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I recently had several friends ask me for a short list of must-see, interesting places in Paris — I thought I’d put it down on paper for all of us to daydream a bit together…or maybe you are one of the lucky ones with a trip planned there too?!  The dollar is so strong & tourism is down in Paris now, so it is a great time to take advantage of lower rates and enjoy it all.

1.  First, where to stay:  St. Germain des Pres neighborhood. I’ve stayed in various neighborhoods (arrondissements) in Paris, for work trips and for pleasure, & the one I finally ended up adopting as my home away from home is St. Germain des Pres. Its cobblestone streets are nestled around the Abbey of St. Germain (below), with the famous cafes of Les Deux Magots (6 place Saint-Germain-des-Pres), one of Picasso’s favorite spots, and Brasserie Lipp (151 Boulevard Saint-Germain), where Ernest Hemingway wrote A Moveable Feast, within a stone’s throw.

You will find huge array of small hotels in the neighborhood — I’ve stayed at the very low-end ones as an art student and much more comfortable ones as I got older! Here are two I recommend — & the current prices are lower than I’ve seen in past 10 years!

* HOTEL DES SAINTS PERES (65 Rue des Saints-Peres):  I saw a rate as low as $140 night (cheaper than many of the sketchy places my daughter & I are staying on our epic college road trip!).

Why I like this hotel — location is quaint and very accessible to great area boutiques and museums…..the concierges speak perfect English – when I brought my 80-year old dad over (no French), he was able to get detailed touring info from them with no problem at all….it’s historic (late 1600’s!) but has modern amenities.

The courtyard cafe actually looks just like this photo from their website – very tranquil.

Rooms are tiny (or mine were) but comfy and stylish. This is the hotel for you if you like places with character.

2. HOTEL BEL AMI (7-11 Rue Saint-Benoit):  A bigger, more modern hotel (great Wifi, which my daughter loved) with….wait for it….air conditioning! (surprisingly rare in older parts of Paris), Hotel Bel Ami is a great choice if you want more open common spaces and up to date details.  I saw rate for $240, which is much less than I paid 5 years ago.

2. WHERE TO SHOP:  Of course this could be a VERY long post if I wrote down every single place, but my favorite thing to do is to walk all around St. Germain des Pres and cover the small boutiques (vs. bigger, more famous department stores). Unlike in the U.S., you don’t have to go to some non-descript, trade-only “Design Center” to see fabrics and furniture from top brands. If you go to Place de Furstenberg, lovely cul de sac below — you’ll find places like Manuel Canovas, Pierre Frey, etc. dotted throughout the area. Anyone can walk in & order!

Don’t miss Flamant! This large furniture/accessories – all things home – is absolutely beautiful. And since most Parisians are going to be away for all of August, you’ll probably find some great sales going on too.

Others I love:

  • Simrane – 23 rue bonaparte. Incredible original Provence-style linens. The owner actually went to college in the U.S. (Cornell) and has been sourcing textiles and homegoods from France and India for decades.
  • Sabbia Rosa – 73, rue des Saints-Peres:  lingerie store!
  • Aurelie Bidermann – 55, Rue des Saints Peres — adore.
  •  Inez de la Fressange Paris – 24 Rue de Grenelle – former Chanel model, very chic, home & some clothes/accessories.
  • It sounds crazy i know, but the Ralph Lauren store there (173 Blvd St Germaine) is to die for, in a Beaux Art bldg — and the courtyard garden is lovely spot.  Sonia Rykiel store is right next to it & also great.

3. Where to eat: I am not a foodie so I”ll leave that reportage for others, but there are 3 food-related destinations I’d recommend.

  • E. Dehillerin 20 Rue Coquillière, 75001 — Hop in cab & head to E. Dehillerin for a real adventure. This is the historic French chef’s store where Julia Child used to shop for cookware and where Ina Garten does today. I took my youngest daughter there when she was 13 & we had great time looking at the HUGE industrial-size ladles (as tall as she was) or the teeny tiny pastry piping tools. Its main audience is professional Parisian restaurant chefs but you’ll find something there for your home to be sure.
  • Poilane — what is Paris without a perfect baguette to savor?! There are many Poilane shops throughout Paris & of course they’re all superb. I’m not the biggest fan of their website (currently says they are “looking forward to Spring”:( )  but if you can bear with the clunkiness of the site, you CAN order Poilane bread fresh from Paris for when you get home! I’ve done this for myself and as gifts and it’s been fun — they Fedex the fresh bread out in the AM straight to you. Look under the “Shop” tab.
    • Last but not least, check out Cookn’ with Class (6 Rue Baudelique, 75018) towards Montmartre. We took a macaroon-making class that was incredible! All classes taught in English (our teacher was actually from Australia) but use specific French cooking methods. Our classmates were from all over the world — and the resulting macarons were at least as good as Laduree! (Our Parisian friends whom we shared the macaroons with that evening said “perhaps even better” than Laduree). High praise from a Frenchman!

We booked our class online via the link on TripAdvisor. Worked out great.

Anyone who goes HAS to report back to all of us with sales or tips we can all use, ok?!!  Paris is so great any time but on sale, even sweeter.

 

A bientot,

 

Lee

As a transplanted New Yorker living in Washington DC, I love it when I find other people with similar background. Anna Matthews is a design crush of mine & although we haven’t worked together (yet!), I adore how she creates lovely LIVABLE spaces, especially for families and dogs!  A Parsons grad, Anna has a beautiful sense of color and scale — making each of her projects somehow both cheerful and yet sophisticated. DC is lucky to have her:)

 

Meet the designer & her dog…

Here’s a beautiful re-do of a cottage in Gibson Island (Maryland).  Reminds me of early Victoria Hagan projects — I love the old fan as basically a piece of sculpture!

How smart (& inexpensive) is this “runner”??  Makes so much sense in busy summer house with kids & dogs. Plus it feels so light & fresh…

Photos by Laura Metzler

I could move right into this Chevy Chase MD family home below — feels modern & classic at the same time. Great sconce! Must find source….stay tuned.

I’m obsessed with the blue color of the shelves (& in fact I saved a wine bottle cap from party the other night which is exact same shade — & I’m taking it to hardware store today to match for color of our front door in NH!). Of course I’d have 1,000 more books on my shelves; yes, it’s a problem I know:)

Last but not least, I leave you with this little slice of lavender in a cozy corner. Ahhhhhhh…..And before I forget — Anna’s Instagram feed (@annamatthewsinteriors) is GORGEOUS.

If you know of other up and coming designers with great style, please let me know – I’d love to discover them & will be happy to share with everyone! In meantime, I’m still unpacking & unpacking & unpacking up here in New Hampshire. Writing this was great diversion from the ample “mayhem” around me. Onwards!!

 

Enjoy,

Lee

This post was so fun to put together, I may never get out of my pajamas! Today I’m sharing with you one of my secret loves (now not so secret): design videos. You know I’m obsessed with art books, decorating magazines, auction catalogs, online sites (Chairish, Pinterest, 1st Dibs, on & on…)….but sometimes you just want those pictures to come alive — and thanks to a few sources, you’ll find they can!

 

So if you’re at work in an uninspired office right now and wishing you were in a sun-dappled garden in Ojai….

Or you’re on vacation with the kids in a beautiful garden but wishing you had time for yourself to go furniture shopping on the Upper East Side with Alexa Hampton….

now you are just a click away from being there. I leaned on these videos liberally during the worst of my cancer treatment & it really did take my mind away. (I just don’t know why all the shelter magazines don’t do great videos? And for that matter, their websites are generally not great. Subscribers would LOVE to see more & have it presented in a clean, easy-to-navigate fashion — hint hint, Conde Nast & Hearst.)

But I digress! The real treasure trove is be found on Quintessence, run by Stacey Bewkes & Susanna Salk.

Their video series, which you can find on Youtube & subscribe to for updates (https://www.youtube.com/user/quintessenceblg) has amazing array of interviews with designers, architects, stylists in their home for great behind-the-scenes look. Below are some of my favorites. Note: the most recent one with Muriel Brandolini doesn’t typify their usual style — that one is all voiceover & doesn’t have the give and talk of conversation that you’ll see in most Quintessence videos.

 

Here’s an overview of Quintessence interviews, which emphasizes their apt tagline, “Giving Design A Voice”:

Visit Mark Sikes in his divine California house & garden!

Check out the really original & playful style of Sara Ruffin Costello in her manse in New Orleans…

As promised, a shopping trip with Alexa Hampton — stopping at John Rosselli, Liz O’Brien & Niall Smith…

Venture to Patina Farm for a tour both inside and out:

I also loved the ones with Charlotte Moss, Jill Kargman, Eddie Ross, Carolyne Roehme….which ones do you like the best???

