House Envy, Interiors, Vacation Rentals

Tour this Swiss Vacation Rental with Mountain Views

February 3, 2016 • By

Tour this Vacation Rental with Switzerland Mountain ViewsToday’s Vacation Rental is a modern/rustic timber house with 360-degree views of the snow-covered Swiss Alps. (Think you’ve got snow where you are? Ummmm, no…)

Outside, there’s crisp mountain air, hiking, skiing. Inside there’s a clean-lined, modern Swiss interior by a famous Swiss architect.

(Are you feeling a bit like a character in a Bond movie? Because I am…)

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Art & Design, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

My Favorite Things: The Toran

February 1, 2016 • By

The Toran aka decorative door hangings. Take a look at their history and where to find Torans!

image via Wealden Times 

I love a good Boho vibe – whether over the top layers of color and texture or that one, special, well-edited piece of ethnic art that makes a room come alive.

An interior should be like a person – well-traveled – and full of memories.

One of my favorite travel souvenirs is a Toran. (Trust me, I never knew what they were called, despite having loved them for years.) A toran is a colorful door hanging that welcomes guest at the entrance of homes in Hindu cultures.

But these lovely textiles can be hung anywhere – click through and you’ll see the creative ways bloggers, designers and other creatives are using torans in their homes…and in some cases…boats!
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Destinations

7 Romantic Places You Haven’t Been To Yet

January 29, 2016 • By

You probably know the most famous romantic places in the world – but if you’re looking for inspiration, popping the question or planning a destination wedding, consider something unexpected. Or do just want to get away to a super romantic place? Here are seven special places you’ll want to add to your list…

1. Lago di Orta, Italy

Lago di Orta, Italy

Lago di Orta, Italy

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House Envy, Vacation Rentals

Tour this Luscious London Micro Hotel

January 13, 2016 • By

Today’s stylish vacation rental is actually a tiny, two-guestroom hotel called 40 Winks.

(My dad used to always say he was going to catch 40 winks, just as he would lie down on the sofa for a nap…)

This lovely house was built in 1717, so it’s almost 300 years old. It’s quirky, eccentric and playfully glamorous. The kitchen is completely over the top!

Scroll down to see more of this dramatic space…

Take a tour of this United Kingdom Vacation Rental with a Theatrical Vibe - 40 Winks. Grace, glamour, art, and design can be found here - so magical!

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2015 – Travel by the Numbers

January 11, 2016 • By

Happy New Year, Ya’ll!

Mr. H and I had a fabulous holiday season with family and friends. We hosted three dinner parties for 12 at our home (Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannukah).  We hosted a pajama party for 13 kids, too.

We got to co-host a Mad Men style New Year’s Eve party at Case de Locos, the super glamorous mid-century home of designer Kellie Smith. That was fun!

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And after it was all over,Mr. H and I sat back, put our feet up and started reviewing the year that was.

He’s a big-time numbers guy, my husband. He loves doing an end of year tally.

And it’s fun to sit together on the couch and reminisce about all the things we did.

So without further ado, here’s our “Annual Report” for 2015.

Looking back, the number 1 defining moment of 2015, was the loss of my lovely mother last January. READ MORE


Destinations, USA

Room at the Inn – Bed and Breakfast in Bethlehem

December 23, 2015 • By

It’s Christmas Eve Eve…so instead of our regular Vacation Rental feature, we’ve picked a special inn – this historic bed and breakfast in, of course, Bethlehem…

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that is.)

Welcome to the Sayre Mansion, a sprawling brick house completed in 1858.

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Robert Heysham Sayre was chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He also founded the Fountain Hill Opera House and READ MORE