Cleanse Your Home, Cleanse Your Mind

Keeping your home free of stagnant energy will help you live with lightness of being.

August is the fall of the summer, and autumn right around the corner. With luck, this summer you have spent countless hours bathing in sunlight, or adventuring in new territories. Now is the time to spend some time inside your home, take a look around, and begin to cleanse all the corners and surfaces to ready yourself for the last third of the year. Having a clean and pure living environment is clinically proven to increase brain activity, calm your nerves, and improve overall productivity.

Minimalist Living
Minimalist Living
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 Clearing Clutter

Clean and Minimalist
Clean and Minimalist
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The first step to minimizing clutter, and maximizing peaceful, clean energy in your environment, is to discard any of the following items from your surfaces and drawers.

  • Old Magazines + Newspapers  – If you have stacks of old magazines and newspapers lying around your coffee tables or bookshelves, toss them into the recycling, and clear space for new projects and books!
  • Receipts + Bills + Documents – Have you already logged or filed necessary information from any receipts, bills, or documents you’ve been saving on your desk or in your kitchen drawers? Throw them all into the recycling bin! Anything that you truly need to save for your personal files or taxes should be neatly organized and placed in a file folder or cabinet.
  • Clothing – Take a long, hard look inside your closet, boudoir, or dresser, and remove anything you haven’t been wearing regularly (seasonal clothes aside).
  • Books – Do you have stacks of books that you have already read? Pick your top three, and donate the rest. Trade collections with your best friend, create a neighborhood “Take One, Leave One” bin, or find a coffeeshop with a bookshelf and leave them for someone else!
  • Medicine + Vitamins – Check the expiration date on all of your bottled medicines an supplements, and discard anything old, or anything that you are no longer in need of.
  • Makeup + Perfume – Cosmetics and toiletries expire also, and usually aren’t of the same quality after spending too much time laying around in a drawer. Go through everything an toss out those mostly empty compacts of powder or dried up mascaras!
  • Jewelry – If you aren’t going to invest in basic jewelry pliers or a small repair kit, it’s time to discard all the broken jewelry that you have cluttering up your drawers.
  • Old or Unused Electronics – Do you have a drawer for old cables, phone chargers, cell phones, or any other obsolete electronics? Get rid of all of that! Donate to your local Goodwill.

 

Setting Intentions

Creating an Altar
Creating an Altar
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Fire Elements
Fire Elements
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It is of utmost important to the balance of your mind and your home to dedicate an area of your space to setting intentions. Find a coffee table, bookshelf, or atop your mantle to place powerful items of significance, peace, abundance, and prosperity.  Here are some things you can get started with:

  • An Altar Cloth sets the foundation for the space you are creating, reflecting all that is within you.
  • Salt is an important ingredient to place in a bowl on your altar, as it is protective, purifying, and represents the Earth’s energy.
  • A Chalice represents the Mother Goddess, or divine feminine energy, and is used to hold ceremonial drink, or salt water.
  • A Wand can be made from any organic material, and is used to direct and channel energies in and around you.
  • Candles are used to invoke and hold the power of each cardinal point, and are used to balance the masculine and feminine energies.
  • Bells or Singing Bowls call upon healing energies on your altar, clearing any stagnant energy, and can signify the beginning and ending of your personal practices or rituals
  • Powerful Stones like crystals and minerals each vibrate at their own frequency, and hold unique significance than can represent different feelings, intentions, and affirmations you would like to focus on.

 

Homes that Feel Cleansed

Organization Inspiration
Organization Inspiration
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Clean, Open, Pure
Clean, Open, Pure
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Warm and Zen
Warm and Zen
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Bright and Earthy
Bright and Earthy
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How to Decorate Large Rooms

When designing the interior decoration of a larger space, it is important for the room to feel cozy, while maintaining the flow of openness. Here are some tips on making a large room have the perfect balance!

 

Large Room, Large Furniture

Depending on the shape of the room, or where windows are placed, you may easily divide up areas of a larger room with and L-shaped sectional. In addition, you may even compliment your sectional or sofa with an oversized ottoman.

