Architecture, A Love Affair

August 8th, 2012

We’re sightseeing today in a mystery city, and I’m so excited to be exploring the architecture here.  Summer is the height of travel season, and in years past we would forego a faraway vacation – not this year!  One of my good blog friends toured Spain recently and his pictures of Barcelona took me back to our travels there many years ago.  No doubt since we’re all watching the Summer Olympics, you’re admiring the modern structures built for the event in London.

I’ve had a long time love affair with grand architecture.  We used to travel abroad a lot before the babies were born, once I even I climbed all the stairs to the top of the cupola above St. Peters in Rome (while six months pregnant!) and the stairs to the Eiffel Tower too.  Earlier this week, we took the kids to another famous monument and they loved it!  They’ve got their father’s climbing syndrome, he’s always looking up and asking “How fast can we get to the top?”  :)

We try to grab a souvenir of monuments, some are small, others are art prints still in tubes waiting to be framed someday.  We’ve seen some iconic structures over the last 15+ years, my favorites include La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Il Duomo in Florence, and the Coliseum in Rome.

iconic structures

Photo series via Third Floor Design on Etsy

 

The two l want to see in my lifetime are the Parthenon in Athens and the Taj Mahal.

taj mahal watercolor

watercolor by Bohemian Habitats

 

Today I thought I’d feature a few architectural watercolor prints and city views found on Etsy – be sure to check out the shop portfolios, they have a lot more to see!

flatiron nyc watercolor

Flatiron, NYC by Ilker Cocahan

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More to Life

August 6th, 2012

I stumbled across this quote last week by the late Albert Hadley, interior design icon and legend.  It came to my attention at the appropriate moment as I was readying for a family vacation.

“Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There’s more to life than decorating.” ~ Albert Hadley

More to life than decorating?  More to life than paint and fabric swatches, fixtures and furniture?   Nooooooo, that can’t be true!   :)  I say that jokingly of course because I think and write about those things all day long during the week.  Our homes are our havens, worthy of the time invested in surrounding ourselves with beautiful things, but that’s the point, at the end of the day, they’re just things.

After 3 ½ years of blogging, it’s time to take a break, and so this week I’m off the grid.  I’m officially on vacation and as my sister and I discussed last week, it’s kinda like leaving your baby for the first time with a babysitter.  Remember the anxiety?  And then looking back you think, what was I worried about again?  Why have I not taken more time away?   :)   It’s so very important to take the time!

 

This break couldn’t come at better time for me, I’m in need of some new adventures and fresh sources of inspiration too.   This week I’m far away, from the blog and from my hometown.  There’s a house sitter taking care of the plants, the mail, and Coco the cat, and thankfully my daughter left very clear instructions.

I’ve got a few light posts scheduled later this week, but mostly I’m offline and taking a week to recharge with my family.  Time to unplug, see new sights, and savor summer.  Be back soon.

 

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