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Sweet AndalucĂ­a Kim Ficaro Veronica Beard Woodland Beauty Elizabeth Kennedy Old Westbury Gardens

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For the unique woman that is feminine and layered like a rose. She is wild and free like ivy.

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ach issue begins with a certain idea or inspiration and grows into something unique and special. For the sixth issue, the second in print, it was gardens. For as long as I can remember, they have enchanted me with their beauty. Growing up, my grandma had a flourishing garden with perfectly sheered hedges, fragrant rose bushes and pear trees that I had hoped to climb one day - when I got old or tall enough. Thinking back, her yard probably wasn’t as big as I remember, but that feeling of magic still remains. Some of my fondest childhood memories were there, running free on the grass in my bare feet and just feeling an abundance of happiness. Nature has the ability to do that to you, which is why traveling to Andalucía, Spain for the issue was an obvious choice. It is where you can experience mountains, the sea and gardens on overdose - they are everywhere and one is better than the next. I can say that after visiting the Alhambra and the Alcázar's gardens, I didn't realize that I could encounter a place that exuded such perfection. Closer to home, the romantic gardens of Old Westbury greet you with sprawling green lawns and formal gardens, it is a wonderful escape. When it comes to flowers, I usually don't play favorites, but I do have a soft spot for peonies – so much so that they served as the only flowers in my wedding bouquet. Until recently, little did I

know that about an hour outside of Manhattan, an oasis called Peony's Envy was just waiting to be discovered. It should be on any flower lovers place to visit. I was incredibly fortunate to meet and interview three amazing designers, Veronica Beard’s Veronica Swanson Beard, Veronica Miele Beard and Elizabeth Kennedy. These three women are creating beauty through silhouette, whether that be a jacket that fits you like a glove to an unbelievably feminine dress handmade in New York's Garment District. I have long admired Kim Ficaro's styling work, so I am thrilled that I was able to showcase her new line Totem Home. The collection was captured through the lens of the incredibly talented photography duo, Gentl & Hyers. I am beyond grateful to have their work in this issue. All of these creators show that if you have an idea and work hard at it, amazing things can happen. As you might know, the ROSE & IVY ethos is about cultivating beauty and seeing it in the ordinary and extraordinary. I hope as you flip through each of the pages in this edition that you are left happier, inspired and just like a walk through a garden - it has the ability to make you dream.

Cheers,

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Editor, photographer & stylist Alison Engstrom graphic designer Monica Picca For advertising, press, product consideration or to contribute to the next issue please contact alison@roseandivyjournal.com

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CONTENT 40

A Nomadic Wanderer 46

48 Hours in Madrid 52

Woodland Beauty 60

Deliciously Vanilla 64

Sweet Andalucía 90

In the Artist’s Studio 96

Ripened on the Vine 102

On the Green Grass 114

In the Atelier 120

A Tale of a Sleeping beauty 128

A World Away 134

The Final Note

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STYLE NOTES On Our Radar ATP Atelier 8 Trophy Piece Preciously Paris 10 Cuban Daydreams 12 Breaking Ground 14 ARE Studio 16 Designer Details Veronica Beard 18

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wedish accessory brand ATP Atelier pairs effortless Scandinavian design with quality Italian craftsmanship and a Parisian je ne sais quoi. Started by friends Jonas Clason and Maj-La Pizzelli in 2011, each piece is handcrafted with luxurious materials that are built to last. Get ready to turn heads with their fall collection, which includes showstopping boots in shades of rust and deep olive.

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RADAR right top AIGLE BAG in Black right bottom DONNIE in Rust and CHIAR A in Olive available at atpatelier.com

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TROPHY AR ABIAN NIGHT S BAG

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f you have ever imagined what the convergence of contemporary art and haut couture would look like, it might be something like the Ăźber luxurious handbags from Preciously Paris. Founder Carole Tessier had a passion for designing her own bespoke jeans with an evening wear twist - think intricate embroidery inspired by the work of French couturiers, further accented with semi-precious stones. Her unique pieces garnered attention and soon she began taking on clients, which included royalty, artists and the savvy fashion crowd. The Paris-based designer recently expanded her range to include a collection of handbags that are screen-printed Ă la Andy Warhol, with other cheeky elements and jeweled embellishments. As true luxury should be, the amount of each style is limited, there are only 38 bags created of each design.

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CU BA N DAYDREAMS BEN-AMUN

Inspired by daydreams of Cuba, this geometric Ben-Amun necklace, accented with a vibrant poppy shade is inspired by the tropical island from the 1950’s.

styled by Ana Tess

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bottom left Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz Necklace available at ben-amun.com top left Sarah Magid Sunset Tassel Earrings available at sarahmagid.com bottom right nOir Jewelry Semicirculo Earrings available at noirnyc.com top right Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz Cuff available at ben-amun.com

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left to right Ben-Amun by Isaac Manevitz Earrings available at ben-amun.com Sarah Magid Electric Fringe Cuff available at sarahmagid.com Sarah Magid Sunset Tassel Earrings available at sarahmagid.com

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our daily handbag should only accentuate what you are wearing, which is one of the reasons that ARE Studio is on our radar. Founded in 2010 by Cecilia BordarampĂŠ, who designs accessories around clean lines and sources her materials from local businesses in Los Angeles. Plus, each each bag is made by hand.

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DESIGNER DETAILS

Let’s start by talking about first impressions. What was your first fashion memory? VERONICA SWANSON BEARD When I was five, I was

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he Veronica Beard showroom is a light-filled space located in the bustling Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, it is a living mood board of the brand. Extra-large panels are covered in tear sheets of inspiration from the upcoming collections; the current theme is from Resort, where the designers made references to Andy Warhol and other 80’s party nostalgia through a maroon velvet pant suit, a hip-hugging floor length black velvet dress with ruching and another bedecked in sequins. Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard are sistersin-law that began their namesake brand in 2010, after successful careers in fashion and finance. I caught up with the designers to hear about the start of their line, balancing motherhood while running a business – they have eight children between the two of them and how thinking differently is the key to their success in the fashion industry.

obsessed with Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Let’s Get Physical’. I would put that song on my record player, wear a jazzercise outfit and do workouts in my parent’s living room - I loved wearing workout outfits (laughs). VERONICA MIELE BEARD I am from New Jersey, so it was all about big hair and big outfits. I also rode horses and I remember going to buy my jacket and jodhpurs. All of the girls would choose outfits based on the color of their horse. I loved riding, because it was dress up; it wasn’t just Guess Jeans and your typical Jersey wear.

If the fashion stars hadn't brought you together, would you have set out to be designers on your own? VSB I definitely would have been in fashion. I was in the industry before, working as a buyer and then in wholesale before launching the brand. Having my own brand is surely my dream come true, but having a partner has made it so much easier to do. VMB Not necessarily I was in finance before, but I did work at VOGUE for a minute, on the publishing side. I have always loved fashion and being a shopper; however, I am more about supply and demand and finding holes in the market. We had talked about starting a few other businesses too, most were fashion related. I love being an entrepreneur and the fact that we were able to marry that to fashion is the best of both worlds.

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Your first collection debuted in 2010. How have the collections evolved over the past six years and where do you see the brand going in the future? VSB I believe that we get better every sea-

It is incredibly inspiring to see two women working together to create a successful brand. How do you compliment each other? VSB We are this amazing balance of yin and yang. One of the things that was so wonderful about starting this business together was that we had strengths and fears that were opposite of one another. It was like, hold hands and dive in. I am the creative one, with the pie in the sky brain and people are like ‘pull her back down, we aren’t going to do that this year’. The most important thing is that we are family and we are committed to that first. VMB If you look at your big career in life, I am finally able to exercise my creative side, which I wasn’t able to do as much in finance. I think that the whole brand recognition and zest is that we are so different and we will take the same piece and see it in unique ways. The design process has a lot of pushing and pulling, but we have gotten into such a great groove. We have to think about what will sell. Fashion cannot be all art, there has to be a commercial sense to it. VSB The best part of our situation is that we are together all of the time. We share an office and we share a desk. We know what is happening in each other’s lives. VMB There are definitely those times that I don’t want to commit to something without her, but in the end, we trust each other.

son, just in terms of knowing our customer, being strict about our line plan and running our business very carefully. We are designing clothing, because we love it, but this is a real business. We always say that we are very happy and lucky that we started it after having kids, so our priorities were very straight. It wasn’t about fashion for fashion, parties and all of the glamour, but rather, this is something that we truly love and are super passionate about. We want to make a difference in the niche that we are after, but we also had to make money (laughs). VMB What we are doing is evolving and giving her more. We are also asking ourselves, how else we can fit into her life? We started with just the jacket and Dickey concept and that really evolved into other uniforms and silhouettes. We did denim and will be introducing shoes in fall 2017. We want to offer her things in our stores that we have vetted and feel strongly about. When did you realize that the brand was going somewhere? VMB We started by selling the jacket and Dickey together in 13 of the best specialty stores. One day, we got a call that they wanted more Dickeys to sell on the side. It was then that we thought we were onto something - one fits every jacket. People want to be able to mix and match, plus, they love the styling element to it.

