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3/31/2015

April Happenings


Some cool things are happening in the creative world this month! Ikea will be kicking off their new Art Events in 2015 with a Street Art collection consisting of twelve posters by street artists from around the world. I dig street art and may indulge in a little impromptu installation myself from time to time ;) Since I became a Mamma I haven't been able to sneak out much lately, so these posters might just satisfy my thirst in the meantime...now which to pick? These 4 are my faves.


This new book of photography, featuring some never before released photos taken by Gisele Freund of Frida Kahlo just hit the stands. I adore Frida and any insight I can get into her life and home are treats indeed. I can't wait to get my hands on this!


Annnnnd the moment all of us bohemian interior lovers have all been waiting for! The New Bohemians by Justina Blakney, the Jungalow queen herself is finally here on April 14th! Featuring the photography of Dabito of Old Brand New, this book is going to be a sumptuous feast for the eyes. I. Can't. Wait.

Also I have to admit I'll be clamoring along with everyone else to watch GOT, I mean...I need to know what that Jon Snow is up too don't I?
So what's the word on the street? Have I missed anything note worthy? Please let me know in the comments!

xoxo-Andrea

3/29/2015

Austin Airbnb Artists Abode


Hi! In case you were wondering, I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth.  I just came back from a very relaxing and inspiring week with the fam in Austin.  It was my husband's birthday today, so we decided to chill and celebrate all week long. We booked the sweetest little Airbnb guest house for our trip and I thought I'd share it with ya'll, since it was SO very pretty and colorful.

This was only our second Airbnb experience, and I am now officially hooked. You may remember our first stay {also in Austin} that I shared Here.  If you are looking for a chill and romantic getaway, you should totally stay there {they have a vintage Airstream to stay in too!}. We absolutely adored that space {and our hosts} but this time around our daughter is going through a phase where she refuses to sit in a high chair. She must be free, which makes for major restaurant challenges. So a full kitchen was a must.

My first criteria when I'm searching for a place is that it is decorated beautifully. What can I say, I am interior obsessed. Then I look for the other musts, like the amenities, location etc. I knew pretty much immediately when I saw the photos of this place that it was a perfect fit for us. It certainly did not disappoint in person either. It was not only beautiful but had a really mega positive vibe going for it too. I don't know if it was the light or that the decor colors were representin' the full chakra spectrum or something in the Spring air...but I was feeling the love in this place. It just felt really Peaceful and Happy and Invigorating.

Traveling has a way of jostling me out of my comfort zone and then zapping me with inspiration. Staying in the homes of fellow creatives just elevates that aspect of traveling so much more. I'm smitten with this Airbnb thing if you can't tell.


I'm not usually a fan of taxidermy but my daughter loved the "jackelope". She zeroed in on it the moment we walked in the door and said "Hop! Hop!". I can't imagine how she knew that. Her little brain just blows my mind all the time. She'd wave to him and say "Hiiii!" and "Byyyee!" whenever we would come and go. Which was so cute I could die. So the jackelope can stay.



The one bedroom guest house was situated in a private corner of the large lot, right behind the host Gigi's studio. We had a groovy little seating area right outside our door that made it feel like our own little oasis.

The space itself was a perfect balance of modern and vintage. The wabi sabi touches of salvaged and vintage, like the turquoise tile in the bathroom, original advertising art and wooden chairs balanced out the ultra modern cabinets and concrete floors in the living area. The bedroom was a riot of color with its mounds of pillows, kantha quilts, gypsy rose carpeting and sari paneled windows. It really was a little bit magic.




The kitchen was fully stocked, complete with a blender for our smoothies and perfectly seasoned cast iron skillets. I was in heaven. I mean, you don't get any of that in hotels. I love that you can really get a "feel" for a place when you stay in someones home too. Hotels can feel so stagnant and removed from the authentic energy of a place.
We were in a spectacular location with everything Austin has to offer within walking distance or a short drive away. We spent one afternoon hiking and picnicking at McKinney Falls which was a 16 minute drive from our room. Multiple vegan and organic restaurants were just around the corner for dinner take-out. It was a seriously prime location, which I'm sure our host pays dearly for. Another reason we prefer supporting the local people instead of a chain hotel.
I've always loved traveling and hotels were always kind of a necessary bummer part of it. Cold atmospheres and lack of amenities can make you yearn for your own home and miss out on the benefits of traveling. When you are comfortable and getting a great nights sleep it's so much easier to enjoy and explore, don't you agree? I used to dread hotels, now I can't wait to book my next trip!




Our little guest house studio was the perfect size for us, although it does sleep up to five comfortably. The main house is available for bookings as well. If you are planning a trip to Austin, I cannot recommend this place enough. It is smack dab in the middle of all the action and just a quick jaunt away from tranquil parks and swimming holes. The perfect vacation spot really. Our host {the artist in residence} Gigi was accommodating and wonderful to stay with. Oh and I must mention how mega clean it was! I'm a bit of a neat freak and this place was above and beyond on that tip. I find hotels often disappoint in that area as well. I think when you are staying in someones home, they are more likely to treat you like they're own personal guest. Know what I mean? Are ya'll into the Airbnb thing yet? I was totally hesitant about it at first, but am now a dedicated convert. You?

Hotels can keep their overpriced under-equipped rooms. I'm staying at Gigi's :)

You can view the listings here and reserve the guest house we stayed in as well as the main house. Even if you don't plan on visiting anytime soon, the pictures are well worth the look. Such inspiring spaces!

xoxo-Andrea

3/19/2015

Inspiring Artist : Leah Fraser





Today in honor of Springs' official arrival, I just had to share a {new to me} artist with you.  Leah Fraser is a Sydney based painter and sculptor and she has captured my heart with her otherworldly works.  I am always a fan of the female form in art, as well as representations of the natural world and these paintings have all that and more. The fantasy and folkloric scenes, complete with botanical beauty and Earth goddesses have me drooling.  Her vases and vessels often adorned by roughly cut semi- precious stones and crystals are absolutely dreamy delicious too. Something about the serene color palate she uses has me imagining one of these in my bedroom. I can almost hear the sound of the water rippling and trickling and smell the blooms in that last painting...I can dream right?

xoxo-Andrea