Montage: 18 Vacation Rentals (Instead of Hotels)

We rarely travel as a family. On one hand, we miss out exploring new places and exposing the kids to different countries and cultures. (They can be heard whining that they’re the only ones in their classes that haven’t been out of the country.) On the other hand, we are lucky to have a beautiful place on Cape Cod where we can spend a good portion of summer and a little place in Florida where we can escape in wintertime. And I’ve been on some pretty amazing press trips in the last few years, with trips to Venice, Copenhagen, Helsinki, and Kennebunkport.

At one point we were talking about taking the kids to London. It would be easy for our first big excursion. Wherever we go, whenever we go (at this point plans are non-existent), I think it would make so much more sense to rent an apartment than stay in a hotel. Hotels are luxuriously wonderful for romantic getaways, but when travelling as a family, it would be so much easier, not to mention more economical, to stay in an apartment (or, you know, a villa) with a kitchen and roomier living space.

There are so many sites that showcase vacation rentals, be they short-term apartment rentals in urban centers or fabulous villas in the countryside, all with galleries of photographs of customer reviews. I browsed through a number of them, and came up with these 18 vacation rentals, in cities all over the world, from Santa Fe to Santorini to Sydney and Copenhagen to Costa Rica to Capetown.

These vacation rentals not necessarily the absolute best, most decadent or distinctive, as that would have taken a ludicrous amount of time, but they are all really appealing, from the photographer’s loft in Miami to the casita in Santa Fe to the mid-century modern apartment in Reykjavik. I’d be happy to take up residence in any of these apartments for a week, family in tow.

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Industrial loft
Santorini  •  Luxury Retreats

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Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris

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Villa St. Saturnin
Provence  •  Haven in Paris

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Miami  •  Airbnb

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Urban apartment
Berlin  •  Nomads Apt.

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Pott’s Point apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels

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Penhouse apartment with view of Hyde Park
London  •  Urban Retreat

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Adobe home
Santa Fe  •  Two Casitas

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Houseboat
Amsterdam  •  Houseboat Rental

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City center apartment
Copenhagen  •  Airbnb

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Penthouse apartment
Reykjavik  •  Boutique Homes

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Studio in Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro  •  Airbnb

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Villa with panoramic jungle and ocean views
Costa Rica  •  Luxury Retreats

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Loft apartment in historical building
Barcelona  •  Home Away

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Vineyard estate
Napa Valley  •  Home Away

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Medieval watchtower amidst olive groves
Tuscany  •  Luxury Retreats

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Contemporary beach house
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels

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City apartment
Sydney  •  Contemporary Hotels
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Mountain estate
Capetown  •  VRBO

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Just In: Foscarini Binic Lamp In New Colors For Spring

In Fall 2011 I traveled to Venice on a press trip sponsored by Italian lighting company Foscarini, as a representative for contemporary design site Design Milk, for which I used to work as an editor. Foscarini hosted a handful of international bloggers and lighting designers at their offices for the day and brought us on a guided tour of the Venice Biennale (you can see my Venice Biennale 2011 photos here).

Not only did I meet incredibly talented designers, including Ionna Vautrin, designer of the adorable Foscarini Binic lamp, Luca Nichetto who designed the Stewie, and  Jozeph Forakis who designed the Tivu and Havana lamps, I also bonded with bloggers I wouldn’t have otherwise met, like Micle Mihai-Cristian of contemporary design site Freshome. The Foscarini folks recorded little videos of all us speaking about design concepts, which I posted here.

Vautrin dubbed her little table lamp by Foscarini “Binic” after a tiny lighthouse off the rocky coast of Brittany. Foscarini will be debuting the Binic lamp in fresh, new colors for spring, at Salone Del Mobile in Milan next month, and they will be available in the States in early June. In the meantime, the Foscarini Binic lamp is currently available in six colors.

I’m crazy about the mint color, it’s the perfect hue for this whimsical silhouette. The yellow Binic would make the perfect pop of color in a grey, white, or blue room. As for the pale pink and grey, well these Binics are the perfect shades to complement the model apartment I’m decorating in Boston. Perhaps I need to incorporate one.

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Binic Yellow,Pink,Grey

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ARTmonday: Architecture in Art

Last night I pulled together 20 examples of architecture in art for today’s post. As I scrolled through Pinterest pinning hundreds of images that appeal, I realized that one of the categories that make my heart flutter most is architecture. (You can look at my Architecture I and Architecture II Pinterest boards and see if you feel similarly.)

