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Art & Design, Interiors

8 Ways to Decorate with Vintage Luggage

July 24, 2015 • By

They don’t make suitcases like they used to…the older ones have character and patina, and you can still find affordable vintage suitcases at thrift stores and in antique shops for reasonable prices. Most vintage luggage has traveled far and wide; their once vibrant colors have faded and their leather has worn to a subtle softness – and what we use now is lighter and much more convenient for actual travel.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of alternative uses for vintage luggage. Here is my round-up of 8 Ways to Decorate with Vintage Luggage.



Art & Design, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

10 Amazing Bohemian Chic Interiors

July 16, 2015 • By

I just found out I was secretly voted “Most Likely to be Bohemian” in college…


I love globally-inspired design and expressing my inner gypsy, plus it fits right in with my ongoing wanderlust. Boho style is a great way to show off your eclectic (random?) travel souvenirs and create an international feel that reminds you of all the places you’ve been – or the places you want to go!  I sometimes think of re-designing the whole house to suite the Bohemian style, but I think that Mr. H would have a mini meltdown. So for now, let’s just drool together over these amazing Bohemian inspired spaces.

Here are 10 Amazing Bohemian Chic Interiors.

Amazing Bohemian Interiors

Amazing Bohemian Interiors



Art & Design, Characters, City Seeker, Interiors, Pattern & Texture

Modern Moorish Style with Villa Maroc’s Deganit Cohen

June 19, 2015 • By

The shop’s colorful facade got my attention as we drove past, and despite a tight schedule I managed to persuade my husband to turn the car around, drop me across the street and set up a meeting time for later in the day.  It was the right thing to do!

Villa Maroc is bright, colorful and filled with layer upon layer of visual goodness.  I needed to slow down to take it all in.  A charming lady (who I later discovered was the owner’s mother) let me know that céramiques were discounted 20%.  Everything – on the floors, the walls, the chairs, the tables, in baskets and boxes and bowls – clamored for my attention.


The feeling was warm and evocative of the past – but perfectly modern at the same time.  READ MORE

Fashion, Interiors, Road Trips

5 Road Trip-Inspired Ways to Use Denim in Your Decor

April 30, 2014 • By

Denim is as classic as it gets for road trip wardrobes.  And since travel of every kind is what inspires my home and art, I suddenly wondered why I’ve limited myself to ethnic textiles, regional pottery and other destination-specific souvenirs when it comes to home decor.READ MORE


Updating a Home of the Year

April 30, 2014 • By

Last weekend was full of stories – most of which I can’t tell here! The tales I do want to share are all about Florida style, though.  As an example, check out yesterday’s story about a luxurious boutique hotel that raises money for college scholarships.

The second design story of the trip was getting to enjoy my friends’ new home in Winter Park.  The house is beautiful and has excellent bones, as you would expect from a builder/designer like Phil Kean.  In fact, the house was voted Home of the Year not too long ago.

But my friend S. is ready to update the interiors now that she’s beginning to settle into sub-tropical living.  The look is too overtly Tuscan for her taste. (But remember how important that look was, for a while?)  I can’t wait to see what she does with this beautiful space!

In the meantime, here’s a peak at what the house looks like now.


Art & Design, City Seeker, Destinations, Hotels, Interiors

Is This The World’s First Non-Profit Hotel?

April 29, 2014 • By

While visiting friends in Winter Park, Florida last weekend, I was treated to brunch at Hamilton’s Kitchen. Hamilton’s is located inside The Alfond Inn, a new boutique property that may be the world’s first non-profit hotel.

The lobby of the inn is bright and open, filled with contemporary art and modern Moorish influences. Hamilton’s opens onto the courtyard, and we chose a table outside. The weather was as perfect as you’d expect in a Florida resort town.