courtyard garden as well as the community plot are still looking gray and drab. It was tough to get inspired to create this year’s theme for the garden. That is correct, this year I want to create a themed backyard. Subtle, inspired by my latest upcoming travel destination, and really an ‘interpretation of’ rather than imitation.  The idea crystalized on the same day that I received lovely message from one of the hosts of my photography workshop. “Count the days!” she wrote, and I am. The same day I was attending landscape architecture lecture series at the Gardner Museum and…

  • London Guide | totallybydesign.com

    Wanderlust: London Guide

    My recent trip to England started with a whirlwind day and a half in London. From the moment I resurfaced from the tube station at Holborn coming from Heathrow Airport, the game was on. I was meeting my brother for a day (him en route to Scotland, me making my way to rural Dorset), the time was short. We bumped into each other outside the station, what are the odds. Our meeting place was carefully pre-arranged at the hotel cafe, with plan B and C of course, knowing me…We dropped the bags and instantly headed down the first street that looked interesting. We meandered through Soho, posed for touristy photos…

  • Shaftesbury cottages | totallybydesign.com
    Garden,  Travel

    English cottages of Shaftesbury

    I saw the Gold Hill in Shaftesbury on Instagram some time ago and frankly, I thought it was at least a little bit doctored image…How could this fairy tale really exist! When I arrived in Shaftesbury recently for a photography retreat with Marte Marie Forsberg, I made sure to arrive the afternoon before. I needed my time with Gold Hill. I left the bag at the hotel and instantly went for a stroll through town. I admit, I was a bit chocked up when two minutes later, following the crooked path behind the church, I saw the cottages of Gold Hill. I even took a selfie (gasp!) for my parents.…