Midweek Wanderlust, Destination: Austin Texas

Austin, the capital of Texas since 1839, is the fasted growing city in the United States.  An urban zone immersed in natural beauty, Austin sits amidst lush rolling hills, and numerous lakes and rivers. The culture is thriving with a diverse range of music, performing arts, film, technology, fine foods, and athleticism.

Despite widespread stereotypes of Texas, Austin is in the heart of the hill country, with rich landscapes of forests and waterways. Downtown Austin is perched alongside Lady Bird Lake, a reservoir on the Colorado River that runs through Central Texas.  There is a 15 mile hike and bike trail that traces the lengths of the reservoir and some adjacent roads and parks, inspiring an athletically abundant culture of jogging, biking, and dog walking throughout each day. With delightful weather most of the year, you will not often see Lady Bird lake empty of kayakers, paddle boarders, and the local rowing club. You can even catch local bands playing a concert atop the water from rafts, canoes, or tubes for the Midsummer Serenade Series.

You will find natural monuments such as the renowned Barton Springs Pool, an enclosed bit of natural spring that attracts thousands each week. The 3-acre lake is spring fed, and the water averages 68 degrees Fahrenheit year round. There is an 8 mile stretch of protected land along Barton Creek with hiking trails, waterfalls, swimming holes, rock climbing routes, and pristine wilderness that begins in Zilker Park near downtown, heading into Westlake Hills.

Lady Bird Lake
Lady Bird Lake
Photograph Courtesy of The Crazy Tourist
Barton Springs Pool
Barton Springs Pool
Photograph Courtesy of The Crazy Tourist
Hamilton Pool
Hamilton Pool
Photograph Courtesy of Travis County Parks
Lost Creek Waterfalls, Barton Creek Greenbelt
Lost Creek Waterfalls, Barton Creek Greenbelt
Photograph by Caitlin Tracy

 Austin is home to a large population of musicians, some known around the world. With an international reputation for being the “Live Music Capital of the World,” there wont be a day or night in Austin without a vast number concerts in an array of genres. Most restaurants and nearly all the bars in Austin have the capacity to be a live music venue at some capacity.

There are now a good number of Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Austin, and since the influx of technology and developmental companies in the 1990s, this high-tech town has been recently nicknamed the “Silicon Hills.” Conventions and festivals such as South by Southwest bring millions of techies to Austin for events and seminars each year.

 

There is a rapidly growing foodie culture in Austin that has made it a hotspot for innovative and delectable selections of cuisine. Chefs from every corner of the world have created their dream kitchens that attract appetites from far and wide.

A long standing local motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” refers to the movement and desire to protect small, unique, and local businesses from being overrun by large corporations. The eclectic aesthetic of Austin manifests in its restaurants, cafes, and hotels. From the classically eccentric old-Austin flavor, to the newer sleek and modern tastes, you wont find a corner of Austin that doesn’t catch your eye.

Check out some of our favorite selections of places to stay, and spots to eat!

Austin Skyline
Austin Skyline
Photograph by Caitlin Tracy

WHERE TO STAY

The Austin Motel

Austin Motel
Austin Motel
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
South Congress Views
South Congress Views
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Modern Courtyard
Modern Courtyard
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Mid-Century Bedroom
Mid-Century Bedroom
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Retro Pool
Retro Pool
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Modern Lobby
Modern Lobby
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Green Patio
Green Patio
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Double Rooms
Double Rooms
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen
Let Love In
Let Love In
Photograph Courtesy of Dezeen

 

Native Hostel, Bar & Kitchen

East Side Vibes
East Side Vibes
Photograph Courtesy of Dwell
Modern Timber Accents
Modern Timber Accents
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Classic Austin Fusions
Classic Austin Fusions
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Mid-Century Lounge
Mid-Century Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Rustic Modern
Rustic Modern
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Private Rooms
Private Rooms
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Dorm Beds
Dorm Beds
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Dormitory Lounge
Dormitory Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Native Lounge
Native Lounge
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag

