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Happy Magical Plant World – Terrain!

This past weekend my dear friend, Nancy De Weir Geaney, took me to Terrain in Westport, CT. I was blown away! This stylist’s heart starting beating faster and faster from delightful visual overload. I’ve been a big fan of Terrain’s site and blog for a while and still the Westport store is a might see experience. It was just as sweet that I was there with Nancy who teaches workshops @ Terrain on vegetable dying linens, eggs and probably anything that will hold veggie dye!

Terrain’s store is massive (17,000 sq ft), it’s a cluster of giant cathedral ceilings greenhouses that are all connected and filled with the most magical garden and home decor. Plants, terrariums, gardening containers, wood, soaps, furniture, tableware, books, jewelry, accessories, restaurant and a bar!

Most of the plants I’ve never seen in person, each one had a distinct personality. It worth a day trip to Westport – take in the store, shop and sit down for a meal in the Garden Cafe.

Now that Spring has finally arrive to dissolve the Arctic Tundra of the NorthEast I will be returning soon to the Westport Terrain for gardening goodies and inspiration. There’s also a second location in Glen Mills, PA south of Philly.

PS – Look for upcoming piece on Nancy De Weir Geaney.








Terrain-Westport-5Pics courtesy of Terrian.

Parties, Delectables & Pretty Things

Julianne Moore is a winner!

Julianne Moore’s West Village townhouse is directly across the street from one of my BFFs. For years I’ve peeked in through the windows and interrogated my friend for more interior info. Luckily she’s just as curious as me.

Mostly I walk away excited that Julianne and I share the same inexpensive giant paper lantern as a main light fixture! To me that made Julianne ultra cool and down to Earth!!! My friend and I have often seen Julianne in the hood or at our favorite local eats. She’s very laid back and nice, she’s got natural beauty and style!

So besides being happy that she’s finally an Oscar winner I’m equally excited that her backyard was just featured in one of my favorite design sites- Remodelista/Gardenista. Julianne also shares my love for Staghorn ferns!

Here are some photos. I LOVE the wall of staghorn ferns and the tree branch art installation tree house! Below is the link for Gardenista’s article and a link to Architectural Digest’s article by Simon Doonan.







Photos courtesy Architectural Digest.

Gypsy Travels

Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine LA

When I lived in LA one of my special power spots was the serene and beautiful Self Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine Temple, and it still is. If you’re one for lush beautiful gardens and major tranquility then you must go for a visit. It’s ten-acres of gardens, natural spring fed lake, swans, ducks, koi fish and plant life from around the world make this wonderment one of a kind. Even a portion of Gandhi’s ashes is enshrined there!

This magical spot came through a real dream of an oil company executive. He woke up in the middle of the night dreaming of the property as a “Church for All Religions”. After having the dream three times that same night he woke up and looked up “Church of All Religions” in the phone book. The only listing was for the Self-Realization Fellowship Church of All Religions in Hollywood. Blown away by his dreams he decided to contact Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters. Paramahansa Yogananda, founder of SRF, came to the phone and before the man could say anything, Paramahansa said “You have property for sale? When can I see it?”. He visited the property the next day and quickly starting plans for the open-air shrine of all religions he wished to establish in Los Angeles.

The Self-Realization Fellowship @ Lake Shrine is a place where one can go mediate, have a wedding ceremony, stay and do a meditation retreat. It’s doors are open to all. When you walk the grounds – the air smells cleaner, the sunlight bounces off the lake and the greenery and environment hug you.

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