LIFE ON THE WATER – A Curated Sausalito Houseboat Exudes International Style

Trading the rushed pace of urban living for views of sailboats and sounds of waves is what many city-dwellers long for in a summer vacation, but few take the leap to make it a fulltime lifestyle. Megan Dixon had been an urbanite all her life—working in Boston, London, and San Francisco as an international lawyer—but it was ultimately the call of the water that persuaded her to leave her city roots behind. After joking to a friend that the only way she’d move to Marin, a suburb just north of San Francisco, would be if she lived on a houseboat, Megan and her friend drove to nearby Sausalito to view a three-story floating home up for sale. The trip began as a lark, but when Megan stepped off the dock and onto the houseboat she was sold. Continue reading

Exploring Iceland – the land of fire and ice


The Golden Circle’s crowning jewel is Gullfoss Waterfall. Located a ten-minute drive from the geysers, Gullfoss is situated in the Hvítá River Valley. With a drop of over one hundred feet in two cascading tiers, Gullfoss Waterfall is a shutterbug’s playground. Plan to stay and enjoy a bite to eat and a local beer (Viking Gylltur) at the visitor’s center. Depending on the timing of your visit, you can add on a Hvítá River rafting tour or a snowmobile tour of the Langjökull glacier. Adventurous travelers might consider adding highlights like Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon, or the seven- to fourteen-day Ring Road itinerary. Continue reading

Floral Footprint

The Storied Travels of Popular Plants


Just like people and animals, plants have a history of migration. Granted, tulips and chrysanthemums don’t just pick up and walk to a new place; but with natural carriers and human movement, plants have made their way around the world. Here’s a glimpse at the history behind some well-traveled and well-adapted plants that make your home garden a global market of diverse flora that brings beauty and pleasure throughout all four seasons.

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Island Idyll

A Bahamian Retreat That’s the Epitome of Barefoot, Breezy Chic


As far as Caribbean getaways go, Harbour Island ranks: a nearly four-mile-long isle of pink-sand beaches and a teensy population (less than 2,000 at last count). It’s a go-to hideaway for boldface names from Robert de Niro to Jimmy Buffett, thanks in part to its combination of Caribbean charm and New England–style architecture introduced in the 1700s by Loyalist settlers. It was into this paradise that Toronto-based designer Laura Hay worked her design magic for clients on a beachy bungalow that was originally built in the late 1800s—and more than showing its age. “It was an old historical cottage and, like a lot of the cottages on the island, had been Band-Aided over several generations,” says Hay. “It was termite infested!” What started out as a renovation quickly turned into a complete restoration and rebuild. “The main house exterior was maintained for historical purposes, but other than that it was a complete gut.”

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Camp Cooking

When you plan for a weekend in the great outdoors, the perfect menu is paramount. With fewer resources for meal prep, cooking, and cleanup, you must be creative. I’ve done the legwork for you by putting together these tasty campfire recipes that can be cooked over hot campfire coals or on a camp stove. Prep some ingredients ahead of time, and pack the essential accessories: oven mitts, tongs, aluminum foil, a cast-iron skillet, and a coffee pot. From breakfast to dinner and everything in between, campfire cooking helps makes for a deliciously memorable vacation under the stars.

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Omaha Nebraska – Visit This Midwest City for More Than Steak

There’s a reason billionaire Warren Buffett holed up in Omaha, Nebraska and never left—he is still living in the stucco house he bought for $31,500 in 1958. It’s because Omaha is a pride of the plains, a hipster treasure trove of toothsome restaurants, exquisite shopping, and cultural offerings that would fit right in on New York City’s Museum Mile, all within the welcoming comfort of the Midwest.

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structure and style

How to Use Texture and Pattern in the Garden


Creating a pleasing landscape or garden for your home is an opportunity to express yourself creatively. Two design elements that contribute enormously to the success of a garden composition are texture and pattern. The truly great gardens use these elements, along with unity and harmony, proportion and scale, light and shade, and mass and space to create a garden that has a delightful tension between restful and stimulating.


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Playfully Modern.

A Colorful Collaboration for a San Francisco Family


Katie McCaffrey was excited. When she and her business and design partner, Martha Angus, were interviewing with clients for a potential project, the duo learned that their good friend and colleague, architect Andrew Mann, would be heading up the home’s renovation. “We were over the moon when we learned Andrew would be a part of this project,” says McCaffrey. “We just work so well together and know each other’s styles so well.”

