we are so honored and excited to be featured in the weekly review, one of melbourne’s premiere lifestyle magazines! we love sharing our tips and trade secrets, so the opportunity to do so overseas is even more exciting. in their last weekly issue of february 2015 you can view some tips on how to personalize your home! thank you again to the weekly review for the feature! see the article below or click to page 18-19 for the complete interview on their site here!
have you ever wanted to wander into the beautiful wilderness without leaving all of the comforts of home behind? we have found beautiful, exotic places to relax amongst the mysterious creatures that live within them. the best part? the interiors provide a luxury you normally receive in a 5 start hotel. take a look at our favorite ways to camp with the chicest of security blankets.
1. el cosmico in marfa, texas
2. gorah elephant camp in plettenberg bay south africa
3. a terra in são teotonio, portugal
4. wagon stays in kirwee, new zealand
5. back of beyond in dehigahaela
throw caution to the wind and start packing! we’re sure one of these will help you check off a few items from your bucket list!
“the expanding small house movement serves as a direct reaction against the excessive consumption and superfluousness of the past- a cultural striptease that becomes more enticing the more it takes off.”
the quote above really struck a chord with us while reading the awe inspiring book we discovered over the holidays, rock the shack: the architecture of cabins, cocoons, and hideouts. although we love luxury, this book has us thinking about going off the grid! if you’re in need of amazing getaway inspiration look no further, rock the shack has 240 pages of dwellings that connect people back with nature, from intricately detailed cabins to sparse tree houses. we chose a couple of our favorite hideouts below, including hut on sleds by crosson clarke carnachan architects, polyhedron habitable by manuel villa architects, and villa asserbo by eentileen with facit homes. every project in the book is unique and intriguing, while promoting the idea of sustainable living.
ace hotel has done it again, and even closer to home for us this time in downtown los angeles! we previously raved about their palm springs location, but are especially intrigued by the new downtown location. the new ace hotel found its home in the historic, spanish gothic united artists building which was designed with heavy influence from the segovia cathedral in spain. the building was completed in 1927 and was the tallest building in los angeles for one year, but most of us identify this landmark as the ‘jesus saves’ building.
working with the beautiful bones of this building, commune and the ace atelier were consistent in their eclectic design throughout. mixing modern lines, mondrian inspired blankets, vintage textiles, and industrial pieces under an exposed ceiling in the guest rooms. while the lobby and segovia bar boasts true-to-era checker board floors with industrial details and currently trending brass bistro tables. continue upstairs to the rooftop where inspiration from the frank lloyd wright ennis home is combined with vintage turkish kilim pillows and navajo inspired tarps. we love the eclectic design of this hotel and feel it fits perfectly into the current scene of downtown la.
we were lucky enough to already check out the hotel, but if you haven’t made it over there yet, see below for a peek inside!
we all have at least one foodie in our life who talks about ingredients we have never heard of, and has every kitchen gadget imaginable. if not this foodie, you definitely have the foodie in your life who loves food and every single thing about it, even if they might not have their cooking skills up to par just yet! either way, we found some unique gifts that will fit the bill this year!
- cookie stamps for a cute way to ‘trademark’ their homemade treasures
- cooking classes for the foodie who hasn’t quite mastered a certain cuisine
- big jug of organic maple syrup because maple syrup can be used in various recipes and is always amazing
- handcrafted blue net bag to display your produce or transport it home from the market
- smoked arbequina extra virgin olive oil for the foodie who knows the power of olive oil best
- keurig mini because honestly, we couldn’t live without ours and the pop of color makes it even better
- cheese survival kit complete with cheat sheet for storing, tasting, and serving
- garden in a bag is an adorable way for a foodie to grow herbs on their kitchen windowsill
- green herbal tea kit for the foodie in your life who wants to try every tea under the sun
- cocktails by daniel boulud is a two volume collection; one for him and one for her
we all have that traveler in our life who we can’t even keep track of these days; whether it is that awesome job they took or their gypsy soul that keeps them from sitting still. it is hard to find them something unique and useful for their lifestyle, but we think we’ve found a good round up this year. hopefully you’ll agree!