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The best part of our situation is that we are together all of the time. We share an office and we share a desk. We know what is happening in each other’s lives .”

What does a typical day at the office look like? VSB We literally get here, speak to each other for five minutes and then we are in meetings all day. We go from design to PR, to digital to sales, back to design, fittings - it doesn’t stop. We hardly ever get to sit at our desks and read e-mail. Are you thinking about the seasons ahead, now that you are finished with spring? VSB Oh yes, we are two seasons past the upcoming one. VMB And beyond that, we are focusing on real estate and our store that opened in May. What are your thoughts on the fashion industry shifting towards customers buying directly from the runway? VSB People need to be flexible. The world has changed so much since I

top left Veronica Beard Sarin Faux DB Blazer, Asa Ribbed Turtleneck and Hibiscus High Waisted Flare Pant

started in fashion. Back then, the trunk show model was alive and a very important way for women to shop at the designer level. Now with the internet and the ‘global village’, you can get whatever you want delivered overnight. You cannot fight it. There isn’t a way to hold back the inspiration or imagery from your collections. VMB I do love to take time and to appreciate the collection that is ‘now’. You don’t want to be showing fur in September and October and no one wants to buy it. There is something to be said about enjoying the season and to stop thinking about the ones ahead. I feel that is much more appealing to the shopper.

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A STATEMENT LIP Nothing says polished like a matte red lip. Get the look with CHANEL Rouge Allure in Passion

model Ksenia Bazhenova at M SA MODEL S hair & makeup by Leigha Fromm stylist assistant Ana Tess visit the V ERONICA BE ARD STORE in New York at 988 Madison Avenue or shop online at veronicabeard.com

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How do you balance motherhood and being successful entrepreneurs? VSB I think that we all have to be sensitive with ourselves, because if one ball is up in the air, then another is falling. It is that constant rotation, when you feel really great about work and being a mom, or sometimes, you don’t feel as great about one or the other - it goes in cycles. VMB And two Veronicas are better than one. We can definitely substitute for each other and no one misses a beat. We also involve the kids too, it isn’t like we are going to work and they can’t come or hear about it.

They must think that you have cool jobs? VSB Oh yes, they do! VMB

Plus, if we have made the family part of it, it doesn’t necessarily feel like we are away from home.

What pushes you every day to do better? VMB I have to say, I try to think differently.

I tell my kids that every day, too. No matter what we are doing, we are going to do it our way and not be swayed by the market. VSB Thinking differently is very important, but to also see the simplicity of what we are doing and what is happening in our customer’s life. She isn’t going to black tie affairs anymore. The reason that the jacket has done so well is that we knew we were only competing for half of the body, because denim is usually the bottom half. We are also realistic about the needs of this woman. She isn’t a slave to fashion and is looking for classic, cool and chic pieces that will fit seamlessly into her life.

What pieces should be in every woman’s wardrobe? VSB A jacket. VMB And a couple of Dickeys. Women also need the perfect day dress and a fancy evening top that can be easily worn with denim. Veronica Beard is....VSB & VMB Cool, classic and chic.

“My goal is that we were the brand that women would go to over and over again as a resource for their personal style. Now let’s finish by talking about the future. What do you want your fashion legacy to be? I hope that we are remembered for creating clothing that was relevant during a specific time period. My goal is that we were the brand that women would go to over and over again as a resource for their personal style. I hope that they can look back on 15 years of their life and recall that they lived in this dress or wore that jacket, a hundred times. VMB Or this idea that ‘they just got me’ and that we were the brand that made the perfect jacket that they wore all of the time. I would like to be their daily wear and resource. VSB

Favorite Veronica Beard moment?

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Opening our store that was the scariest thing that we ever did. VMB We put it off for a long time.VSB It was the dream of dreams.

And maybe hand it down to their daughters? Yes, my mom had so many blazers with big skirts, it was so Donna Karan. In fact, she still has so many of those beautiful pieces, which have stood the test of time. Even though she doesn’t wear them anymore, I remember growing up and that was her look. VMB Image is everything, especially in this era, when we might have a woman as president. This is a powerful image for a woman - when she walks into a room looking feminine, sexy and powerful. We really love to support women, which is something that we do through our charity, Veronica Beard Gives Back. VSB

“And two Veronicas are better than one. We can definitely substitute for each other and no one misses a beat.”

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BEAUTY NOTES Color Me Pretty 26 What’s New, What’s Next 28 On the Vanity Christian Dior 30 Elemental Beauty 32

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olor yourself pretty with Laura Mercier’s Colour Dots Lip & Cheek Sheers. The easy to blend gel formula

glides effortlessly over the lips and cheeks imparting a fun dose of color. available at NEIMAN

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left to right L AUR A MERCIER BAKED BLU S H ILLUMINÉ

available at Nordstrom.com CLÉ DE PE AU BE AUTÉ LUMINIZ ING FACE ENHANCER IN ALMOND

Dust your skin in a soft glow with just one brush of this prismatic highlighter. available at Neiman Marcus

ESTÉE L AUDER DOUBLE WE AR NUDE CU S HION STICK R ADIANT MAKEUP

available at Sephora CLÉ DE PE AU BE AUTÉ CRE AM E YE COLOR IN BLUE NOTES

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Brighten up your complexion with this lip pigment that delivers brilliant color in a glossy, vinyl-like finish. available at Neiman Marcus S K-II FACIAL TRE ATMENT OIL

available at sk-ii.com JASON W U FOR CAUDALIE BE AUT Y ELIXIR

Fashion designer Jason Wu adds his designer touch to Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir, a toning mist that revives the skin with a blend of essential oils, like rosemary and lemon balm. This limited-edition bottle is draped in an intricate lace pattern, inspired by dresses from a recent collection. available at Sephora.com CLÉ DE PE AU BE AUTÉ R ADIANT LIQUID ROUGE IN 15

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hristian Dior’s elegant Diorific Haute Couture Lipstick evokes an era of old-world glamour, when powder puffs and minaudières were de rigueur of the day. The gold tubes, in shades ranging from a deep plum wine to a rosy pink, beckon to be displayed alongside perfume facons with gilded atomizers.

left to right Diorissimo and Icôn available at dior.com

Create an elegant powder room by draping it in Cole & Son’s Wisteria Yellow Wallpaper

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Charcoal Reset a clogged complexion with the magical powers of charcoal. Blast away dirt and other unwanted impurities with this good for you element.

GLAMGLOW SUPERMUD™ Clearing Treatment deep-cleans, prevents breakouts and even aids in the relief of razor bumps and in-grown hairs. It takes charge by removing dirt and other sources of congestion and creates an enviable complexion. available at S EPHOR A .COM

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he earth's beauty is a constant source of inspiration. This season, we are looking to nature's goodness, like charcoal, gold and water, to buff away dullness and give a fresh-faced glow.

Modern day skincare products can get pretty fancy, which is why it is nice to revert back to simplicity - enter the humble bar of soap. It might not have all of the bells and whistles of its liquid counterparts, but these bars are not your average run-of-the-mill soaps. Apotheke's handmade Charcoal Bar purifies with a wonderful essential oil aroma, while Erno Lazlo's Sea Mud Bar gently lifts dirt from the pores without bringing moisture with it. available at NORDSTROM Deep clean your hands without harsh chemicals using Apotheke's

Charcoal Liquid Soap - it is the color of cooled lava. available at

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A slather of Boscia’s Luminizing Black Mask will literally peel away dull skin and the impurities that are bringing it down. As you remove this slick mask, you can actually see the white heads and black heads going along with it. Your complexion will look noticeably more radiant after the first application. available at S EPHOR A .COM Combat congestion with RéVive Masque de Glaise, your secret agent in your skin care routine. A mixture of kaolin and glycerin work to rid the skin of toxins, while leaving it soft to the touch. available at NEIMAN MARCU S.COM

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Gold Let your beauty ritual be an indulgent one, by pampering yourself with precious gold.