Oversized Ottomans
Oversized Ottomans
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Dividing with Sectionals
Dividing with Sectionals
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Sectionals and Earthy Centerpieces
Sectionals and Earthy Centerpieces
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Moon-shaped Sectional
Moon-shaped Sectional
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Area Rugs

The perfect way to create environments for lounging in a larger room are to align your furniture atop an area rug. Use the rug to define the borders of a particular zone for sitting or laying.

Coastal Blues
Coastal Blues
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Area Rugs and House Plants
Area Rugs and House Plants
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Chaise and Area Rugs
Chaise and Area Rugs
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Creating Spaces
Creating Spaces
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Making a Large Room Cozy
Making a Large Room Cozy
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Cairo Rug by Bunglo
Cairo Rug by Bunglo
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Day Beds

Placing a day bed or chaise lounge chair in the center of a large room can be the perfect divider between different areas. If your living room and dining room are conencted in the same large space, separate them with the bold placement of a larger piece of furniture.

Hanging Day Bed
Hanging Day Bed
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Day Bed to Divide
Day Bed to Divide
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Twin Chaises
Twin Chaises
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Ottomans, Area Rugs, and Day Beds
Ottomans, Area Rugs, and Day Beds
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Japanese Screens

A wooden or paper Japanese screen can be used for shade, privacy, or be a means to section off different areas within a larger space. Create a reading nook, or separate your dining area from the main living space by placing a screen between the two environments.

Privacy Screens
Privacy Screens
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Delicate Divider
Delicate Divider
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Vintage Screens
Vintage Screens
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Modern Screens
Modern Screens
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Accent Walls

If you’d like to tone down the openness of a large room, or simply give it a little warmth and character, try adding an accent wall showcasing your favorite pigment. Use a color that is calming and comforting, but makes a statement nonetheless.

Deep Accents
Deep Accents
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Floral Accents
Floral Accents
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Teal Accents
Teal Accents
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Marble Accents
Marble Accents
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Incorporate Tall House Plants

A perfect way to fill a large room with warm, earthy energy is to place taller house plants along the edges of your furniture, in corners, or on side tables. Try a potted ficus tree, a majesty palm, or Madagascar palm to fill out your environment with forest vibes.

Exotic Elements
Exotic Accent
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Earth Tones
Earth Tones
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Jungle Entryway
Jungle Entryway
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A Brief History of Feng Shui

One of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, fen shui, or wind-water, is a ancient traditional belief system that guides and governs the energy forces within architectural structures.

Closely linked to Taoism, feng shui practice discusses the arrangement within architecture in terms of  the “invisible forces that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. In traditional Chinese culture, qi is believed to be the vital force, life force, energy flow, or material energy forming part of every living entity. Qi, in relation to feng shui, includes the orientation of a structure, its age, and its interaction with the surrounding environment, including the local microclimates, the slope of the land, vegetation, and soil quality.

The use of feng shui is dated back as far as 5000 BC to the Yangshao people that lived along the Yangtze River in China. Between 4700 BC and 2900 BC, the Hongshan people in Northeast China, who interacted with the Yangshao, adopted feng shui into their culture. Before the magnetic compass, feng shui relied on cosmography to set the orientation of structures. Early Chinese astronomers utilized a gnomon, or the part of a sundial that casts the shadow, as the first instrument to use circumpolar stars to determine the north-south axis of settlements. Rituals for using a feng shui instrument required a diviner to examine current sky phenomena to set the device and adjust their position in relation to the device. The magnetic compass was in fact originally invented by the Han Dynasty for the purpose of divination and feng shui.

In Western civilization, feng shui has become widespread, and is commonly utilized in interior design and architecture.

