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Linda Vater

🌳 Garden Stylist + Designer + Writer + Media 🏡 Oklahoma City Email: info@lindavater.com

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🎁🌳🎁 Have you bought any lemon cypress this holiday season? I adore lemon cypress and this is the time of year to buy them. Look @traderjoes @wholefoods and @loweshomeimprovement ...at least in my neck of the woods. I have a really fun video I’m going to post soon about this lemony plant confection, so stay tuned!! And don’t forget to water them😮. I already lost one this season😭😱😜. . . . #christmasdecorations #bhghome #lemoncypress #victorianhouse #englishstyle #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #christmastree #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #topiary #bhg #southernliving #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #gardeninspiration #fromthegarden #gardenstyle #gardendesign #englishcountryhouse #oldhome #gardeninspiration #lindavater #bringtheoutdoorsin #oklahomacity #stilllifephotography

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✔️💚✔️ I just read the @gardenmedia trend report for 2019 (fascinating!) and one trend is the emergence/re-emergence of ‘minty’ cool colors in the garden. Minty or sage-y, this ‘reindeer-moss’ green on the arbor, gate and tuteur floats my boat, on trend or not. Actually, I would also call it ‘artemisia-green’...you? We might quibble over the name of the color, but I’d bet we would all agree it’s FABULOUS and perfect in this garden setting at @pallensmith’s Moss Mountain Farm. What say you? . . . #arbor #gardengate #gardentrends #garten #pallensmith #gartenliebe #woodbench #gardenlife #gardenliving #instagardens #outdoordecor #instagarden #earthtones #natureinspired #gardenstyle #gardendesign #garden_styles #gardeninspiration #gardeninspired #lindavater #gardentour #hometour #farmhousechristmas #farmhousestyle #gardenfurniture

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🧡🎄🧡 Don’t you LOVE the color of these wood benches and chairs and how the shade is perfect with the buttery lime wash of the brick? I forgot to ask @pallensmith what it was in the landscape that inspired this delicious hue. Swipe left to see the individual seating profiles and forms...how they are all different, but communicate in vintage, style and #farmhouse vernacular....and because of this repetition, lead the eye to the view beyond. Design tip: if you want to unify and harmonize disparate elements...like this furniture...paint it all the same color. I dare say this concept works brilliantly here! Don’t you? . . . #porchdecor #porchlife #frontporchliving #porchdecor #woodbench #gardenlife #gardenliving #instagardens #outdoordecor #christmasdecor #earthtones #natureinspired #gardenstyle #gardendesign #garden_styles #gardeninspiration #gardeninspired #lindavater #gardentour #hometour #farmhousechristmas #farmhousestyle #gardenbench

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🌳🍂🌳 These ain’t your 70’s earth tones, people. These are the colors of lichens and bark, river bottom and foggy mornings. Reflections of color and light and tones that harmonize without calling attention to themselves. I adore them. All in use at @pallensmith’s porch overlooking the Arkansas River. Sublime. . . . #porchdecor #porchlife #frontporchliving #porchdecor #gardenlife #gardenliving #instagardens #outdoordecor #christmasdecor #earthtones #natureinspired #gardenstyle #gardendesign #garden_styles #gardeninspiration #gardeninspired #lindavater #gardentour #hometour

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🎄🎁🎄 Hey guys!!! Some fun news. I don’t do contests often so listen up! I am partnering with @orchardjewelry from today until Friday December 14 for a $200 Gift Certificate holiday giveaway!🎁 I am crazy about their nature-inspired jewelry line. 🥰 (So is @marthastewart by the way, I saw the green bean earrings I so covet in her mag😉). I also have a special goodie for you too (a little project I’ve been working on!) To play: . . . Follow @orchardjewelry and @potagerblog. Tag 2 friends to play as well. Winner will be announced end of day Friday. . . . That’s it! Just peruse the site and lust after the beauties there. I bought two pieces as Christmas gifts for my sister. Again, 🎅🏻, I want the long gold green bean earrings. 😇 . . . Take advantage of this rare opportunity everyone😊❤️😊! . . . #lindavater #holidaygiveaway #giveawaycontest #gardeninspiration #natureinspired #gardengifts #gardeners #gardenlovers #instagardeners #instagardenlovers #gardendesign #topiary #gardenstyle #garden_style #orchardjewelry #jewelrygiveaway #christmasgiveaway #weekendwithtextures #gardenlife

