Gracie’s Happy Dance!

What's going on in your garden?

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I smell a pesky rabbit!


Hope you're as happy as they are!

Shelter

shelter

Friday was a fine day for a slow drive along the back roads of the bluegrass. We found ourselves at a wonderful resting place and realized once again that it's the unexpected stops along the journey that are often the most rewarding.

It was the kind of day that draws us out of the classroom and into the country, which always brings us to a good place, both physically and mentally. It was warm, very warm, and we were soon seeking shelter from the sun.

Imagine drifting through the long summer season, with all the time in the world to wonder about anything & everything.

Imagine needing only to find shelter from the sun on a warm summer day.

Imagine knowing that your shelter is standing right next to you...

Gainesway Farm

Kentucky is a very special place.
Life in the bluegrass is simple & rare
and we are grateful to call it home.
Lexington is also home to the Beck family & Gainesway Farm.

On 1,500 acres of rolling farmland,
Antony & Angela Beck and their children
tend to horses, spectacular gardens and everyday life.

Summer is in full swing
and there is plenty of barefoot fun outside. Angela Beck
often hosts moonlit dinner parties on the endless lawn,
that are as simple as they are rare. Tables are draped in a popular pattern from her textile design business,
Pomegranate Inc.

Designed by Louisville architect Dan Preston to honor the rich history of Gainesway, the Becks’ home was modeled after the homestead of a Lexington tobacco farm.

"The interior is much more relaxed
than the exterior would lead you to believe,”

says Angela.

Antony Beck,
who is president of Gainesway,
is proud of his Thoroughbred horse farm.

 "The reasons go beyond the joy of working with
the most trusting, beautiful animals,"

he hastens to add, Gainesway was the first Thoroughbred
farm in the world to gain accredited arboretum status.

The gardens are his passion. He decompresses at the end of the day by strolling the grounds. Antony, who inherited his love of gardens from his mother, worked with garden designer David Hruska to create dozens of formal, English style gardens.

But that’s not to suggest that the grounds of Gainesway are too fussy. A brand new tree house, not to mention dogwoods
at the entrance (one planted for each of the children), quickly reveal the Becks’ priorities. The children help out & definitely have fun getting their hands dirty.

As you move through the garden, it’s like going from one room to another. each has it’s own theme.
The Blue & White garden with its Russian sage
and allium, the Fleur di lis Garden, and Rosemary’s Garden, named for Rosemary Verey, the legendary British garden designer. The combination vegetable-fruit-rose garden
at Gainesway was designed by Verey and was one of the last projects she completed.

Gainesway Farm is indeed a very special place.
Not all kids live on 1,500 acres and have a horse.
Or, needless to say, an arboretum for a backyard.

Antony & Angela Beck will tell you,

"Not a day goes by that we don’t consider ourselves very lucky to live here."

photos by Pieter Estersohn for Southern Accents

Delightful comments from readers on original posting of May 29, 2009
I would love to hear from you too!
coco said...

What a beautiful place...I have seen it featured in a magazine and kept some of the pages for my inspiration files. Thanks for the pomegranate link, I think I have stumbled upon it before but never saved it, this time I won't make that mistake! Hope you are having a great week!
Coco

May 20, 2009 11:33 PM
 
 
Maria Killam said...

Wow that is for sure "not a day goes by. . . " that place is amazing! Thanks for showing it!

May 20, 2009 11:46 PM
 

Alicia said...

Stately & charming. I expected to see a proper English hunting party ride across the hills towards the house but no, rather a familiar name popped up.
I adore Pomegranate. They were a mainstay at the home boutique I ran & yes I have several patterns in my linen closet. A side note...cold water wash delicate dry & voila, color stays & stains don't.
As always Lisa another delight for the senses.
Best to the family for your long weekend.

May 21, 2009 12:55 AM
 

Diann said...

Beautiful. I would love to see the interior!

May 21, 2009 10:58 AM
 

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

How gorgeous, all that well-manicured land and horses too! Love their story and sounds like they appreciate it. Thank you for the link love Lisa, just saw it. Your blogs is a wealth of information.

May 21, 2009 2:45 PM

 

Montee said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful place with us. I love Kentucky, especially the Lexington area. My paternal grandmother was born in Frankfort, KY and I have aunts, uncles and cousins still living in that area. My husband was a coach for the Louisville Bats one summer and so we were able to spend some time in that beautiful state. I wanted to go to The Derby, but our schedule prevented that.

May 21, 2009 4:59 PM

 

Renae said...

This is exactly how I picture Kentucky. I have driven through a few times but never spent any time. Maybe it's time for a road trip. Images are stunning!
Blessings...

May 21, 2009 7:23 PM

 

My Notting Hill said...

Beautiful gardens. I can't get over that really large pergola.

May 23, 2009 9:28 PM

 

Cote de Texas said...

What a life!!!

May 24, 2009 5:56 AM

 

Jo said...

Simply beautiful ~ thank you for the inspiration and ideas as we work on our garden and lawn this weekend.
Find time to relax ~
Jo

May 24, 2009 6:47 AM

 

Velvet and Linen said...

What a gorgeous place!
Thank you for sharing.
xo
Brooke

May 25, 2009 3:00 PM

 

Love Where You Live said...

Love the idea of the garden party at this magnificent place. So pretty. Thanks for stopping by the other day. I've missed my friends in blog land. -Susan

May 26, 2009 11:54 PM

 

SOPHIE DAHY DESIGNS said...

