From Travel to Design – Salzburg, Austria Part 2


After our travels to Salzburg, it’s now time to translate that visual journey to our home design. Notice the various colors in our travel/design palette.  There are many colors represented here but all are “toned’ down, note the pinks and yellows are not too bright but the greens seem to stand out. Gold is a […]

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Recipe for the Month – Sacher Torte – Austrian


Why not try your hand at making the Original Sacher Torte! Ingredients Cake ¾ cup (170 g) butter; 6 ½ oz (180 g) semi-sweet chocolate; ¾ cup (170 g) sugar; 8 egg yolks; 1 cup (120 g) flour; 10 egg whites, stiffly beaten; 2 tbs. apricot jam; Icing 1 cup (225 g) sugar; ⅓ cup […]

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Kezar Lake – Part 2 Loon Decor

Kezar Lake Loon

After travels my to Maine on Kezar Lake, I must confess that incorporating the color palette for our home design from this “Visual Journey” was a tricky one. The loon has 2 colors black and white, and the design on the bird’s back is like that of a checkerboard.      So, I decided to think outside […]

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Kezar Lake – The Call of the Loon

Kezar Lake Kayaking

After traveling overseas for the last 2 years on family vacations, we chose to stay in the states and visit our family roots in the New England Area.  After living my summers as a kid in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesauke, we decided to find a smaller lake nearby for our holiday.  We chose Kezar […]

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B& B Family Farm – Design Ideas

French Lavender

How might we incorporate the purple and pink/white colors of the lavender farm in Sequim, WA from my last post? Let’s look at my 3 levels of design to give you some ideas. Level 1 – Purchase lavender plants from any of the multiple Sequim, WA farms and create a lavender garden in your home. […]

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B & B Family Farm – Sequim Washington

When you think of lavender you think of southern France, with fields of purple as far as the eye can see. But what if you can’t travel over the Atlantic to visit these lovely farms? Why not consider a place closer to home in Sequim, Washington? Sequim, Washington is located northwest across Puget sound from […]

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Hostel vs Hotel – Switzerland Part 2 – Design

As promised… Here is the color palette for my Hostel vs. Hotel blog. On my past visual journey blog, we climbed the alps to visit The Riffelalp m2222.  We saw the pine wood and reds throughout this high-end hotel. Notice the colors displayed in this palette. If you wish to incorporate this look into your […]

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Green Park – London

Green Park London

Just to the right of Buckingham Palace you will find Green Park.  Most people looking for a quiet moment head to St. James Park, but Green Park is my favorite! Green park is nestled in between Buckingham Palace and Mayfair.  There is a tube stop just off Piccadilly, so access is easy and convenient. Green […]

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Mystery Blogger Award 3

My fellow blogger, Ribana at has nominated me for the Mystery Blogger Award. Thank you so much, blogging buddy.  Check out Ribana’s website… it is really thought provoking and has great photos! She is gifted in her writing and will go far in her craft. As for me, after years of living on the […]

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The Edinburgh Larder – Design Color Palette

Edinburgh Larder

After my last blog I wanted to share with you the color palette to incorporate the Edinburgh Larder Style into your home. The bold and bright yellows mixed with deep black, provide you with a striking contrast that works. The interior white walls and hardwood floors provide a homey look with a strong eye-catching exterior. […]

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