If Europe and fashion are more your thing, check out stylist/photographer Garance Dore…

Last but not least, Studio McGee, a young design firm in Salt Lake City, has some great, user-friendly videos that showcase their clean, modern style AND provide really specific “how to”s as well.

I’m actually in midst of figuring out rugs and flooring for our house in New Hampshire, so this one was very handy for me…

As you can see, I’m a bit of a junkie in the design videos department. Do you know of any others to follow? Please share! THANKS!!

 

Cheers & happy procrastinating 🙂

This week really personifies “elegant” & “mayhem” in my life. The elegance I’m finding is everywhere around me in New Hampshire — bluest skies ever, crisp cool air at night, and the gift of finally being healthy enough to visit the vacation house we bought here two years ago! I’m so, so grateful and am relishing each day up here. Below is our house on the hill – seriously, NO filter.

In a total haze last year, I ordered this dining table from Farmhouse Pottery, based in Woodstock VT, and this is the first time I got to see it. I love it!!  I’m obsessed with all of Farmhouse Pottery’s designs and products though, so it wasn’t a big decision:)

I’m counting down til the mover gets here this Friday with boxes of some of my personal items — books, lamps, momentos – so I can add a little color and sparkle to the room. But it’s so peaceful and spare, I’ll have to go gently…

We bought the house from the nicest, most gracious couple, but their lifestyle up here was very different from ours. Below is the way that same room looked when we first saw it — today, a couple coats of Benjamin Moore “Edgecomb Gray” later (thank you Carolyn deM. for the selection!) and the room now has more of our vibe…

Even Rosie, our 12-year old cockapoo, seems more relaxed up here!

So where is the mayhem you may be asking?? Well, it’s not epic, but there is a lot of stuff still to do — the usual kind of home projects (painting, wallpaper, hanging art, finding mattresses) and the more ambitious: winterizing the room above the garage/barn so we can accommodate more people AND perhaps most importantly, keep the teenagers in their own space for a while!! So we’ve got some full-fledged construction going on here.

 

Team is hard at work today, making progress…

We added plumbing and a skylight so the kids will have their own bathroom – which is arguably more of a bonus for me, than for them….

Below is the kids’ current bathroom, which I’ll be cleaning up today since they left – good thing for them I’m in such a happy mood up here!  I’m going to swap out fixtures and wallpaper this room as soon as I get around to it. Thinking of a light/modern wallpaper by Celerie Kemble if I can get it on sale??? Looking online….please let me know if you have any good wallpaper sources for non-trade people like moi.

Below is the office nook from where I hope to be writing you soon! Just need a desk, a chair, a lamp, & a bookcase – that’s all:)

Hope you had a great Fourth of July weeknd and I’ll keep you posted as things come together up here. A very fun adventure regardless!

 

Cheers,

Lee

I was recently traveling with a friend who is always put together. When we stepped out for the evening, she had complete poise with a great soft gold pouch tucked under her arm, while I had huge bag that could have doubled as a suitcase. Not so cute. I realized that I had been missing an entire category of form & function in my wardrobe: the clutch! I am forever that kind of last minute person who gives her husband a lipstick to hold in his suit jacket (which of course I forget to use at the party, much less retrieve afterwards). I tuck a credit card in my pocket perhaps & keys again in the husband’s jacket…Maybe I could learn to be one of those cooler, organized types who have assortment of some go-to clutches? 

 

Herewith are my choices and perhaps some inspiration if you need one too. I have exactly two in my arsenal now – one from my friend Gail that I ADORE, but the company is no longer operating & it is woolen so not as much of a summer bag. The other is from Couture Planet, which turns laminated newspapers into interesting conversation-piece bags — they are revamping their website as we speak, but you can find some samples at CouturePlanet.com.

 

I wanted to find couple clutches that I could use for summer evenings, which might be less formal & yes, splash-proof since I am hoping to be near some body of water as much as I can! Most of them are in the $100 – 200 range, some higher, some lower. (Tuckernuck & couple others seem to be running sales & specials too.) There’s one from Clare V. that is both more expensive & less practical but I just thought was so pretty I had to include it.

 

I haven’t made my selects yet, so please chime in if you know of other great options!

