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THE ART OF THE HOME

Every designer starts somewhere. For Dallas-based interior designer Shannon Bowers, her first full-scale home project is one that has yet to end. “I started work on this Dallas home more than a decade ago,” recalls Bowers, “but it’s ongoing since the rooms are always evolving and changing.”

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ENDURING GARDENS

Just as Toledo’s Galiana Palace has stood in place since its construction in the thirteenth century, so have its gardens flourished. The plantings — rocketing cypresses, bountiful olives and pomegranates, oranges, myrtles, and figs—have come to mirror in form the edifice’s Moorish and Romanesque architectural styles. At this point in the garden’s long evolution, the outdoor rooms meld effortlessly with those of the palace, which remains privately owned.

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BLANK CANVAS

When interior designer Ray Booth began his work on the Southampton, New York, home of his clients-turned-friends, he immediately recognized that the project involved as much an editing of what existed as it did a reinventing of what wasn’t yet in place. Booth, a partner of McAlpine Architecture and Interiors, who resides in both New York and Nashville, began a detailed process of deciding what he would, and could, keep.

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A PIECE OF FRANCE

The formulas for making the fine Bordeaux bottled by this French winemaking family are complex. Yet, every time a cork is popped and a glass poured, the result is something perfectly in balance. Serge Castella and Jason Flinn, noted Spanish-based designers and antiques dealers, sought to achieve the same kind of balance when they conceived the interior design scheme for a home on the grounds of a winery estate in the south of France.

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COLLECTIVE COLLABORATION

Tucked into the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and less than a three-hour drive from Atlanta, the Highlands-Cashiers region has been a prized mountain retreat for Southern families since the late 1800s. For an outdoorsy New Orleans couple and their three children, it was an inspired choice.

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FINDER'S KEEPERS

Some antiques dealers buy special furnishings for their personal use at home and later sell them. Not Bill Gardner, who owns W. Gardner, Ltd., an emporium of fine imported antiques in Houston. For him, the antiques that fill his home are like old friends. He hangs on to them. He cherishes their unique qualities. He enjoys sharing stories about them.


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Fabulous treasures found at Muriel Brandolini in Southhampton @murielbrandolini @lifebymb#MurielBrandolini #Designer #Fabrics #Furnishings #Clothing #Southhampton #InteriorDesign #Inspirational #MILIEU
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Beautiful giant Linden espaliers at the magnificent Marders Nursery in Bridgehampton NY @mardersnursery#LindenEspaliers #Gardens #MardersNursery #Landscape #HomesAndGardens
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Southhampton Duck and Duckling Crossing. #Southhampton #Ducks #Ducklings #Photoshoot #MILIEU
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GEORGIA ON HIS MIND

When Atlanta-based architect Keith Summerour began designing his weekend home outside the tiny town of Gay, Georgia, he found most of what he needed in his three-hundred-acre backyard.
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