Let’s take a trip to Canyon Point, Utah, just so we can stay in this unique luxury hotel!
Welcome to Amangiri!
Amangiri is a remote hideaway, luxuriously appointed and architecturally pure, tucked into the canyons of the American Southwest. Located in a protected valley with wide and slightly surreal views, this resort offers high design, adrenaline-fueled adventure and a naturally peaceful retreat; what more could you want for a romantic getaway?
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! READ MORE
So you’re totally ready for Christmas, right? (Be honest – are you nodding while sipping cocoa right now, or screaming uncontrollably?)
And this year, will you be the host or the wandering traveler?
Either way, you’ll want the guest room (or impromptu sleeping space!) to be as comfortable as possible.
Here are a few ideas to create a cozy guest room for the holidays.
1. Add a Snack Box
I like leaving a few small-size snacks in a basket, bowl or box next to the bed, especially for guests who have traveled far and may be on a different time zone.
Waking up starving at 3:00 a.m. when you’re jet-lagged is SO not fun. Make sure you include some salty or savory snacks as well as sweets. Nuts, chips and pretzels are always good choices and try to strike a balance between healthy and just downright yummy.
2. A Place to Sit
If you have the space, make sure your guest room has a place to sit in addition to the bed. Your guest will need a place for tying shoes, having a cup of tea or checking his or her iPhone.
Here are seating areas in two favorite guest rooms I’ve stayed in while traveling. The first was in an Italian villa. I loved waking up here. And the chairs totally served their purpose.
A Bedroom at an Italian Villa we Rented for a House Party
This next room was in a French chateau and was especially cozy…the old, overstuffed chair between the window and the fireplace was so comfortable I could sit for hours.READ MORE
The Viking Mounds at Uppsalla, Sweden by Georgios Karamanis
Sometimes you fall in love with light. You think it’s the person or the place you’re falling for, but in fact the light filters through a cloud or slants in through a window a certain way and there’s a subtle shift. Everything seems full of meaning.
When I think of places with special light I remember Venice. And London. And Greece. And California. Each one unique.
I haven’t been to Sweden yet, but I’m intrigued by its light.