Travel Tips – Rubber Bands


Hey Friends!  This is my first post for tips for traveling, so I decided to go with my favorite “go to” item. Every since studying abroad I have brought rubber bands with me.  I take about 10, just in case. Here are 3 ideas for using rubber bands while you travel. 1) If you tend […]

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Recipe for the week – Highclere Castle Bread

Maybe, Mrs. Patmore of Downtown Abbey used this bread recipe. Highclere Castle makes this bread on a regular basis.  Lady Carnarvon of Highclere castle is quiet an expert in creating unique recipes for her home; see all her tasteful delights at – Cooking with Lady Carnarvon on YouTube.  See Video below.

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Quote of the Week – N. T. Wright

“When we learn to read the story of Jesus and see it as the story of the love of God, doing for us what we could not do for ourselves–that insight produces, again and again, a sense of astonished gratitude which is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.” ― N.T. Wright

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Photo of the week – Highclere Castle, England

Downton Abbey

 The anticipation for the Downton Abbey movie in the US is spreading. The premiere is Friday, September 20th.  Add this place to your bucket list!   Check out one of my past blogs about this wonderful place.

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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

Riffelalp m,2222

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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Hostel vs Hotel – Switzerland


The most luxurious hotel I have ever stayed in Switzerland is the Riffelalp Resort 2222m.  This haven is located up the mountainside, via train, from the town of Zermatt.  The hotel sits on the edge of a precipice that overlooks the valley of Zermatt and faces the majestic, well known, Matterhorn. Every one of your […]

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