Hotel Saint Cecilia

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WHERE TO EAT

 

Sway

Modern Thai Cuisine
Modern Thai Cuisine
Photograph Courtesy of Urdesign Mag
Garden Patio
Garden Patio
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Ornate Graphics
Ornate Graphics
Photograph Courtesy of Identity Design
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Family Style Dining
Photograph Courtesy of KUT
Austin Style
Austin Style
Photograph Courtesy of AIA Los Angeles

 

Licha’s Cantina

East Side Flare
East Side Flare
Photography Courtesy of 6street
Backyard Dining
Backyard Dining
Photography Courtesy of Social Hub
The Lupita, a Jalapeño and Watermelon Infused Tequila Cocktail
The Lupita, a Jalapeño and Watermelon Infused Tequila Cocktail
Photograph Courtesy of Trip Advisor
Pollo con Mole
Pollo con Mole
Photograph Courtesy of Trip Advisor

 

Perla’s

South Congress Flare
South Congress Flare
Photograph Courtesy of 365 Things Austin
Delectable Seafood Platters
Delectable Seafood Platters
Photograph Courtesy of 365 Things Austin
Patio Dining
Patio Dining
Photograph Courtesy of 365 Things Austin

 

Check out some more amazing Austin Recommendations from our friends at So Much Life!

And keep following us for more Wanderlust Destinations like Chiang Mai, Thailand!

 

 

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

Chic White Barn House

Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
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

 

For more inspiration on countryside design and decor, check out our favorite French Countryside Chic homes!

Backyard DIY Projects : Cinder Blocks

A backyard is your private sanctuary, and depending on where your home is located, can be your only retreat to be immersed in natural elements. Your enclosed plot of earth is yours to grow and develop to your heart’s desire. Dedicating time and creative energy into your backyard will provide a space to nurture yourself in a peaceful environment. You will cultivate beauty that will inspire you to share it with others, and give you the desire to spend more time outdoors than indoors.

Landscaping projects however, can become quite expensive in no time, so sparking a drive to design and construct your own outdoor experience can be both exciting and essential! By using repurposed materials, you are both saving funds, and succeeding in moving away from a consumerist lifestyle.

Check out these DIY projects for the backyard utilizing cinder blocks to make planters, garden beds, benches, and tables!

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Succulent Temple
Succulent Temple
Photograph Courtesy of Brit & Co
Vertical Asymmetry
Vertical Asymmetry
Cinder Block + Mosaic Garden Bed
Cinder Block + Mosaic Garden Bed
Photograph Courtesy of Brit
Planters + Candle Nook
Planters + Candle Nook
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Lounge Seat
Lounge Seat
Photograph Courtesy of Slip Talk
Gilded Blocks
Gilded Blocks
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Curved Garden Beds
Curved Garden Beds
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Stairstep Planter
Stairstep Planter
Photograph Courtesy of Deavita
Planter Pyramid
Planter Pyramid
Photograph Courtesy of Cool Creativity
Bench with Backrest
Bench with Backrest
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Eclectic Bench
Eclectic Bench
Photograph Courtesy of Buzz Feed
Colorful Planter Prism
Colorful Planter Prism
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest
Outdoor Bar
Outdoor Bar
Photograph Courtesy of Brit & Co
Simple Modern Bench Planter
Simple Modern Bench Planter
Photograph Courtesy of Pinterest

 Stay tuned for next weeks Backyard DIY Project!

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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Check out another of our Wanderlust Destinations in Santorini, Greece!

Stunning Southern Style Homes

In classical and modern Southern design and architecture, we often see sweeping white surfaces for a cooling effect, tall columns lining long covered porches, lush landscapes with lots of shade, and plentiful lounge areas to relax with shelter from the heat.

The style in the South is about making you feel cool, fresh, and comfortable. It’s important for a home to be situated amongst tall trees, often flowering trees like Magnolias, that provide a lot of shade to keep the interior of the house away from the intense heat of the Southern sun.

Patios, porches, verandas, and sunrooms are key features in Southern homes. They are where the majority of downtime is spent reading or resting, and where you entertain guests for coffee, tea, or apéritifs. We often see large porch swings with an array of cushions, wide wicker chairs, rocking chairs, and cushioned reclining chairs. Lighting is kept soft and ambient, often still incorporating gas lamps and candlelight.

Interiors range from simplistic and modern, to lavishly extravagant. Take a look at some of these selections of Southern homes and soak up their charm!

Georgia Castle
Georgia Castle
Photograph courtesy of Savvy Southern Style
Charleston
Charleston
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Classic Southern Charm
Classic Southern Charm
Photograph courtesy of Veranda
Glowing Sunroom
Glowing Sunroom
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Vintage Sunroom
Vintage Sunroom
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home
Eclectic Sunroom
Eclectic Sunroom
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Modern Southern Bedroom
Modern Southern Bedroom
Photograph courtesy of Southern Living
Cozy Sunroom
Modern Southern Bedroom
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Boho Southern
Boho Southern
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home
Boho Breezeway
Boho Breezeway
Photograph courtesy of Lonny
Southern Dining Style
Southern Dining Style
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home
Dining Alcove
Dining Alcove
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home
Charming Patterns
Charming Patterns
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Eclectic Entryway
Eclectic Entryway
Photograph courtesy of Savvy Southern Style
Porch Swing Lounge
Porch Swing Lounge
Photograph courtesy of Lavin Label
Immersed in Trees
Immersed in Trees
Photograph courtesy of Southern Style
Classic South
Classic South
Photograph courtesy of Rue 27 Maison
Boho Sunroom
Boho Sunroom
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Southern Luxury
Southern Luxury
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Modern Boho Sunroom
Modern Boho Sunroom
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Reading Room
Reading Room
Photograph courtesy of One Kings Lane
Lounging Perfection
Lounging Perfection
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home
Southern Paradise
Southern Paradise
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home
Pink Palace
Pink Palace
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home
Palmetto Bluff Tree Tunnel
Palmetto Bluff Tree Tunnel
Photograph courtesy of Enchanted Home

 

Modern Lake Escapes

The lake is where you escape into the dreams of the wilderness. Where the only sounds that surround you are the graceful chimes of the breeze through the leaves, the caress of delicate waves rushing across rocks,  and the soft songs of birds.

A lake home should have an abundance of natural light shining through tall windows that line high ceilings. With fresh flowing air, the mood should be serene, and the aesthetic should be radiant.

Check out some of these amazing lake homes, some of which you can find a link to book a vacation!

Destinations

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Villas Balam Ya, Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Villas Balam Ya, Lake Atitlan Guatemala
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Volcano Views + Thatch Roof + High Ceilings
Volcano Views + Thatch Roof + High Ceilings
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Mysore Trumpetvines
Mysore Trumpetvines

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Dreamy Patios
Dreamy Patios

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Modern + Indigenous Textiles
Modern + Indigenous Textiles
Photo courtesy of Booking.com
Jungle Lounge
Jungle Lounge
Photo courtesy of Booking.com
Modern Loft
Modern Loft
Photo courtesy of Booking.com
Tropical Canopy Bed
Tropical Canopy Bed

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Flores Peten, Guatemala

Casa Maracuya, Flores Guatemala
Casa Maracuya, Flores Island, Lake Peten Itza Guatemala
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Austin, Texas

"Dome Sweet Dome", Austin Texas
“Dome Sweet Dome”,  Austin Texas
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Boho Vibes
Boho Vibes
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Hill Country Views
Hill Country Views
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Geometric Edges
Geometric Edges
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Rustic, Modern, Bohemian
Rustic, Modern, Bohemian
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Warm and Cozy
Warm and Cozy
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Austin, Texas

