Architectural salvage shops are increasingly popular destinations for designers, collectors, and remodelers, and for the home decorator looking for unique furnishings, there's no better place to start a search.
Earlier this week I looked at online sources for gardening supplies which, if you don't have a car or you're pressed for time, are great for getting your garden gear. But if your idea of a relaxing Spring Sunday is strolling through a garden center, breathing in the scent of wet soil and planning your own little outdoor space, this list is for you.
In a week, I'll be heading home for the holidays (SFO to EWR) for the first time in three years. I was inspired to put together this goodie bag of local favorites for friends and family (note: my budget will mean one item per loved one). The good thing about these is that you don't need to live in the Bay Area to enjoy — you can order them all online. Here's to a little taste of my adopted hometown and a happy holiday!
I have a crush on Louisville. I visited this charming city a few months ago and was completely taken with its historic atmosphere, creative spirit, and genteel hospitality (I'm not gonna lie, I really like being called "sweetie"). Louisville is famously home to the Kentucky Derby, but there is so much more to be discovered, from a vibrant art scene to fabulous dining to architectural gems. I highly recommend a visit.
While Orange County is probably best know for turning out "Laguna Beach" and "The Real Housewives", those who are from the area know it's actually a pretty charming place. The collection of beach cities from Laguna to Sunset have a laid back costal appeal that is a mecca of surf culture and areas like downtown Fullerton, and the Orange Circle are perfect for spending an afternoon browsing antiques.
If you've never lived or spent a significant amount of time in Baltimore, then I know what you're thinking. Why in the world would I want a to visit this city? Yes, we definitely get a bad rap, but there is way more to Charm City than crime statistics and The Wire (granted, it is a superb show!). Baltimore is a diverse city with a rich history — and while we might be known for the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards — this guide will take you out of the tourist traps and give you a small taste of what Baltimore has to offer. Excellent restaurants, strollable neighborhoods, and a thriving arts scene, to name a few. But above all, get out and meet some of the people that live here, they are the true heart of this authentic city.
Later this month I'll be traveling to Australia for the first time. The country is huge and varied, so it was hard to narrow down where to visit in a relatively short amount of time. But I loved doing the research, and found that Australia has a lot of style! While I won't be able to visit them all, here are five awesome looking hotels that won't completely break the bank — down under!
Steeped in history and architecture, but without pretension or high prices, low key and friendly Saint Louis is unexpectedly great for design lovers. Between its deep German roots (read: lots of beer), and a strong undercurrent of the arts, there is lots to explore in the Brick City.