Veranda March/April 2016

VERANDA is a forum for the very best in living well. Always gracious, and never pretentious, we keep readers abreast of the finest in design, decorating, luxury travel, and more, inspiring them with beauty and elegance. VERANDA is both an ideas showcase and a deeply pleasurable escape, a place where homes feel as good as they look.

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By the Numbers Forget spring cleaning—let’s decorate! Our handy primer has more than 50 swoon-worthy ways to refresh your home and say good-bye to winter. Gardens Galore Whether you have a green thumb or not, we’ve got a gallery of pinnable green spaces to inspire amateurs and connoisseurs alike. Rise and Shine You can’t predict a late frost or spring rain, but a sure sign of warmer days comes on March 13, when daylight saving time begins. Turn your clocks forward and check out our roundup of rooms we’d love to wake up in (like the one by Amelia Handegan above), plus a few with aweinspiring views. follow us…

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chasing beauty

I was recently entranced by something I saw on Instagram. No, it wasn’t someone taking a portrait with a selfie stick, a tantalizing food shot from a five-star restaurant, toned bodies at the beach, or drone footage of an exotic locale (which can often induce a strong case of wanderlust). It was a giant blue agave. The silvery gray–and– dusty blue specimen overflowed what appeared to be its 15-gallon container as well as the entire back end of the SUV it was in. That could be the perfect houseplant, I thought to myself. According to the USDA’s plant-hardiness map, I live in Zone 6 (think cold winters), which isn’t quite the same as Southern California, where agaves proliferate outdoors. In lieu of potted ferns, clipped rosemary, or a fiddle-leaf fig…

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spring fever

In Living Color Yeabridge Green and Vardo are punchy new green and teal hues from Farrow & Ball that embody the joy of spring—charming on Tessella and Bumble Bee wallpapers. From $230 a roll; The White Stuff Peacock Alley’s latest bedding collections are loaded with the kind of quiet, tactile details—stonewashed seersucker, paisley lace cuffs— that will make waking up a dream. Lizbeth and Ava, from $115; California Classics Suzanne Tucker—a protégée of design legend Michael Taylor, the pioneer who defined the pared-down sensuality of the “California look” from the 1950s through the ’80s—is a San Francisco– based practitioner whose work bridges old-world classicism with the unbuttoned lifestyle of the left coast. Her new Riviera line of outdoor furniture for Michael Taylor Designs encapsulates that aesthetic. The sculptural chaises, chairs, and tables echo…

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perfectly tailored

by the time Josie Natori showed up for her appointment at Bloomingdale’s in 1977 carrying the cotton peasant blouse she would build her lingerie brand on, she had already tried her hand at selling baskets and reproduction Chippendale furniture from her native Philippines. “I got into fashion by accident,” she says. The buyer she was meeting worked in lingerie and was intrigued by the shirt’s simple lines and handmade embroidery. She asked Natori to modify it into a nightshirt, and the resulting sleepwear—neither Frederick’s of Hollywood nor buttoned-up grand-mère—filled an empty niche in the market. “It was the right time and the right place. We came to the category with a fresh approach. Orders came in instantly.” Thirty-nine years later, the company has expanded to include everything from readyto-wear to perfume to…

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spring awakening

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garden planters

against a field of green leaves or a confetti of vivid blooms, a garden planter brings an appealing sense of focus: drawing the eye, grounding a vignette, crowning a crunchy gravel path with symmetry. A statuesque pot also works wonders indoors—in materials from terra-cotta to iron, it can transform even an ordinary ficus into something sublime.…