Modern Lake Estate
Modern Lake Estate
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Light Art
Light Art
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Dining in the Treetops
Dining in the Treetops
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Bright and Open
Bright and Open
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Mid-Century Bath
Mid-Century Bath
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Inspiration

Scandinavian Summer Home
Scandinavian Summer Home
Photograph courtesy of Trendir
Archipelago House
Archipelago House
Photograph courtesy of Trendir
Tall Ceilings and Windows
Tall Ceilings and Windows
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Lakeside Escape
Lakeside Escape
Photograph courtesy of Home Design Lover
Photograph courtesy of Home Design Lover
Photograph courtesy of Home Design Lover
Photograph courtesy of Home Design Lover
Waterfront
Waterfront
Photograph courtesy of Home Design Lover
Treetop Lounge
Treetop Lounge
Photograph courtesy of Home Design Lover
Modern and Rustic
Modern and Rustic
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Glowing Patio
Glowing Patio
Photograph courtesy of One Kind Design

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Photograph courtesy of One Kind Design

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Photograph courtesy of One Kind Design

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Photograph courtesy of One Kind Design
Walls of Windows
Walls of Windows
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Contemporary Lakeside
Contemporary Lakeside
Photograph courtesy of Dear Art
French Style Lakehouse
French Style Lakehouse
Photograph courtesy of Southern Living

Top Three Kitchen Trends of 2018

If you’re a foodie like me, the kitchen is often where you spend the majority of your waking moments in your home. Although you may lounge in your living area or bedroom, your kitchen is where you begin your day with sipping coffee, reading the paper, and eating breakfast. You pass time in the kitchen preparing and eating meals, and you also may often entertain guests for drinks and snacks.

Keeping your kitchen sparkling with creative and innovative design and decor with make you feel like you want to take your time spending the energy preparing food. With a fresh and alluring aesthetic, the overall experience of prepping, cooking, and even cleaning will be immensely rewarding!

Here are our top three picks for the most captivating trends of the year!

 

Marble Everywhere

Brass + Marble
Brass + Marble
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Smooth and Sophisticated
Smooth and Sophisticated
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Blanc et Noir
Blanc et Noir
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Bright and Minimalist
Bright and Minimalist
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Modern Marble
Modern Marble
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Marble Walls
Marble Walls
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Built-in Sink
Built-in Sink
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson

Dining Alcoves

Window Box Nook
Window Box Nook
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Paris Chic
Paris Chic
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Mid-Century Modern
Mid-Century Modern
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Minimalist Nook
Minimalist Nook
Photograph courtesy of Style by Emily Henderson
Modern Rustic
Modern Rustic
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Seaside Style
Seaside Style
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest

 

Black Fixtures and Details

Ebony Stove
Ebony Stove
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Dark Details
Dark Details
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Bold Brass and Black
Bold Brass and Black
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Dark and Minimalist
Dark and Minimalist
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Dark Jungalow
Dark Jungalow
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Edgy Tropical
Edgy Tropical
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Monochrome
Monochrome
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Black + Brass + Marble
Black + Brass + Marble
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Brass and Black
Brass and Black
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest

City Dwellings

More than half of the world population lives in urban areas, thus cities have become the dominant habitat for or species. Although there are no cities in the world that are fully sustainable, it is easier to preserve the land outside urban zones if more people are living urban lives.

When you live in an urban zone, you will most likely not have a yard with trees and plants, so the most important thing about maintaining a healthy and inviting living space is making your home into an environment that is both cozy and full of life. Incorporating plant life and plenty of natural light into your modern city dwelling will ensure that you feel the energizing effects of nature in your urban lifestyle.

Having a modern home in the city means building, designing, and decorating with efficiency and functionality. As it is common for city dwellings to be a bit more compact than suburban or country homes, it is often important to incorporate elements that are taller vertically for storage or display. When you can’t expand outwards, you must stack upwards.