Luckily, McCaffrey and Angus of Angus McCaffrey Interior Design, Inc., landed the job and soon began their collaboration with Mann and the homeowners on the renovation of their traditional, 4,000-square-foot, San Francisco home. Mann previously worked with the clients on the renovation of the top floor of their three-story home, which houses the master suite and their three kids’ bedrooms. The goal with phase one was to maintain the integrity of the home’s traditional architectural details but inject more natural light and clean, modern lines and finishes to the space. “That meant being creative with skylights,” explains Mann, who added one in the master bath and master closet. “It creates a glow whether it’s sunny or foggy outside.”

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Light & Laid-Back.

A Canada Bungalow Meets California Midcentury Modern


As cofounder of The Coveteur magazine, Erin Kleinberg was used to seeing the home interiors of some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities including Khloé Kardashian and Hugh Hefner. The magazine, which gave an inside look into tastemakers’ closets, was a natural outlet for the Canadian-bred Kleinberg, whose style career included her role as fashion director for W Magazine and designer of her own fashion line. “The Coveteur really took this voyeuristic approach by showing celebrities’ intimate spaces like their closet[s],” she says. “It was just another way for me to cover fashion.”

It was also how Kleinberg’s love for interior design began. So much so that when the mompreneur and her husband, Mickey Lungu, were looking for a home in their native Toronto, she knew exactly what she wanted. “The most important thing to me was natural light and high ceilings,” says Kleinberg, who is now cohead of the creative brand agency Méteir Creative. Kleinberg found her perfect home in a 3,200-square-foot bungalow in Toronto’s Cedarvale neighborhood. “It was such a cute home,” she says. “The exterior looked almost like a surf shack with all-white wood siding and a little peaked roof. It reminded me of a James Perse pop-up store.”

The bungalow needed updating that went beyond finishes and color schemes. So the couple enlisted the help of architect Brenda Izen of Izen Architecture to help reimagine the home. “There wasn’t much that was salvageable,” says Izen of the bungalow. “But we did take a lot of inspiration from it. White painted brick, little flowers, everything about it was evocative of what they later wanted to build.” And what they wanted to build was a home that had a laid-back, California vibe with an approachable, modern design. “Mickey and I vacation a lot in Palm Springs, even got married there,” says Kleinberg. “We adore midcentury-modern homes and all of the art deco and colors and vibes of the desert. A lot of the homes in Toronto are dark and a lot of people think that’s what you should do in this climate. But for me, I need to feel tons of natural light and feel like I’m at the beach.”

With that in mind, Izen and Kleinberg began their collaboration. “From the very beginning, natural light has always been a driving force with this project,” says Izen. In the kitchen, the architect strategically placed two, six-foot-wide-by-two-feet-high windows above the range flanking the hood to introduce natural light into the space. In lieu of traditional cabinetry, Izen added open shelving to complement the sleek marble that runs the length and height of the wall. “It still provides plenty of storage while also letting in a lot of natural light,” says Izen. “Cabinets are really formal, and this is not a formal, traditional home.” White Caesarstone counters complete the modern look.

In the master bathroom, Kleinberg was inspired by the design of 11 Howard in New York City. “I travel so much for work that I would often pull ideas from hotels I stayed in knowing I might one day incorporate those ideas into my own house,” she says. “I spend so much time getting ready in the bathroom that I wanted it to be this sanctuary.” Izen designed sleek, white oak millwork to complement the white porcelain sinks and counters and all-brass hardware and accents. “It’s not a utilitarian bathroom,” says Izen, “it’s a destination.”

For Kleinberg, designing the interiors of her home was as much about that laid-back, California vibe as it was about reflecting her personal style. “Our home is very modern, but we made sure that there are a lot of warm elements,” she says. “I feel very lucky to have done this. To get to build something from scratch exactly to your liking is something very rare.”

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Burns Bespoke.

A British Family Reinvents Their Longtime Home

There’s only one problem with being to the manor born, as the expression goes. Occasionally, the manor is unlivable. Perhaps it’s filled with one-too-many breakable antiques or a dowdy chintz scheme that makes it feel like a stuffy, doily-strewn bed-and-breakfast. That was exactly what London-based designer Oliver Burns, who owns this late Georgian/early Victorian brick home in the British countryside, was trying to avoid. He and his family had actually been hoping to move but ended up overhauling the house they already owned instead. “We spent four years looking for another Georgian house to turn into our forever home, but couldn’t find what we wanted. So we recreated as much of what we wanted as we could in our current home and in turn fell in love with the property all over again.”

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