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🎄🎁🎄 Santa too loves topiary and amaryllis bulbs and hanging out in his conservatory. He loves gardening and digging in the dirt. Great exercise he says. Helps him lose a lot of the weight he puts on over the winter months. All those tree-side cookies, you know😉. . . . . #natureinspired #victorianhouse #englishstyle #farmhousekitchen #paperwhite #embracingtheseasons #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #homeandgarden #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #topiary #kitchenwindow #southernliving #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #fromthegarden #englishcountryhouse #oldhome #santa #gardeninspiration #lindavater #candycanes #windowdesign #woodentoys #amaryllis

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🏠🎄🏠 Sometimes you just walk into a house...and it immediately feels like home. Not just ANY home, but your OWN home. Evocative of your own style, interests, color palette, values and sensibilities. Of how you LIVE in your own home, sip your wine, read your books and move through its spaces. I felt just that way yesterday @pallensmith’s Moss Mountain Farm. Far, far...far grander than my own of course. In all ways. Yet when I sat in front of the fire, perused the books shelves, noted the appointments... the rugs, the colors, the composition of furniture and rooms and prized objects...and the home’s resounding nod to history and its import..it reeked of familiarity. I knew the place, having never been there before. But actually, I guess, I have. I’ve been to Monticello and Mt. Vernon (many many times), Montpellier and Highland. Moss Mountain echoes those places, speaks of the same obsessions common to stewards of these homes, and the importance of the preservation and care of the past and what it has taught and gifted us. The homes of renaissance men and women infused with a love of learning and the love of a place. I’ll be sharing more of my time there and my thoughts of its gardens and how it relates to my own interests. Thanks Allen @pallensmith and Sam @samwise.may for how welcome you made me feel. Can’t wait to go back next year. . . . . #historichomes #loveofcountryhouses #countryhome #mossmountainfarm #freshgreenery #arkansas #englishstyle #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #mossmountainfarm #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #loveofcountryhouses #pallensmith #southernliving #gentlemanfarmer #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #fromthegarden #englishcountryhouse #oldhome #cozyhome #gardeninspiration #lindavater #stilllife

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🙏🎄🙏 Today is my birthday. My own personal New Year, to do some self reflection...make resolutions...assess my character and relationships, with myself and others. A day filled with potential and ambition...for self actualization, and self improvement (thanks @victorygirl ) and renewed commitment to health and learning. I know that all sounds kinda corny. Nevertheless, it’s true. Cuz self-knowledge is a valuable thing, right @mmmoorman @debrasuemitchell ? And a big thank you to all of you who contribute to this endeavor of growth and inspiration every day🙏🙏🙏. Image by @nativesoul_ . . . #topiary #selfreflection #lindavater #gardeninspiration #landscapedesign #gardensofinstagram #tuin #gardenlove #gardenart #gardenlife #trädgård #landscapearchitecture #horticulture #gardener #gardens #instagarden #jardin #garden_styles #landscaping #garten #gardening #topiary #mygarden #garden #gardeninspiration #gardendesign #jardim #mybirthday #oldhouselove

