I’ve just returned from a quick weeklong trip to Istanbul.  I embarked on this adventure with two of my best friends in San Francisco.  (Julie is a teacher and had the week off from school and her daughter, Caitlin, is a blogger and designer of Sacramento Street).

Istanbul has long been on my list of top travel destinations.   I immediately fell in love.  I was intoxicated by its beauty, exoticism and sophistication. You cannot help but be engulfed by the vast cultural history. The city is a rarefied mix of the past and future. It’s the most extraordinary city I have ever visited. It’s so overwhelming (in a good way) that I am somewhat paralyzed trying to describe it.

The breathtaking skyline with minarets and church spires – Byzantine and Ottoman architecture mixed with a smattering of the contemporary. One city spanning two continents.  The meandering blue of the Bosporus bisecting the city.

The week was spent sightseeing, sourcing pile after pile of vintage and antique area rugs and textiles for client projects and eating some of the best food.  I loved every second of the trip.

I can’t wait to plan my next trip to explore more of Turkey.  I’m thinking of Cappadocia and Ephesus- and certainly more time in Istanbul.

I hope that you enjoy some of my photo highlights. In my next post, I am going to follow up with my “Top 10” list, like I did when I returned from Morocco (in case you are taking a trip there soon-HERE is that link).


I have just returned from a week in Hong Kong.

I can’t wait to share a few more photos of my adventure.  Here is a peek of a Polaroid series from the trip.

Hope that you are having a great week!

Highlights from Maine

Here are a few photos from my trip to Maine – which was just a few weeks back, but already seems a distant memory.

I won’t bore you with photo after photo – so here are my three favorites.  How is that for editing?!

I was totally inspired by the colorful buoys against the wooden wall.  I discovered these nautical found objects in the yard one afternoon.  And naturally a few lobster rolls were enjoyed… photo copy 3

The weather was perfect and the leaves were just starting to change.

Already planning another trip next year!



My bags are packed with a lot of black and white stripes for a week long visit with friends in Maine.

I have been dreaming of this all summer long.  It will be the first week of autumn.  Maybe a little bit cooler at night?  Maybe a little peek at the leaves beginning to change.   I can already taste the lobster!


I was looking around my apartment the other day and I had a bit of wanderlust.   All of these lovely reminders of my trip that I took to Morocco last year.   I am about to start planning an exciting trip for spring.
What are on your wish lists of places to travel?  Do you have any favorite places that you have been that you would suggest?  I could listen to stories about travel for hours.
Have a great weeekend!



Zero George- Grant K. Gibson

A few weeks ago I took a trip for a few days to Charleston, South Carolina with my friend Caitlin (check out her her blog if you don’t already know it: Sacramento Street).

We stayed at a charming new hotel called the Zero George.  It was in the perfect location to do plenty of walking, antiquing and eating of fabulous food.

Check back later this week with some highlights from the trip.  If you are going to Charleston, I can’t suggest the Zero George enough.  I am already planning my next trip to Charleston and a return to Zero George will be on my agenda.


Leaving in a few weeks for a few days in Charleston.  It’s my first trip.  Would love to hear if you have any suggestions of favorite places to eat or shop!
Have a great weekend.

Mosquito netting

Have you had enough about my travels yet?  I hope not.   These mosquito nets are meant to be both purposeful and decorative.  I didn’t see one mosquito, but better safe than sorry.  The layering of the nets above my four poster bed was dreamy.

Breaking the rules

When someone says you can’t do something…it makes you want to do it even more.
That was the case when visiting the Muthaiga Club in Nairobi.  They said no photos allowed.  I got scolded for even taking this one shot.
I couldn’t resist.  The color of the building, the climbing roses, the crisp white French doors, the outside seating under the umbrella.  I hope you see why I had to break the rules!


Unpacking goodies from a trip brings back memories of great times.
I love discovering unique things for the home and for gifts for friends.
Here are some of my treasures from Kenya!
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