Stout & Co.

Luxury bed & breakfast in Amsterdam (1)

During my last trip to Amsterdam, I stayed at an amazing spot, Stout & Co., a luxury bed and breakfast. This is not your traditional b&b. The interior is modern and minimal and the design details are endless. The rooms are more like suites with the latest magazines and Aesop products to get you all fresh and clean. I seriously still dream about the breakfasts I had each morning. Yogurt parfait, fruit, local fresh bread, cheeses and meats were served in courses and the coffee was superb. I love a great European breakfast. Luckily, my room was right next to the breakfast room, so I just rolled myself back to bed. Definitely looking forward to another stay here.

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Images via Stout & Co.

Color Study

Image via Reath Design

In Retrospect

It’s the second week of January, the holidays are behind us and all the decorations are put away. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the past year, just in case you haven’t really had the chance to do so. Sure, I have a long list of goals and new years resolutions just waiting to be achieved and accomplished, many items of which have rolled over from the previous year, but before moving forward, I wanted to take a moment to be grateful for a few things from the year past.

I’m grateful for and proud of the design projects I was able to work on.

One of which was featured on Design Sponge

And another featured on Apartment Therapy

The international bed and breakfast I consulted on opened up and has been fully booked since day one. There was a small feature in a local travel mag.

My little fur baby got to work with Theron of This Wild Idea.

I met THE Martha Stewart.

I was featured on Refinery 29 as one of SF’s “coolest interior designers” ;P

I also had a little feature on 7×7

I lived in a seriously great city for three years.

Then, I moved to a seriously great town and am still making it a home.

It was a good year. When the stress and anxiety start to creep in,  I have to remember to take the time and remind myself of all the wonderful people and things I have in my life and that everything will be okay. Also, celebrate your wins, even if they’re small ones. Now, let’s do this 2015.

European Vacation

Another amazing trip I took last year was a three week European adventure. This trip, which had been a long time coming, started off in Germany, where we met up with Andreas’ dad. It was part of my mother-in-law’s will that we take a trip back to the homeland and meet all the relatives. I had been to Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, but never to the countryside, so I was very excited to see another part of this country.

I met many of Andreas’ uncles, aunts and cousins (including Uncle Willie’s farm animals). I rode a bike through the countryside and hiked through the Black Forest. I also got to see a small piece of land that Andreas and I will be inheriting one day. It’s functioning as a garden now, but hopefully we’ll be able to build a small cottage on the land one day.

From Germnay, we took a day trip to Strausboug, France, a very charming city. It rained most of the day, but I think it added to the magic of this place.

Next stop was Bilbao, still one of my favorite cities.

From Bilbao, we road tripped it to Picos de Europa, a beautiful range of mountains located about thirteen miles from the northern coast of Spain. It was such a treat to see this natural beauty, all done in some very nonfunctional sneakers. We stayed in the quaint town of Cosgaya, where roosters roamed around our front door.

It had been twelve years since Paris and I met. It’s true, a croissant a day keeps the doctor away.

Last stop was Amsterdam. Yep, it’s still cute as all hell.

Southwest Road Trip

The list of new year’s resolutions is already long, but one of the things on my list is to be better about sharing (in general) and sharing (more specifically) photos. In this digital age, it’s so easy to snap away only to let so many moments get dusty on a memory card. I had the amazing opportunity to hit the road for a few weeks last year, but I never shared my photo journal. Andreas and I took soooo many photos, but I wanted to share this snippet. We loaded up a VW Westfalia Camper, dogs and all, and went out for an adventure through the Southwest. We traveled through the Mojave Desert, Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, squeezed in a bit of Vegas, Death Valley and Yosemite. There is so much beauty out there, it’s almost hard to believe it is real.

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