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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.


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

Hotels, Uncategorized

Hotel Love: Villa Crespi

March 8, 2014 • By

It’s getting to be that time of year again – the time when Mr. H and I start planning our annual re-wedding festivities. (Yes, you heard that right, but more about that in a later post.) Naturally, anniversary season brings back memories of weddings past.


Art & Design, Interiors, Tips

T+L Design Awards

January 14, 2014 • By
Elana Garro Cultural Center, Mexico City

Elana Garro Cultural Center, Mexico City

Travel + Leisure Magazine has announced the winners of their 10th annual design awards.  The 2014 winners include a cultural center in Mexico City (pictured above), which looks like a place I’d like to spend a few days…READ MORE

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Art & Design, Interiors

5 Tips for Home Libraries

November 10, 2013 • By

The weather is turning colder and football season is here.  My husband, international-man-about-couch that he is, likes to spend  hours watching soccer on the weekend.  I prefer to curl up with a good book.

I grew up in a house full of books.  In fact, for my parents, siblings and me, books are practically part of the family and our combined collections must run into the thousands.  Even in my smallest single-girl apartments, I had a “library” – although sometimes that meant some unique combination of book and living space.


Interiors, Pattern & Texture

When Life Happens…Make Fabric…

September 10, 2013 • By
Our New Fabric Line is Becoming Real!

Our New Fabric Line is Becoming Real!

So in case anyone one has been wondering where I’ve been…yes, sometimes life happens and the blog takes a backseat for a few (minutes?).  In the meantime, lots has been happening, both at home and away.  We returned from the third leg of our progressive road trip.  More on that later, but the bottom line is, our car is now parked near the Denver airport, awaiting our return and the start of phase four.  (I’m thinking Santa Fe…)

AND – drum roll please – the paper strikes of our new Smith•Hönig fabric line are rolling in.  It is so exciting to see the dream becoming real, and all those travel inspirations turning into products!  Again, more later as we tweak (not twerk!) our designs.

The photo shows one design from the collection, plus a mood board of how it will be used in an upcoming project.


My Design Partner Kellie Smith with HGTV Superstar Vern Yip.

Plus, my design partner, Kellie Smith just launched her new paint line, Velvet Finishes.  (She’s off having breakfast with HGTV super star Vern Yip at the moment, while I’m rededicating myself to the blog.  No.  Seriously.)

You can check her paint out here:

So friends, we’ve got a lot of catching up to do.  So many great new hotels we discovered on our trek across middle America.  So many great swimming holes discovered by my lake-loving husband…So many photos…

More later.

I promise.

Country, Hotels, Interiors

Hotel Love: Vintage Americana at Bedford Springs Resort

July 8, 2013 • By
Gallery Wall in the Lobby of Pennsylvania's Bedford Springs Resort

Gallery Wall in the Lobby of Pennsylvania’s Bedford Springs Resort

Nothing’s more American than a vintage health spa nestled into the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains.  Complete with seven ancient mineral springs, a golf course, waterfalls and hiking trails, and a first-rate spa, this is a glamorous way to experience the lives of the social elite who visited to ‘take the waters’ around the turn of the century.