Communing with Nature

“Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.” -Albert Einstein Believe it or not, this stylish room-with-a-view is actually a pre-fabricated green house/garden shed kit designed by Ville Hara and Linda Bergroth for Kekkilä Garden (Finland.) Linda modified the original design slightly adding lighting, wood floors and solar panels to create her own […]

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita – Matera, Italy

* ** * * ** * ** * * ** * ** * * ** * ** * * ** * ** * * ** Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita  – It’s easy to see why this tops the list of our recommended hotels.  The design was carried out to perfection…honoring the rustic history while […]

Before and After – The 1927 Cottage We Call Home

A peek into our renovated kitchen.  This is our stone concrete prep sink area with chalkboard and open shelving above. The door with a cast iron door knocker at center opens to our mini walk-in pantry.   For the full tour including before and after pics,  see our latest magazine issue: .. {Volume No. 01 […]

Check Your Inbox

Are you one of our email subscribers?  If so, be sure to check your mail for the latest edition of our digital magazine delivered to your inbox early this morning.*   IN THIS ISSUE –  l&l travels to the ancient city of Matera, Italy – tour Sextantio’s cave hotel: Le Grotte della Civita ~ See Before […]

Where I went today…

…I started out in Montecito, California  visiting a Spanish Colonial home by Architect Thomas Bollay… …with authentic detailed tiling and old wrought iron doors salvaged from the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel… …and a charming outdoor living space complete with the ambiance of a wood-burning fireplace. Next, I was off to Europe and found myself looking down […]

The English Garden

Inspiration from Barnsley House, a luxury retreat hotel  in the Cotswold countryside.   “Above our garden door, you’ll find ‘1697’ and ‘BB’ carved into the Cotswold stone.  The carvings mark the date Brereton Bouchier, Barnsley Village’s squire, built the property…” -excerpt from Barnsley House HERITAGE “…Centuries later in 1952, architectural historian David Verey and his […]

Source Sharing ~ Blanc d’Ivoire (fr)

Blanc d’Ivoire designs furnishings and a line of accessories primarily for hotels, b&b’s, spas and restaurants.  Many of the proprietors offer you the option to order whatever you have enjoyed during your stay. — So, if you love the linens on your bed or the plate under your croissant, they may be available for purchase.  […]

Travel – Château de Ker Nelly

Château de Ker Nelly, built in 1895 as a private vacation villa and soon after expanded into the Neo-Gothic style we see today, is situated on the Côté de Granit Rose (Rose Granite Coast) of France in Trébeurden, Bretagne (Brittany) —just a stone’s throw from the sea and situated south-west with fabulous panoramic views.  Streamlined furnishings, […]

“Charmed, I’m sure.”

French Country Hideaways Vacationing at Private Châteaus and Manors in Rural France by Casey O’Brien Blondes, Images by Stephanie Cardon I’m thinking- Yes.  Lovely vacation spot to be sure, but can something be too idyllic?   I mean, can you imagine spending a few days here knowing that eventually you will have to leave?(!)     Travel Information: French […]

French Country Hideaways

I just purchased the Rizzoli book FRENCH COUNTRY HIDEAWAYS-Vacationing at Private Chateaus and Manors in Rural France and have enjoyed perusing its pages the last few nights before I have fallen asleep.  From Brittany to Provence, it is an enchanting tour of 30 historic châteaus and manors who have opened their doors to guests.  The troglodyte (cave) dwellings located on the property of […]

Hotel Feature – Le Chaufourg

Le Chaufourg en Périgord,  Dordogne In the heart of the Périgord, overlooking the Isle river is the 17th Century manor house photographer Georges Dambier converted to a romantic hotel in the late 80’s.  . . . . . Georges Dambier was 20 when the Second World War came to an end, a moment when the social […]

L’Hacienda Uayamon

I was intrigued by an image I recently posted of the amazing pool on this property (see: Sublime) I researched a bit and found that a swim amongst the ruins was just the beginning in this idyllic setting.  ~This one’s definitely going on my list!  L’Hacienda Uayamon Campeche, Mexico  Overview Weddings and Honeymoons Community •Jaina Island (Ancient Mayan […]

Hotel Feature – Hôtel des Tailles

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..  Hôtel des Tailles . . . . . Happy Birthday Madre! Images:  1 – French Country Style at Home,  2-15 – Hôtel des Tailles website linen & lavender French Country Style at Home in  the emporium .. (us) ~ (uk) ~ (ca) ~ (fr) ~(de) ~ (it)~ (es) see our new […]


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Hotel Feature – Kenwood Inn and Spa

The Kenwood Inn and Spa is located in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country, about an hour’s drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Located in the Valley of the Moon amidst vineyards, oak groves, walnut orchards and fruit trees;  it is a 15-minute drive from the historic town of Sonoma and just minutes […]

La Grande Maison

La Grande Maison, Artedu bed and breakfast, restaurant, workshops (art education) * La Grande Maison has 9 guestrooms in La Grande Maison and an apartment, La Cabane. This house was fully renovated in 1998 and is next to the Roman abbey of Chanteuges.  Bright, spacious and antique designed guestrooms with marbled bathrooms. A cozy and […]

Lavender in Provence

Photo courtesy of:  Avignon-et-Provence linen & lavender .. Become part of l&l’s global community.  I’ve had so many people ask “WHAT IS FOLLOWING?” – here’s the scoop: Basically, it is a way to organize your relationship with your favorite blog(s).  You are notified when new posts are published and can set up your account so […]

Bruxelles Antiques and Au Coin de la Reine

A charming farm, antique shop and café in the village of Ennevelin, near the Belgian border. Au Coin de la Reine RESTAURANT surrounded by a moat… Location and Contact Images and website:  Bruxelles Antiques linen & lavender see our new site:

Bed and Breakfast – Le Logis de Puygaty

Le Logis de Puygaty Bed and Breakfast Also featured in:  French Country Style at Home .. (us) ~ (uk) ~ (ca) ~ (fr) ~(de) ~ (it)~ (es) Sorti de Grange Boutique Location Love everything about this property.  Beautifully designed.   Stylish, comfortable, interesting.  linen & lavender see our new site: