A Whirlwind 72 Hours in Finland

Norway, Denmark, and Sweden were all incredible countries with a lot to offer.  We decided to add one more country to top our Scandinavia trip off, and we were glad we did.  Finland was pretty amazing, and as draining as our whirlwind trip was, we felt we topped it all of on a high note.  With a limited amount of time there; we tried to cram as much as we could in a short time, but ended it on an amazing experience at one of the greatest Finnish traditions, the sauna. We were lucky enough to find a night cruise from Stockholm to Helsinki through Viking Line Cruises.  We set sail on the Gabriella Cruise ship, and got a private room (with private bathroom) for $104 total!  Our private room had 4 beds, so if you travel there with multiple people it is a steal.  Even with the 3 of […]

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Getting Back On That Bike After Falling Off

I disappear when stuff starts getting to me.  It’s a habit that I try hard to break but it’s still something so easy to fall back to.  Stuff has been getting to me and I would love to just take some time to process all of it, I don’t feel like I can. Life has all sorts of bumps and my first job as a mother just can’t stop for them.  I’m still going to make sure my daughter is taken care of.  Once she is, I’ve had some design project deadlines to worry about and then there’s this pressure to get back to writing or photography or Instagram that I’ve also signed on for when I started Ever Winding Road.  It can be a little overwhelming sometimes, but I’m going to try to work through it. The last couple weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind.  I knew October […]

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My Struggle with Interior Design Sustainability

There’s something bothering me about my profession, and I don’t think I was able to really put it into words until I started considering what made some projects more difficult for me and what I would be looking for in my own space.  As an interior designer, my job is to outfit your home with a new look and an overall aesthetic.  I promote purchasing goods, making shopping lists for clients to create that look.  At this point in my own life, I struggle with purchasing things for my own home, however pretty it may be.  I actually purge regularly, removing things from my space and identify more with creating spacial efficiency.  This idea is almost the opposite of what is provided by some interior designers and how people identify what interior designers do. Photo of that one time I came dressed to match LA’s Pacific Design Center. I started considering […]

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Inspired by Lanna Culture and Design in Thailand

In the my last post of Chiang Mai, I briefly mentioned how I was loving the style of our hotel, the Shewe Wana.  I started noticing more examples of this colonial Chinese design all over the city and was completely captured by the details and history of it all.  To understand it, I needed to understand the history and the location. Chiang Mai is one of the oldest cities of Thailand, and was actually part of the Lanna Kingdom back in the late 1200s.  The Lanna Kingdom had influences from all over because of the historic Silk Road trade route.  A blend of Indian and Chinese cultures really infused the Kingdom that was already rich in its own natural wealth.  Northern Thailand has an abundance of nature to enjoy with a picturesque atmosphere of rivers, forests, mountains, animals, and more. I started noticing all the use of old and reclaimed woods, […]

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Last Year’s Spring Break RV Trip to Southern California #throwbackthursday

We had been talking about getting in an RV to do some traveling for a couple years now.  I think at first, it was something that we would mention in an almost joking way, like it would never really happen but it would be cool if it did.  The more we talked about it, the more it became clear that it was definitely something we wanted to do.  We would search the internet at nights just pulling up RV blogs or Tiny Home tours, just to see how people really did it.  It made total sense to us, the more space you have, the more you fill it with stuff you convince yourself that you need.  Then the more stuff you have, the more trapped you really are.  Trapped both in a consumer lifestyle, a habit of needing and wanting more, and also trapped in the sense that all those […]

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St. Patty’s Day Post – Featuring a Study on the Color Green

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, world! Coming from Chicago, I have a deep appreciation for this holiday.  From the Chicago River being dyed green every year, to my grade school friends all knowing how to step dance, to me being part of the Irish club in high school, to drinking green beers down in Wrigleyville in my 20’s… I have lots of memories for the occasion.  As we speak, I have the corned beef cooking in the crock pot for later.  Mmmmm…. I can’t wait. With all the fondness of the holiday, I can’t say that I am a fan of the color green.  My mind automatically goes to a Kelly green, which I think is such an obnoxious color.  (Sorry, if I offend those who really like the color, but it really is a terrible color for design)  Maybe it’s because of my ties to St. Patty’s Day and Chicago, […]

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