In honor of the first day of spring, I thought you all might enjoy seeing some of my photos from my favorite springtime event in Houston, the River Oaks Garden Club's Azalea Trail Home and Garden Tour. This year was the 82nd Annual Azalea Trail and thanks to the unusually warm winter, the flowers were gorgeous and the azaleas were only slightly past their prime. I'm always inspired by home and garden tours and there were some exceptional gardens on the tour this year. It was so nice to get out of the house (thanks Mom for watching the twins!) with my husband, Clint, and get some fresh air and be inspired. My favorite spot on the tour was the 1952 contemporary residence and newly reimagined gardens that meader down to Buffalo Bayou (our city was founded around it's banks) designed by Johnny Steele.
I also really enjoyed this regency style home... wish they allowed interior photography because the blood orange silk curtains in the living room and the hand painted wallpaper in the dining room were fantastic! The gardens in this home were also designed by Johnny Steele and it's all perfection!
I LOVE the entry to this home and the double set of double doors... the interior set of doors are solid while the exterior set you can see in the above photo have glazing... best of both worlds! You can choose to have the light or privacy. And I'm always a sucker for black shutters and double hung windows... add in some huge oaks, ivy, boxwoods, and white roses and it's pretty much perfect if you ask me!
The backyard was just as good as the front! I love the design of this seating area and pool. I always find adults end up sitting on the steps of a pool to sip their drinks and chat and having those long steps running along the sides are perfect for perching.
This home on Kirby Drive had a colorful assortment of spring blooms... made me want to plant delphiniums in my garden next year, just look at that vibrant purpley-blue!
I love the raised garden beds that were installed in the skinny sliver of space between the driveway and fence. We finally built and planted our own veggie garden in our backyard this spring and I can't wait to pick tomatoes and peppers with my toddler and maybe convince her to eat a vegetable... maybe?