Full disclosure I am not the best photographer by a long shot but spring is my very favorite time of the year and I’m always up for a good house and garden tour. Allergies aside, I love flower gardens and am inspired by the creativity of the landscape designs that I have enjoyed touring over the years. So May has been my official kick off of the house and garden tours that I plan to indulge in over the next several months. If we’re lucky I’m hopeful my photography skills will improve. Even though I was disappointed by the shots I captured in the blinding sun recently, I wanted to share a few from my tour of the British (seen above) and Denmark embassies in D.C. and a local public garden in suburban Maryland.
Contrary to popular opinion neutrals aren’t necessarily boring. Vibrant colors have their place but sometimes the peaceful calmness of a neutrally decorated home is the ideal environment for renewing one’s spirit and offers a needed contrast to all the external noise in one’s life. The home featured in this post is the New York apartment of San Francisco-based designer Douglas Durkin. His use of texture and various finishes adds interest to his Manhattan pied-a-terre.