Inspired Interiors: Greek Islands

It’s no secret to those who know me that I love to dream about travel ALMOST as much as I love to actually travel. I thought it would be fun to combine my love of travel with my love of design and create a space inspired by my a cool destination.¬†One of my dream destinations is the Greek Islands, especially Santorini. Although I haven’t actually been there yet, there are plenty of gorgeous photos to inspire me! The bright white contrasting with the bright blues of the rooftop and the ocean, the character & history in every old street. Inspiration is not hard to find.

Here is a small sample for your day-dreaming pleasure ūüôā

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 (photo sources: first, second, third)

greek inspired interiorSources: Sofa // Side Table // Art // Pillow 1 (only $10!) // Pillow 2 // Pillow 3 // Side Chair // Coffee Table // Ship in a Bottle // Driftwood Sculpture // Lamp // Rug (trade source)

What do you think? Would you feel like you’re in Greece in this living room?

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If you missed my most recent travel posts, you can find some recommendations for the Playa del Carmen, Mexico area here and here.

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An Excellent Excursion in Playa del Carmen

I’m back today with one more Mexico recap and recommendation! I mentioned in this post that we did an excursion on our recent trip to Mexico. Although often¬†these tour-guided trips can be pricey, I thought this one was worth it! The one we did was¬†with Mayaland tours and¬†was called Tulum & Tankah. We were able to book it right at our hotel which was very convenient. One great thing about this company was that the size of our¬†tour group was relatively small. We only had about 5 couples in our group, which¬†made the experience feel less touristy. The other I loved¬†about this particular excursion was how it combined elements of history with adventure. DSC03631 I’ve been to Playa del Carmen a handful of times in my life, but I had never been to any of the Mayan ruins. We were excited (well okay, I was more excited about this part than Calder) to be able to¬†visit some ruins at Tulum! These ruins aren’t the biggest structures in the area, but they sit right on the coast and once acted as a popular port city. The site was beautiful! I love seeing ruins and imagining what life was like when they were fully functioning buildings. DSC03633 DSC03638 DSC03643After spending some time exploring and checking out the “secluded” beach (not so secluded if you count the droves of tourists!) we were back in the van heading to the eco-adventure village called Tankah. This village is inhabited by Mayan descendants still trying to keep some of their culture alive. On site, they had several cenotes that we swam in and zip-lined over. photo 4_2_2_2_2_2 DSC03646After an authentic Mayan lunch, we got to go off-roading in some Jeep wranglers. The boys took turns driving the car and the off-road trail was actually a lot more exciting than we were expecting! Calder loved it so much, when we got home he traded in his truck for one. (Not kidding, we had one within a week hahaha! My husband can be quite¬†impulsive ūüėČ ) photo 2_2_2_2If you’re planning a trip to the Yucatan and are wanting to do a guided excursion, I definitely recommend this one. The variety of activities will ensure you don’t get bored and the small size of the group will also enhance your experience. Happy planning!

My Favorite Day in Mexico

Happy Cinco de Mayo weekend! I thought I’d keep with the theme and share a little about our Mexico trip.

About two months ago, we went to Mexico on vacation. It was so much fun to escape winter and relax with some good friends of ours. We stayed at an all-inclusive, which really adds to the carefree feeling of a vacation. But my favorite thing we did was off resort grounds: rent scooters and snorkel gear and ride around Cozumel.

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I HIGHLY recommend you do this if you go to the Playa Del Carmen/Cozumel area. After walking to the pier from our resort on the Playa Del Carmen side, we went to purchase tickets for the ferry (about $15 per person each way). We passed a woman who started asking us what our plans were on the island and we told her we wanted to rent scooters and snorkel.