 

Thanks & cheers to many fun summer evenings for all,

Lee

All photos courtesy of the brand’s individual websites, except for the gorgeous cover photo which is courtesy of great site, Design Darling (run by fellow Darien native Mackenzie Horan!).

The public spaces at the Crosby do not disappoint either – they have charming bar, with an “honesty policy” where you can serve yourself…great restaurant and really interesting lobby space. I LOVE their generous use of color, original art, modern + classic pieces…..I’m kind of obsessed with the whole thing actually.

You will see more dog paintings and dog collages than perhaps any other hotel in the world!  All original and beautiful — here’s one I took in tiny hallway so forgive the weird angle. They have more in the elevators too but those images did not come out very well. You’ll have to go visit in person to see:)

Speaking of dogs, we had breakfast in the Sculpture Garden and met the most adorable human-like dog! See below….It is a truly pet-friendly place.

Their adjacent garden restaurant, where we had dessert the evening before (having been “carb-shamed” at Chalk Point Kitchen when we asked for bread before our dinner — “Um, no, ladies, we don’t serve bread. Only pickles.”  Really?? No wonder Chalk Point is Gigi Hadid’s favorite restaurant – we left feeling virtuous but kind of craving MORE.

Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye to the Crosby and head to Columbia for their Creative Writing program registration. Our daughters indulged us in a souvenir photo of the “moms” (we’re not sure why they winced at our request but there you have it)…

A pretty quick taxi ride later, we arrived at 116th Street…to the dorms….and poof — the girls were off!

Here’s to hoping they have a wonderful time in New York — and that they remember their dear old moms and the fun we had at the Crosby Street Hotel together. Thank you to everyone at the Crosby, especially Deirdre Flores and Max Jonas, for giving us such a lovely experience…and thanks to Kit Kemp for your inspired design!!

 

All photos are original to Elegant Mayhem, Page Evans or courtesy of Firmdale Hotels.

I dropped off my 17-year old in NYC for a month’s stay yesterday. I should be sad or anxious but instead find myself feeling a pang of jealousy! I LOVE New York, always have and always will. My brief visit there over the weekend to get my daughter Haley settled was amazing – in no small part because of our stay at the ever gracious and original Crosby Street Hotel designed by Kit Kemp, part of Firmdale Hotels. 

 

Everyone is of course buzzing about the Crosby’s newer uptown sister, The Whitby, which looks absolutely charming — but I’m partial to downtown & wanted Haley to see that part of the City before heading waaaaay uptown to Columbia University campus. My older daughter Avery & I stayed at one of Firmdale’s London hotels, Haymarket Hotel (below), a few years ago and it made a big impression on me.

Haymarket Hotel guest area

Until then, I’d never stayed at a hotel that felt so personal and artsy — with amazing one of a kind furniture pieces, incredible art installations and beautiful, lively fabrics everywhere.

 

Kit Kemp’s style is contemporary/trendy but at the same time, unbelievably warm and comfortable. It seems she has cracked the code on how to make modern spaces feel special without being cold or pretentious. Every piece looks like it was thoughtfully chosen and curated for that exact spot, so that it all works together – both visually and comfort-wise.

A suite at the Crosby Street Hotel, which carries through their animal theme…

When you first arrive at the Crosby, you might notice how friendly the staff is there. Unlike many city hotels, the Crosby has a really warm and spirited vibe….no attitude here, which is so refreshing.

Our room on the 10th floor was absolutely beautiful – with amazing view, mix of bespoke fabrics and patterns…

Personally I would not know how to mix greens, blues, fuchsia and gray — with florals and herringbone patterns! — but somehow the whole thing works and is surprisingly easy on the eye.

The walls in our room were actually upholstered in light gray wool — which as my daughter & her friend Katherine said: “I love how the walls are so cushiony!” It creates a really soft, warm cocoon. You definitely don’t feel like you’re in the middle of a big gritty city!

Kit Kemp uses these dress forms (below) as a motif in all her hotels (or at least the ones I’ve seen). They add great whimsy & somehow don’t feel fussy or precious. She adds brass nailheads, wood, strong geometrics, natural pieces throughout her interiors so they seem to play to both feminine and masculine styles.

I mean how can you not love this kind of gracious hospitality below?! And you know I’m crazy for clever branding touches….

