Arts & Culture, Experiences

Gorgeous Topiary Gardens Around the World

July 30, 2017 • By

Topiary Gardens are my secret passion.

Throughout my travels, I look for local topiary gardens to visit. A topiary is a living art piece, and their fantastical shapes, in an open landscape, can feel magical and other-worldly.

Today, I thought that we would highlight a few of these one-of-a-kind gardens.

Take a look at these gorgeous Topiary Gardens around the world…

Let's step outside and take a look at these gorgeous Topiary Gardens around the world...there are many different sizes and shapes of gardens.

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House Parties, Interiors, Vacation Rentals

Real Moroccan Decor – A House Party in Marrakesh

May 30, 2017 • By

I love Moroccan decor – the colors, textures and patterns. So Morocco has been a dream destination for a long time. This year I finally decided to plan a trip with friends to immerse myself in Moroccan design and shop the souks of Marrakesh.

If you read regularly, you’ll know my favorite kind of getaway is a house party – a modern riff on the traditional country house holiday – where friends gather to eat, drink, talk, relax and explore.

This trip would be a Moroccan house party in a 16th-century riad with seven amazing, creative friends.READ MORE


City, Destinations

5 Things You Must Do in Kyoto, Japan

April 12, 2017 • By

So you’re traveling in Asia and wondering what to do in Kyoto, Japan…

My advice? Settle into this beautiful and historic Japanese city for a few days.  Mr. H and I just returned from Japan, and Kyoto was the highlight of our entire Asian trip.

The people are warm and friendly. The food is diverse and delicious. Kyoto retains much of its pre-World War II architecture and character and makes a great home base for meaningful side trips.

Traveling to Kyoto, Japan? Settle into this beautiful and historic place and take a look at these 5 things you must do in Kyoto, Japan.

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Art & Design, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

Rover Announces – Travel Inspired Home Decor by SmithHönig

April 3, 2017 • By

I’ve been so busy starting our new SmithHönig home decor line that I forgot to blog!

Yep, I’m the travel blogger without a post…But I’m not sad! In fact, I’m celebrating!

Here’s why.

I’ve been making lots of new art – based on lots of new travel – and this past January, Kellie Smith of Design Asylum Blog and I launched our new home decor line – AND our new company!

SmithHönig

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House Parties, Vacation Rentals

Tour This Unique Vacation Rental in Italy

August 11, 2016 • By

This may be the most stylish vacation rental ever…

Take a tour of this beautiful traditional trullo in Italy from the Oliver’s Travels website, one of the best-edited holiday rental companies I’ve ever come across.

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A trullo is an ancient, round house with a conical roof primarily located in the Itria Valley in Italy’s Apulia region.

Trullo’s were originally constructed as temporary field shelters and storehouses by the region’s farmers.READ MORE


Experiences

19 Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

February 7, 2016 • By

Just in case you aren’t already planning that next trip, here are a few travel quotes to – well, you know – get you in the mood!

Let’s start with the fundamental truth…

And here’s one of my favorites, from the famous naturalist, philosopher and founder of The Sierra Club, John Muir…READ MORE