Stockholm – Scandinavian Heritage

Stockholm, Sweden was breathtaking in September. This Scandinavian port city shines from 500 years of prosperity. It is still led by the royal family, and the royal palace in Gamla Stan offers opulent interiors and Read More …

Séville – Spanish Lessons

A visit to Sevilla in November was an immersion in spanish design and history. This part of Spain was Islamic from 711-1492 and shows the progressive civilization of Muslim rule. The architecture survived many war Read More …

Naples – Romantic Italy

I visited Naples, Italy in february, and found a city ready for romance. The aging architecture and wild natural landscape of sea and volcanic mountain created an environment of true passion. The city was emptied Read More …

Giverny – French Country Gardens

In the summer a visit to Giverny inspired with the lush gardens of Claude Monet. I had seen his famous Waterlilies the day before at the musée l’Orangerie, the colors and brush strokes were brillant and Read More …

Surrounded by Ceilings

Some of the most beautiful artwork in Europe is found on the ceilings. Great masters scaled the heights to create new heavens for patrons of the arts for centuries. The Louvre, Versailles, Opéra Garnier, Sainte-Chapelle and Read More …

Amsterdam – Dutch Fundamentals

I took my daughters and close friend to the Netherlands to be inspired and we were not disappointed. Amsterdam conveyed a complicated history with a current environment of responsibility, relaxation, and naturally innovative design. Graphic Read More …

Boston – Colonial Appreciation

I grew up near Boston and have always admired the colonial heritage and collegiate elan of this founders city. Spring here is always a celebration of flowers and light, with locals eager to spend time Read More …

Small Town Virginia – Country Living

Old towns in Virginia retain southern charm and a small world lifestyle, with train depots at their heart that have been operating for a century. Surrounded by Civil War history and battlefields, this state constantly reflects the Read More …

Hardware and Lighting

This Craftsman home is full of original hardware and lighting, all have amazing finishes now which only time creates. Especially lovely are the bronze doorknobs, shining with use, and the ornate iron light fixtures which Read More …

Surrounded by Doorways

The default color for doors in Paris is bleu francais, a rich cobalt, often the only color against gray and tan sandstone buildings, along with gilt details, iron balconies, and the flag. I love the Read More …