Touch in Sol Feel Like Honey Moon Skin Base has an incredibly unique texture that looks almost sticky, but fret not, when applied, this primer seals in moisture with the help of honey, hyaluronic acid and other soothing botanicals. Skin is left supple to the touch and radiant. available at S EPHOR A .COM Luxuriously nourish the skin with Omorovicza’s Gold Rescue Cream. Formulated with healing thermal waters and colloidal gold, this cream aids in repairing and moisturizing the driest of complexions. available at NOR DSTROM Drench yourself in a golden light with La Prairie’s Cellular Radiance Perfecting Fluide Pure Gold. This sublime formula delivers glowing results by minimizing pores and concealing imperfections. available at NOR DSTROM

Take your foundation from ordinary to extraordinary by massaging Guerlain’s L’Or Radiance Face Primer, after applying your moisturizer. This 24-carat formula imparts a cooling sensation alongside a major dose of natural radiance. available at S EPHOR A .COM Could the fountain of youth be found in the vibrant orange threads of saffron gathered from the purple Krocus flower? Once a year in the Greek town of Kozani, the crop is hand-harvested, after only one day of blooming. They are then swirled together with amino acids and peptides, to create Korres Ageless Saffron Elixir, a luxurious essence that melts upon contact. A few drops work to offset the aging process, while simultaneously firming and promoting a clear skin tone. available at S EPHOR A .COM

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Dolce & Gabbana Essential Cleansing Water is a hybrid product that combines 3-in-1 care for the face, lips and eyes. It gently lifts impurities and preps the complexion for your skin care regimen. available at SAKS FIF TH AV ENUE Quench thirsty skin in a single swoop with Sunday Riley’s Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream – one application increases moisture levels by a whopping 68% for 24-hours. This pudding-like cream is enriched with a powerful brightening complex and papaya enzymes that reveal luminous results. available at S EPHOR A .COM

Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Sure Gel delivers maximum moisture, thanks to the abundance of hyaluronic acid. Olive Leaf extract boosts elasticity and Baobab Seed Extract brightens and tones. available at S EPHOR A .COM Face mists are a great option for a midday pick-me-up. A spritz of

Omorovicza’s Queen of Hungary Mist will uplift your spirits, thanks to the fragrant aromas of orange blossom, rose and sage water. available at S EPHOR A .COM

Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiance Restoring Mist brightens, tones and moisturizes, plus, it fends off environmental damage with continued use. available at BE AUT Y.COM

Water Our bodies are comprised of 90% water, so it makes sense to pamper yourself with an extra dose of aqua goodness. The result? Dry skin is a thing of the past, thanks to a new wave of launches.

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A Nomadic Wanderer Kim Ficaro 40 48 Hours in Madrid 46 Woodland Beauty 52 Deliciously Vanilla 60 Sweet Andalucía 64 In the Artist’s Studio Lana Kova 90 Ripened on the Vine 96 On the Green Grass 102 In the Atelier Elizabeth Kennedy 114 A Tale of a Sleeping Beauty 120 A World Away 128 The Final Note 134

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im Ficaro's styling work has graced the pages of an innumerable amount of publications and catalogs, from Bon AppĂŠtit to Anthropologie. She has developed a line of housewares for New York-based retailer Canvas Home and co-authored the book, The Inspired Home: Nests of Creatives. This fall, she introduces her very own collection, Totem Home, a line of soft home goods beautifully crafted in Mexico and Morocco.

KIM FICARO styling by Kim Ficaro photography by Gentl & Hyers

First things first, congratulations on the launch of Totem Home. As a personal fan of your styling work, was introducing your own collection an organic next step? KIM FICARO Thank you, and yes, it was a natural progression to start Totem. Through my styling work, I am constantly searching and surrounded by interiors and inspiration, so it was almost an inevitable next step for me.

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KIM’S FAVORITE FIVE 1. Favorite scented flower? I love flowers, but for scents I love geranium, lemongrass and vetiver the most. 2.

Favorite city? Oaxaca City

3. Favorite beauty product? My mom’s natural products she makes, called Sea Gypsy Botanicals. I use the Complete Balm all over my body and face. 4. Favorite restaurant? A small restaurant in the jungle side of Tulum called Safari that is partially out of an Airstream. There is an open fire and they have the best tacos, ceviche and beetroot tortillas. 5.

Favorite escape? Mexico and the sea.

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Tell us more about the pieces. What were the most important elements when developing the line? KF I wanted the pieces to always be interchangeable, either working together with one another or on their own. There is a mix of subtle pale palettes with strong textures.

Those that follow you on Instagram see that you travel quite frequently. Are there any other places on your radar that inspire you and could eventually turn into a product range? KF Yes, so many! I like to think of Totem as always changing, that there are small collections developed and born out of different countries and regions. The possibilities I see include Colombia, Africa and Spain.

I find that I am always looking for inspiration, even in the most unusual places.� Prior to branching out into your styling work, you worked at the original Domino, the monthly magazine that design lovers still sorely miss, myself included! How did your time there shape your aesthetic? KF At Domino I would style a range of different types of stories, interiors, flowers, food, etc. I feel the main thing for me is styling a space authentically and in line with the subject's personality. While still keeping a casualness, as if someone had just entered or left the room. I find that I am always looking for inspiration, even in the most unusual places. I am not sure my work there helped create my aesthetic. However, it taught me how to connect with a story, a home, the people living in their home and bring it to life for the camera and for the readers, as best as I could.

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When it comes to styling a home, what are a few tips that you can offer, whether it be setting a table or arranging a vignette on a shelf ? KF Shelf tips, always a question! Make groups of books and objects. Straight is better when it comes to shelves and don’t forget about keeping a quiet space, so that your eye can rest, which will help maintain a balance.

You have worn many hats - stylist, designer, author and interior consultant. What do you do when you need to get inspired for a project? It usually depends on the type of project. I think visually, so I usually spend hours pulling inspiration and images from books, art and online sources. I also have binders that I used to fill-up with tear sheets and I still reference these all of the time. Then there is the time where I stop, clear the space in my head, be in nature and then another form of inspiration comes. KF

Beauty exists when a synergy flows and nothing is forced. When any medium is able to be expressed in its natural light."

You create beauty in all of the work you do. How do you define beauty? KF Beauty exists when a synergy flows and nothing is forced. When any medium is able to be expressed in its natural light.

The collection ranges from $40 for ceramics to $120 and up for textiles. TOTEM HOME can be purchased at Warm in New York or online at totemhome.com

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48 HOURS IN MADRID left The airy dining room at Hotel Urso, clad in chinoiserie wallpaper.

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sojourn to the south of Spain wouldn't be complete without a stop in Madrid, which can serve as your gateway to Andalucía. Located less than a three hour train ride from Seville, the city gently exposes you to what you will see in the south, from the lush gardens to the architecture and mouth-watering food. While two days isn’t enough time to see the entire city, it will give you an impression that will make you want to return to experience more.

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A LUXURIOUS STAY HOTEL URSO

Calle de Mejía Lequerica, 8 hotelurso.com This 5-star boutique hotel is a luxurious gem located in a former 20th-century palace in the heart of Madrid. The interiors are cozy and inviting with stylish seating surrounded by bookshelves and walls accented with chinoiserie wallpaper. The light-filled rooms have small balconies, while the suites have private terraces. Walking around Madrid by foot is the best way to see the city, which means one thing, tired soles. Be sure to allot a few hours to linger in the spa, which includes a plunge pool and the ultimate experience in pampering, the Urso Spa by Natura Bissé.

left to right La Duquesita, a delicious bakery to savor a palmera and cortado. Ibérico ham is displayed at the Mercado de San Miguel, a bustling market in the center of Madrid.

BEGIN YOUR DAY

LA DUQUESITA

Calle de Fernando VI, 2 laduquesita.es A morning stop that will delight the taste buds of those who like to begin their day with flaky pastries, like a buttery palmera and a cortado. Serving Madrid for over 100 years, there was recently a risk for the bakery to close its operations; however, new management stepped in making sure that this establishment stays around for many more years to come.

ENJOY A DELICIOUS MEAL TABERNA CARMENCITA

Calle Libertad, 16 A taberna decorated in colorful tiles serving up local fare that is mostly organic. Start with an order of the cheese and ham croquettes, which will save room for the delicious seafood paella that is served piping hot. Reservations are needed. CASA LUCIO

Calle Cava Baja, 35 casalucio.es A mainstay in Madrid dining for over 40 years, which has hosted many dignitaries from politicians to celebrities. Casa Lucio creates locals dishes, like his renowned scrambled eggs and Andalucían style white bean stew. Be sure to make a reservation at least a month in advance, otherwise you might miss out.

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left to right Chocolatería San Ginés is an institution in the city, serving freshly fried churros with decadent dark dipping chocolate. A green maze at the Sabatini Gardens.

SAVOR SOMETHING SWEET CHOCOLATERÍA SAN GINÉS

Pasadizo San Ginés, 5 chocolateriasangines.com Locals and travelers alike seem to agree that this is the place to enjoy churros alongside a cup of thick dark drinking cocoa. Chocolatería San Ginés has been in business since 1894 delighting visitors with their warm confections by the plateful. Decadent? You bet, especially when dusted with powdered sugar and dipped in warm chocolate. Place your order at the counter, grab a seat and get ready to delight the taste buds.

