Travel Tuesday: Hospitality in Ukraine – Praying for better days

Grand Hotel Casino and Spa Lviv Kyiv Ukraine nightlife people

Yes, I’m not posting this on Tuesday. And Yes, we’re obviously and sadly not traveling to Ukraine at the moment. But after seeing the recent posts on Tom and Lorenzo’s blog featuring some gorgeous lounges in the country, I wanted to see more of the architecture and hospitality of a country I know little about. … Read more

Travel Tuesday – Old World Hospitality, Modern Luxury

It’s kind of late in the day on Tuesday and it’s been a while since I’ve done a Travel Tuesday post, but wanted to share three places I’ve just learned about that exude both old world hospitality and modern luxury.  The Jane Hotel – New York City I was introduced to The Jane Hotel in … Read more

Travel Tuesday – Cristallo Resort & Spa, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Crystal Resort hotel exterior in snow

I haven’t done a Travel Tuesday post in quite a while, so when I received the news release about the Cristallo Resort & Spa in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, joining The Luxury Collection of hotels, I thought the pictures were too pretty not to share. Located in Northeastern Italy and nestled within the spectacular Dolomite mountain range, … Read more

If this is earth, what is heaven like?

I’m visiting my parents this weekend and my Dad had received this email called “If this is earth, what is heaven like?” I thought I’d share some of our earthly treasures, both natural and man-made. The Tundra Mirror Lake Tibet Don’t know where, just a pretty picture BreithornPeak ( Switzerland ) Don’t know where this … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander Ep101 – Ancient Scottish castles

  The premier episode of “Outlander” on Starz has finally aired and it was really, really good and very true to the book. By the end of the first episode, the protagonist Claire Beauchamp Randall has “fallen through time” leaving behind her 20th century husband to wonder what happened to her and falling into the … Read more

Silver Screen Surroundings: Outlander on Starz

For twenty years I’ve been reading, and rereading, Diana Gabaldon’s epic adventure series “Outlander”. They are, as I like to describe them, “bodice ripping, time traveling, romantic historical fictions, filled with warrior poets in a kilt, a take charge heroine, blood, guts, gore and more.” Really, they defy easy description. This is not just chick … Read more

The Peabody Hotel in Memphis – it’s all about the ducks!

Okay, boy the last two weeks have just completely flown by! Between a last-minute photoshoot for a magazine (more to come on that!), tidying up client projects, packing for Memphis and then the whirlwind trip, it’s been quite an adventure! A huge thanks to Brizo Faucet for bringing nearly 80 designer/bloggers together for a reunion … Read more

I'm a thief!

My latest issue of ::Surroundings:: Guide to Decorative Living is focused on vacation style living. One of features is “A Cheap and Cheerful Vacation in a Bag”. It’s a cute idea, but I must come clean – it’s not my own!! My Skirted Roundtable partner Joni Webb shared this concept on here blog in 2010 … Read more

BlogTourNola: New Orleans Garden District Walkabout

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since we were walking and gawking in the gorgeous Garden District in New Orleans. Our first full day at BlogTourNola started with an amazing breakfast at Chef John Besh’s Lüke Restaurant. A big thanks to KBIS for being our gracious hosts. After a hearty breakfast of beignet’s … Read more

New Orleans memories

The Cathedral/Basilica of St. Louis in Jackson Square is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in continual use in the United States, having been established as a parish in 1720. I am getting very excited for my upcoming trip to New Orleans with Modenus’  BlogTourNOLA to visit KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show) and to take in … Read more

Sights of Paris!

I’m back from Maison et Objet – with lots of photos to share and a whopper of a cold that has laid me out flat since I returned on Tuesday evening! So, I thought I’d share my travel pics first and then will delve into the show as soon as I get myself organized and … Read more

A bientot!

Musee d’Orsay Tour Eiffel Bateaux-Mouches I’m heading off today to the most amazing city in the world! I’ll be blogging from Maison et Objet, plus some other pretty cool places! So, stay tuned!! Photography by Linda Merrill, 2003

Heaven Scent: The Bermuda Perfumery

  One of our must-see destinations last week in Bermuda was the Bermuda Perfumery. Apparently, it’s been quite a tourist destination since it’s opening in 1928, when the first owner used to pay tourist operators to bring their groups. My mother recalls visiting the Perfumery in 1938 when she was a little girl. Today’s location … Read more

Maison et Objet – three week countdown!

As I’ve written about before, I’ll be heading off to Paris this month to attend Maison et Objet! So, in preparing for my trip, I’ve been clicking around their site to see what companies will be there showing their latest wares. I started with the textiles group – which includes bedding, table top, window treatments, … Read more