Travel

The Greenbrier

by Anh-Minh on July 6, 2015

greenbrier7While I’m not a golf fanatic, I do occasionally follow the sport, and this past weekend marked The Greenbrier Classic, an annual tournament held at the West Virginia resort. Some people are drawn to The Greenbrier for its golf and tennis amenities … and others, like me, to its decor, which can be traced back to Dorothy Draper. The noted interior designer “left the hotel with a bold new personality, using color and oversized patterns to paint a picture that reflected the luxury of space, elegance, and sense of history in every detail.” (You can read more about her firm’s relationship with the resort here.)

The aesthetic might not work with the architecture of my own home, but I would love to spend a long weekend in one of these rooms and admire the talents of Draper as well as her protégé, Carleton Varney.

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Twigitecture

by Kate on May 26, 2015

anthology-mag-blog-design-twighouses-1Oh, to sleep amongst the trees! I cannot imagine a more magical way to experience the outdoors. Last year, when we were scouting locations for Issue 17′s Market Report, I looked far and wide for treehouses in the Bay Area and found some real stunners. Ever since then, I’ve been somewhat obsessed with treehouse architecture of all kinds.

I came across this New York Times article from a couple of years ago only recently, but was delighted to learn that there are several examples of “twigitecture,” or humans nests, installed in the Bay Area. The nest at Treebones Resort (pictured below) not only has an amazing view, but probably smells pretty good, too—the creator, Jayson Fann, uses eucalyptus to make his suspended shelters. If you find yourself taking a trip to Northern California, consider booking a stay among the birds.

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soane1During my trip to London last fall, one of the highlights was visiting Sir John Soane’s Museum. The former residence of the distinguished architect has been turned into a museum, filled with art and antiquities. The interiors appear essentially as they did when he passed away in 1837.

Since museum-goers aren’t allowed to take pictures—and I’m not sure when I’ll be in London again—I was thrilled to receive an email with these images: They depict the Soane’s private apartments and model room, both of which open tomorrow. The public now has access to the newly renovated spaces for the first time in over 160 years. If you’re around London or planning a trip there, I highly recommend adding the museum to your itinerary. (And I’ll be so jealous!)

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{ All images ©Gareth Gardner }

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First We Eat

by Kate on April 24, 2015

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I have recently become a workshop junkie, using most of my free weekends to take classes in everything from archery to sourdough bread-making. It’s a little daunting every time, to throw myself into a new group of people, a new place, and try something I’ve never done before. But all of those new elements add up to an adventure, where time stretches and I leave with new friends, and the glow of good time spent. In my searching for more, I came across First We Eat, a podcast and event series created and run by Eva Kosmas Flores and Carey Nershi, two talented food stylists, photographers, and bloggers on opposite coasts.

The duo has chosen some incredible settings for their workshops, including a turn-of-the-century saltbox home in Cape Cod and a lake house in the Swedish forest on the shores of Lake Koppan. The multi-day workshops include delicious communal meals, hands-on training in food styling and photography, and other fun activities like cheese-making or fly fishing. They are filling up fast, so head over to their site to sign up for what is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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 { The next open event is a Food Styling, Photography & Portrait Workshop set in Sweden. Click here to register! }

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 { A workshop in Croatia will be coming in summer 2015! }

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 { Eva’s recipe for a beautiful Oregano Honey Cake with Blackberry Buttercream. }

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 { Carey’s Mustard Chicken with Celery Root Puree & Kale Salad }

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Get Yourself to Bali

by Kate on March 10, 2015

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Lately I’ve been quite the devoted homebody: any daydreaming I sneak in during work hours usually involves gardening projects or home-cooked treats. But it took only a minute or two of reading “Tropical Punch” in our current issue, and ogling Paola Zanconaro’s colorful, open-air Balinese abode, for me to change my tune, pick up my computer, and obsessively begin planning a dreamy Balinese adventure.

Much to my surprise and delight, it turns out there are some very affordable flights to be found to Indonesia—particularly in the off-peak season, which coincidentally is now through May. I was inspired by the casual, intimate charm of Paola’s home, and I thought I would search for villas that share a similar blend of modern minimalism, bold color, and traditional Indonesian flourish.

These Balinese sanctuaries were some of my favorites, and I would happily ensconce myself in any one of them tout suite. I highly recommend taking a moment to dream about Bali— imagining yourself surrounded by the warm, fragrant air can ease a day’s stress like you won’t believe. And if you are really buried under work, then all the more reason to dream, and perhaps go the extra step and plan a trip to paradise. Your mind and body will thank you for it.

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Bring some friends with you for the journey and share this luxurious, eco-conscious, family-friendly villa in Ubud for just $355 a night.

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 Nestled in a sleepy town in Northwest Bali, this secluded Jeda Villa has views of all forms of paradise: tropical gardens, mountains, the open sea…

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Perched on the edge of the Ayung river valley, this four-level villa, known as the Sunrise House, is made entirely from bamboo and accommodates 9 guests! While it’s unlikely I’ll ever be traveling in such a large group, I couldn’t resist including this spot. Nothing is off limits when you daydream! 

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