Inside a Dreamy English Estate.

Two blog posts in one week about the Brooks family! This is the home of fashion insider Amanda Brooks and her husband painter Christopher Brooks, who was once married to Miranda Brooks, the landscape genius who designed Anna Wintour's magical gardens. (The gardens here were Miranda's first garden ever, she and the family are still close!)  The English farm house was where Christopher was born and raised, but Amanda and her family were using it as a vacation house for a only couple of weeks each year.   One day, burnt out from NYC life - the striving, oh the striving! - Amanda suggested to her … [Read more...]

Anna Wintour’s Wild Garden

Off in Long Island, in an unfashionably distant location from the Hamptons pristine beaches, Anna Wintour sits atop 40 acres of old farm land that she and landscape architect Miranda Brooks have transformed into a wild, effortless, rambling, beautiful exercise in homesickness, as Miranda called it. The two are both English and they connected twenty five years ago, and planted this magnificent garden. Everything is meant to look casual and elegant and wildly beautiful, but of course, it is all meticulously planned and cared for. It feels like a story book, like a fable. Gardening is like a … [Read more...]

An Exclusive Look | Celerie Kemble’s Playa Grande

Remember seeing Celerie Kemble's Dominican Republic dreamscape in last month's AD? A magical resort of 13 bungalows that she designed on 2,000 acres along a stretch of sand called Playa Grande? It's a pastellica heaven that looks like it's made of celadon icing and Chantilly lace. After AD published them, I just wanted to see MORE? Know what I mean? I knew Patrick Cline had shot the resort for Celerie months before, and we got the thumbs up to share all his never-before-seen photos of Playa Grande on the blog! I've been so excited to share this with you all, and I could hardly narrow it down … [Read more...]

Pick Me Up |A lovely Amagansett Garden.

I can almost smell summer. Wild leafy gardens are the stuff of dreams right now. Amagansett home, designed by landscape architecture firm Oehme van Sweden. … [Read more...]

Daytripping: Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Yesterday, my family and I were all still sitting around in our pajamas at 11 am, and thinking of places to go to get out of the city. (Parade Sundays are always horrible.) I googled "Day trips from Manhattan" and on the first page was a link to Blue Hill at Stone Barns. THIS. We are doing this, I said, after poking around their site for a minute or two. Technically, Blue Hill is the restaurant and Stone Barns is the name of the farm. They are two separate entities that work together. The farm is a working farm, 25 minutes out of Manhattan. The farm was built by the Rockefellers in the 1890s, … [Read more...]