Artwork sucks me in, street style compels me to lose weight and dress with more verve, and food photos makes me wish I had more time and energy to really cook, but the architectural images draw me in more profoundly. Sure, it’s the design aspects in part—the corrugated metal, black stained siding, expanses of glass, pointy rooftops, and placement in the surrounding landscape transport me to another place, another time, another life I could have. Or maybe, just a house I might someday build.

So just for that reason, the realization that looking at sublime examples of contemporary dwellings elicits a response deeper than browsing well-designed living rooms and adorable, furry animals, here are 20 occurrences of architecture in art, including photographs, paintings, illustration, sculpture, and collage.

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Apple Blossoms and Architecture    The Naked Rose
Prints starting at $22.50 at Society6

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Classic Bowling Architecture    Vorona Photography
Prints starting at $16 at Society6

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Banco    Luciana Levinton
Prints starting at $124  •  Original $10,000  •  Saatchi Art

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Universal Space    Cécile Van Hanja
Prints starting at $60 at Saatchi Art

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Farewell     Rosalind Davis
$170 at Rise Art

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Architecture    Sannngat
Prints starting at $17.67 at Society6

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Yellow Surfer’s House    Ieva Baklane
Prints starting at $104  •  Original $1,278  •  Saatchi Art

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Back door #1    Michael Wolf
Christophe Guye Galerie /Artsy

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False Memory  Ricky Allman
Starting at $60 at 20×200

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Look Down    Gail Schechter
Starting at $20 at Minted

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On Camera Nº41    Luis Mallo
$2,500 at Praxix /Artsy

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Dreamed Bungalow    Carola Schapals
$8,000 at Saatchi Art

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Icons *2 (Trevi Fountain, Rome)    Nicolas Vionnet
$985 at Saatchi Art

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Woodshed    Andrew McClintock
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At the Sea II    Igor Vitomirov
Prints starting at $67  •  Original $1,200  •  Saatchi Art

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Painting Edifico Chrysler y Empire State    Claudia Hernández
Saatchi Art

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Modern Architecture  •  Lemonee on the Hills
Prints starting at $17 at Society6

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Untitled00373  •  Peter Matyasi
Prints starting at $125 / Original $1500  •  Saatchi Art

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Concrete Candy    Neil Ayling
£3,000 at Berloni /Artsy

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Sunday Bouquet: Use Colorful Carnations In Your Aalvar Aalto Vase

White Alvar Aalto Vase With Pink & Orange Carnations

I love these pink & coral carnations in this white Alvar Aalto vase by Iittala.
I usually filly my Alvar Aalto vases with hydrangeas because they
fill up the wide space nicely, but this arrangement is really cute.

(I don’t know the source of this photo, but if you do please let me know.)

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Fine Print: London Designer Anouska Hempel

London-based designer Anouska Hempel (also known as Lady Weinberg) has had a very large career. Hempel, who I’m guessing has a flamboyant personality, was born Anne Geisler. She started out as a New Zealand actress before becoming a hotelier, interior designer, and London society fixture.

She has established four hotels and designed numerous restaurants and retail spaces, including six Van Cleef & Arpels stores and the Louis Vuitton flagship in Paris. She’s also designed two yachts, English gardens, and haute couture for Princess Diana.

The book, written by Marcus Binney, is beautiful, with over 400 photographs of Anouska Hempel’s interiors, architecture, and gardens.

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Rizzoli sent me a copy of Anouska Hempel, which is appropriately placed on my Heywood Wakefield coffee table next to a beach stone tower and my Cathy Moynihan bird sculpture.

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Photo by Marina Faust

A house at Salzburg in the half-light of dawn.

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Photo by Adrian Houston

The basement bar of Anouska Hempel’s first hotel, Blakes London. Note the massive Louis Vuitton trunk and nautical-style cushion in Hermes orange.

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Photo by Simon Mack

A pair of free-standing lattice screens divides the kitchen from the dining table at Anouska Hempel’s London hotel La Suite West. The interior has a minimalist Japanese feel.

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Photo courtesy of The Hempel

The Lion’s Cage suite at The Hempel Hotel. Each of the 40 rooms and 10 apartments had a minimalistic Zen design, done all in pale woods and whites. The hotel was a favorite of Victoria Beckham and Michael Jackson. It was sold a couple of years ago and is now closed.

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Photo courtesy of The Hempel

A kimono on a wall at The Hempel.

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The attic bedroom at Anouska Hempel’s country house, Cole Park, an historic manor with a moat west of London.

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Anouska Hempel

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Anouska Hempel, Rizzoli (December 2014)

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