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SABATINI GARDENS AND THE ROYAL PALACE OF MADRID

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DELIGHT THE SENSES

The Royal Gardens, located adjacent to the Royal Palace are not to be missed. The grounds were opened to the public by King Juan Carlos I in 1978 and provide a wonderful respite from the bustling city. Expertly hedged boxwoods create a geometric maze around small fountains and towering cypress trees, while a center pond is a great spot to take in the view of the palace. REAL JARDÍN BOTÁNICO

Plaza de Murillo, 2 rjb.csic.es A true botanical paradise. Located next to the Prado Museum, the gardens were opened in 1755 by King Ferdinand VI, but were moved to its current location in 1774, The gardens are situated on nearly 20 acres with over 30,000 plants. The grounds can be enjoyed year-round, from the daffodils that bloom in early spring to the peonies and roses at the end of May. PRADO MUSEUM

Paseo del Prado museodelprado.es/en A treasure trove of famous paintings including Diego Velázquez's 1656 painting Las Meninas and Fra Angelico’s The Annunciation. Arrive early to beat the crowds and take in one of the best museums in Europe. MERCADO DE SAN MIGUEL

Plaza de San Miguel This market is bursting with life with a boisterous crowd, that includes both locals and tourists - all enjoying tapas in every shape and form. Food vendors sell Ibérico ham, aged Manchego cheese and the catch of the day. Either for lunch or a light snack, it will be a market worth remembering.

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magine this setting - intoxicating tree peonies laced with a sweet nectarous, yet smoky, aroma blooming below towering tulip trees that create a cathedral-like ceiling. Ethereal light filters through their tall trunks giving depth to a woodland that is dotted with wild ferns, colonies of Jack-in-the-Pulpit and rare Fern Leaf peonies, in show-stopping hues of fiery red. Narrow walking paths meander throughout, which are also flourishing with seasonal bearded iris, hydrangeas and other botanicals. The line between reality and a dreamland begin to blur together. Amidst the verdant green, a rainbow of colors paint the landscape in shades of creamy white to crimson. The oasis encountered is Peony’s Envy, a nursery and display garden in New Jersey, an exclusive home to more than 700 types of peonies. athleen Gagan started planting peony bushes out of her love for the ruffled bloom, which has the ability to seduce nearly all that come into contact with its beauty. Before entering the floral field, she had a career as a linguist and international corporate communications consultant, where she resided in Venezula and Taiwan. In 2004 when she returned back to the States, she began dabbling in the peony world. She began with 30 plants, but the collection inevitably grew. Eventually people began to take notice and visitors began flocking from all over, to view her impressive range and to purchase the peonies that she cultivated. While opening her doors to the public is not a necessity, she believes that it is important to have a haven, a place of beauty that people can escape to and encounter something wonderful. She insists that something happens to the heart - it beats faster when you immerse yourself in an experience as wonderful as flowers. I couldn’t agree more. Read on to learn about her prized blooms and tips on how to grow your own.

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WOODL AND BE AUT Y Was there a particular moment that prompted your love for peonies? I think it was a lot of luck, the key being that deer do not eat them. I was trying to find a sustainable crop for the farmland and peonies won. Peonies chose me and they did so for a reason. They fit into my ethic on gardening, in that you don’t need extra irrigation or chemical fertilizers to make them grow, with only a few exceptions. You don’t need to do much to keep your plant healthy. K ATHLEEN GAGAN

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WOODLAND & TREE PEONIES AT A GLANCE

Unlike their herbaceous counterparts, woodland and tree varieties thrive in shadier environments and are the first to bloom. The woodland variety can grow just under twofeet tall, self-seed and during the fall display indigo and scarlet seed pods, just in time for autumn foliage. Tree peonies bloom after the woodland, during the months of April and May. They can grow from three to seven-feet high and are known for their impressive dinner plate sized blooms. Also, chances are this plant will outlive its gardener, since they can live for centuries. PURCHASING & CARING FOR YOUR PEONIES

Peony’s Envy ships throughout the United States from September through May. Maintaining a peony bush requires little work, however, there are a few pointers to keep in mind to ensure beautiful flowers each season. Fertilizing can help them thrive, however, Gagan recommends staying away from chemical fertilizers that might do more harm than good. When it comes to watering, it is best to rely on nature, or rain, to do the work, but generally they need one good soak a week. While peonies might look delicate, they are actually resilient and deer-resistant.

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“Kathleen Gagan started planting peony bushes out of her love for the ruffled bloom...” “Some of the varieties look like gently crinkled layers of delicate pink crepe paper perfectly gathered and faded, their beauty looks otherworldly.”

When did you start Peony’s Envy? KG I opened in October 2006, so this is the tenth year. I started out with 30 plants then added 10,000 the following year. I added 10,000 to 30,000 each year after that to fill the entire seven acres of land, which now has 700 different varieties. Did you study horticulture before or after you started the farm? KG I planted then studied horticulture at the Barnes Foundation, however, I am always learning.

Playing favorites is hard, but do you have a favorite type of peony? KG Fat Concubine, a cheeky name for a late-blooming flower that has a long shelf life, so it is optimal for weddings. If is fluffy and when it opens it smells like lemons. Gansu tree peonies are one of my favorite things. They are harder to find, but now they are being cultivated more and more. In 50 years, they will be popular. Hana Kisoi is a classic Japanese tree peony, that looks like gently crinkled pink crepe paper. Incorporate them into your next dinner party and be sure to plan the meal around the time that they bloom.

What is one random fact about peonies that most people do not know? KG If properly refrigerated, peony buds can be preserved up to 6 months.

PLANNING YOUR VISIT TO THE FARM

Peonies bloom over a seven-week cycle, from early April through June, beginning with the woodland, tree, herbaceous and finishing with intersectional blooms. Each variety flourishes over the course of seven to ten days, depending on the weather conditions. Bernardsville, New Jersey To learn more or to purchase your own plants visit peonysenvy.com PEONY’S EN V Y,

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written, styled & photographed by Alison Engstrom

Vanilla beans luxuriously meld with milk, in this very vanilla pudding that can be served warm or chilled.

DELICIOUSLY VANILLA Seduce the taste buds with desserts laced with fragrant vanilla beans

VANILLA BEAN PUDDING

2 1/2 cups milk, divided, either low-fat or whole milk 1 vanilla bean, seeded, plus pod 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch of coarse sea salt 3 egg yolks 3 tablespoons corn starch Fresh berries, for garnish Place 2 cups milk, vanilla bean seeds, pod, vanilla extract and salt in a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Bring to a simmer. In the meantime, add egg yolks, corn starch and remaining half cup of milk in a bowl, beat to combine. Once mixture has simmered, add yolk mixture stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to ensure that it does not clump. Stir until thickened and it coats the back of the spoon. Discard vanilla bean. Pour into serving dishes and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with fresh berries, if desired.

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SALTED VANILLA BEAN CARAMEL

2 cups sugar 1 1/2 sticks good quality unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 tablespoon sea salt flakes, like Maldon 1 cup heavy cream 1 vanilla bean, seeded Place sugar in the bottom of a sauce pan over medium heat. Stir to combine. Sugar will begin to form clumps and then become liquid. Stir once you see this happening. Once sugar is completely melted, add butter taking care not to burn yourself since the mixture will bubble rapidly. Stir until butter has melted. Add sea salt and vanilla bean seeds. Once butter has melted, add the cream and stir until combined and liquid begins to coat the back of the spoon. Pour into a heat safe container with a lid and refrigerate until ready to use. Drizzle warm caramel on top of ice cream or swirl into brownie batter.

Pillow soft sugar cookies are dusted with powdered sugar and filled with salted vanilla caramel.

VANILLA SANDWICH COOKIES

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract 2 eggs 3 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda

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Salted vanilla caramel, for filling, at room temperature (recipe on following page)

Makes 2 cups of caramel Powdered sugar, for dusting

Buttery caramel is complimented with vanilla beans and flaky sea salt in this versatile recipe.

Combine salt, baking soda and flour into a bowl, whisk together, set aside. Place butter in a seperate bowl. Using an electric mixer beat until fluffy. Add sugar and vanilla extract and continue to mix until blended. Add eggs one at a time. Add flour mixture and beat until combined. Place dough onto plastic wrap and fold into a 12-inch log. Refrigerate for at least three hours or until completely chilled. Once chilled, preheat over to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice cookie dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place onto sheet and bake for 8 to 9 minutes or until just set. The cookies should be chewy. Let cool on a baking rack. Dust powder sugar on the tops of both cookies. Place a dollop of caramel* in the center, add another cookie on top, press to secure. Repeat until finished.

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*Caramel should be at room temperature

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outhern Spain, also known as Andalucía is a feast for the senses. The region, known for its verdant and impeccable landscapes, from the lush gardens of the Alhambra to the fields that stretch for miles, with more olive trees and sunflowers than they eye can comprehend. The architecture, another reason to travel is mostly Moorish in design. It can be viewed in the intricate palaces in Córdoba, Granada, or the crumbled castles that sit perched on a hilltop that reveal what remains from centuries ago. ur itinerary was quite simple, but also rather daunting - ten days in Andalucía starting with Seville and ending in Córdoba. Our only goal was to be consumed in the Spanish way of life, by taking a route that was less traveled. This would leave us with travel memories and visual souvenirs that most don't get to experience when visiting. Spain has something for everyone, from the mountains to the sea. Take a siesta from the everyday and explore wonderful, glorious Spain.

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Wildflowers and olives dot the surrounding landscape of Zahara-el Gastor reservoir. WHEN TO GO

Europe is delightful during shoulder season. Book your stay in May, June, September or October.