Our friends Page & Katherine stayed at The Crosby with us, as they were heading up to Columbia program too. As you can see in their room (below), each guest room has a different palette, mix of fabrics, and unique furnishings — making the whole hotel feel a little more like a real house than a sterile matchy-matchy hotel.

Stay tuned for more on Thursday to see the amazing lobby, gardens & communal guest areas!

All photos are original to Elegant Mayhem, Page Evans or courtesy of Firmdale Hotels.

Happy official summer to everyone!  The new season coincided with completion of a house project I’d been chipping away at all spring — a new look for our front hall. We’ve been in our house for 10 years now and it’s funny but I just stopped noticing the front hall. In a busy house full of kids & pets & seemingly constant Amazon Prime deliveries (why??), the front hall is often our favorite dumping ground for backpacks, packages & yes, suitcases.  Other rooms in the house have been completely rearranged, done, redone & modified over the past decade as our needs & tastes changed, but the front hall felt like this inocuous kind of lobby, not worthy of much attention. Au contraire, mon frere!  It took display expert Bill Hopper for me to realize what a key role a front hall makes in the feeling you have when you first walk into a house. Let me show you some of his magic…

 

Phase IA— Before

 

I say 1”A” because the real Before would have had a black door. I’m obsessed with blue so when we had the house painted last summer it seemed inevitable we’d get a blue door going — so there’s that, below. (I changed my mind on the color a couple of times but I think we ended up with Benjamin Moore “Newburyport Blue”)

The cottage chest was my mother’s & she had helped me set up the hall a few years ago as kind of a “placeholder piece” as she would say…but time went on & I forgot all about that!  So with fresh eyes, I realized the more informal style of it belonged in our guest bedroom, where it now lives very happily.

In search of a more sophisticated piece that would tie into the Living Room in front of it, I found this Swedish table circa 1840 (below) from Loi Thai’s shop Tone on Tone. You might remember his name from a post I did a while ago about his AMAZING style!

I mean how could you not fall in love with the table’s little carvings??

The little bench underneath was a great affordable buy from Chairish.

The mirror from The Kellogg Collection was added to the space to give the hall a little more scale. Spatial relations are SO not my forte, so thank you to everyone at the Kellogg Collection (Mary, Becky, Michelle, & of course Bill) who helped by just looking at my little photos on my phone!

AFTER — Ok, now we’re cookin’ with gas…below:

A little tray that I got in Venice on 10th anniversary trip there with my husband…a putti angel knocker that I’ve still got to hang on the door….a feather in the lily pot from a recent walk…

With the right pieces now in place for form and function (my husband makes liberal use of the drawer in the table for keys & glasses, etc. which I LOVE because there’s no clutter on the table:), I could focus on the part I like and have more confidence in: picking the artwork. As some of you know, my dad (below) is an artist in Connecticut and I loved growing up on the water, so his paintings are like air to me – I need them to be everywhere!

Gayle Asher, with his painting of Lower East Side/NY at Yale University gallery

Bill Hopper rightly noticed that the watercolors (my dad’s favorite medium) I had on either side of the mirror were quite small for the space. “What if you framed them as triptychs and included some references about them to be more of a conversation piece?” he asked. So the fun began!

I’m still working on pulling this together – will show you the real FINAL “After” when I get there! In meantime, you know I really like and trust you because I’m going to show you this embarrassing little video that Bill posted on his site about our project….It gives you better sense about the paintings and their backstory.

Last but not least, the stair runner had survived years and years of rough traffic and at least 3 puppies, so it was time to refresh. Thanks Samantha for getting this process going — Necker Island Gray carpet

 

coming next week!

Since I launched this blog last January, perhaps the question I’ve gotten more than any other is about how women who are juggling so many different priorities can tackle something NEW (a business, a creative project, a new role in the office) OR amp up the work they’re already doing so it reaches a bigger market. One of the most effective ways to do this is by going through the strategic work of branding, which is really a formulaic way of uncovering your very best assets and how to bring them out more clearly to your audience.

I recently had the chance to dig into this subject with the founders of She Reaches, Tiffany Walker and Becca Marco, whom I met at Alt Design Conference in Salt Lake City/2016. Turns out we lived right near each other in Washington DC and struck up one of those really great professional/personal connections that has had us both rooting for each other as our businesses have evolved over the past 18 months.