Take a look at some of these modern city dwellings for inspiration for your home’s design and decor!

Rounded Skylights
Rounded Skylights
Photograph courtesy of Architectural Digest
Plentiful Sunlight
Plentiful Sunlight
Photograph courtesy of Architectural Digest
Tall Windows + Fixtures Reflecting Light
Tall Windows + Fixtures Reflecting Light
Photograph courtesy of 1st Dibs
House Plant Accents for an Industrial Loft
House Plant Accents for an Industrial Loft
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Views of the Horizon
Views of the Horizon
Photograph courtesy of Refinery 29
Shelf + Room Divider
Shelf + Room Divider
Photograph courtesy of Refinery 29
Luminous Living Area
Luminous Living Area
Photograph courtesy of Refinery 29
Bedroom with Walls of Windows
Bedroom with Walls of Windows
Photograph courtesy of Refinery 29
Cozy Rooftop Lounge
Cozy Rooftop Lounge
Photograph courtesy of My Exterior
Cozy Reading Nook
Cozy Reading Nook
Photograph courtesy of Home Jelly
Neutral Palette to Reflect Light
Neutral Palette to Reflect Light
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Inner City Oasis
Inner City Oasis
Photograph courtesy of Adore Magazine
Loft Conversion for Extra Space
Loft Conversion for Extra Space
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Modern Elements
Modern Elements
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Bookshelves from Floor to Ceiling
Bookshelves from Floor to Ceiling
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Urban Tropical
Urban Tropical
Photograph courtesy of The Glitter Guide
Plant Variety
Plant Variety
Photograph courtesy of Pinterest
Industrial Jungle
Industrial Jungle
Photograph courtesy of Apartment Therapy
Blush + Lush Green
Blush + Lush Green
Photograph courtesy of Apartment Therapy
Urban Boho
Urban Boho
Photograph courtesy of Apartment Therapy
Cozy Boho Modern
Cozy Boho Modern
Photograph courtesy of Apartment Therapy

 

Here are some more tips to making your city dwelling an Urban Jungle !

Our Favorite Rugs Under $300

Rugs and carpets are where we rest our feet, to nestle our toes into something cozy beneath the sofa, next to our bed, or beneath our dining area. They can assist in keeping an area neat and tidy, and prevent the spread of dirt and dust being tracked inside from the outdoors. They tie a room together with bursts of colors and patterns, and subtly section off areas of your home to separate each element.

A rug can be ornate and vibrant to make a statement in a room with a neutral palette, or the it can be the luminous neutral element to create grounding tone in a room of bright colors.  Take a walk with us across this gorgeous selections of rugs, observe each pattern and texture and become inspired for your own modern home decor!

Small Cairo Rug by Bunglo - $98
Small Cairo Rug by Bunglo – $98

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Handmade Mayan Waves from the Highlands of Guatemala
Handmade Mayan Waves from the Highlands of Guatemala – $228

Shop Teysha

Simona 3'x5' - $78
Simona 3’x5′ – $78

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Embroidered Tiger - $248
Embroidered Tiger – $248

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Elegant Aves Birds - $248
Elegant Aves Birds – $248

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Ivory Kamala - Starting at $98
Ivory Kamala – Starting at $98

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Forest Wicklow - $298
Forest Wicklow – $298

Shop Anthropologie

Tufted Ceren - $298
Tufted Ceren – $298

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Badia - Starting at $98
Badia – Starting at $98

Shop Anthropologie

Jaipur Geometric Cotton - $120
Jaipur Geometric Cotton – $120

Shop Etsy

India Paisley Cotton - $120
India Paisley Cotton – $120

Shop Etsy

Moroccan Azilal Berber Cotton - $199
Moroccan Azilal Berber Cotton – $199

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Kashmiri "Namda" Bohemian - $37.86
Kashmiri “Namda” Bohemian – $37.86

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Latin American Forest Friends - $65
Latin American Forest Friends – $65

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