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eville is a special place in Andalucía, where garden lovers can rejoice among manicured landscapes; the sound of a flamenco floats through the streets; Moorish architecture is displayed in all of its glory and tapas bars spill out of crowded restaurants, into the late night hours. It is here that life beats to a slower, yet joyous tempo. It doesn’t take long before you find yourself humming along to that same tune. Whether your stay is one day or many, Seville is a magical city that will leave you nothing short of enchanted.

STEP INSIDE HISTORY

THE ROYAL ALCÁZAR & GARDENS

Patio de Banderas, alcazarsevilla.org The two main attractions that visitors pilgrimage to in Andalucía are monuments that are sealed in time. The Royal Alcázar in Seville and the Alhambra in Granada are unbelievably spectacular and will have you questioning your definition of the word ‘beautiful’. The Royal Alcázar grounds are enclosed within a Roman wall that separates this otherworldly place from the rest of the world. The carved intricacies and mosaic of colorful patterns throughout the fortress display the artisanship of the period. The manicured gardens span the surroundings of the palace and will seduce garden and non-garden lovers alike. Arriving early is the best way to steer clear of the crowds. Even if the entrance is completely consumed by people, you discover that everyone spreads out. You can even manage to steal moments of solitude, especially in the gardens or in the smaller rooms of the palace.

PLAZA DE ESPAÑA

Av de Isabel la Católica This expansive landmark, created for the Ibero-American Exposition in 1929, stands tall as a distinctive piece of architecture, which was built to showcase the country’s industry and technology. A main center fountain surrounds the all-encompassing building, which yields perfect symmetry from one corner to the next. Visitors can take a short canoe ride on the canal that separates the building from the main plaza. Plan your trip before the sunsets, when the light illuminates the façade in a poignant way.

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JARDÍNES DE MURILLO

Av. Málaga, 2 Located in front of the walls of the Alcázar, this is where you can see locals enjoying the good life, like strolling through the gardens, under palm trees that stretch up to the sky, or letting their dogs run off-leash. The grounds are lush and depending on the season, there could be purple lupines or roses in bloom. Another highlight - the enormous trees that look like they have existed before man.

ENJOY LATE NIGHT TAPAS EL PINTON

Calle Francos, 42 elpinton.com A modern approach to Spanish tapas, in an ultra-chic setting outfitted with whitewashed walls, geometric gold mirrors and wisps of baby's breath tucked into glass vases. For either lunch or dinner, you are guaranteed a delicious meal. During popular dining hours, it is best to make a reservation in advance. CONTENDOR

Calle San Luis, 50 restaurantecontenedor.com The restaurant of the moment in Seville. With quirky decorations, think painted plywood and obscure forms of street art dressing the walls, ConTendor serves inventive dishes using only the best local fare. The dessert menu is where it gets particularly interesting - enter ‘the dessert laboratory of ConTenedor’. While the menu changes seasonally, it is designed to ‘tickle the curiosity of our psychological palette’ and that it does. Depending on the season, you could find chocolate soup paired with sage, or saffron threads perfuming dried plums.

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opposite page, bottom left The light-filled restaurant, El Pinton, in the heart of Seville. top left A green allée in the Alcázar flanked with perfectly manicured cypress trees. above A spiral staircase that leads to a stunning view of the city at Corral del Rey.

SLEEP IN UNIQUE SUITES CORRAL DEL REY

Calle Corral del Rey, 12 corraldelrey.com The sister hotel of Hacienda de San Rafael (see following page) offers a luxurious stay in the Seville’s quaint Barrio Alfalfa. Situated amongst three buildings, each room and suite is uniquely designed by interior decorator Kuky Mora-Figueroa. She fashioned together bright colors and patterns, like ikat, in every nook of the hotel. While the space offers amenities for the modern traveler, there is still the remains of what was, like the Roman columns and the original wooden doors that resemble an artifact from the Middle Ages. The rooftop features a plunge pool that overlooks the Cathedral and is a prime place to indulge in a glass of chilled cava. Your time at Corral del Rey will be something that you reflect upon long after you have left.

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PASSAGE II

A Day Trip From Seville

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he ride from Seville to Hacienda de San Rafael is extremely f lat and allows you to see, firsthand, the bounty of Spain. At each bend, the hills are covered with intricately placed olive trees and sunflowers that paint the landscape yellow. You begin to understand why the country is one of the leading producers of olive and sunflower oil. The Hacienda is entered through a private white gate, just off the main route. To your left, sunflowers sway with the breeze, while on the right, wheat grazes over the hill. Every detail is paid attention to at the Hacienda, from petals floating in bowls scattered about the property, to the freshly squeezed glass of lemonade served with mint given upon arrival. The exteriors of the rooms and ‘casitas’ are surrounded by fragrant bushes of lavender and rosemary that tumble over rocks. Bougainvillea is everywhere, in an array of colors, from eye-popping fuchsia to apricot. Inside, the bright rooms have a rustic elegance about them and are stocked with zesty citrus products from Agua de Colonia. Near sunset, the light transforms the surroundings. The wheat fields change from brown to golden. Their gentle swaying sound is like a lullaby getting ready to welcome the evening. Dinner is served

top left The entrance to the Hacienda, before the sun begins to set over the fields. opposite page, top right The colorful and serene courtyard at the Hacienda de San Rafael. bottom right Breakfast at the Hacienda is served alfresco, which includes the flakiest homemade croissants and jam that is made on the premises.

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Do you know that feeling when you know the inevitable will occur, but you want to cling onto the moment for as long as you can? Well, that will be your experience at Hacienda de San Rafael. You will never want to leave.� just before the sun dips from the sky and includes the seasonal food that is prepared on the premises. On one particular night, it started with handmade phyllo dough that was filled with tangy goat cheese that was baked until perfectly crisp, when cut, it melted onto a bed of peppery arugula and an eggplant rÊmoulade. The main course was free-range chicken infused with a ginger sauce, served on top of crispy shredded potatoes. Dessert was a decadent chocolate mousse cake that melted in your mouth. After indulging in such a meal, relax on a lounge seat by the pool (there are two to choose from) and inhale the night blooming jasmine. Be sure to look up at the sky, you will gaze at more stars than you thought possible. Do you know that feeling when you know that the inevitable will occur, but you want to cling onto the moment for as long as you can? Well, that will be your experience at Hacienda de San Rafael. You will never want to leave.

HACIENDA DE SAN R AFAEL

Las Cabezas de San Juan, Sevilla, Spain

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opposite page, bottom right The exterior of a casita, flanked by potted bougainvillea and herbs. bottom One of the two pools shaded by olive trees.

Note Is it your dream to be enveloped by acre upon acre of sunflower fields? Book your stay in late May to early June and you will get to witness their wonderful beauty on display.

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THE ROAD FROM SE VILLE TO GRANADA PASSAGE III

The Picturesque White Towns left The road that leads to the castle, in Vejer de la Frontera.

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he breathtaking town of Zahara de la Sierra sits atop a hill overlooking Zahara-el Gastor, an aquamarine reservoir that is surrounded by the Sierra de Grazalema, a jagged green mountain range. Everywhere you look, there is picturesque scenery. The fields that lead to the water are blanketed with goldenrod, poppies and wild alliums. The air smells like sweet jasmine. It is so peaceful that the only living things in your company are the chirping birds and buzzing bees slurping the nectar from the wild flowers. Unlike some of the larger towns in Andalucía that are overflowing with tourists, you can really feel the local presence. As you meander through the streets, you can hear the din of a soccer game, the clinking of glasses running under the faucet and the subtle hum of voices. The road to the castle is fairly unforgiving, but worth the trek to see the homes covered in tangled vines of pink bougainvillea and the church of Santa María de la Meza. While the village can be seen in about an hour, it is nice to let time stop for a few hours. Enjoy tapas at one of the restaurants overlooking the lake or nestled in the Plaza Mayor, the town’s main square. A word to those that journey to Zahara - you may leave it, but it might never leave you.

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SLEEP ALONGSIDE HISTORY LA CASA DEL CALIFA

Plaza de España, 16 califavejer.com The history of how La Casa del Califa began is quite fascinating. James Stuart, originally from Scotland, moved to Vejer in 1988 and started an outdoor sports company. He resided in part of the building, before it was converted into a hotel. He saw the appeal and potential in the town and adapted the philosophy, ‘if you build it he will come’. After his first company was established, he began welcoming travelers in 2001. The hotel has since expanded to include additional rooms, suites and El Jardín del Califa, a restaurant that features a Michelin recommended wine cellar. Like anything in Spain, you build and restore around history - some parts of the grounds date back to 711 AD. Your stay will leave you relaxed and smitten with the white-capped village. If time allows, make it your home base, as you discover the surrounding areas.