- another destination pouch is a great gift your traveler can keep with them as a reminder of you
- african basket bowl is both beautiful and useful; and small enough to travel along if they like
- diana f+ is a classic and cool way for the traveler to capture all of their memories
- luggage scale to keep that impulse buyer and/or excessive packer in check while traveling
- standard travel umbrella in ultra compact case, complete with lightening bolt design
- 4 in 1 color blocked adapter for the traveler who never knows what country they will be in tomorrow
- f1 lift for baggage eye mask because if they’re going to look silly on the plane they might as well make a joke about it
- chalkboard globe for the traveler who gives many meanings to making their own map of the world
- compact blender and chopper for the traveler who loves to make their own creations anywhere they go
- 36 hours. 125 weeks in europe. may present itself as a challenge to the ambitious traveler in your life
with fall officially here, the cooler days are perfect for outdoor adventures! we actually rather camp in the cooler days than try to beat the heat all summer! well, lets be honest, we are more of the glamping type! we highly prefer a vintage airstream trailer to a pitched tent on the hard ground. we swear we aren’t high maintenance, but we just appreciate running water, electricity, a door to close, and you know, maybe a stove for our teapot. okay okay, so we are a little high maintenance, but the world is catering to it now and who are we to deny ourselves the adventure of camping in a glamorous way? from santa barbara, to oregon, then british columbia, and over to montana! you can find a glamping retreat almost anywhere these days! we’ve lined up our top four glamping destinations to share with you, so prepare for wanderlust overdrive! just be realistic and be sure to pack the appropriate shoes!
first on our list is the most convenient, el capitan canyon in santa barbara, ca. here you can rough it in a safari tent, find a happy medium in a yurt, or go with our choice, a cedar cabin with a fireplace and soaking tub! wherever you choose to sleep, you’ll still have the same opportunity to hike, kayak, swim in the heated swimming pool, or pamper yourself with a massage!
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second on the list, just keep heading up the coast, and find yourself a limited spot at green springs inn & cabins, just east of ashland, oregon! while there won’t be any spa services here, we think the in-cabin hot tubs and full kitchens make this more of a lazy weekend getaway! which means you can even ‘camp’ here in the snowy months and enjoy a nature filled visit, complete with a sleigh ride at the right time of year!
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for our third glamping spot, just head even further up the coast of course! way north (and across the border) to rockwater secret cove resort in british columbia. we’ll admit, this is more glamour than camping, but they still have cabins and tenthouses. which are a bit of a hike to arrive at, so it qualifies! they have a range of activities including yoga, hiking, fishing, and even nearby museums for a rainy day. then of course they have your relaxation essentials at the spa, followed by a fine dining experience to ensure you get the vacation you need!
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our fourth and final favorite will take you east, into greenough, montana to the resort at paws up. here you can stay in a luxury cabin with all of the convenience of a home amidst nature, complete with a private pitched tent for an adventure for the kids, or ‘rough it’ in a luxury tent! with an endless array of activities, multiple restaurants, and of course, a spa, this just might be the best glamping spot we have discovered yet!
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for better or for worse, 2012 was the year of the chevron stripe. we had chevron headboards, chevron coffee mugs, and an excessive amount of chevron stripe throws. while looking for an updated throw for this fall, we saw the classic herringbone, and the traditional ultra soft throw with fringe, but we are prepping for fall with moroccan inspired textiles! the typical kilim textile is based on a specific type of weaving, and can be very intricate and full of color. today we are opting for a more modern kilim style print, merging eastern technique and western simplicity. whether you are looking for eco-friendly, inexpensive, or simply luxurious, you’ll find your match with one of our picks for the season.
via miss buttercup
4.) all modern throw
while we wouldn’t consider all spray paint on buildings to be street art, we are fans of real street art, which can be seen everywhere in la! from shepard fairey, kenny scharf, and retna on the west hollywood library, to hidden gems courtesy of banksy spread throughout the city. a man who has recently appeared in la is the secretive chinese artist, daleast, and we are fans! journeying over from capetown, africa in 2012 to make his rounds across the us, daleast is gaining popularity with his incredible new style of street art. his intricacy and attention to detail is jaw dropping, and the meaning he finds in these pieces is even more intriguing. take the time to read his interview with arrested motion, you will not regret it! and check out some of his beautiful work below! his appearance in la is actually outside of los angeles, on the newhall paint store in newhall (a new hub of santa clarita) if you happen to be in the area!
wall mural in melun, in the south-eastern suburbs of paris
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we’ve found ourselves with a head over heels design crush on this venice beach home. while we must admit, we could not personally live in this home full time, we sure could spend some breezy, relaxing weekends here with good friends! as you drive down westminster ave in venice beach, you would probably drive right past this home. you might think ‘that is an interesting looking warehouse front’ and never think twice. we were just as pleasantly surprised by the incredible interior of this home as you will be. immediately struck by the eastern influences in the design of this home, paired with the raw, simple materials, this home is beyond intriguing. those gorgeous wood beam ceilings sheltering the beautiful, moorish details of every room make you completely forget the immense amount of concrete. the high walls surrounding this overly open home with a small river-like pool throughout, make you feel as if you are completely removed from the outside world. comfortable to roam about in the open air and sunshine without a worry. when you remember, that you are a few short blocks to abbot kinney, and a quick bike ride away from the beach. all the privacy you want, with all of the conveniences you need. sure is a great alternative to that sought after malibu home. and hey, there is a wonderfully bright and large studio to work in as well, because we have a feeling it might be pretty tough to leave this place!
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