In a few weeks, I’m going to head out for a short respite from work.
Despite it being hurricane season, my family and I, as well as a suitcase full of storm insurance (it's hurricane season!), will be renting a house on the Texas coast - yes, that's right: the Texas coast. I have to remain somewhat close to The Woodlands so I can return to the studio for one day of work :-)
I can’t remember how many beach houses we looked at online - all I know is we looked at a lot. For the money, most of them were really cheesy - cheesy furniture, cheesy finishes, cheesy everything. And, frankly, I’d rather stay home than stay in a place that’s not as nice as my own house.
What simple luxuries would I like to have? Well...
I'd like fresh white sheets, and duvet covers that you know were washed right before you arrived.
I'd like upholstery that’s not grimey and stained.
I'd like internet connections and good cell phone service.
I'd like nice, decent white plates, with placemats that are pretty, because there's always a chance, albeit a slim one, that I'll have time to set the table and prepare a meal for my family again!
And, of course, I'd like a great deck so I can see the water, morning, noon and night ;-)
Finally, after searching the entire internet for a place to stay, we found a good spot.
Most of my "likes" look like they'll be there, so I can't complain.
HOWEVER, if I had my wishes, and I could rent a beach house filled with the exact items and style I prefer, what you see down below in the interactive shopping list stands as must-haves I'd want waiting for me ;-)
Shopping List Instructions:
Hover your cursor over the interactive image below and hearted-links will then appear. Click any of them to be taken to where you you need to go to buy all your beach house must-haves!
I was in Denver last weekend and stayed at the most wonderful hotel in a historic property, The Crawford Hotel, located downtown in Union Station.
It reminded me of my stay at Hotel Emma in San Antonio. I love staying at hotels that are thoughtfully designed, have a sense of place and a story behind them.
Click through to see some of the beautiful details and a really grand, luxurious space that has been cleverly adapted with a nod to the past…..
I have had clients where style and the ultimate goal or look of the project weren't quite defined before we signed the contract.
Or maybe we all thought we understood the ultimate goal, but really, we weren't quite on the same page about what the client wanted for an end result.
Click through to see how we are coping with this on some of our larger scaled project proposals.