Summer brings endless opportunities for entertaining family and friends, from al fresco mid-week meals to holiday barbecues to formal fêtes. The word “entertaining” itself implies that there’s going to be a show of some kind, and Melanie leans into that mindset with her legendary dinner parties. “Dinner parties are like stories to me,” said Melanie. […]
If you’re looking to explore the elegance of Morocco, you’ll want to stay in a traditional house where Moroccan riad courtyards are the heart of the home. Moroccan homes are built around open courtyards, often with beautiful fountains and courtyards. Take a look at these magnificent Moroccan riad courtyards that will have you packing your […]
Farmhouse vacations are great experiences. And with farmhouse décor all the rage, you may think you know what a farmhouse is supposed to look like. Let’s take a tour of some unique and special farmhouses available to rent for your next holiday. Is this what you expected?
I love Moroccan decor – the colors, textures and patterns. So Morocco has been a dream destination for a long time. This year I finally decided to plan a trip with friends to immerse myself in Moroccan design and shop the souks of Marrakesh. If you read regularly, you’ll know my favorite kind of getaway is a house […]
This may be the most stylish vacation rental ever… Take a tour of this beautiful traditional trullo in Italy from the Oliver’s Travels website, one of the best-edited holiday rental companies I’ve ever come across. A trullo is an ancient, round house with a conical roof primarily located in the Itria Valley in Italy’s Apulia region. Trullo’s were […]
Today’s Vacation Rental is a modern/rustic timber house with 360-degree views of the snow-covered Swiss Alps. (Think you’ve got snow where you are? Ummmm, no…) Outside, there’s crisp mountain air, hiking, skiing. Inside there’s a clean-lined, modern Swiss interior by a famous Swiss architect. (Are you feeling a bit like a character in a Bond movie? Because I […]
This plush London Hotel is actually a tiny, two-guestroom micro hotel called 40 Winks. Housed in a lovely house that was built in 1717, this London hotel is almost 300 years old. It’s also quirky, eccentric and playfully glamorous. The kitchen is completely over the top! Scroll down to see more of this dramatic space…
It’s time for another stylish Vacation Rental of the Week! Traveling to Iceland any time soon? Want to get a little closer to the North Pole? Or taking a break in the middle of your work week and just want to daydream about a perfect little black cottage under the Northern Lights? Well, check out this […]
Kauai is one of my favorite Hawaiian Islands. Mr. H and I spent most of our honeymoon on nearby Lanai, but I’ve been to Kauai several times. Kauai is home to the famous St. Regis Princeville Resort and (at least part of the time) to Pierce Brosnan, Ben Stiller, Bette Midler and a host of other […]
This week’s Vacation Rental is in Asheville, North Carolina, one of my favorite places to visit. This holiday home is in the Great Smoky Mountains with a spectacular view – but just ½ hour from downtown Asheville with its restaurants, bars, shopping, festivals and of course, the famous Biltmore Estate. Just look at how adorable this place is.
Want to experience what it was really like to live in a Frank Lloyd Wright home? Here’s your chance. Schwartz House was a LIFE Magazine Dream House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and located in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, a historic fishing town. The interior walls are done in Wright’s signature brick and cypress and there […]
It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for our Stylish Vacation Rental of the Week! This week I discovered a luxury retreat in London Bridge, and I can’t wait for you to see it. If you’re planning a trip to London, consider this house for your holiday home stay. It’s stylish, sophisticated and located near South Bank, which […]
In honor of the official first day of Fall, this week’s Vacation Rental is located in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee – a great spot for “leaf peepers” who want to settle in and stay a while. This holiday home is 41 acres of country living, just off the beaten path. .
It’s Wednesday, so it’s time for our Stylish Vacation Rental of the Week! Today, we’re heading to a luxury beach house retreat in Venice, California. If you’re planning a trip to sunny SoCal, consider this beach house rental for your holiday home stay. It’s bright, sophisticated and perfectly located near the famous sand and surf, as […]
Immersed in the peaceful Italian countryside, Cascina Serenella is a stylish vacation rental consisting of a traditional farmhouse, fully restored and surrounded by private gardens. You’ll find an orangery, an orchard and a vegetable garden as well as a unique sense of style. This charming home stay can accommodate up to 12 people at once, […]
This week’s stylish vacation rental is Pixie Nook, a charming, 300-year-old luxury cottage located in Cornwall, England. Designed with indulgence in mind, you can enjoy breathtaking sunsets from the hot tub and wake to the sound of bird song at this romantic self-catering holiday cottage squirreled away on Bodmin Moor. Jewel hues, upcycled vintage finds and bold Designers Guild […]
It is Wednesday, which means it is time for yet another Stylish Rental of the Week! Today I’m featuring a boutique boat house rental located near Oakham in Rutland, United Kingdom. The Dragonwood Boat House was designed solely with romance in mind and saw local craftsmen come together with Harlequin interior designers to create a traditional Victorian bolthole […]
I’m so excited about my latest vacation rental that I’ve decided to reinstate Rover’s “Vacation Rental of the Week” feature. Stay tuned for a stylish new holiday property every Wednesday! This particular apartment embodies everything good about renting a home away from home. First of all, the house is in a perfect location. Tucked away on […]
This is one of my all time favorite rentals – but I admit it is not for everyone. My husband and I booked this ancient Italian castle for his birthday, gathering here with thirteen friends to enjoy a few evenings of opera at the Arena di Verona, do some sightseeing, swimming and relaxing with lots of homemade […]
As you know, I love renting houses, villas, apartments – heck, even barns if they’re stylish and fun – when I travel. Here’s one I haven’t personally rented yet, but I sure am tempted! This charming little home is called a “jewel box for two” on the Boutique Homes website. I’ve become a big fan […]
Yesterday, I decided to participate in an Olioboard Challenge on the decorating and mood-board creation site, Olioboard.com. I don’t always have to time to play with their site, but when I do I can lose myself for hours. It really is like virtual shopping and virtual room design, all in one. They post challenges every […]