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12.31.2012

happy new year


12.11.2012

one fine stay

My husband and I prefer to stay in a vacation rental than a hotel.  We like the privacy and exclusion that a rental provides over a hotel.  Truthfully, when I stay in a hotel I keep the "do not disturb" sign on the door the entire time.  When we got married, we rented a huge house in Los Olivos and invited our friends and family to stay, drink wine, and hang out.

Now there are many vacation rental options and more people are dipping their toes in.  My friend regularly lists her Santa Monica apartment (with cat) on airbnb.com.  Or you can stay in a Snow Dome outside of Moscow.

We've had good experience with the original and old stand-by vrbo.com, where Nate rented a cabin in the North Georgia Mountains and proposed.  Or choose a beach villa in Maui.

You can also visit boutique-homes.com and find anything from expansive villas in the south of France to this vintage airstream rental in Big Sur.  

London even has it's own site, onefinestay.com, that allows you to "live like a local" in a place like this Clarendon Road apartment.  I also like this site because you can get a peek into all the impeccably decorated homes without the slightest intention of visiting London.

While I may never remove the "do not disturb" sign from my door, I will be taking others up on their offer.

Do you prefer to stay in a hotel with all the amenities or live like a local in a vacation rental?



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12.10.2012

a curated shop: new items

There are a ton of new items in my shop, both new pillows and treasures from my travels.  Great for holiday gifts, many of the items have free shipping and I will gift wrap anything you desire for free either in plain brown butcher paper or with red & white stripes.  So get shopping!  



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12.07.2012

original work of art

Photo: Erica George Dines in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I designed this bath two years ago for the Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Christmas Showhouse.  I was lucky enough at the time to work with the talented Tina Steele Lindsey to create the custom painting you see on the left and below. 

photo by Blayne Beacham

Now you have the chance to have an original Tina Steele Lindsey painting as well - you can get all the info on her blog here: http://tinasteelelindseyart.blogspot.com/2012/11/a-giveaway.html

You can also see more of this bathroom and the others on my website here.  

Have an awesome weekend.  



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12.06.2012

Living in the Loo

Sometimes inspiration strikes and sometimes it doesn't, so while I have been busy busy busy with the other parts of my life, I've neglected the blog, again.  But inspiration struck today when I read an article about a woman who transformed a public restroom in London into a groovy 600-sq ft apartment.  I thought that I must share her genius, perseverance, and sheer madness, because who puts gold-leaf walls in a public bathroom?  Please click over to read the entire article and see the rest of the well-designed space.

Winter 2012








I'll be back soon when I get all the new awesome items into my shop.  

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