Michele Bönan’s Casa Tua, Aspen.

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Have you ever been inside a Michele Bönan designed space? His work, including the JK Place Hotels, and the Casa Tua and Cipriani restaurants in Miami, have a very special quality about them. Even though they are commercial projects, you come away thinking: "I want to live like this."  They have a residential feeling about them, blending comfort and luxury in such a seamless way. It's not an accident, “I like to say that everyone should live at home like they’re in a hotel, and in a hotel like they’re at home,” Bönan explains. “You want the best of both, hotel service and home comfort.” So … [Read more...]

Travelogue | 100 photos of Israel.

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For whatever reason, it took 10 months for me to really go through my photos from my family trip to Israel last May. I hadn't been there since I was 14, for my own brother's bar mitzvah, and I was kind of intimidated by the whole idea of traveling so far with the kids. I'm not a particularly spiritual person, but I love history in a nerdy way, and I love outdoorsy adventures, so I LOVED this trip. Plus, being with my kids, and my husband's family - who are so chill and fun to be with, and you know, genuinely like each other- was so restorative, mentally, physically, and spiritually. This was … [Read more...]

DESIGN + TRAVEL | THE AVALON HOTEL.

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Today I'm reposting an oldie but a goodie. Back in 2010, the Kelly Wearstler renovation of The Avalon Hotel was featured in LONNY magazine. Shot by Patrick Cline, of course, it was still so new that the guest rooms hadn't been revealed yet! He claims this is one of his favorite shoots ever. This was just at the beginning of Kelly Mania, just as she was starting a product line, a fashion line, a blog, an instagram- it was right as she was going from design-world celebrity to real-world, household name celebrity. I think it's also the moment that web based content and exposure started becoming … [Read more...]

The Lifeguard Towers of Miami Beach.

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Miami generally makes me kind of stabby, but I can't deny its a delight to the eyeballs. White sands, clear water, and most importantly, Art Deco awesomeness. Plus, it's got the warmest winter weather on the US mainland, which doesn't sound too bad. There are 25 Lifeguard towers on an 8.5 mile stretch of Miami sands. In 1992, Hurricane Andrew ripped through the coastline, destroying the towers. During the recovery, architect William Lane offered his services and created a series of iconic looking lifeguard towers. Over time, more have been added through competitions and commissions. The … [Read more...]

VISUAL OASIS | PALM SPRINGS.

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You know how Jews pray toward Jerusalem and Muslims pray toward Mecca? Well, design lovers should probably pray toward Palm Springs. It's Modernism Week over there right now. I tried to fly out, but my kids are also off from school, so it wasn't gonna work this weekend, Boo. Maybe next weekend. I decided to revisit my photos from last year's trip. So many have never seen the light of day. I added a bunch of my favorites to my print shop. I think its funny how people don't buy the photos I like the best. (Also re:instagram, I can never tell which photos are going to be popular. And the ones I … [Read more...]