New Life For An Architectural Gem
About a decade ago, the term Boutique Hotel began to surface in the travel world. These hotels often were smaller, and a bit more minimalistic than the major chains. They all had a unique personality. Most had a bar with select food options, and of course coffee. Early on, as we stayed at the various hotels, I tried very hard to relay to others what we liked about them. What was the draw? I really couldn’t pinpoint any one thing they all had in common except they have a “feeling” that is comforting in a haunting kind of way.
My husband would jump in anyone’s suitcase at anytime. He is infamous for agreeing to be part of your travel plans in what I call polite conversations. He is the ultimate traveler and makes your trip the event of a lifetime. You can’t wait to plan your next vacation with him.
Do you sometimes wonder, or dare to dream, what it might be like to live in a smaller home? We are not talking about one of the tiny homes that HGTV all of sudden is convincing people they need to pull around from one friends yard to another. Not a teeny, tiny home that requires you to crunch down to the size of a flattened mouse to get to the loft bed. Or one that means a trip to the laundromat each week.
No, we are talking about homes so efficient and design oriented that we forget they are only 700-900 sq feet. Homes enticing enough that we are itching to give them a chance to make a difference in our lives.
- Architectural Interest
- Creative Decor
- Efficient Uses of Space
- Specific Storage
- Fewer Finer Furnishings
- Space for Art and Collections
- Wardrobes that Work
- Easy Maintenance
- In Diverse Engaging Neighborhoods
is the word…is the word.
If you don’t know what movie this song title is from then I know you are in the under 50 group right off the bat. Yes…we meant to spell it wrong in the title. Not that this matters for todays arm chair traveling to Santorini, Greece. All ages will want to take this trip!
There are many homes in many places that I want to live in. I accept that there are too many for me to get to them all “in person”. However, virtually I have enjoyed a lot of them. Thanks to such detailed websites I will probably never run out of choices. When I armchair travel I stay at places that are unique. My definition of unique simply means properties that are different from our home. The reasons these homes are appealing may be the location, the scenery, the architecture or the decor. Sometimes a combination of all these things. They may be sleek and shiny or a bit decadent. They can be thousands of square feet to fill up with friends and family or compactly intimate. Let’s take a look at the latest guilty pleasure.
La Maison du Figuier – for Rent in Saint-Clément-des-Baleines
A Jeans and Sweatshirt Kind of Beach
Whitewashed Walls, Concrete Floors, Stone Walls Peeking thru just to remind us that they were here first. No Tv. Wireless a must.
Evening Fires we can still Smell in the Morning.
A Kitchen so Simple no Instructions Needed.
Look at the Color of these Fresh Figs!
Sunlight with Time to Enjoy Soaking it In.
Outdoor Areas not Overdone.
Beds so Comfy and Forgiving Linens
Little Wind Burnt Faces Sleeping against the Color of these Bunks…
So the next day can be an exact repeat of the one before.
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Hmmm..what do you do with a centuries old monastery and you feel the passion to “save” it?
Fontevraud Abbey in France: A Loire Valley Landmark
If you are Canadian architect Sanjit Manku and French designer Patrick Jouin, you create an outstanding hotel, retreat and restaurant. One catch…the project stipulated that none of the original white limestone could be disturbed. Since we are too busy to skirt off to France this week, thought we’d do a little arm chair traveling.
Agree, no need to try to improve on the Limestone.
Check In seems simple.
What a fantastic way to light this Stairway (to Heaven?)
Each of the 54 rooms is unique. This one will do just fine for me.
Looking at the Lavender
Can you see a wedding dinner here?!
If you are not too busy, and your passport is up to date, looks like the Almighty has his Airbnb ready.
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