ENJOY THE SUNSET TRAFALGAR BEACH

Trafalgar Beach is about a ten mile drive from Vejer, on the Costa de la Luz, a long stretch of practically untouched sandy beaches. On a clear day, you can see Africa. It is a fantastic place to watch the sunset, or take a pre-dinner swim. Even though you are in southern Spain, the water is quite cold. During high summer, the air temperature can reach over 100 °F, so a refreshing dip in the sea may be just what you need. It is a hike to the lighthouse, but once you arrive, the lookout is quite spectacular. Curvaceous cliffs formed from layered rock provide a dramatic vantage point to the sandy beach down below.

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The air smells like sweet jasmine. ..the only living things in your company are the chirping birds and buzzing bees slurping the nectar from the wild flowers. CORREDERA 55

Calle de la Corredera, 55 Corredera 55 is an intimate restaurant to savor a meal at sunset. Situated by the entrance to the old town, dining here offers you a prime location to watch the sun cast spectacular shades of orange and pink, over hills silhouetted with windmills. Each dish on the menu is inspired by local cuisine and prepared with ingredients that have been harvested nearby.

EAT LOCAL FROM LAND AND SEA

EL JARDÍN DEL CALIFA

Plaza de España, 16 Vejer is a stone’s throw away from Africa, which means authentic Moroccan food is within your reach, without having to make the voyage across the Atlantic. The restaurant serves an array of mouthwatering dishes, from mezze platters to a comforting chicken tagine with Damascus lemons and local olives. For lunch or dinner, it is an ideal spot to enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by a Roman wall.

opposite page, bottom right Trafalgar Beach at sunset. opposite page, top right A table for one one a quiet street in Vejer. left The whitewashed homes that almost look like building blocks, perched on the hillside in Vejer.

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GRANADA

above Views of the Alhambra from the Miradaor San Nicolas. opposite page, top left The meandering Darro River that is filled with overgrown foliage. opposite page, bottom right A serene moment inside of the Alhambra.

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The Fortress Between Mountains

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he main attraction in Granada is undoubtedly the Alhambra, the palace and fortress built by the Nasrid Dynasty between 1232 and 1492. Every day, a multitude of travelers from around the globe pilgrimage to stare in awe at its wonder. The town is built-up against two opposing hills, which allows prime viewing of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountain range poised behind the immense monument. The city is quaint with homes closely lining the narrow streets. The town is quite hilly, but a tram provides an easy hop off and on option. Be sure to allot some time to walk along the sleepy Darro River that meanders through the town’s center. It is filled with rambling greenery and small stone bridges – it resembles an oil painting. For dramatic views of the Alhambra, visit the Mirador de San Nicolas, where you can experience the splendor of the fortress from a prime vantage point.

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escribing the feeling of walking through the Alhambra is a mixture of otherworldly pleasure, meddled with a notion of paradise. You can feel the history creeping up on you. Each turn in the palace is like a shadow of those that lived and walked through the intricately carved halls over the centuries. If beauty makes you dizzy, then get prepared for your head to spin. The gardens, spread out amongst 26-acres will take your breath away. Many are enclosed within rooms with ‘walls’ made of cypress trees that are so impeccably manicured and smooth, they feel like carpeting. The lower gardens of the Generalife are overflowing with ruffled roses that climb trellises that shade pebbled walkways. Serenity is abundant, especially in the fountains that trickle in the middle of the alcoves. The Generalife, once the recreation area for the Kings of Granada, is a sanctuary of fountains and architectural symmetry, with arches that flow one after the other. One visit to the Alhambra just isn’t enough. The first visit enables you to witness the beauty, but a second is almost necessary. It allows you to comprehend everything that you see. VISITING THE FORTRESS

Calle Real de la Alhmabra, alhambradegranada.org The tickets to enter the Alhambra can sell-out months in advance, especially during the high season. When you solidify your time in Granada, book your tickets, which are sold in 30 minute increments. It is best to arrive a few hours before sunset, when golden light illuminates the architecture and the gardens. Another bonus - the large tour groups have faded and you can really experience the magic.

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opposite page, top left Clusters of fragrant cabbage roses. opposite page, bottom left Moorish architecture on full display inside of the palace. left A home in Granada surrounded by flowering bushes and cypress trees. below Waterlilies perfectly illuminated by the sun.

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CÓRDOBA STAY BY THE ALCÁZAR LA CASAS DE LA JUDERÍA

Calle Tomás Conde, 10 lascasasdelajuderiadecordoba.com Located adjacent to the Alcázar and less than a five minute walk to the Mosque, the Casas de la Judería is a luxurious retreat in the old Jewish quarter that is characterized by narrow streets dotted with intimate cafés and colorful homes. The hotel occupies a piece of Córdoba history with remains of the Roman Empire, located not too far from the pool area. There are several patios and fountains to enjoy that encompass the beauty of the town on a smaller scale. Book your stay in one of the hotel’s 64 unique rooms, many boast period furniture from the region.

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SEE THE SITES, FEEL THE ENERGY

MOSQUE OF CÓRDOBA

Calle del Cardenal Herrero, 1 mezquitadecordoba.org Where does one begin to describe the wonder and total entrancement of walking through the Mezquita? The palatial interior is dimly lit and hollowed out with patterned arches. Surrounding the main altar, there are over 30 chapels dedicated to various saints. While this is one of the main attractions in Córdoba, the only sound that can overpower the whispering of visitors and the clicking of cameras is the grand organ playing ‘Ave Maria’, which may bring you to tears. Tickets lines can be long and some sections of the Cathedral can be closed due to church events. It is best to check the schedule ahead of time.

ALCÁZAR DE LOS REYES CRISTIANOS

Plaza Campo Santo de los Mártires alcazardelosreyescristianos.cordoba.es While the Alcázar in Córdoba is smaller than the one in Seville, the palace and gardens are still impressive. Fallen oranges on the ground omit an aroma of sweet citrus. Water laps in the background from the multitude of fountains that spill into pools the shade of sparkling aquamarine. It is is peaceful despite the tourists and locals alike that come to cool down under the umbrella-like trees. THE PALACE OF VIANA COURTYARDS

Plaza de Don Gome, 2palaciodeviana.com Compared to Córdobas two main attractions, the Alcázar and the Mezquita, the Patios in the Viana Palace might just be the city’s hidden gem. Located in the Santa Marina neighborhood, you are taken back five centuries, by way of 12 courtyards that are decorated with Andalucían tiles and flourishing gardens. Guided tours are offered for the palace, check schedules ahead of time. MERCADO DE LA CORREDERA

Plaza de la Corredera, 2 One of the best ways to get acclimated with any European city is to visit the fresh market. Open Monday to Saturday, you will find the daily catch, freshly baked bread and a range of meats being sliced by friendly butchers. For a low-key lunch, purchase some Iberíco ham, Manchego cheese, bread and enjoy it in one of the many town squares that are shaded with orange trees.

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opposite page, top left The luxurious rooms at La Casas de la Judería are a luxurious display in green, red and gold. opposite page, bottom left The Roman bridge of Córdoba near sunset. left Baskets, vintage copper and other curiosities, at the Plaza de la Corredera.

VINTAGE STALLS AT PLAZA DE LA CORREDERA

Plaza de la Corredera, 1 Each Saturday, vendors gather within the expansive four walls of the Plaza de la Corredera to sell vintage finds from Spain and Morocco. Be on the lookout for gold Moroccan tea kettles, old postcards from Córdoba and aged copper pots, which you see hanging as a decoration in many of the local restaurants.

One of the best way to get acclimated with any European city is to visit the fresh market.”

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tepping into the space of an artist is like walking into their creative mind. This is the case of being in Lana Kova’s Tribeca, New York studio that is filled with her watercolor paintings, ceramics and intricate sculptures that look like they belong in nature. We caught up with the model and artist to discuss how her childhood fascination with nature laid the foundation for her creative path and how nature is the best patternmaker.

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You were born in the Ukraine, but grew up in northern Russia. How did growing up in those landscapes influence your passion for art? When I was little, I would paint mini landscapes on rocks and carve sculptures out of candles. I loved making up stories and drawing them. LANA KOVA

Your modeling days took you to Milan, Paris and Berlin. Did you still find time to follow your passion? How did you transition to being a full-time artist? LK I would bring my

I am mostly preoccupied with making my pieces feel real and alive.�

watercolor set with me everywhere I went. When I finally settled down in New York four years ago, I found a studio space that I could stockpile paint, plaster and clay. I could set up my easel for painting, wheel and kiln for ceramics that I didn’t have to clean up every day.

You create pieces of art that are incredibly beautiful and inspiring. How do you create beauty? LK For me, it is about editing down to essentials and only then can I create. With watercolor for example, there is no better medium for exploring light and transparency, while with ceramics, it is form and surface.

You work across a wide variety of mediums. Does each come from a different source of inspiration, or is there a common thread among all three? LK There is a common language between all of my works. Sometimes, I have to concentrate only on ceramics or on sculpture because of the process. The three-dimensional practice gives my paintings new ideas to play with. I am mostly preoccupied with making my pieces feel real and alive. I observe nature to capture patterns and color combinations that exist side by side, subjects that feel familiar and captivate the human eye. You can find incredible structures on plants or little invertebrates that are so sophisticated - this logic of growth and development inspires me.