Tiffany (left) & Becca (right)  

She Reaches has grown into a go-to resource for more & more women like me who want thoughts and practical suggestions on HOW to get out of your own way so you can achieve what you want (personally or professionally). I was honored to be their guest on podcast Episode #71 sharing my perspective & tips on how to think about personal branding, ways to maximize your social media inc. your LinkedIn profile without going crazy (after all, you’re trying to have a LIFE!) & how to make room for your passion projects.

Listen to my episode on the podcast down below!

Of course, before I could wax eloquent (or try!) in their interview, I had to take care of some domestic matters. Because Becca & Tiffany work full-time during the week (Becca as a media exec; Tiffany as a consultant and at-home mom), they do their podcast interviews on Saturday mornings. Which sounded GREAT until the moment came & both my teenage daughters had friends over….the dogs were full of energy despite a walk:(…and my husband was not golfing that weekend morning. Hence, a blockade needed to be constructed (see below) to allow for some level of quiet background noise:

Signs outside my bedroom, with me locked in interior bathroom beyond that. No recording studio at home? No problem!

Although my blog is more focused on design and creative pursuits, both Elegant Mayhem and She Reaches explore how to help women bring their most meaningful, beautiful vision for their life into reality. In the episode I was on, we tease out a lot of the questions about branding and how to find what you stand for, eliminating noise and getting clear on your most authentic positioning. But in other episodes, She Reaches looks at variety of other ways we can bring more ease and meaning into our work. Here are a couple of my recent favorite episodes:

Episode 68: Why Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk, with Danielle Krysa — http://shereaches.com/ep-068-why-your-inner-critic-is-a-big-jerk-with-danielle-krysa/

Episode #57: How to Organize Your Home with Joni & Kitt — http://shereaches.com/ep-057-how-to-organize-your-home/

They also recently launched She Reaches Her Goals: Intentional Goal Setting Guide to provide more structure and something tangible for tackling personal/professional wish list of projects.

Another resource:  I shared with you all a few weeks ago about Fiona Humberstone & her interesting new book, Brand Brilliance, on how to brand your business, whatever it is (as small as a school auction or as big as a national consumer lifestyle brand!). I’ve now thoroughly read & bookmarked this book, which is loaded with specifics and visuals and real-world examples to keep you inspired. Highly recommend!

If you still have Qs, you might want to read my past post on How To Launch Your Own Brand  ://elegantmayhem.com/2017/03/16/how-to-launch-your-own-brand/ )

Are you in a design rut? Does everything you look at online and even in print start to seem eerily the same (perhaps white walls, pink peonies, brass accents & teal-charcoal glossy cabinets)?  If so, then you might really want to follow Martina Mondadori Sartogo & her genius Cabana magazine for a shot of sophisticated & playful inspiration.

Photo of Martina & her family in London, courtesy of Architectural Digest

Photo credit: Alexander James, for the Telegraph UK

Although Cabana only comes out 2x a year, its impact has been epic in the design community. Based in Milan, Cabana has a completely different vibe than traditional glossy magazines:  its covers are made of sumptuous real textiles (including my favorite: Pierre Frey!) and the photo stories are more artistic and in-depth.

Photo courtesy of Tory Burch

Coverage of textile designer Carolina Irving’s Paris apartment, featured in Cabana magazine

Detail from Carolina Irving’s apartment…

And since Sartogo is one of the glitterati (her father, Leonardo Mondadori, was an Italian publishing magnate), she gives her readers access to wonderful private houses and collections that most editors cannot. For instance, this story about 80-year old haute couture dresses that were found in a closed trunk in the attic of Villa Erba, Cernobbio:

Photo by Guido Taroni, courtesy of Quintessence 

via Cabana magazine on Instagram (@cabanamagazine)

Martina’s passion for pattern and texture is evident from cover to cover and informs many of the subjects she chooses. Interestingly for such a non-commercial magazine – and as a testament to how her originality draws you in — many brands have asked for Cabana magazine to help them spice up their own collections. Paperless Post below, as well as Airbnb and Moda Operandi….

You can follow them on Instagram at @cabanamagazine or subscribe here

 

And if you’re thinking it’s a hassle or too much money for 2x year, consider that the back issues are now being sold for huge premium on 1st Dibs as collector items!

For more about Martina & her personal style, including how to entertain with style this summer, check out her best tips here.

 

Enjoy your armchair travel!!