I’ve been using Airbnb to book apartments in almost every city Scott and I have visited. It’s typically less expensive than staying in a hotel–rates are less, and you can eat some meals at home–and I love really getting a taste for how the locals live.
I’m always interested to see the design of the apartments (remember, I designed a vacation rental too), and I was particularly impressed with the flat we rented in Prague for a long weekend.
I loved the modern neutral wallpaper in the hallway. Paired with the natural wood stools and pendants, the mostly-white apartment felt instantly warm.
The mix of furnishings make them look as though they were collected over time. My mother-in-law and I wanted to take the vintage-looking, French-inspired, cane-back dining chairs with us.
The bedroom was extremely simple with tons of natural light and soft neutral furnishings.
Here’s how I would get the look for little money:
Have you rented a place you wish was your own?
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The colorless shade has so many variations that can make spaces and furnishings appear stark, shabby chic and modern. But most don’t think of adding white to warm up a room. Let me show you the ways:
Scott and I recently visited the island of Hvar in Croatia. And while I was taken with the tiny city of Hvar Town’s Renaissance and Gothic architecture, I was more impressed with the color (or lack thereof) of the buildings. Shades of white, cream, ivory, alabaster, pearl, chalk, milk and snow wrap stone buildings, blanket cobblestone streets, cover windows and shade outdoor markets.
I was totally inspired by so much non color. Scott’s not a huge fan of decorating with white. He prefers color and pattern, but I suspect if I created one of these inviting vignettes at home, I would change his mind.
Create a warm welcome
Lay something soft but durable at the entry, like this striped dhurrie rug. Place a bench on top, a place to sit and put on or take off shoes–and a place to drop your bag. Make it cozy with a small sheepskin rug and a few textured throw pillows, like these linen and cable-knit designs. Add a decorative coat rack. And a few cozy items, like this shearling vest and wood bead wreath. And something whimsical and fun, such as this vintage cowbell.
Make a comfy nook in the home office
Start with a comfortable but inexpensive couch, something with a removable slipcover if possible. Add a small end table. Add a few throw pillows for additional comfort. I couldn’t find any white-and-metallic-gold pillows that I loved, so I would buy this metallic linen fabric and this geometric pattern and make my own. Shed some light on the space for reading. And finish the space with one-of-a-kind art.
OK, I am departing from decorating, decor and entertaining ideas to promote a story I just wrote for CountryLiving.com because it was just so much fun. The article features the best parks and places across the country to take dogs this summer. Click here to check out a great Boulder hike, two pooch-friendly cafes in the Twin Cities, a beach where dogs can play while their surf-loving owners ride waves and a park in Baltimore that’s more like a playground for dogs with climbing structures and water features.
While writing this story, I went through pictures of our golden retriever, Miles, and our corgi mix, Perry. These two pups have a few favorite Southern California spots where they like to frolic. Miles loves Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, where he chases his ball into the waves and swims
Miles also thoroughly enjoyed his first hike, greeting people and other dogs along the trail, chasing sticks and swimming. The Cedar Creek Falls Trail is a dog-friendly, moderate 4.5-mile out-and-back hike outside of Julian, California with a pretty waterfall and pool at the bottom, a great place to picnic and swim.
Perry’s not much of a hiker since he has short legs, but he amuses himself chasing big dogs at Dog Beach.
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