Monthly Archives: December 2014

and a Happy New Year!


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December 31, 2014 · 11:00 pm

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Belles Idees

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December 25, 2014 · 1:00 am

Seasonal Pleasures: Winter


Warm fires



Snuggly cashmere


Vin chaud



Roast chestnuts

Sparkly lights


Hot chocolate



Mimosa (both kinds!)

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Happiness project: after the rain

after the rain |

after the rain 3 |

after the rain 2 |

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Friday I’m in Love: Strawberry Tree

Arbutus unedo…

Strawberry Tree |

just gorgeous!

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Happiness Project: Descanso in November

November saw the opening of Descanso Gardens‘ Oak Woodland.

Descanso Gardens Oak Woodland | bellesidees

Designed around the existing lake, the project aims to showcase the native landscape of the area, a mix of oaks and other trees, California meadow and chaparral plants.

Descanso Oak Garden montage | bellesideesThough still very young (most of the planting was done in March), the garden promises to be a wonderful resource for gardeners looking for inspiration for xeriscaping and native planting – a must in these drought-ridden times in California…Descanso Oak Meadow garden montage | bellesidees

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