A Crowd-Sourced Guide to New Orleans

A Crowd-Sourced Guide to New Orleans

I visited New Orleans for the first time last week and it was such a treat! I asked Instagram followers for recommendations for their favorite Nola eateries and sights - thanks, folks! It would be just plain rude to not share the hot tips, so here they are for you. I’m calling out the places Ross and I enjoyed as well as the recommendations that we didn’t have time for but I’m v sure are worthwhile. Check ‘em all out the next time you visit Nola!

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A Crowd Sourced Guide to Seattle + A Vlog!

A Crowd Sourced Guide to Seattle + A Vlog!

Back in early December Ross and I went to Seattle for about a week. He went for work and I went to explore the city and meet up with a couple of my blogger pals! I got to hang out with Cathy of The Grit and Polish at her beautiful farmhouse outside the city and we both met up with Joanna of Jojotastic for lunch and to check in on her kitchen renovation. I asked my fine Instagram followers for recommendations of what to do/see/eat in Seattle and you did not disappoint. I’ve listed everyone’s suggestions here!

But first, I give you a video diary - or vlog, if you will. It’s is mostly a video version of a photo scrapbook of where we ate, clips of pretty trees, and shots of animals - which is basically all I care about.

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My Favorite Kind of Souvenir: Local Art

I am the WORST at collecting souvenirs on vacation. I hate cheap touristy figurines, love vintage pieces that are too big for my suitcase, or spend too much time eating in restaurants to shop for reminders of the trip. I always come home empty handed. Well, I take that back, following a recent trip, I did come back with electrical tape that I bought at a gas station to tape up the hole in my shoe. Horrah!

But, I have a solution for bad travel shoppers: Artwork created by locals in the vacation destinations. The first thought may be to buy artwork OF the vacation destination like paintings of sweeping vistas or photographs of the city. However, by purchasing artwork made by people FROM the region, you can find pieces that speak to you more than the scenery of your locale - even though I'm a sucker for landscapes!

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While not all artists exhibit in shops and since I may not even stumble into galleries, I like to look for artwork after-the-fact on the world wide web. I've rounded up pieces created by Australian and New Zealand artists following my recent vacation to these two fine lands.

Each of the below images is artwork by an individual artist. Click through to get the piece in your home, learn more about them, and see the rest of their collections.

We've already been to Phoenix and Boston since NZ and Aus, then we have Chicago, Pittsburg, Ojai, and several more trips coming up this year. So, should I make this a regular blog series by featuring artists from the locations I go to?

Design Inspiration At The Robey Chicago

Airbnb is all the rage right now, but I'm still a fan of staying in a nice hotel. It's so lovely to return after a long day of exploring to a tidy room with nothing but your own things. You'd think that as a homebody, I would want to curl up in someone's personal reading chair and peruse their collection of tchotchkes, but I'm still a sucker for the hotel life. I think it's those super crisp hotel sheets.

The Robey Chicago

There's so much to be inspired by in a cool city, and why not also your hotel room? I've outlined the design elements that I adored while staying at The Robey Chicago.


The Robey Chicago

The space is a perfect combo of bright whites and deep greens - my favorite! It's almost like the room was designed just for me and my love of moody colors.

Complementary colors

The Robey Chicago

The pops of red against the green walls are so striking. Admittedly, I don't do a ton of complementary colors in my house. The closest I get is with blues and orangey-wood-tones.

Dark ceilings

The Robey Chicago

I'm totally on board with this trend. If my bathroom walls weren't already so dark, I'd definitely consider painting a deep hue on the ceiling.

Curtains for doors

The Robey Chicago

Just because you want to cover up some storage, doesn't mean you need a door. When done well, curtains can make a statement that doors can't. I've had the door off of our closet for two years now (haven't scraped the layers of paint off yet) but maybe a curtain is a good solution for now. Emily Henderson recently talked about how she chose curtains for her master closet.

Modern meets heritage

The Robey Chicago
The Robey Chicago

The space feels so trendy and hip with its modern lines and simplicity, yet also so old-school with a nod to vintage elements. Talk about old meets new - that sink and toilet look decades apart. Those retro push button switches reminded me of home.

Delicious scents

The Robey Chicago

The entire hotel smelled so good thanks to the products from Le Labo. I slathered that body wash and shampoo on my person every day so I could smell it constantly. When I went into the perfumery conveniently located next door to the hotel I was in olfactory heaven. Whether you choose to give your home a distinct scent or experiment with varieties, I certainly encourage thinking about the element of smell at home.