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You studied classical violin for seven years. How has music effected your approach to your work? LK Music is an incredible art and the violin is a beautiful instrument. It is said that it is closest to the sound of a human voice. Studying music developed my sense of harmony and dissonance. Through my art, I can see a parallel to musical improvisation. I like to take one form or concept and see how many variations I can make and how far I can take it. It is a lot of fun to work in a series like that.

Tell us more about your creative process. Do you work on multiple works at once or concentrate on one until completion and then move onto the next? LK I work on several pieces at once. My sculptures have complex, carved surfaces, which take a long time to finish. I make a few shapes and then I modify them and carve them over a few days. I sculpt one until finished and then move on to another. I also do drawings of ideas that come to mind in between, or a little watercolor at the end of the day. What artists do you admire? LK Georgia O’Keefe, Paul Klee and Kandinsky.

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RIPENED T ON THE VINE

he ruby red tomato is one of the most versatile types of produce to cook with, whether simmered with herbs to create a rich sauce or layered in a tart with tangy cheese. Their juicy flavor is only enhanced with the addition of salt and buttery olive oil.

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Hollowed out tomatoes are filled with vegetables, like zucchini and eggplant, in this comforting side or main dish.

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STUFFED TOMATOES with QUINOA AND VEGETABLES

This salsa recipe is incredibly easy, since the oven does most of the work. Looking to spice things up? For more heat, swap jalapeños for serranos, or for a smokier flavor, use poblano peppers.

4 cups tomatoes, halved* 2 garlic cloves 1 small white onion, quartered 1 large jalapeño, cut in half, seeds removed 1 handful cilantro, roughly chopped Salt & pepper, to taste

4 large beefsteak tomatoes 1 cup cooked quinoa 1 small eggplant, diced 1/2 zucchini, diced 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 shallot, minced 1 cup grated parmesan Thyme, for garnish Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside. Using a serrated knife, cut the tops off the tomatoes, do not discard. Using a spoon, carefully remove the insides of the tomato and place into a bowl, repeat until finished. In a bowl, mix tomato flesh, quinoa, eggplant, zucchini, garlic and shallots. Fill tomatoes with mixture and top with a healthy sprinkling of cheese. Places the top of the tomatoes back on and bake for 30 minutes or until they become soft and parmesan is browned. Garnish with fresh thyme before serving.

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ROASTED TOMATO and JALAPEÑO SALSA

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place all ingredients on sheet, spread out evenly to help with roasting. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and onions and garlic are tender. Let cool completely. Pour into a blender. Pulse to just blend, too much will result in a very liquid salsa. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with a generous dose of chopped cilantro before serving.

*Grape, cherry and heirloom tomatoes are great tomato options Top on eggs or serve with toasted corn tortillas SERVING IDEAS

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ROASTED TOMATO, GARLIC BASIL SOUP

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8 medium beefsteak tomatoes, quartered 3 cloves of garlic, peeled 6 basil leaves, plus more for garnish Salt and pepper Olive oil Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place tomatoes and garlic on pan. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until garlic is tender and tomatoes are slightly charred. Place vegetables into a food processor and pulse until smooth. Add fresh basil and pulse until combined. Season with additional salt, pepper and top with extra basil, if desired. Soup can be served hot or cold.

Serves two large or four small portions

This easy soup comes together with only three main ingredients that pack major flavor. Roasting tomatoes draws out their sweetness, while the garlic and basil only add to that goodness.

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ashion designer Elizabeth Kennedy’s designs embody a strong feminine sensibility. Since launching her eponymous line in 2014, she has garnered industry attention for her couture pieces that exudes sophistication and glamour. I caught up with the New York-based designer in her Fashion District atelier to talk about what drives her, inspires her and how keeping fashion alive in the city’s Garment District is a cause that she is behind.

Congratulations on the success of your recent collections. Let’s start by talking about dreams, was it always yours to become a fashion designer? ELIZABETH KENNEDY I think my parents would agree that since I was a little girl, I was always interested in fashion. My mother and grandmother were very skilled seamstresses and made everything from party dresses to Halloween costumes throughout my childhood. Both taught me how to sew. When I was in preschool — maybe three or four years old, my mother taught me how to sew and make doll clothes. She would also let me pick out her outfit for work every day.

At 22 years old, you became the head designer for Isaac Mizrahi, which is quite impressive. What were your experiences that led to that achievement? EK Part of it, honestly, was that I was fortunate to be at the right place at the right time. Throughout my four years at Parsons School of Design, I interned with several designers and was able to build a smalll network of friends and mentors in the industry. After graduation in the midst of my job search, I had the advantage to connect with them. A friend whom I interned with at Zac Posen was freelancing at Isaac Mizrahi in menswear. I hadn’t talked to her in maybe six months, but she called me one day out of the blue, a couple of days after I graduated. She said they were looking for an assistant designer for the couture line. So, I went on the interview with the head designer, we hit it off and a few days later she hired me. Two months after I started, she left. Luckily, I had started to build a relationship with Isaac through fittings and meetings. He would give me projects to do, I am not sure if he was testing me (laughs). When she left, I was terrified. He called me and said he wanted me to do this. My jaw dropped. I couldn’t believe it. I got dealt a lucky hand and I owe a lot to him.

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How long did you work there? EK I stayed for three and a half years, as his head designer. It was a great time to be there, because he was building up his brand and his name again. I ended up leaving because I wanted a break. I went to Los Angeles and worked for a contemporary brand - I was also trying to get into costume. I had a cousin, who was working on a film and there was an opportunity in costume design. I thought it was cool to go to LA for six months, but I ended up staying for nine, sadly the movie never ended up getting funding. Did you miss New York? EK For the first four or five months, no, I mean LA is amazing. The people are happy, no one is stressed-out and being on the water is great. Ultimately, I think I am an East Coast person and for fashion you need to be in New York City. There is some business in LA, but not the same industry that there is here. You can’t go down the street to get a certain type of zipper or button. I was ultimately homesick; I was done with my break and I wanted to come back. When I returned, I got a job with J. Mendel. How was that experience? EK It was interesting because at Isaac, I was the head designer, and I had a lot of creative control, but whenever you go to a new job, you kind of start from scratch. It was great working with peers from very different backgrounds with incredible résumés. Gilles Mendel had a different personality than Isaac and I learned a different way of working. But I eventually left, when I got an opportunity to help launch the Donna Karan Atelier, which was her red carpet line.

“I am also passionate about supporting the Garment District...it is part of New York, it is iconic and I want to support it. Tell me about your time working at Donna Karan? EK When I finished school, I worked on an interim project with the lovely, Molly Sims prior to starting at Isaac. I had just designed the bridesmaid gowns for her wedding and Molly introduced me to Donna Karan, who was looking for a designer to oversee Donna Karan Atelier. I attended VIP and Celebrity fittings and developed a collection of 35 gowns that were used for red carpet dressing. What did your time at these other fashion houses teach you about design? How did it shape your own aesthetic approach? EK To be a designer for another brand, you have to be a ghostwriter. You have to nail down their aesthetic. It isn’t about you, when you are working for someone else; it is about the brand. At Isaac, it was sportier, artsy, American and clean-cut looks. At Donna Karan, it was sexy, bodycon, draped jersey and very feminine. That’s funny because your pieces are so feminine. Is that what inspired your brand? EK I think my aesthetic is the compilation of my personal taste with influence from both Isaac and Donna Karan, if that makes sense. There are certain things in fittings that Isaac trained my eye for and I see things the way he sees things now. At Donna Karan, I definitely was influenced by the brand’s DNA of confidence and female empowerment.

All of the garments are handmade here in New York’s Fashion District. Why is this so important to telling the brand’s story? EK My brand is focused on handcrafted evening wear, so it is important to have each piece made in New York City. I have to be able to see it, drape it on the form in order to get the level of detail, craftsmanship and proportions. It is the way that I like to work. I like being hands-on. I am also passionate about supporting the New York Garment District, because over the years it has deteriorated. There has been some work to rejuvenate it, but it isn’t what it used to be, since everything is sent offshore. Even luxury brands are manufacturing overseas in Italy or China. This District is part of New York, it is iconic and I want to support it. How does living and working in New York inspire you? EK It is my favorite city in the whole world. I mean, the women that walk down the street, I love seeing what they are wearing. Some of the greatest fashion designers of all-time have worked on these streets. Also, our access to museums, theater, and film, plus, there are so many culturally diverse people here. There is something in the air, an energy that you cannot find anywhere else. What fashion era do you secretly wish would reappear in modern times? EK Depends on my mood - sometimes it is the 1930s and Old Hollywood glamour. I always reference the

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1950s and 1960s in my designs, because of the silhouettes. They are modern, American and glamorous - almost sort of fantasy. Do you have a muse? EK My muses would be Amber Valletta and Linda Evangelista. When I was growing up and wanted to be a fashion designer, those were the models and muses that inspired me.

