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A Travel Blogger’s Year in Review

January 1, 2018 • By

It’s a wrap – and time for Rover’s year in review.

2017 is no longer with us, but some great memories are! So let’s start at the beginning…

…my travel game started off strong…

Rover's Year in Review 2017 - Kyoto


Art & Design, Arts & Culture, Experiences, Interiors

Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour Finale

December 13, 2017 • By

Welcome to the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour FINALE.

I’ve enjoyed opening my home to you!

Here’s arecap of my Christmas decor as we get ready for the big day. I seriously cannot believe that Christmas is so close!

If you’ve found your way here from MJonesStyle, welcome…let’s start the tour.

If you’ve missed my first two home tours you can visit them, here and here.

Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour Finale! Tour this globally inspired home complete with a venetian Christmas tablescape.Sponsors: #SmithHonig #AmaraLiving

Disclaimer: This blog hop is sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.


Food & Drink, Interiors

Inspiration for a Venetian Christmas Tablescape

December 6, 2017 • By

It’s time for part two of the Merry & Bright Holiday Home Tour.

 Seven talented bloggers, seven amazing holiday home tours!

If you’ve found your way here from Green With Decor, welcome! Wasn’t Meg’s home lovely?

Today I’m showing you my dining room and Christmas table settings, inspired by one of my favorite places in the world – Venice, Italy. If you missed part one of my home tour, take a look at my Christmas sun room.

Gather inspiration for a venetian Christmas table with this home tour, the Merry and Bright Holiday Home Tour part 2. Sponsored by Amara Living & SmithHönig

Disclaimer: This blog hop is sponsored by Amara and SmithHönig. Products were provided from each – however all opinions are 100% my own.


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.



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

Arts & Culture

The 10 Most Christmas-y Places to Be Right Now

December 14, 2015 • By

It’s looking a lot like Christmas! Silver bells…twinkly lights…pictures with Santa popping up in your friends’ Facebook feeds.

Happily, I’ll be spending the holiday at home with family. My tree is glittering. The garland is draped across the front porch and the gifts are getting wrapped – (but slowly, slowly).

Every now and then, as I tie a Tiffany-style bow – I dream about spending the holiday in a picture-perfect Christmas destination, a place filled with snowflakes and evergreens and classic red ribbons. The kind of Christmas card town that seems almost magical – a place known for a unique Christmas spirit. What are the places I dream of?

Here they are.

In my opinion, these are the Top 10 Christmas Destinations anywhere in the world!

1. Lapland, Finland

As Santa’s official homeland, Finnish Lapland is obviously pretty focused on the Christmas holiday. The town of Rovaniemi is officially designated as Santa’s hometown. A white line through the park delineates the boundaries of the actual Arctic Circle.)

And while, according to local lore, Santa lives a bit further out, he does keep his office downtown.

Santa wears traditional clothing in Lapland

Rovaniemi: Santa Claus. Photograph. Britannica Online for Kids. Web. 12 Dec. 2015