Bagua

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In Yaodian, the cardinal directions are determined by the marker-stars of the mega-constellations known as the Four Celestial Animals:

East: The Azure Dragon (Spring equinox)—Niao (Bird 鳥), α Scorpionis
South: The Vermilion Bird (Summer solstice)—Huo (Fire 火), α Hydrae
West: The White Tiger (Autumn equinox)—Mǎo (Hair 毛), η Tauri (the Pleiades)
North: The Black Tortoise (Winter solstice)—Xū (Emptiness, Void 虛), α Aquarii, β Aquarii

You can use the bagua diagram in your own home, by using a compass, or the compass app on your phone, to check how you have intuitively placed things around your home, and re-arrange accordingly. Using the bagua diagram can, if anything, be an excellent way to decorate and arrange parts your home with intention!

 

Quick Tips for Feng Shui in a Modern Home

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Wanderlust Destination: Chandigarh, India

Chandigarh, India is a time capsule of Mid-Century Modern architecture nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas.

In 2016, the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, making these incredible modern buildings an unmissable wonder. In Chandigarh, India, you won’t find an ancient city, or any British colonial buildings. Chandigarh was one of India’s first planned cities, created by the Chandigarh Capital Project Team, and led by Swiss architect, Charles Edouard Corbusier (Le Corbusier). As a marvelous result, Chandigarh is a urban zone that feels both futuristic and retro.  The flawless geometrical outline mirrors the engineering virtuoso of the organizers of the city, Albert Mayer and Mathew Novicki. Chandigarh is a vacation destination with a modern business focus.

In India, most of the cities are planned and created solely for automobiles, so a sidewalk is an immense luxury. In Chandigarh, there are plentiful pedestrian walkways where you may safely stroll, a perfect means to pleasantly meander local streets by foot. Take a quick walk with us through this modernist haven!

 

Chandigarh India High Court
Chandigarh India High Court
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Technicolor
Technicolor
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Modern Columns
Modern Columns
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Brutalist Modern
Brutalist Modern
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Labyrinthine Grid
Labyrinthine Grid
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Space Age Columns
Space Age Columns
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Futurist Palette
Futurist Palette
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Grand Auditorium
Grand Auditorium
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Assembly Palace
Assembly Palace
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Mid-Century Sea Palette

Mid-Century Sea Palette

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Minimalist Meeting Area
Minimalist Meeting Area
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The Hand

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Hovering Terrace
Hovering Terrace
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Smooth Brutalist
Smooth Brutalist
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Punjabi Modern
Punjabi Modern
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Modern Halls
Modern Halls
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Auditorium Panorama
Auditorium Panorama
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Neelam Cinema
Neelam Cinema
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The Icon of the City
The Icon of the City
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Aditya Prakash Architecture
Aditya Prakash Architecture
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Edmund Sumner Photography
Edmund Sumner Photography
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Teal and Gray
Teal and Gray
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Modernist Lines
Modernist Lines
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Chandigarh Brutalist Modern
Chandigarh Brutalist Modern
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Chandigarh Gardens
Chandigarh Gardens
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Punjabi Pinks
Punjabi Pinks
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Chandigarh Rock Gardens
Chandigarh Rock Gardens
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High Court, Lucien Herve, 1955
High Court, Lucien Herve, 1955
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If you enjoyed your virtual wanderings through Chandigarh, check out our Wanderlust Destination in Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Indigo Pillows for a Midsummer Mood

Indigo is the “peace that surpasses all understanding,” being protective, benevolent, gentle, and cooling. It governs our higher psychic activities, insight, wisdom, and assists us in navigating deep changes.

It relates to the third eye, where the pituitary gland is located. Indigo relates to self responsibility of one’s own life, to following the soul’s path, and trusting one’s own intuition. It inspires the ability to see things from a ‘higher’ viewpoint rather than purely for satisfaction of the ego or one’s material comfort. In indigo, we feel a resonant sense of unity and clarity. Indigo relates to self-expression through speech and communication, and is the very essence of truth and purpose.

Indigo dye is among the oldest to be used for dying textiles and making prints, and was first documented in history as being used in Huaca Prieta, Peru. Since its discovery, indigo dye has been used in the ancient civilizations of Japan, India and Southeast Asian countries, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Iran, and Africa.

