wanderlust: ace hotel downtown la

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!

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wanderlust: glamping

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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hot off the press: 1st dibs

1st dibs asked several designers to share their ‘required reading: end of summer beach reads‘  with their audience, and included kishani!  inspired by a recent trip to st. barts, kishani shared her pick for a day of lounging at the sea!

follow the link here for the full story!

wanderlust: venice beach retreat

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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wanderlust: ace hotel

we have a serious crush on the ace hotels. actually, so do all of our friends as well! they have been named ‘the country’s most original new hotel’ by the new york times and we could not agree more. they currently have hotels in palm springs, new york, seattle, and portland. with upcoming developments in los angeles and london that we are especially looking forward to visiting!

not to say we are superficial in our crushes, but the looks of these places was clearly our first attraction. ace hotel has their own in-house creative services firm, atelier ace, which includes the interior design team. this team collaborates with local interior designers to ensure that the style and design reflect the location of the hotel. in palm springs, ace hotel worked with los angeles based design firm, commune, to achieve the desired aesthetic. the vintage furniture and bohemian decor are right in line with the mid century modern movement happening in palm springs. not only does the beautiful, vintage furniture create a comfortable, lived-in environment, but it also falls in line with their mission for sustainability. ace begins with historical properties and “reimagines classic buildings and interesting opportunities, creating a sense of history and place while reinterpreting those details for a sense of modern bohemia that marries the pragmatic with the romantic. our hotels are inspired by an affinity for the soulful and fueled by localized and handmade culture.” well we are head over heels for you, ace, and cannot wait to see what you bring to los angeles.

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wanderlust: beldi country club marrakesh

someone pinch us because we must be dreaming! how perfectly dreamy is the beldi country club?  we must have been moroccan in our past lives because we are so drawn to the design and style of this hotel. surrounded by a sea of olive trees and rose gardens, this rustic eco-friendly retreat feels miles away from the center of town but in reality is only about 6 kilometers away. with a total of 28 rooms, this retreat just oozes that unpretentious, intimate vibe we crave whenever we go on vacation. and the fact that the hotel is located a mere 10 minutes from the airport is definitely an added bonus (as if we needed any more convincing). long story short, you know where to find us on our next travel adventure!



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inspired by this dreamy destination, we thought it would be fun to show you how you could get the beldi country club rustic moroccan look in your home:1. handwoven wool moroccan carpet, $5,000

2. antiqued moroccan mirror, $259

3. vintage brass lantern, $895

4. warda tea glasses, $42

5. blue drip glaze bowl, $130

6. olive tabletop topiary, $94.95

7. tam tam wood stool, $448

8. middle eastern brass tray table, $1,850

9. kufi calligraphy door, $1,200

wanderlust: areias do seixo

we’ve always wanted to travel to portugal. so much of the country seems to intrigue us. coincidentally, we just happened to have stumbled upon another reason to book our flights to what some call the gentle land. areias do seixo is a boutique hotel made up of 14 rooms on portugal’s costa de prata. just an hour away from lisbon lies this eco-conscious hotel with an eclectic vibe all its own. we are totally into the mix of rustic and contemporary decorative accents that make up the hotel decor and we love the fact that the hotel’s designers took inspiration from morocco and india (two other countries on our must visit list) when dreaming up the hotel.

there seems to be something truly special about this place, it’s got personality but it isn’t pretentious and the fact that the vegetables and herbs served at the hotel come from the hotel’s very own organic garden definitely is an added bonus. and have you seen the hotel bathrooms? swoon-worthy to say the least! let’s just say we’re brushing up on our portuguese…

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wanderlust: hotel san giorgio

the ocean, the culture, the food, there really is a lot to love about greece! now you can add another reason: the hotel san giorgio. is it just us or do you too start to feel calmer as you stare at the photos of this boutique hotel situated on the island of mykonos? what is not to love here? the hotel has this rustic chic and minimalist vibe that we are really digging currently and the mediterranean ocean views from the hotel rooms sure don’t hurt. we can’t get enough of this simple and unpretentious hotel. to find out more about the hotel san giorgio visit the hotel’s website and facebook page.

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wanderlust: hotel endémico

tucked away in the village of valle de guadalupe in baja california, hotel endémico seems to be the kind of place we wouldn’t mind spending a good week or two. the hotel is made up of 20 luxury cabins all situated on the hillside providing unobstructed views of the beautiful valley below. from a design standpoint, this hotel has so many elements we love and appreciate: simple clean lines, minimal decor, and an emphasis on natural materials and the natural surroundings. if these images don’t make you swoon at first glance we suggest you take a second look!

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hotel endemico happens to be just an hour and a half away from san diego which makes it even harder for us not to justify booking our flights as we type this post!

for more on hotel endémico visit their website here.

wanderlust: huettenpalast

we love stumbling upon quirky hotels, and huettenpalast in berlin, germany, is no exception. this hotel offers guests the opportunity to bring the outdoors in with caravans and cabins arranged in an indoor facility. the result is a mix of uniquely renovated spaces that are anything but your typical room and board. definitely a must visit on our next trip to berlin!

to learn more about huettenpalast, visit the hotel site here.