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Decor: How Streamlined Is Your Living Space

Now that we are all adjusting to live-work-play-eat-live-eat-work from home, I know we are all imaging all sorts of ways of making small or even big changes to our space.  For example – the laundry piled in the laundry room is probably making your eye twitch, and that cluttered living room needs a good sorting out. But the question I have is – how streamlined do you see your home now more than ever? {featured image source and inspiration}

Decor: Paris Apartment For Sale

While unable to put this novel down, I cannot help but try to imagine how lovely the house where the story takes place is. Which then takes me back to my childhood days, where I’d visit aunts and uncles who lived in similar settings – which is best expressed with this beautiful Paris apartment currently on the market. Or these lovely ones – click on photo to take a tour {featured images full credit}

Let’s Share What We Are Doing to Keep Distracted

Besides writing more now than ever, working from home, and baking in abundance, I set aside a few hours a day for the following: Visiting one virtual museum a day from Google Arts and Culture and escaping into another world   Watch virtual tours exploring national parks and aquarium and  the zoo  Today’s advise – don’t stay in your pajamas the entire day while social distancing  

Decor: Home Away From Home

As a child growing up in the middle east, my family spent the summers in Lebanon, visiting relatives. I loved my time there, and reflect upon it often, especially the Mediterranean style home in the mountains where my cousins lived. So you can imagine my fascination with this property so close to the home they owned in every sense of decor, and the need to share of course on this Friday, where most of us are learning to live in some form of isolation. Please hang in there – and stay positive and do everything you can to keep your loved ones safe

Decor: Defining An Artist’s Home

I watched a film last night – Poison Pen – and in it, someone mentioned  how one can tell when they’ve landed in an artist’s home – which I am proud to say includes my detached studio apartment –  in the San Francisco home I grew up in – all by the shear eclectic of it all. Kind of like this beauty: Do you ever watch a film by accident, and think it is actually pretty good even if its the cheesiest film you’ve seen in a while? That happened Sunday night – Poison Pen 2014 and not the classic film 1939 – is the story about a writer with writer’s block needing to fulfill a contractual obligation for not delivering a finish book three years overdue. The deal he would write a gossip column for a Celebrity trash magazine.

Decor: Rooms With Views in Sonoma, California Is My Ideal of Homes

Everyone who knows me, knows that I swoon over homes with windows on every wall and sometimes even the ceiling. Yes our 1930’s home in San Francisco has skylights. So, when I came across this beauty nestled or perched really near a hillside in Sonoma, California, I had to share the craftsmanship of this modern take on a farmhouse? Notice all the windows in all the right places. {featured image full credit}

Boutique Hotel Pick – JK Place – Capri, Italy

I haven’t been to Capri in 20 years, but I remember it fondly. So last night, my wanderlust had me searching Netflix and Amazon Prime for films based on the Island and naturally all of Italy. Which I found and listed below for your reference. But for the sake of this post, a boutique hotel pick in Capri was all I can think about for the planning stages of a trip this year to this romantic destination, brimming with breath-taking scenery, cuisine and nightlife, and some of the best beaches in the world.  As for me, I crave smaller details and sometimes luxury in accommodations , because I spend a great deal of time in my room, penning from the inspiration I draw by my environment, whether here or the next novel. And this hotel will suit me just fine, while in Capri. Care to join? Here’s a list of films made in or about Capri, but my all time favorite classic – It Started in Naples – but really mostly in Capri  {featured image …

Decor: Have You Been To The Cotswolds?

Two years ago, I planned a trip to England, which included The Cotswolds. Here’s the thing about the destination – it is best explored by driving. But there are trains/local transport, or tours which take you to the region, unfortunately mostly to the touristy parts. I was fortunate enough to experience The Cotswolds past all of that – the tucked away neighborhoods, shops and boutiques which were located off the beaten paths, and even strolls through the countryside. Either way you go, The Cotswolds are worth the experience. So you can imagine my aw, when I saw this article about a restauranteur and his 1919 Cotswold cottage renovation. Here’s how to experience some of the best Cotswold cottage stay