The color indigo is named after the indigo dye derived from the plant Indigofera tinctoria and related species.  Indigofera tinctoria, also called true indigo, has been naturalized to be cultivated in tropical areas of Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Since it is a legume, it is also widely used as a soil-improving ground cover, and is rotated into fields similarly to alfalfa and other beans. Dye is obtained through processing the leaves through fermentation.

Vintage Pillow No. 31
Vintage Pillow No. 31
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Indigo + Turquoise Glamour Pillow
Indigo + Turquoise Glamour Pillow
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Jade Tree Modern Pillow
Jade Tree Modern Pillow
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Blue Willow by Bunglo
Blue Willow by Bunglo
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Blue Tangier by Bunglo
Blue Tangier by Bunglo
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Port au Prince Modern Pillow
Port au Prince Modern Pillow
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Midnight Pine Modern Pillow
Midnight Pine Modern Pillow
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Hmong Indigo Batik Pillow
Hmong Indigo Batik Pillow
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Vintage African Indigo Pillow
Vintage African Indigo Pillow
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Silk Velvet Indigo by Kevin O'Brien
Silk Velvet Indigo by Kevin O’Brien
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Dyed Indigo Euro Sham
Dyed Indigo Euro Sham
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Lavender Spa Pillow in Indigo
Lavender Spa Pillow in Indigo
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Indigo Denim Mudcloth
Indigo Denim Mudcloth
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Indigo Ikat Pillow
Indigo Ikat Pillow
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Vintage Indigo Hmong Batik Pillow
Vintage Indigo Hmong Batik Pillow
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Turkish Modern Pillows by Bunglo

This summer we are so excited to present a new line of woven pillows handmade from vintage Turkish rugs. Each design is one hundred percent unique, finished with a cotton backing and zipper. These pillows pair perfectly with our signature bunglo pillows for an eclectic, boho look.

Check out the lovely array of vintage Turkish pillows below, and let us know what you think!

Vintage Pillow No. 13
Vintage Pillow No. 13
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Vintage Pillow No. 15
Vintage Pillow No. 15
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Vintage Pillow No. 10
Vintage Pillow No. 10
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Vintage Pillow No. 12
Vintage Pillow No. 12
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Vintage Pillow No. 19
Vintage Pillow No. 19
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Vintage Pillow No. 11
Vintage Pillow No. 11
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Vintage Pillow No. 3
Vintage Pillow No. 3
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Vintage Pillow No. 30
Vintage Pillow No. 30
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Vintage Pillow No. 14
Vintage Pillow No. 14
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Vintage Pillow No. 31
Vintage Pillow No. 31
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Vintage Pillow No. 21
Vintage Pillow No. 21
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Vintage Pillows No. 32
Vintage Pillows No. 32
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Vintage Pillow No. 9
Vintage Pillow No. 9
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Vintage Pillow No. 4
Vintage Pillow No. 4
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Vintage Pillow No. 8
Vintage Pillow No. 8
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Vintage Pillow No. 29
Vintage Pillow No. 29
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Vintage Pillow No. 6
Vintage Pillow No. 6
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Vintage Pillow No. 5
Vintage Pillow No. 5
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Vintage Pillows No. 20
Vintage Pillows No. 20
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Vintage Pillow No. 28
Vintage Pillow No. 28
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Vintage Pillow No. 32
Vintage Pillow No. 32
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Vintage Pillow No. 26
Vintage Pillow No. 26
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Vintage Pillow No. 24
Vintage Pillow No. 24
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Vintage Pillow No. 22
Vintage Pillow No. 22
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Vintage Pillow No. 16
Vintage Pillow No. 16
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Vintage Pillow No. 1
Vintage Pillow No. 1
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Vintage Pillow No. 18
Vintage Pillow No. 18
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Wanderlust Destination: Marfa, Texas

In the vast and mystical Chihuahuan desert, Marfa, Texas is an oasis of alluring mystery and transcendental experience.

