New York City, New York

The Concrete Jungle. The Big Apple. The City So Nice, They Named It Twice. The City of Dreams. New York City has so much to offer, I enjoy so many new experiences each time I come here, and of course some traditions as well.

This year we stayed at Hotel 50 Bowery, in Chinatown. The hotel is so beautifully designed, I definitely would stay here again. I loved the concrete ceilings, and collection of art above the bed. And who doesn't love a well integrated In case of fire sign? Just me.... okay :]


We also checked out the Whitney Museum of American Art. I don't often enough make it a point to check out museums, this experience will ensure that I do so more frequently. The museum was great, below are a few photos of my favorite pieces and exhibits. 


Marrakech, Morocco

Design. Everywhere. From the custom painted electrical outlets, to the table we ate breakfast on, to the intricate tiles in the Bahia Palace. Marrakech certainly did not disappoint. I had been looking forward to this trip for the imagery I imagined I could capture and was not let down! I'm excited to share with you, and hope you can find some inspiration as I have. Below are some images from our stay at Riad Hikaya, which was amazing. The girls working there did an excellent job to make us feel at home, and Dan gave us a great overview of the city over mint tea right when we arrived. 

Our first full day was very thrilling, we began with breakfast on the rooftop terrace. (How is everything so adorable!?)


After breakfast, we made our way, via horse drawn carriage, to Jardin Majorelle, which is home to the most vibrant blue buildings I have ever seen. And no, I did not color coordinate my shirt on purpose! 

What is going to Morocco without riding a camel? This was quite an experience, my camels name was Scooby Doo he was imported from Saudi Arabia and was the leader of the pack. He was a cool dude. 

Even after all that, our day was not over yet! We made our way to Barometre for dinner, where we had such a great meal, that we migrated to their bar and spent our evening trying the cocktails. We met some new friends along the way while I sat mesmerized with the custom illustrated drink menus. (PS get the Rosee Du Matin, you won't regret it)

Our trip consisted of a mix of getting lost in the Souks, negotiating with taxi drivers, and trying new foods. I am desperate to learn how to make a fish tagine, we brought home a bunch of spices so I may try my hand at it!  

But the tiles, OH the tile. Upon making our way to Morocco, I was looking forward to this, and again was not let down. At the Saadian Tombs, there was an area where someone is in charge of restoring the ancient tiles. What an awesome job. 


At the Saadin Tombs we got to take a look at the majestic room shown above. The level of detail here is incredible, the photo does not do it justice. The ceiling is gold, this is where the sultans son, Ahmad al-Mansur was buried in 1603. On a lighter note, back to tile! Here's a some eye candy just because I can't help it. Overall Marrakech was a great place to visit, and I hope to go back someday. One thing I can guarantee, given my hundreds and hundreds of photos, is that you will be treated to some more Moroccan inspiration in the near future!


Polar opposite climate from my last post, Cartagena, Colombia! What a beautiful city, founded in 1533, there is so much history and culture to discover. I'm excited to share some of my adventures with you. 

After breakfast on our first morning we stepped outside on the bustling street, and were hit with the incredible heat and humidity. They were packed with cars driving on the narrow roads, men selling hats to protect you from the sun, and woman selling fresh cut fruit.


We stayed at Bastion Luxury which was a delight, the staff were so friendly, we were only there 5 nights and by the end they had learned our orders. (light beer and water, in the pool please :) Speaking of the pool, what a dream, I think I could stay on this rooftop forever and be happy. It was amazing to relax here and admire the design of the old city.


I've never been so fascinated with doors, until this trip. Various shapes, colors, and intricate designs really liven up the streets. They almost could be a museum of their own.


We met some great people, I would highly recommend Demente, they had amazing food and we were greeted with an even more amazing server. He remembered us when we came back a second time, which is always endearing. 

On our walk to Demente, which is located on Plaza da la Trinidad we walked down the street photographed below. The street art here was incredible, so many different styles and so much to look at. For a minute it almost had me forgetting the fact that it was still 100 degrees out, at night. 


All in all, this was a great trip. It's such an affordable city, that you almost can't afford to not visit, I would recommend taking a trip and exploring it for yourself!


Montreal! What a lovely city, I greatly enjoyed my time here. It's so quaint, and feels a world away from my home, Chicago, without actually being that far.

Nearby the Notre-Dame Basilica, we sat and enjoyed a hot cup of tea. (it was a freezing weekend!). From the outside it looked amazing, so of course we had to go inside and check it out.


And my, what a treat. I had no idea it was so beautiful, I could have sat here for hours discovering new things within the architecture. I definitely would love to return here someday.

We had a great brunch, at a place called, Olive & Gourmando the wait was very long but the food was awesome. And of course, the obligatory latte photo is below. 


My husband wanted to try Le Mal Necessaire, for the cocktails, I secretly just wanted to go because I thought that their green neon pineapple was fun. Either way, it was an enjoyable time with some good drinks. 



Welcome! I am so excited to be starting my design blog, inspired by travel. As Istanbul, in my opinion is the most magical place I have experienced to date. I find it only fitting to be my first blog post.  Below is a photo from my favorite restaurant, Mellow. They have a cat, Layla, who lives here and greets the customers. She laid on my lap a good portion of the meal.  <3


Istanbul is jam packed with inspiration for designers of all types. You can not walk a block without seeing intricate architecture. The old age of the city, mixed with new elements makes it remarkable.  Below is a restroom sign I found unique. 


Below is a the entrance to the Grand Bazaar. It's a winding maze, easy to get lost in (I speak from experience)! Within it, you can find everything from gold jewelry, hand woven rugs, knock off designer bags, to Turkish delight. I really enjoyed wandering the Grand Bazaar and stopping from time to time for a cup of Turkish tea. 


It's unfortunate the happenings going in Turkey the past couple years. I would love to return to explore more of this glorious city, and hope to do so someday. For now, the memories I captured on our two trips there will have to suffice!

On both trips, we stayed at the Witt Istanbul Suites, which deserve an entire post of their own.