Monday, March 30, 2015

A Beautiful Vancouver Home

After what seems like ages, I am back with a post on my friend Annekatrin's house.  If you are a faithful reader of this blog (hi mom!), you may remember that my youngest son and I visited Vancouver, BC in October to check out fall leaves and spend some quality time with our friends who live there.  They have recently renovated their home and below are some pictures of the results.  They worked with an architect and an interior designer, and the final product is stylish and welcoming.  But let the photos, taken by the design firm, speak for themselves. Lovely, isn't it?

A mosaic tile focal point in the French country kitchen

Sunday, March 15, 2015

A Foodie Tour of Upcountry Maui

On Valentine's Day weekend, which coincided with President's Day weekend and thus was one of those wonderful three-day affairs, we flew over to Maui for some quality relaxation. For those of you not from Hawaii, Maui is about a 30 minute airplane ride from Honolulu. And that includes taxiing. Flight takes off, you get a tropical juice drink, you have five minutes to drink it, flight lands. Just my kind of travel.

View from our room at the Grand Wailea

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Crystal Beauty

I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with giant crystal chandeliers. No, I don't own any. I also don't own a mansion or palace. Which is exactly where these beauties belong. Or in a theater - and that is where I found the specimen below. It hangs in the Baroque Theatre in the royal palace in Gödöllő, Hungary. The theater was recently restored (one of only two existing baroque theaters in the world) during the latest phase of the palace reconstruction.

Isn't this chandelier gorgeous? 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Charming Castle Hotel in Central Wales: Craig-Y-Nos Castle

Last summer on our tour of United Kingdom and Ireland we stopped at this lovely castle hotel, situated in central Wales, in the Upper Swansea Valley in Powys. Craig-Y-Nos ("Rock of the Night")  was built between 1840 and 1843 in neo-gothic style

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Perfect Little Japanese Garden in Kailua

One of my favorite things about working with real estate is the ability to check out properties. I get to see it all, the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. This past Thursday was an especially lucky day to check out the offerings on the Windward side of Oahu: the first place we visited had this lovely garden as a surprise. The house itself was also very nice, but the garden was simply perfect.