Photo Diary: Los Alamos

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I recently took a trip to Los Alamos, a small town just an hour and a half north of Ojai. It had been on my list to make the short trek up to this area for quite some time and I finally blocked out some days to do it. Los Alamos has one main street and there a just a few restaurants and small establishments located on said street, including the Alamo Motel, a cute little lodge belonging to the Shelter Social Club family.

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The fam and I checked in to the Alamo and we got straight to eating. For such a small town, there are some legit places to fill your belly. You know how much I love food, and I’ve missed the SF food scene so much, so this trip was real a treat.

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In this order, I had lunch at Bell Street Farm, a little wine tasting at Casa Dumetz, dinner at Full of Life Flatbread, and breakfast the next day at Bob’s Well Bread Bakery. EVERYTHING was delicious.

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There’s some great antique-ing to be had, but because I’m on the long road of becoming a minimalist, I only went home with an amazing pepper mill and ice pick (yes, surpisingly I’ve been needing one).

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This little town is definitely worth a trip. Word on the street is a few more restaurants are opening soon, so I’ll for sure be planning another eating-fest.

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Sintra 1012 in Up Magazine

Sintra1012 Boutique Guesthouse Sintra Portugal

Sintra1012 Boutique Guesthouse is featured in Up Magazine (TAP Airlines inflight mag)! If I can get my act together, I’ll put together a before and after post 🙂

Sneak Peek: Sintra 1012

Boutique Hotel Guest House Bed and Breakfast Sintra Portugal

The boutique bed and breakfast I’ve been consulting on in Sintra, Portugal is finally done. Here’s a little sneak peek…

Wanderlust: J.K. Place Roma

I’ve got a bad case of wanderlust and am finding it hard not to be planning a few upcoming trips, but I’m trying to limit my research on the interwebs during office hours (kind of). Enter J.K. Roma Place near the Spanish Steps in the romantic Eternal City. The lobby and rooms are exquisitely designed with touches of midcentury modern furniture and incredible warmth, ensuring that you’ll have a cozy and sophisticated stay. When in Rome…

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Sintra 1012 Progress

Sintra Lisbon Portugal Boutique Hotel

It’s been slow going with my international consulting project. Everyone took the month of August off and there has been a little behind the scenes drama, but things are getting back to schedule. Here are some Sintra 1012 progress photos…fresh new coat of exterior paint and some lighting going up!

Deetjen’s Inn

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I’ve wrote about Big Sur and all of it’s magical qualities before and my last visit was just as serene. The hubs and I were there not too long ago for a friend’s wedding and we decided to stay at Deetjen’s Inn. This inn is a place of simple luxuries with a lot of history and is a must visit during a stay in Big Sur, even if it’s just for a meal. Put your cell phone away (since you will most likely have zero reception) and get ready to decompress, slow down and enjoy God’s country.

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In every room is a journal with entries from all the visitors that have stayed at Deetjens.

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I still dream of the blueberry pancakes at the restaurant.

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Seriously, used a phone book and payphone at the Library to connect with some friends in the area. No cell phone reception is sometimes a good thing.

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A deer!

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Ready for the wedding at Henry Miller Library (which I call Herman Miller Library 99% of the time)!

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Until we visit again!

Sintra Heritage

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I posted about a new project a few weeks ago and it’s coming along quite nicely. I’ve been consulting on a bed and breakfast project in Sintra, Portugal and wanted to share some photos of what I’m working with. It’s a three-level single family home that’s being converted into four apartments/suites with a few common areas. The direction we’re going with is European rustic chic meets modern (you can see some of my inspiration here).

Sintra is a magical little town just outside of Lisbon and worth a visit if you’re ever in that part of the world. Hopefully, the place to stay will be Sintra Heritage 😉 Will keep you posted on the progress!

Diving In

I’m diving into a fun new project that has been quite a challenge to get my mind wrapped around. A challenge is always good though, right??

Basecamp Hotel

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So, I did not make it to Tahoe over the weekend. Long story short, the Universe put some sort of heavy object in the road just so we would run over it just so it could create the perfect bubble in my new tire. We had to make a u-turn back to the city so that I could spend the rest of the weekend sick in bed, probably a result from standing in the cold figuring out how to put on the spare. Sigh…

After receiving countless invites to this place called Tahoe, it has never worked out for some reason. Maybe the Universe just wants me to book a room at  the cute, lodge-y Basecamp Hotel. Ok Universe…I hear you.

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Coburg Bar

It’s gloomy days like this that make me want to hole up in a corner of some bar, sip some whiskey and people watch all day long while I pretend to work. The Coburg Bar would be that ideal place, a traditional bar with contemporary flair beautifully designed by India Mahdavi. The dark paneled walls are the perfect backdrop to sink into a cozy wingback chair and enjoy a quite and intimate afternoon. Now only if I lived in London…

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