August is definitely starting to feel like summer winding down a bit. With our focus on "escapes" and homes away from home, it felt odd (but really nice) to be so homebound this weekend. The thunderstorms helped us not mind hanging around our place, and our jam-packed summer of travel and hosting guests made the low-key catch-up time so welcome. But we know a lot folks who still have trips planned and take August through Labor Day as a break from the rest of the year's challenges... Until September we'll continue blogging ideas for escape; for recharging yourself away from home and how that changes you when you come back. We'd love to hear from any of you who have fantastic escape stories and photos to share. Thanks to Paula for sending us hers last week (Little Sugar River Farm)! With travel in mind, we'd also love to hear your questions, see pics of how travel has inspired design in your home, or any tips on great products. Email us: chicago(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com.