All posts tagged: vacation

The design-conscious traveler, Part 2

You know how I’ve been bemoaning the difficulty of finding gorgeous holiday accommodations? You know how I love planning holidays but always struggle to find the rental home that’s just right? Well I just discovered a resource that has me thinking the struggle may be over. It’s sort of VRBO crossed with a sense of design crossed with kid-friendly… it’s called kid&coe.  And its full of awesomeness. Seriously, I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am about this site. First, it’s attractive to look at and easy to use (admittedly I haven’t actually tried to book anything yet). Second, it lists properties all over the world. Want to go to Porto, Portugal with your family? They have great houses and apartments there, like this one. Or maybe Melbourne, Australia? Look at this place. San Francisco anyone? Go enjoy this awesome kitchen. The thing that makes me love this site isn’t the fact that the houses are all kid-friendly (although that’s definitely great) but it’s the fact that most of the houses look just like somewhere I …

Perfectly simple spaces in Reykjavik

You know, for someone who writes a blog, I’d say I spend relatively very little time actually popping in on other blogs and keeping abreast of all the good design floating around on the interwebs. I mean to, I’d like to, but life just seems to get the better of me. That said, one site that I do routinely stop by is DesiretoInspire.net, an interior design blog written by two women, a Canadian and an Australian, who are self-proclaimed “interior design junkies” (um, yeah, that’s definitely me too) and who share posts about all sorts of lovely goodness. Our styles don’t line up perfectly, and now and then they’ll present something I don’t love, but they’ve got a great eye and by and large I really enjoy what they share. So somewhere between checking work email and checking to see when the next blizzard is going to hit today, I happened upon a post that really caught my eye.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s so hard to find interesting and stimulating holiday accommodations, …

The design-conscious traveler, Part 1

Holidays. I live for them. Love them. Can’t wait for them. I even enjoy planning them. But the one thing that always trips me up is finding accommodations that catch my eye and excite me. As someone who spends a lot of time thinking about architecture and design, I love exploring new hotels and houses just for the opportunity to scavenge for new ideas and appreciate someone else’s curation. With that in mind, my strong preference is to stay in places that are aesthetically interesting and encompass thoughtful design. This, unsurprisingly, is pretty hard to find. Online there are a few sites that offer a curated array of accommodations, like BoutiqueHomes but they hardly ever have a property in the area where we wish to travel. Inevitably I end up scouring HomeAway for hours, trying to find the gem in the rough. Adding “modern”, “mid-century”, or even “contemporary” doesn’t to your search terms doesn’t really help either, because people property owners throw those terms around in the property descriptions like they are going out of …