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🎄❤️🎄 As a birthday gift to myself, I’m heading up to Moss Mountain Farm with two buddies of mine to check out @pallensmith’s holiday halls and how they’re decked! Not to mention the grounds. There’s one more chance next week for you guys to visit during the holidays too...use code HOLIDAY10 to get a discount🎁 at checkout. If you’ve been to the farm before, what was your favorite thing? . . . #natureinspired #victorianhouse #englishstyle #farmhousekitchen #paperwhite #embracingtheseasons #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #homeandgarden #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #plaid #bhg #southernliving #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #fromthegarden #staircase #oldhome #gardeninspiration #lindavater #mossmountainfarm #stilllife

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🎄🍊🎄Am I the only one who finds it hard to interface Christmas decor...with daily life? My old house has tight spaces...I prefer to think of them as cozy...built in an era when people had less stuff, and when people were also...okay I’ll just say it...smaller. Peaceful, uncluttered coexistence of seasonal decor with the daily paraphernalia of life in a busy household (again, in tight spaces) can be a challenge. One minute something looks charming...the next it looks superfluous...and maybe like one is trying a bit too hard😉. Especially in a very busy season when clutter can really be a deterrent to efficiency. So, my holiday decorating is more simplified than perhaps yours. Mostly edibles and flowers and bulbs and greenery and flickers of candlelight here and there. And mostly tucked into the books and odds and ends that are out year round...for I am too lazy to put away, and then take back out, the things I have on more permanent display (like my topiaries and favorite pictures). Do I love the grand statements made by others? @kristywicks and @victoriamagazine, @brianbranton and @figandtwigs? ABSOLUTELY! But holiday decorations, like most things, are contextual. To the place and home where you live... and the life you live in it. So a big THANK YOU to all of you who put up trees in every room, wreathes on every window, and bows on every, well everything! You share your passion and talent and tidings with all of us to enjoy vicariously. Yet one more gift of the season. 🙏🎄🙏 . . . #natureinspired #victorianhouse #englishstyle #farmhousekitchen #paperwhite #embracingtheseasons #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #homeandgarden #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #plaid #bhg #southernliving #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #fromthegarden #englishcountryhouse #oldhome #gardeninspiration #lindavater #candycanes #stilllife

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❤️🎁❤️ What holiday projects, if any, do you have in the works today? 🎄 Goose and I are doing a little holiday decorating, but first I promised some of you a demonstration on how I made the bows for my outdoor Christmas wreaths. Head on over to my IGTV for the full demo. Hopefully it will make a LITTLE sense😉. Honestly, 🐶 seemed a but confused😜. . . . . #traditionalhome #bows #redbows #fireside #lindavater #christmasdecor #holidaydecor #wreaths #gardeninspiration #topiary #grandpup #oldhouselove #howto #kitchenfire #christmasbows #southernliving #bhghome #homeandgarden #myhomevibe

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🏡🎄🏡 What is your favorite thing about the winter months? There is much to love about the relative starkness of this time of year: the gorgeous long shadows on the face of brick and stone 🎁 The deep, deep blue #oklahomasky on a clear day 🎁 The way evergreens, especially topiary, 😉😌 take center stage and ground the garden with their strong forms 🎁 The scent of burning wood in the kitchen fireplace when returning from a cold, brisk walk 🎁 and a contented sense of calm and happy resignation that the garden is resting; the work is done, the gardener and the garden have earned their seasonal respite. . . . #gardentherapy #lindavater #gardeninspiration #landscapedesign #gardensofinstagram #tuin #gardenlove #gardenart #gardenlife #trädgård #landscapearchitecture #horticulture #gardener #gardens #instagarden #jardin #garden_styles #landscaping #garten #gardening #topiary #mygarden #garden #gardeninspiration #gardendesign #jardim #wintergarden #oldhouselove