Located between the Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park, Marfa was originally founded as a railroad water stop. Now one of the minimalist art and design meccas of the nation, Marfa attracts creatives and adventurers from far and wide.

During the 1920s, the community in Marfa began to grow. By the 1950s, it was nationally famous for its mysterious Ghost Lights. The source of the Fata Mortgana has long been rumored to be anything from UFOs, to wandering spirits. This mysterious phenomena has also been attributed to atmospheric reflections of campfires and headlights, although the first recorded sighting was in 1883, before automobiles were on the market. In modern times, atmospheric scientists hypothesize that the lights are a sort of mirage caused by sharp temperature gradients between cold and warm layers of air.

Marfa Army Airfield was the training grounds for several thousand pilots during World War II. In the 1970s, the army base lands were bought by Donald Judd, an acclaimed visual artist from New York City.  In 1979, Judd began transforming the fort’s buildings into art spaces with a vision to house large collections of individual artists’ work on permanent display. Though Judd birthed the contemporary art movement in Marfa, when he died in 1994, Marfa quite literally became a ghost town.  Tumbleweeds the size of shopping carts could be seen blowing down the road, and storefronts were completely baron and overlaid with dust. In the early 2000s, Marfa was resurrected, and thus began a kind of renaissance. Artists and Artisans opened new galleries and chic hotels, and the Texas government decided to make a roadside viewing post for the Marfa Mystery Lights.

Today in Marfa, you can expect to find modern art galleries, bohemian boutique hotels and restaurants, eclectic campgrounds, funky bars, and far-out festivals with the ever-ethereal backdrops of reverent desert tones. Take a dive with us through the dreamy high desert..

 

Do Your Thing
Words to Live By
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Marfa Beer Garden
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Miles of Horizon
Miles of Horizon
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Marfa Lights
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El Cosmico Airstream
El Cosmico Airstream
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Sky Nature Teepee
El Cosmico Teepee
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Glamping Teepee
Glamping Teepee
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Blue Texas Trailer
Blue Texas Trailer
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Luxury Bedouin Tent
Luxury Bedouin Tent
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Eclectic Lavender Trailer
Eclectic Lavender Trailer
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Blue + Birch
Blue + Birchwood
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Tangerine Trailer
Tangerine Trailer
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West Texas Style
West Texas Style
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Vibrant Pink
Vibrant Pink
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Yurt Patio
Yurt Patio
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Luxury Yurt
Luxury Yurt
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"Pop Architectural Land Art"
“Pop Architectural Land Art”
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Relaxation Station
Relaxation Station
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Elizabeth Taylor in Marfa
Elizabeth Taylor in Marfa
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Stardust Motel
Stardust Motel
Photograph Courtesy of Jason Weingart
Nearby McDonald Observatory
Nearby McDonald Observatory
Photograph Courtesy of The University of Texas
Desert Modern
High Desert Decor
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Minimalist Style
Minimalist Style
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Desert Marvels
Marfa Marvels
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Hote Paisano
Hote Paisano
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UFO Hunting
UFO Hunting
Photograph Courtesy of Camille Styles
Marfa Ghost Lights
Marfa Ghost Lights
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Poolside Collection by Bunglo

Just in time for summer, our luxurious Poolside Collection was inspired by long, lavish days spent by the pool at the iconic Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.

The dreamy “Pink Palace” is the ultimate beacon of timeless allure in Los Angeles, and has been the place to see and be seen for over a century. With an unforgettable fusion of vintage glamour and modern luxury, we hope to sweep you away with the same soft hues.  Adorn your outdoor spaces with elegance and style, make every area of your environment inviting. Surround yourself with fresh fruit and flowers, modern bohemian patterns, and a dreamy summer color palette. Setting your table and outdoor spaces with intention will ensure you’re sent into the season with panache.

Enjoy taking a tour through our new summer collection, and feel inspired to create your outdoor oasis this summer!

