Archive for the ‘TRAVEL’ Category

02.16.21

SHELTER ISLAND SWAP

shelter island | designlovefest

hellllo from shelter island, new york! we did a 2 month house swap with a couple who lives here  and we are headed back to LA in two weeks, driving across the country again! i’m sad that it’s coming to an end because it’s been such a special time here, but also ready to get back home. i’ve been going through a bit of a hellish emotional rollercoaster myself, dealing with my own trauma stuff and having a LOT of time in my own head. luckily this has given me some new scenery, a cozy fire to sit by, a bathtub, beautiful snow, and a whole different vibe than los angeles. i’ve never really spent much time on the east coast…lots of weekends to new york mostly for work, so to spend two months really getting to explore has been nice (well, as much as we can with covid). even feeling how different the beaches are and all the seafood and slower lifestyle here is cool. we will definitely be back someday! (ps I rounded up some airbnbs below that I am marking for the future)

shelter island | designlovefest

I have also been reading and doing the exercises in the artist’s way book. I had skimmed it in the past but never really put in the real effort like I am this time. i’ve been committing to the 3 morning pages every day and it has become something I went from hating to really enjoying and needing! doing the artist dates with myself has unlocked a childlike creativity that’s been VERY freeing to explore. I highly recommend it. I have spent the last few months dealing with some really really heavy emotions and this art therapy aspect is literally saving me. i’ve been painting, shooting film pics, collaging, cooking, collecting shells, making little videos for fun and even took a watercolor class. I realized I have spent the last 10 years creating for work and never really explored this younger side of myself that just wants to create for FUN. it’s been really really cool and I will always remember this stay for this reason.

shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest

we also celebrated justin’s 40th bday last weekend! two of our friends got tested and came for the weekend. we had a blast actually. I forgot how much I missed connecting with people and just having a good time dancing, drinking, and letting loose. covid has put us in such a bubble it’s hard to even remember what that’s like. I also had fun wrapping his presents with some construction paper and magazines!

shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest
shelter island | designlovefest

so even though I am going through cycles where I feel totally lost, depressed, and uncertain…i am also experiencing a ton of joy and freedom and fun. it swings back and forth for me during this quarantine. endless groundhog day and feeling very in transition. it’s been hard on me working less too, I guess i  didn’t realize how much work and productivity and travel distracted me from the pain underneath. while I am grateful to be facing it all head on now, it’s most definitely been a challenge. just know that this past year has put us all through a LOT. I really think we will come out of this stronger and wiser.

shelter island | designlovefest

I had some time today and rounded up a bunch of pretty homes near here. we have spent a little time exploring shelter island, greenport, and sag harbor and it’s SO charming here. whether you need a little winter retreat or want to plan a summer trip with some east coast vibes, here’s a bunch of picks! some affordable and some just fun to look at. I love all the farms and the small town community feeling here…

shelter island | designlovefest

this historical cottage in east hampton with all that beautiful light!

a greenport bungalow with epic reviews!

CLICK THROUGH TO SEE ALL THE RENTAL HOUSES…

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11.12.20

10 HAWAIIAN RENTAL HOUSES

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

we just got back from a week in hawaii on the big island. we were able to skip the 2 week quarantine by doing the testing in one of their trusted locations right before, and then they test you when you arrive. we felt really safe and were able to do activities outside, drive all around the island, spent time at our rental, and just relax. i’ve included a few airbnb rental options below as people often ask for suggestions on where to stay. maybe plan a trip for next year or bookmark one of these for when covid calms down. it’s important to be respectful of their land and to support the small businesses right now! xx

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

a few favorites from the big island: sushi takeout from you make the roll (call before), outdoor seating at this delicious indian spot kamana kitchen, cool art space & little gallery to walk through over at donkey mill art center, a beach with lots of shady trees and not a ton of people: beach 69, free & safe outdoor coffee farm tour at greenwell farm, grab a coffee with an insane view at the coffee shack, hold an octopus at kanaloa octopus farm! drive up to the mauna key observatory at sunset and be above the clouds! check out the farmer’s market in hilo on wed or sat, walk through liliʻuokalani park and japanese gardens, carlsmith beach park has a super cool swimming hole! akaka falls state park has a quick easy hike to a waterfall, we got takeout bbq in waimea at the fish and the hog, fish and chips on the patio at keoki’s ono fish and chips, poke at da poke shack, and see the petroglyphs at waikoloa petroglyph reserve!

here are 6 houses from kona and 4 from kauai…

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

love this little oasis near keauhou bay (on the big island). it’s two separate units so perfect for a family or couple’s trip.

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

ok this treehouse in kona is COOL! great view to wake up to.

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

we just stayed in this spot on the big island and really loved it!! we spent so much time there and loved the open air layout.

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

it’s called the onion house, and i’m intrigued! love the stained glass and tropical pool area.

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

I love all the wood and windows in this captain cook area home (we really liked that area when we were driving around).

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

a bungalow with a japanese style in pāhoa on the big island. that area is pretty quaint, it would feel like a real escape to nature.

Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest
Hawaii rentals | designlovefest

okay, now we are switching islands and here are a few from kauai. it’s a much smaller island with a real tropical rainforest vibe! this is the house we stayed in before and it was so cute and serene.

a few favorites on kauai: morning coffee & burrito from hanalei bread company, def get a drink at tahiti nui or tiki iniki! grab some tapas at bar acudawishing well shave ice

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10.19.20

20 SONOMA COAST GETAWAYS

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

we spent some time up in northern california this past week and WOW was it pretty! the drive up the sonoma coast is incredible, the redwood trees are giant and amazing, and the architecture in sea ranch is just plain cool. I would say my favorite getaway has a fire place, lots of cooking, music, relaxing, wine, and nature. we took the 9 hour drive up, and stayed at this lodge about half way and then ended up at the cabin in sea ranch shown above (airbnb here)

i rounded up 20 adorable airbnbs to stay along the coast if you and your family are looking for some time in nature. some are surrounded by trees and some have ocean views…take your pick!

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

2. love this little beauty with the green trim and the stunning view from the porch!

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

3. the views! the fireplace! the hot tub! this house looks like the perfect place to spend a few days relaxing and taking in the ocean view.

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

4. this stunning cabin is the perfect spot if you’re looking to be tucked in the trees.

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

5. this house is the perfect mix of woodsy with the tress and ocean with those views. and they allow dogs which can be hard to find in rentals!

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

6. if you’re looking for a spot for a group trip, this is it. sleeps 10, is right on the russian river and has stellar reviews.

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

7. the perfect fall escape. the reviews make me want to book right now and they have high speed internet which makes it an ideal work from home spot.

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

8. WOW. a bucket list spot. the views are breathtaking and the pool on the cliff puts this one over the top.

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

9. this one and the one above are both in Jenner which is a very cute town about 1.5 hours outside San Fran. very charming and scenic!

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

10. we could all probably use a few days to step away from the news and back into nature. this little spot will do the trick.

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

11. find 5 friends and head to this gorgeous spot for your next milestone birthday! a big celebratory dinner on that patio would be a dream.

sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest
sonoma coast airbnbs | designlovefest

12. are you overwhelmed with options yet?! i love all the wood detailing in this place and those cozy built in benches by the fire.

SEE ALL OF THE HOUSES AFTER THE JUMP…. (more…)

10.01.20

10 MICHIGAN AIRBNB GETAWAYS

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

we’re back with another round up of our favorite airbnbs! i’m a michigan girl, born and raised and moved to california when i was 18 for college. as much as i love california, a piece of me will always belong to michigan. there is something about the midwest that you can’t find anywhere else. michigan is a magical place to visit, summer is a wonderful time to visit (all the lakes!) but fall is absolutely beautiful, the colors are incredible. i love the winter too, the blanket of soft snow, staying inside by the fire, venturing out for a cross-country sky, it’s a great vacation. i found some gems on airbnb (like the cozy Aframe cabin above that’s right on a river!) and highly encourage you to book a trip to the midwest! Xx – joanie

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

lake leelanau is one of my favorite places to visit and i love how warm and open this house is, perfect for a summer or winter visit. look at that cozy outdoor fire place!

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

south haven is another great town to visit and not a far drive from chicago! this home sleeps 8 and is on lake michigan. i’m sold on that screened in porch and gorgeous wood ceilings in the house.

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

this farmhouse in northport has incredible reviews and looks like the perfect city escape. there are a surprising amount of amazing food and wine options in northern michigan!

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

another northern michigan gem! this modern house has stunning views and a kitchen i would kill to cook in. book this for the perfect fall color adventure!

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

this incredible home is in my hometown of grand rapids! it was designed by frank lloyd wright and you can stay in this historical beauty. feels like a must do!

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

this lakeside cabin sleeps 4 for $150 a night. you’ll find me in that bathtub!

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

no need to go to france for you dose of lavender fields, you can book this pretty house!

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

i’m about to head back to michigan RIGHT NOW with all these cool new places to stay! love the fireplace and the porch and the fact that they have their own pickle-ball court!

the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest
the best michigan airbnbs | designlovefest

wow, this home is stunning! i’d like to leave here for a month in the fall.

AND make sure to check out…

15 california getaways here

15 new mexico & arizona airbnbs here

10 retreats from new york here

08.30.20

15 GETAWAYS IN NEW MEXICO AND ARIZONA

I can’t say enough about this place in tucson! we stayed here for our honeymoon and it was truly one of the best design places i’ve ever stayed. this is the saguaro suite here.

and this is the agave suite above. it’s a 5 bedroom hotel, so you have access to the amazing kitchens, hang out areas, lounge pits etc. there is also the ocotillo suite here, the cholla room, and the yucca room. DEFINITELY CHECK THIS PLACE OUT for a romantic weekend away!

this adorable authentic home in santa fe, walking distance to the plaza and a cute little oasis outside.

mid-century decor, a little patio, and cool house details. an apartment in tucson that’s only $94 a night.

a cottage in santa fe with a private garden and a pink fridge 🙂

click through for full round up! 

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