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🎄❤️🎄 Do you live in a house with painted woodwork or stained? Or a combination? When we moved into our 1935 Tudor home, its original mahogany woodwork was left unpainted and unsullied. We later supplemented what existed by installing mahogany plantation shutters and built in cabinetry in the dining room. Yes, all this rich toned wood can make it feel dark inside sometimes. Yes, with the popularity of fresh, white painted woodwork reaching new heights, I am often tempted by its brightness and clean look. But as a devoted disciple of Alexander Pope who admonished us to ‘consult the genius of the place’, I have let this home’s genius, and architectural heritage speak to me uninterrupted. It is a classic Tudor interior. Very English. Very cozy. Very, well, library-ish and literary. (And the perfect setting for a home bar😁). And embracing, and sometimes magical. Especially in winter. So, for as long as we are its stewards, I will honor its history and design, and it will continue to speak to me as we both grow older still, in its charming English accent. 🎄 . . . #bhghome #wreath #victorianhouse #englishstyle #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #woodwork #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #oldsilver #oklahomacity #southernliving #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #fromthegarden #englishcountryhouse #oldhome #homebar #gardeninspiration #lindavater #stilllife #mahogany #traditionalhome #victoriamagazine

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🎄🎁🎄 Okay. I bought this pillow/blanket set for myself from @landsend last year and I don’t regret it for a second. Even though at the time I felt a bit guilty about it🙄. They are both on sale again this year in two different colors and are now on sale big time. Head to my stories for the links. And doesn’t Kerri do a great fluffing demo👏👏👏👏👏😘?

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🍊🎄🍊She loved the round glistening panes of the dried orange slices. She hung a few of the citrusy ornaments on the small tree...some with ethereal gold thread, some with red raffia. Magazines would call this a ‘high-low’ look, she thought. Though she just thought it was pretty. 🎄 Once she started, the fragrance of the oranges carried her away, and she found she couldn’t stop. A cascading garland of orange slices flowing from the tree top...🤔attached to a thick gold bow would work just fine as a stand in for a star. Scored and dried whole clementines were the perfect size as ornaments, slightly smaller than the glittery gold glass ones she hung earlier. 🎄 As was tradition, she dropped and shattered a couple in the process. No matter, they were neither expensive nor precious and did nothing to ruin her now sunshiny mood. 🎄 A friend had given her a birthday 🎁 gift the day before, wrapped in vibrant @toryburch orange gift wrap. She was so happy she had salvaged it...it would look so pretty reused to wrap presents of her own tucked under her citrusy small tree. “Orange and gold, orange and gold, orange and gold” kept running through her head in a Burl Ive’s voice. 🎄 Then, still not sated by her evergreen and citrus obsession, she went to the kitchen, lured by the prospect and scent of a golden tangerine pyramid, redolent of cinnamon and clove. 🍊🎄🍊 ***go to my stories for all the supplies I used***🎄 . . . #bhghome #citrus #victorianhouse #englishstyle #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #christmastree #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #pomander #bhg #southernliving #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #fromthegarden #englishcountryhouse #oldhome #gardeninspiration #lindavater #stilllife #pomanders

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🍊🎄🍊 I so love and relate to the aesthetic of @brianbranton. Are you familiar with him? His use of deep, rich, old-home, spot-on colors...his decorative appointments, perfectly calibrated in quantity and selection...speak to me and my own historic house. Case in point:🎄. This gorgeous, citrus-inspired tree is very similar to a smaller version I did in my living room last year. It radiates a glass window-like freshness...yet is imminently old fashioned and traditional. Glistening round panes of orange citrus 🍊 and clove scented and studded orbs. Later, the birds will enjoy the citrusy remains...no need to pack away these fragrant ornaments. Make sure to follow him if you’re not already. What I would give to be able to go on his home tour this holiday season! 🎄 🎄 🎄 #bhghome #citrus #victorianhouse #englishstyle #countryhome #oldhouse #oldhouselove #christmastree #christmasdecor #christmasdecorating #pomander #bhg #southernliving #hyggelife #hyggehome #christmas2018 #myhomevibe #gardenlife #fromthegarden #englishcountryhouse #oldhome #gardeninspiration #lindavater #stilllife

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