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12 Ways to Create a Cozy Guest Room for the Holidays

December 20, 2015 • By

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.

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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.

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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


Art & Design, Destinations, Interiors

Northern Light: Poetic Places & Spaces of Sweden

September 18, 2015 • By
The Viking Mounds at Uppsalla, Sweden

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.

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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.

What to do with old suitcases? Here are 8 ways to decorate with vintage luggage via Rover at Home!

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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…

Seriously.

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.

Take a look at these 10 Amazing Bohemian Chic Interiors from Travel Expert, Rover@Home. Also, receive 15% savings at the SmithHonig home decor line.

Amazing Bohemian Interiors

 

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Art & Design, Characters, City, 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.

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


Fashion, Interiors, Road

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