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 […]

Saladino Style and Guiding Principle

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . In understanding the power of shape and form, the seventeenth century Dutch painter Vermeer is a model for me.  He placed people and furnishings, windows and architecture, in the foreground of his canvases with […]

Composition III – Tone & Texture

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A Classical Journey: The Houses of Ken Tate

“Human beings resonate with materials.  There is some kind of universal wisdom in the psyche that connects with the spirit of materials.  If you built the same house with new materials, the psyche would know the difference. The connection with the past would be lost.  You must use real materials as often as you can […]

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 […]

Design Daily – Wine Country

California Wine Country: Interior Design, Architecture, and Style also featured in l&l’s  {w i n e  essentials & gifts} You might like these categories in the emporium: Cooking & Wine Wine Essentials & Gifts Entertaining you can also Go to the ARCHIVE  scroll to  EXTERIOR DESIGN Alfresco Dining/Outdoor Living for similar posts/images.   linen & […]


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There’s still time!…

Bobby McAlpine Give-away entry deadline extended to 12 midnight PST. Follow or Subscribe by 12 midnight tonight, July 8, 2010 to be eligible. Winner will be announced in Friday’s post. Welcome new friends!  Good luck! linen & lavender This giveaway has closed. see our new site:

Design Daily – Bayeux Cathedral

Bayeux Cathedral, Normandy France Bayeux Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Bayeux) is a Norman-Romanesque cathedral, located in the town of Bayeux. It is the seat of the Bishop of Bayeux. It was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry and is a national monument of France.  The site is an ancient one and was once occupied […]

Design Daily – Boutique Hotel

  Côté Sud  Fev-Mar 2004 A mix of rustic and modern in a boutique hotel located on the Côte d’Azur as seen in: Côté Sud Magazine Coming up tomorrow:  The hotel revealed and more images from this idyllic destination…  see our new site:

Design Daily – winter wear

As I’ve said before, I can’t get enough of white slipcovered furniture.  I adore it against ancient stone or plaster.  That said, I could definitely see cloaking my furniture in this lovely color-soaked velvet for winter. Love, love and love. Côté Sud Dec 2000-Jan 2001 linen & lavender see our new site:

Design Daily – charming

Maisons Côté Ouest Dec 2000-Jan 2001 So charming.  I just love this.  Particularly the cupola design. linen & lavender giveaway  .  follow  .  facebook  .  pinterest  .  shop

Paris is mad!

English:  Post Card French:  Carte Postale Spanish:  Tarjeta Postal Italian:  Cartolina Today I ran across some old postcards I purchased several years ago.  I don’t have an extensive collection, but as I thumbed through them, I was thinking how interesting it is that we human beings like to collect things.  From the bizarre to the […]