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Of course, she was a sales lady trying to sell us scooter rental, but she actually was telling the truth when she said it was less expensive to rent them on the Playa side because on Cozumel they mark them up for cruises. We were able to buy a voucher from her for only $25 per scooter for the whole day! We just took the voucher to her company’s office on the Cozumel side and noticed that we saved about $10 on the scooter rental. It always feels good to realize you weren’t scammed!

scooter post2The scooters had baskets on the back that held our snorkel gear. I loved how we had the freedom to just ride wherever we wanted. At the south tip of the island there is an area called the virgin beaches. I think it’s called this because there are no resorts or any development on the beaches. They have some rocky areas and the water is kind of rough, but it had such an untouched natural beauty. We were basically the only people on the beach and it was cool to feel like we had it all to ourselves.

scooter post 3It’s hard to beat¬†the smell of the sea air and the feeling of the sun’s warmth soaking into your skin. The road ran right next to the shore for most of the time and the views were unending. Since we also got snorkel gear, we took advantage of being able to stop whenever we wanted to check out some of the snorkeling. Calder and our friends found some really awesome sea creatures! I’m not very good at snorkeling without a life vest, so after a little stint I just sunbathed on the beach. No complaints on that! I could have ridden around for much longer, but we had to catch the ferry back to the mainland.

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While we did several fun things on this trip (look for another post on the excursion we did soon), this was definitely my favorite and the best bang for your buck! If you’re heading south anytime soon, don’t skip out on this! Has anyone else rented scooters on vacation? I think Calder and I will seek this out on all our future trips as well!

 

 

Another HBC Design Project

Last week I was in a suburb of Washington D.C. helping with another install. I posted about our last install here. You can see that this one is a totally different style. It’s more industrial and I love it! Great job to the designer at my firm that designed this one ūüôā Actually, she was the one who designed the other project as well. Shows how diverse she can be!

Here are some photos of the site. It was still a construction zone, so it’s not perfectly clean or 100% finished, but I still thought I’d share! These photos are all from my iphone, so they aren’t the best quality either.

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Also, this time I was able to make a very quick pit stop at the National Mall before I flew out. I didn’t even know I would be able to see The White House from there, but I noticed some people taking pictures and there it was! The Washington Monument was covered in scaffolding because they are repairing some earthquake damage that happened a couple of years ago.

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DC is such a beautiful city with the river and all the history and monuments as well as Georgetown university right there. Hopefully someday Calder and I can go and explore it a little further ūüôā

3 Summits

Wow, is it really already Friday? Where did this week go?! We have been busy truckin’ away at painting and Calder is staying busy with exposing that beauty of a brick wall. I will say, he won that battle…we will leave it the red that it is because it’s absolutely imperfectly gorgeous! But it will be a LONG job…and don’t you worry, there will be updates. Here is a little teaser…

BUT I am not here to post about the house just yet. I want to share about our camping trip last weekend! It was SO fun ūüôā Did I ever think I’d become a girl that enjoys sleeping in a tent? I love being outside but not so much the tent sleeping, not showering part. I will say I’m being slowly converted by my outdoorsman of a husband and I’m thankful for it! We had awesome weather and enjoyed the company of great friends and the beauty of the changing aspens trees. The are such a vibrant yellow, it’s gorgeous!

The pictures just don’t do them justice.

Enjoying a little campfire cooking on a frosty morning.

Gorgeous river valley where the boys spent the day fishing, while we….

climbed THREE 14ers! Woo check that off the summer goals list! It was a long day of climbing, but so rewarding. And now my count is up to 4! There also may or may not have been some miscommunication with the guys which caused them to have to hitch hike back to town haha. Good thing it was a life long goal of Calder’s to hitch hike! He can die happy now…

Looking down at Kite Lake, where we started.

Almost to the summit…snow on top!

Celebrating with food and football in Breck. We even got to watch K-State!

It was a wonderful “last hoorah” in the mountains before the house happened. This weekend will be the major move..not quite as much fun so I’m glad we were able to get out one last time before ski season.

Anyone do anything fun last weekend or have exciting plans this weekend? Or just relaxing with some football? (The hubs has officially turned me into a football fan too. He and Friday Night Lights. ha)

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Estes Park!