Nakuru

Brunch Dreams
Brunch Dreams
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Nakuru Table Setting
Nakuru Table Setting
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Nakuru Napkins
Nakuru Napkins
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Soft Blush Hues
Soft Blush Hues
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Beverly Hills Style
Beverly Hills Style
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Nakuru Outdoor Pillow
Nakuru Outdoor Pillow
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Merlo

Merlo Table Setting
Merlo Table Setting
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Merlo Linens
Merlo Linens
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Merlo Brunch
Merlo Brunch
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Merlo Organic Placemats
Merlo Organic Placemats
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Merlo Outdoor Pillow
Merlo Outdoor Pillow
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Emerald

Emerald Table Setting
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Emerald Organic Napkins
Emerald Organic Napkins
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Emerald Brunch
Emerald Brunch
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Emerald Organic Table Settings
Emerald Organic Table Settings
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Emerald Organic Placemats
Emerald Organic Placemats
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Emerald Outdoor Pillow
Emerald Outdoor Pillow
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Poolside Dreams

Dreamy Blush Poolside
Dreamy Blush Poolside
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Nakuru, Merlo, and Emerald
Nakuru, Merlo, and Emerald
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Poolside Collection Tabletop
Poolside Collection Organic Tabletop
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Modern Farmhouses

A house in the country could be your weekend escape, or perhaps where you experience everyday life of tending to land or caring for animals. While immersed in nature, it benefits the flow of your home to incorporate as many natural elements as possible. Even if you are aiming for a modern edge with the design and decor of your home, you might still utilize as many organic materials as you can find to keep the feel peaceful and grounding.

When we envision modern decor, polished surfaces, sleek angles, and crisp edges come to mind. To soften the sharper edge of contemporary style to adapt to the countryside,  you may begin by adding accents of timber, wicker, and fresh flowers and plant life. Ideally, your home will have large windows to illuminate the space with sunlight, and views of the surrounding forests or pastures. To keep the flow of the outdoor landscapes, utilize an earthy, neutral color palette.

Draw some inspiration from our selection of homes with a lovely fusion of contemporary and countryside styles. With all the right ingredients, these homes have created the perfect modern farmhouses.

Fresh White + Warm Timber
Fresh White + Warm Timber
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Sleek Modern Country Lounge
Sleek Modern Country Lounge
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Repurposed Wood Accents
Repurposed Wood Accents
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Timber for the Winter, Tall Ceilings and Windows
Timber for the Winter, Tall Ceilings and Windows
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White Kitchen Lined in Rustic Timber
White Kitchen Lined in Rustic Timber
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Modern and Rustic
Modern and Rustic
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Country Reading Nook
Country Reading Nook
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Indoor Herb Garden
Indoor Herb Garden
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Patio Dining Beneath a Pergola
Patio Dining Beneath a Pergola
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White Barn Modern Home
White Barn Modern Home
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A Touch of Life and Color
A Touch of Life and Color
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Recycled Timber Entryway Bench
Recycled Timber Entryway Bench
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Soft Blues + Rustic Wood
Soft Blues + Rustic Wood
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Birds + Blues + Flowers
Birds + Blues + Flowers
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Succulent Garden + Earthy Doorway
Succulent Garden + Earthy Doorway
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White Linens + Soft Blue Duvet + Modern Art
White Linens + Soft Blue Duvet + Modern Art
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Rustic Table + Modern Tub
Rustic Table + Modern Tub
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Soft Color Palette with a Modern Rustic Feel
Soft Color Palette with a Modern Rustic Feel
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Modern Timber Coffee Table Centerpiece
Modern Timber Coffee Table Centerpiece
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Neutral, Earth Palette
Neutral, Earth Palette
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Modern Country Alcove
Modern Country Alcove
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Deep Earthy Sofa + Modern Rug
Deep Earthy Sofa + Modern Rug
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Chic White Barn House

Chic White Barn House

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Neutral Palette with Wicker Accents
Neutral Palette with Wicker Accents
Photograph Courtesy of Popy Home
Fresh Flowers + Wicker Baskets + Wooden Dressing Table
Fresh Flowers + Wicker Baskets + Wooden Dressing Table
Photograph Courtesy of Decoratoo

 

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Midweek Wanderlust, Destination: Chiang Mai

Located in the Northern area of Thailand along the Ping River, breathtaking Chiang Mai is situated amongst the highest mountains in the country, surrounded by lush forests. Dubbed the cultural capital of Thailand, Chiang Mai has been awarded the title of Creative City by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and repeatedly received recognition as one of the top destinations in the world.