What a lovely, gracious home! I love reading your blog! You really do personify what is truly beautiful in life!

May 27, 2009 7:38 AM

 

sophiedahydesigns said...

We are getting ready for my 11 year old granddaughter's birthday dinner. I have a collection of Pomegranate cloths that I use on the patio. She chose the pink and green with the hummingbirds--it goes with her Lilly theme! It was fun after reading your post!

May 28, 2009 2:02 PM

 

Millie said...

Just a delight Lisa & despite it's formality, the house & garden look like very relaxing places to chill out.
Millie ^_^

May 31, 2009 11:25 PM

 

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Lisa,
I followed a link from a comment on Coty's lovely blog...and it led me to your beautiful blog. I was so tickled to find this post. I just added a front porch onto my home around 3 years ago, and the photo you show of the porch...was the inspiration photo I gave to my contractor. :-) As I recall, I saw it in either Southern Homes or Southern Accents...hard to remember now. I so enjoyed seeing the rest of this wonderful farm/home in your post...thanks so much for sharing all these great pics and the details about this beautiful place! My son just finished his 2nd year of law school in Ohio and he has made so many wonderful friends who are from the great state of Kentucky. It truly is a special place! :-)
Susan

July 1, 2010 10:50 PM

White on White

When I want to clear my head...

or simply freshen things up a bit
I always think of white.

Waterworks

A white ceiling fan swirls breezes in the
New York apartment of
Wolfman & Gold.

Vellum-covered side chairs by
Karl Springer
compliment a white pine table.

White furnishings settle in comfortably
in an English timbered barn.

Fresh white linens inspire good sleep.


The
warmth & charm
of handmade ceramics.


Butcher paper & string for
storing sliced cookies.


Whites change with the day & allow
everything inside to fade out & the
view to come in.


White may appear
opaque or translucent.

Waterworks

Casual and always refreshing.

Crisp, carefree and illuminating.


It takes a great deal of courage
to design in white.

And sometimes it takes no courage at all.


Bailey's Home and Garden
When considering white
or any color, visit my friend
Maria Killam!
She is the expert at

A Sunny Disposition

It's
been said that nothing
says summer better than
sunflowers.

'Velvet Queen'
is stunning in gold, orange and red
and statuesque at 5 feet tall.
'Lemon Aura'
has double, crested, four-inch blooms
on plants four to six feet tall.

Sunflowers are heat lovers!

A
whimsical & amusing
landscape statement.

It's a creative way
to celebrate the season.

A cheering chorus of sunflower 'Waooh'

Fully double and crested

'Starburst Mix'

'Claret' is a six-foot-tall stunner!

Sit back & enjoy the sun!

p.s. don't forget the sunscreen...

Mr. Charming

Allow me to introduce
the charming
Lee Bailey.
I had the pleasure of spending some time
with this gentleman many years ago,
when I coordinated a book signing
for him at Williams-Sonoma.
I am not exaggerating when I tell you
the ladies were
swooning!
In his book
Southern Food and
Plantation Houses,
he slows the pace and in no time
you find yourself on a porch
beneath moss-hung live oaks, 
enjoying berry sherbet on a balmy
southern afternoon.

Lee Bailey takes us to
Natchez, Mississippi,
the home of his favorite Aunt Freddie.
It is also where Mr. Bailey pays tribute
to the memory of a small band
of purposeful ladies who began the
Natchez Pilgrimage almost a half century ago.
He enlisted the help of the
Pilgrimage Garden Club,
which has been organizing tours of these homes
since 1932.

The result is a glorious celebration
of Natchez and it’s long tradition of great
American cooking!

A festive supper at
Twin Oaks.
Elegant & unpretentious from 1810
& listed in the National Register of
Historic Places.

Pickled okra & butter beans at
Hope Farm.
It’s modest & austere beginnings
proudly displayed.
It was a farm, not a mansion,
and therein lies it’s charm!

Pie on the back screened gallery
built in 1775.

Or enjoy peach & meringue shortcake
and breathtaking views of gardens 
at Dunleith,
the quintessential southern mansion,
as seen through the branches of the
great oaks planted over a century ago.
Pineapple & Lemon Mousse
would be perfect! 


You would most likely find me at
Lansdowne.
Built in 1852,
a country house in the sense that it is
situated in splendid isolation outside of
the city limits.
Approaching it through dense, cool trees,
I would enjoy a relaxing supper on the patio
with
Clara Nell Adams
and her fabulous white chocolate cake.
If this doesn’t have you humming
Dixie, I don’t know what will.
Enjoy!

In the Garden with Gracie

Gracie & Me

Gracie & Me
It's time to get back out in the garden mom!


A soft scratch after a good days work sweet girl. Thanks for being at my side.

Tromp l'oeil

Tromp l\

Tromp l'oeil, the art of playfully exploring the boundary between image & reality.

Graham Rust, an artist from Great Britain, has distinguished himself as a master of the art!

A fanciful form of architectural Tromp l'œil known as quodlibet, was used by painters in the 17th century to “open up” the space of a wall or ceiling.

His masterpiece, ten years in the making, a mural at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, England.
For a more in depth look at this amazing artist & his beautiful work, be sure and visit Annechovie, where my good friend Anne Harwell has included Graham Rust in her wonderful Artist Portrait series.