On an unrelated note….

WooHoo! I’ve been featured on 2 awesome blogs this week! Both for our map project.

Thanks House of Hepworths and Embracing Change!
This past weekend we got to meet up with our friends from Kansas. It was so great to see them and went by way too fast. Calder tackled Long’s peak with the men & Amy…one of the toughest 14ers! He has definitely gone above and beyond on the 14ers goal for the summer…but I still need one more so he hopefully has at least one more in him! haha Here are some pictures from the weekend!

Our whole group! Love these people!

Emily and I in downtown Estes Park!

Miss Claira and I..such a cutie!

Mr. Mason!

The backyard of the house we were all staying in..fun little hiking!

The view from our deck. So gorgeous!

Love this girl!

The hubby’s hike up. Looks so intense!

Summit Shot!

Couldn’t leave the mountains without spending some time relaxing by a mountain stream of course! One of my favorite mountain past times.

I can’t believe already another weekend is approaching! Hope you all have had a great week…any fun weekend plans?!

Arkansas Wedding Weekend!

This past weekend I got to be a part of one of my best friend’s wedding and all the festivities that come along with it. Have you ever been to a garden wedding? It was my first time and let me just say, it was gorgeous.

Bachelorette Party!

Bridesmaid Luncheon {including gorgeous Ozark region view…makes me dream of Big Cedar…}

Me and the mother of the bride {who happens to be the sweetest lady and was like a mother to me when we were in Manhattan. Love you Elizabeth!}

almost a Mrs!

Beautiful backdrop and gorgeous bouquets.

sweet moments. {literally…in regards to the cake ;)}

My beautiful friend! Love and miss you already Sara!!

Gotta love weddings.

Also today I am linking up my DIY Sunburst Mirror Tutorial on The Winthrop Chronicles!

Wichita Wedding

Hello!

I can’t believe another weekend has come and gone. Time is moving so fast!! We had a great time in Wichita this weekend. I spent most of it with my good friend, Whitney and her little one Liam! Calder was busy doing wedding stuff with the other groomsmen most of the time so I was happy to have her to hang out with ūüôā These pictures were taken right before we left this morning, so they aren’t the most attractive, but it’s all I have that documented our time together!

The wedding ceremony was really nice and the reception was in an awesome venue! Calder got a barbershop haircut that morning that he was very excited about. He looked great in his tux ūüėČ but the bride was gorgeous! I didn’t get too many pictures of the details but here are the pictures I did get! Enjoy!

Gorgeous HUGE doors!

The venue was attached to the church..totally unexpected! It was called The Ville.

The decorated get away car was kinda crazy…

Tomorrow I start my new nanny job! It will definitely be an adjustment to not working at all…I’m hoping I can balance everything now having 2 other jobs too. I hope you all had a fun weekend as well!

Jobless to job…full?

So I may or may not have just made up the word job-full. But job-full I am! Praise the Lord! I went from 0 jobs to 3 jobs!

Job # 1: I have been working for the past couple weeks part time as an appointment setter for my friends’ business. It’s definitely challenging my comfort zone having to do a little cold calling but it’s always good to put yourself outside your comfort zone a bit, right?

Job # 2: I got a nanny job for an adorable little boy named Spencer! I start on Monday and I will be doing that 3 days a week. We will go to the park, the zoo, the pool, and all kinds of fun activities! And he has pretty cool entrepreneurial parents (one who is British and served me tea at the interview! check out my travel posts to read about my husband and I’s Europe travels earlier this year, which explains why this small factor is exciting for me ūüôā )

Job #3: Most exciting of all! I have been working a little freelance interior design and I am getting ready to launch my own business called Main Street Charm design services. Another bonus for working for entrepreneurs! Keep checking back for more info on that.. I hope to do the official launch in a week or two. For now check out the logo I designed. More to come soon!