   The climate of Chiang Mai is that of the tropical savanna; with low latitude and relatively high elevation, the weather is warm to hot year-round. With over 300 Buddhist temples to visit, you will have no shortage of stunning architecture to marvel over. Chiang Mai also has its fair amount of museums, botanical gardens, and street markets full of exquisite local treasures and foods. The surrounding areas are verdant and mountainous, with national parks for trekking, Hill Tribes to visit for cultural immersion, and elephant reserves that you may visit for opportunities to volunteer.

 

WHAT TO PACK

  • Lightweight pants and skirts, sundresses, shorts, yoga pants, tunics
  • Baby wipes, it’s very humid and you might want to keep your face clean!
  • Lightweight scarf or shawl to cover your shoulders inside temples
  • Swimsuit,  hiking shoes, comfortable sandals, and water shoes
  • Comfortable sandals and sneakers for walking around the city
  • Lightweight hiking pants and shirts with long sleeves for mosquito protection
  • Waterproof phone case and waterproof backpack or bag
  • Natural sunscreen and bug repellent

Sights

Doi Inthanon
Doi Inthanon, the Highest Peak in Thailand
Photograph Courtesy of Bernard the Traveller

Street Strolling
Street Strolling
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
The Sticky Falls
The Sticky Falls
Photograph Courtesy of Hey Lila Hey
Elephant Nature Park
Elephant Nature Park
Volunteer with Elephants!
Hmong Hill Tribe Women
Hmong Hill Tribe Women
Photograph Courtesy of Colouricious
Doi Suthep
Doi Suthep
Photograph Courtesy of Bernard the Traveller
Loi Krathong Festival of Light
Loi Krathong Festival of Light in November
Photograph Courtesy of Twisted Sifter
Thai Textiles
Thai Textiles in Bac Ha Market
Photograph Courtesy of Haute Culture Fashion

 

Cafes Not to Miss

 

SS1254372 Cafe

Porthole Windows
Porthole Windows
Photograph Courtesy of Bon Traveler
Unique Architecture
Unique Architecture
Photograph Courtesy of Bon Traveler
Exotic Sauces
Exotic Sauces
Photograph Courtesy of Chill Pai Nai
Inventive Lighting Art
Inventive Lighting Art
Photograph Courtesy of Chill Pai Nai

Woo Cafe

Cozy Tables
Cozy Tables
Photograph Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health
Curries, Noodles, and Juices
Curries, Noodles, and Juices
Photograph Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health
Artisan Crafts
Artisan Crafts
Photograph Courtesy of Making Thyme for Health

Where to Stay

137 Pillars House

Modern Jungle Pool
Modern Jungle Pool
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Pagodas
Pagodas
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Extraordinary Lounges
Extraordinary Lounges
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Modern Thai Dining
Modern Thai Dining
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Rajah Brooke Suite
Rajah Brooke Suite
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Outdoor Dining
Outdoor Dining
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Fresh Delights
Fresh Delights
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Fish Curry
Fish Curry
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The Dhara Dhevi Resort

Traditional Architecture
Traditional Architecture
Photograph Courtesy of Ohh Couture
Resort Dining
Resort Dining
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Palace Lounge
Palace Lounge
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Poolside Massage
Poolside Massage
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Ornate Archways
Ornate Archways
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Gilded Walls
Gilded Walls
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Zen Soaking Tub
Zen Soaking Tub
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Spacious and Open
Spacious and Open
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