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When Prentiss Douthit says he was born with a green thumb, he isn't exaggerating much. Douthit has been digging in the dirt since the age of 5—not that he always enjoyed it. An ideal companion to the house, the garden is also sweet and unpretentious, with a certain blowsy British charm. In addition to all those roses—scaling a rustic arbor, climbing the brick facade, blooming on bushes at every turn—Douthit's borders and beds burst with the kind of classic flowers your great-aunt might have grown: foxgloves, peonies, and pansies. A pair of flagstone patios, their walls covered in jasmine, clematis, and ivy, offer inviting spots to sit and take in the scenery. In this photo: Vintage café chairs and a tag-sale table welcome guests on the front patio. Straight from Prentiss Douthit's garden, peonies, petite 'Sweet Pea' roses, and dainty sprigs of beauty bush (Kolkwitzia amabilis) provide the makings for a casually lush arrangement. So you can imagine Douthit's surprise four years ago, when he found himself bidding on a 1937 brick Tudor in Birmingham because he'd fallen hard for the garden—planted with more than 25 different roses. Antique milk-glass pendant lamps illuminate the kitchen, which sports custom cabinetry and an Anthropologie rug. Bright Idea: Give a kitchen living room elegance with a wall of framed—even lighted!—art. What appears to be a baroque demilune in the foyer was once part of Douthit's grandmother's dressing table; she had the piece cut in two in order to pass it down to both her daughters (Douthit's mom used her half as a vanity). It displays a Victorian-inspired tableau that includes begonias, a fern, even a bird's nest. Bright Idea: No need for fancy terrarium containers—an ordinary mason jar works fine. Inside, Douthit relied upon lessons he learned as a boy. Clematis and confederate jasmine climb a brick wall adjoining the back patio. Since purchasing the place, Douthit has added yet another outdoor room. Blue, the designer's Welsh Corgi, sets off toward an arbor covered in 'New Dawn' roses.

source: countryliving

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