Your pieces are exquisitely elegant and feminine. When you are designing a new collection, what do you do to get inspired? EK Somehow it strikes you. You have to keep your eyes and ears open and something grabs your interest and you build off of that. For resort, it was a floral print from an Italian mill. It was stunning, perfect for the season — that started the whole collection. We repurposed certain styles and silhouettes from the Fall collection that did really well for us. Resort is a more commercial collection, so it was sort of where we were for fall and where we are going for spring 2017. For spring, I am very excited about the inspiration behind it that includes films that were shot on the French Riviera during the 50’s and 80’s. The collection pulls references from both of these eras. So from there, do you begin sketching? EK Yes, and I am always interested in fabrics. I see textiles that catch my eye and they can inspire the collection. How far in advance do you work? EK I generally start developing the concept for a collection about a year in advance. We start actually working on it about six months in advance, as soon as we wrap the previous collection.

You have dressed stars like Mindy Kaling, Mariah Carey and Molly Sims. Who else would you love to dress? EK So many, Hilary Clinton would be amazing, she is incredible and easy to work with - I designed a gown for her at Isaac Mizrahi. I love strong women and being part of empowering them. In terms of celebrities, I think Cate Blanchett is the most beautiful woman alive. She can carry a gown like no one else. She has an aristocratic air about her and I respect her as an actress. Some women just look amazing in clothes, it comes from within. Mindy Kaling is so smart and so funny. I also really admire her work as well. Marion Cotillard is also so beautiful and classic.

“Somehow it strikes you. You have to keep your eyes and ears open and something grabs your interest and you build off of that. Have there been any times along the way that you have stopped and had ‘a dream come true’ moment? EK Yes, definitely getting into Bergdorf Goodman, when they bought off of my sketches. Also, my first window at Bergdorf’s was definitely something. I remember, I walked up 57th Street, it was one gown and she was wearing a trombone. The window was music themed and it was stunning. I was literally like, I cannot believe this.

Do you ever see yourself extending into readyto-wear? EK Yes, absolutely. We started with evening because I have a strong background in it, but I do have plans for it in the future.

What would you envision the collection to look like, would it still be feminine? EK I would say very clean, minimal, and a little feminine. We are also talking about doing more bridal.

Lastly, you create beauty though silhouette and form. How do you define beauty? EK I think that anything that is genuine and true is beauty. When I look at women that are comfortable with themselves and are comfortable in their own skin, these are the types of women that I like to dress.

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Y A Tale of a Sleeping Beauty written & photographed by Alison Engstrom

ou quickly realize when walking through the century-old wooden doors of Cortijo del Marqués that you have encountered something magical. Silvia and Eilko Bruggers were living a busy life in Madrid, she in software, he in finance, when they decided to search for a country home. They had two growing boys and they needed a retreat where they could run wild on the weekends and feel the grass on their feet. After looking at place after place, they received a referral from a friend regarding a property located about 400 kilometers from Madrid. While it seemed a bit far at first, they realized that they, in Silvia’s words had stumbled across a ‘sleeping beauty’, nestled in the Pozuelo Mountains. It seems like the prefect plot for a blockbuster movie, but they would soon realize that the stories enclosed behind these walls were even more telling. The precise history is not exactly known, which makes it all the more fascinating. In 1492, after the conquest of Granada, the last of the Moors were forced to surrender to the Catholics. The property was eventually handed over to the Marquis of Mondejar, Luis Hurtado de Mendoza, of which

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“The grounds quickly deteriorated and remained in the valley - only the locals knew of its storied beauty.

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left The morning fog rising off the mountains.

“We arrived just before sunset, as the sun casted a crimson glow onto the mountains.â€? the name Marquis is derived. Mendoza was a commander of the Alhambra and captain general of the Kingdom of Granada. In the 19th-century, the Marquis transferred the responsibility of the land to a local family that handled the agriculture, which included wheat and olive trees. In 1879, a chapel was built on the grounds and soon received a papal seal by Pope Leon XIII in 1880. At the end of the 20th-century, it was abandoned by its owners, who moved to nearby Granada. The grounds quickly deteriorated and remained in the valley - only the locals knew of its storied beauty. It was love at first sight in 2010 for both Silvia and Eilko. They soon found themselves with a country home and then some, Cortijo del MarquĂŠs is practically its own tiny village enclosed within four walls. After some time and careful restoration, they revived the property to its former glory, while keeping everything in tack, from the barn that once housed over 1,000 sheep, to the former home of goats that is now the restaurant. The grounds are meticulously maintained and are bursting with life with honeysuckle vines climbing the enclosed walls, to the flowering thyme and lavender that grows by the fountain in the main courtyard. e arrived just before sunset, as the sun casted a crimson glow onto the mountains. The four kilometer winding road up to the property is dotted with wildflower fields, including crimson poppies and an innumerable amount of olive trees, some more than a hundred years old - their gnarled trunks revealing the passage of time. Silvia, originally from Austria, warmly greeted us and showed us to our room, which overlooked the second courtyard lined with orange trees and a fountain decorated with potted red geraniums. Between Silvia and Eilko, they both speak many languages - Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish to name a few. One thing that

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immediately translates is the love and dedication they have cultivated for their corner of the world. The hotel has 15 rooms, each with their own name and interesting tales. The spaces are decorated with European antiques furnishings, from a wooden armoire with intricate details to brass lamps with dangling

glass, discovered in Madrid. One of the rooms, 'Los Aljibe' has Roman columns that are believed to date back to the 16th-century, while 'El Silo' is a restored silo that boasts a panoramic view overlooking the wheat fields and mountains. The pool, located adjacent to the chapel looks out onto the mountains and is surrounded

by roses. It is an ideal place to relax and enjoy an afternoon siesta. ach night, outstanding 3-course meals are prepared by Chef Marcos, a local, who incorporates the freshest market finds in inventive and modern ways, like fish and lamb. On one particular night, it was a poached egg served on potato parmentier with a fresh thyme aroma, followed by a tender roasted leg of lamb that sat atop puréed roasted pumpkin and oyster mushrooms. For dessert, it was a knee-buckling good crème brulée that had a heavenly taste of caramelized vanilla. Staying at Cortijo del Marqués is like being welcomed into the Bruggers extended family. While the family lives there fulltime and it is technically their home, they feel like they cannot take full ownership, rather, they are meer guests at the estate, for the wrinkle in time that they inhabit it. They have taken on the great responsibility of maintaining a place, which has existed through many ages and has the ability to leave all those that enter into its four walls nothing short of enchanted.

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T left to right The rolling lawn of the South AllĂŠe that leads to the gate. Forget-me-nots and primrose shimmer in the morning sun

he Old Westbury Gardens are located just 20 miles east of New York City, but they feel like worlds away, like you are slipping back to the golden days of grandeur and opulence. Green meadows, serene lakes and manicured gardens are a few of the enchanting details from this estate that is situated on over 200 acres of land. The property was once the country home of Jay and Dita Phipps, a prominent family that worked in the thriving steel business in the early 1900s. The gardens were designed

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by George Crawley, to evoke the symmetry of an English garden, but with American design elements. Describing the exquisiteness of the property is something that should be witnessed firsthand, since you could easily spend hours getting lost in the beauty. The vista overlooking the back of the home stretches almost as far as the eye can see. The South AllĂŠe spreads out like a sea of green and is flanked by Canadian hemlock trees. The lawn undulates to a black wrought iron gate, just off in the distance, which is detailed with gold and the family crest. Further afoot, the Grand AllĂŠ of European linden trees form a sun-dappled path ideal for an afternoon stroll. n the rear of the estate, the brick path that leads to the rose garden features a kaleidoscope of shades from the flourishing primrose, violet forget-me-nots and fuchsia azaleas that shimmer in the sunlight. The walkway is shaded with lotus poles that are

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dotted with climbing roses. The formal walled garden is ensconced by a brick wall accented with climbing Southern magnolias and tree peonies and a prominent center fountain. The grounds are meticulously maintained by Maura Brush, the Director of Horticulture and a large group of volunteers, which oversee the peonies, alliums, foxglove and fragrant David Austin roses, depending on the time of year. The lotus pond sits at the end of the walled garden surrounded by a myriad of Siberian iris that imparts a dose of vibrant purple in the spring. Positioned to the left is the Ghost walk is a mini allĂŠ created by towering Poplar trees that provide respite on warm summer days. he Phipps family instilled a permanent sense of beauty, not only in the well-preserved home, but in the gardens for generations to come. In 1959 they opened the space to the public. Today, the site operates as a non-profit charity and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Old Westbury can be enjoyed from April through November.

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THE FINAL NOTE

ST YLING NATUR E

A Masterful Approach to Floral

Arrangements by Lewis Miller with Irini Arakas Rizzoli, New York 2016

Floral designer Lewis Miller’s approach to a flower arrangements is composure tempered with an air of effortlessness. In his debut book, Styling Nature A Masterful Approach to Floral Arrangements, he shares how he creates beauty through textured blooms. Each page is the equivalent of studying an art history book that is filled with Dutch still life paintings that are brought to life with flowers.

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