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Mood board: Modern Moorish

Mood board: Modern Moorish

I have used mood boards to gather visual inspirations for interiors, event designs and a host of other creative goals. Today I have been daydreaming of a dream home. Although my tastes vary widely (hello, modern farmhouse, beach house, and cottage in the redwoods!), I…

An Ode to Pantries

An Ode to Pantries

Staying at home more means stocking up on dried and canned goods.

My Obsession with Airstreams

My Obsession with Airstreams

The rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa features a trailer park. In the U.S. the term “trailer park” has less-than-positive associations, but this one is a collection of remodeled Airstream trailers, each designed into a comfortable hotel room.

Grand Daddy Hotel Rooftop Trailer Park

I have been obsessed for years with the idea of remodeling an Airstream trailer.

Introduced by Wally Byam in 1936, the silver bullet space age design became an American icon. It prompts visions of life on the open road, traveling to forest and desert and coast.

In an age when air travel is fraught with danger (hello, COVID-19), traveling like a turtle with your home seems like a reasonable option. It’s the ultimate “glamping” experience.

The Airstream of today can be a humble or luxurious experience, depending on the furnishings and finishes. Here are some of my favorites.

Vintage Airstream | THE CAVENDER DIARY
Wood planks add warmth
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Turquoise accents
7 retro-chic Airstream renovations
The ultimate in minimalism
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Smart storage
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Over-the-top Bedouin chic
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Americana
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Cozy for two
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Boho sanctuary
12 Things You Didn't Know About Airstream Trailers | HuffPost
In the end, it’s about the outdoor lifestyle

Don’t live in the past or the future. Make history.

Wally Byam, Founder of Airstream

An Ode to Courtyards

An Ode to Courtyards

How do you turn your little concrete corner into a sacred space with some greenery?

Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor Kitchens

Wine country living means outdoor living, which means outdoor kitchens.

Alternative Eco-Friendly Flooring

Alternative Eco-Friendly Flooring

I love the cozy feel of wall-to-wall carpet under my feet. I also appreciate its sound-muffling feature. But it’s a nightmare to keep clean, and a breeding ground for allergens. I prefer hard flooring with rugs you can easily clean.

I see a lot of real estate listings in Portugal that feature tile floors in main living areas or kitchens. I find these to be too hard on your body if you stand for long periods of time. Also if you drop anything breakable, it will certainly shatter on impact. Tile or stone are great for small areas, such as entry ways, mudrooms or bathrooms.

The options for hard floors are dizzying, from products to colors. If you’re interested in using materials that are “eco-friendly,” the decision is even more complicated.

Mudroom Ideas - 17 Design Inspirations - Bob Vila
A tile “mudroom” (Source: Bob Vila)

The go-to wood flooring options are often red or white oak. The warmth and durability of oak make it a popular choice. If you are interested in sustainable options for wood flooring, purchase from vendors who use materials from sustainably managed forests. This means using woods that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. (BTW, they also certify recycled paper materials.)

There are a few sustainable alternatives to consider, too. These come in hundreds of colors and a wide variety of plank widths.

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Strand, or shredded, bamboo (what I have in my cottage)
Cork (it can also come with waterproofing for bathrooms and kitchens)
Marmoleum is a great alternative to linoleum

Granola

Granola

Sometimes in an afternoon lull, I reach for a fruity-nutty snack. This is a better alternative to the store-bought stuff because you can control the amount of sugar you add.

Wine Country Organic

Wine Country Organic

My design aesthetic is best described as “wine country modern organic.” A long name to describe clean lines, natural materials, and a casual calm.

Basket Case

Basket Case

My mom loved baskets and had an immense collection. They add beautiful texture and provide useful storage. I use them for everything from a laundry bin to storage for socks.

Small Nesting Basket (Jenni Kayne, US$195)
OVAL BASKET WITH HANDLES
Oval Basket (Zara Home, €29.99)
IKEA FLÅDIS Basket
Flådis seagrass basket (IKEA, US$9.99)
Wine Country Kitchens

Wine Country Kitchens

A wine country kitchen is designed for gatherings.