See-through walls

The Robey Chicago
The Robey Chicago

These wall/windows let so much natural light into the bathroom, make the bedroom feel so much more vast, and add oodles of flair. The glass had enough texture that bathroom users had some privacy, but probably not enough opacity that I would install them in a wall between a guest bathroom and the family living room. However, I think interior windows could be a great way to share natural light while defining separate spaces. Bring back the transom window!

Which of those design elements do you already have at home? Which are you interested in incorporating?

The Robey Chicago is a gem not only because of its style, but also its location. It's outside of downtown in the lovely neighborhood of Wicker Park. Surrounded by delicious eateries and gorgeous houses, it's the tallest building for miles. The views!

The Robey Chicago

The lobby, lounge, rooftop bar, cafe, and even their elevators are all to die for.

The Robey Chicago
The Robey Chicago

If you saw any of my Instagram Stories, it was no secret that I fell in love with Chicago. The city was such a treat to visit during the most perfect time of year. I definitely attribute my admiration to spending most of our time exploring the neighborhoods outside of downtown where we could see how folks live, enjoy unique restaurants, and admire the amazing architecture. If you have plans to visit, I highly recommend spending lots of your time in the Wicker Park, Bucktown, or Logan Square areas - and The Robey is certainly the first spot you should look at booking.

The Robey Chicago
The Robey Chicago

While The Robey Chicago provided me a discounted stay, all opinions are my own.

Weekly Roundup

If you've ever looked at professional photos of interior spaces, chances are at least one of the images was captured by photographer, Tessa Neustadt. She just launched an online shop with new and vintage home furnishings. If her shop is anything like her photos and her style, it is sure to be a winner.

The American Museum of the House Cat just opened in North Carolina. Who's in the area and will check it out for me? I've been to the Kattenkabinet in Amsterdam and highly recommend it. The more cat museums the better.

We're going on vacation pretty soon, but I'm already dreaming about my next one. Visiting Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks looks pretty swell.

If It Isn’t Posted to Social Media, Did It Still Happen? Designer, TV host, and all-around cool chick, Sabrina Smelko writes about her take on the weird world of sharing on the internet.

If there's one thing I like more than sweaters, it's murder mysteries. This is both.

Memorial Day weekend brings lots of sales! Here are a few deals for you:

  • Rugs are already 50% off, but you can take another 20% off with code SUMMER20 at eCarpetGallery
  • Framebridge is offering $10 off their custom white frames with code WHITEHOT
  • There are several savings events at AllModern, plus you can get an extra 20% with the code SPLASH
  • 20% off and free shipping at one of my favorite art sources, Society6
  • Use code MW1725 to get 25% off everything at House of Antique Hardware
  • Code BBQ200 will get you $200 off customizable seating at Interior Define
  • Lighting is on sale at Lumens - up to 40% off
  • My favorite place to buy my (men's sized) shoes is ASOS. Use code LIT20 for 20% off
  • Get 15% off everything at Rejuvenation with code MEMORIAL15
  • Everything is 20% off at Rifle Paper Company
  • Non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses are $150 off at Avocado Mattress
  • No coupon code needed for Wayfair's major markdowns
  • There are too many deals to list for Amazon, but you can get a free trial of Amazon Prime so all of those goodies can ship free
  • Buy more and save more with code SUMMER at West Elm
  • Home Depot and Lowe's both have a rebate for $10 off for each gallon of paint you buy
  • Target has patio and home and furniture items for 30% off. With code HERO you get another 15% off
  • With code MEMDAY you can get 20% off Joss&Main's sale events
  • Fellow San Diegan Janell is offering 20% off her vintage rugs at Mesa Vintage with code REMEMBER
  • Many modern furnishings from Article are on sale this weekend
  • There's a bunch of killer deals at Old Navy's Memorial Day Sale
  • Jeans are 30% off at Levi's with code MEM30
  • Warby Parker's eyeglasses home try on is always free - no coupon needed!
  • Code SUMMER will earn you 20% off at McGee & Co.
  • I swear by this period underwear. No coupon needed to get 30% off at THINX this weekend
  • There are many discounts on Pottery Barn but with code SAVEMORE you can get an even bigger discount
  • One of my favorite art retailers is offering 25% off. Use code SUMMER2017 at Artfully Walls
  • San Diego and Los Angeles folks - get 10% off vintage furniture at Loveseat

Happy weekend!