Travel Home Goes to Texas

We had a big Texas welcome for our book signing events in Dallas and Austin a few weeks ago. When we stepped off of the plane, we could hear “Jolene” played by a country western band and we knew we were going to have a great time! It was so special to see friends and also meet new friends at both events.

In Dallas, we had a wonderful event in the historic Aldophus hotel that my friend, Joslyn Taylor and the firm Swoon Studio decorated. It’s a gem and I dream of those mosaic floors in the lobby. The book signing was at Shop Commerce and was hosted by Joslyn Taylor and Samantha Reitmayer Sano. Of course, we found time to also shop – they had such a lovely curated selection of items! I bought gifts for the kiddos and my mom bought a turn-of-the-century engraved gold locket. We stayed with Joslyn and her wonderful family and were just gasping at the beautiful oasis she had created!

The next day we jumped into the car and drove from Dallas to Austin for our next signing that evening. My close friend, Camille Styles, hosted us at her home in Austin. The house sits on the top of a hill that overlooks Austin and the Colorado River, which feeds into Lake Austin. With glass walls in the living room that can be entirely opened, it felt as if we could see the entire horizon stretched out below us. We had another incredible signing with such interesting people. About halfway through the event, a tremendous thunderstorm hit and we watched as the sky lit up. It was an evening we won’t quickly forget! You can see more photos from that event over on Camille’s site.

Now we need to plan a longer trip so we can actually spend more time exploring!

Photography from Camille event by Ashleigh Amoroso

On the Bookshelf

I’ve fallen a bit behind on my review of books (too busy getting my own book launched and book tour!) and I didn’t want to leave out these two amazing books: Houses/Atelier AM and Terrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden.

Houses/Atelier AM by the husband-wife team Alexandra and Michael Misczynski, this is a follow-up book to their hugely successful book Interiors: Atelier AM. The interiors featured in the book are all designed by them and they are ones of refined beauty one can only dream of living in. With stunning antiques and priceless art, these homes show us a style everyone should feast their eyes upon. Taking on very few projects a year, each house is both an architectural and landscaped treasure.

In Terrain: Ideas and Inspiration for Decorating the Home and Garden, writer Gary Lehmkuhl takes the reader through the steps to bring your space alive with suggestions on how to bring nature into your home. I had the opportunity of visiting their founding location at an historic nursery in southeast Pennsylvania, and it did not disappoint. I love the earthy approach to decorating that encourages bringing the outdoors in. Now I need to search for a nursery and try to implement some of the great ideas I found in the book!

Check out our past book reviews here.

Fall in Love with Jayson Home

One of the places I often source for my clients’ spaces, is Jayson Home in Chicago. It’s been a tried and true source for many many years. The selection is deep and what I love is that I find pieces for their homes I don’t see everywhere – they are amazing curators. They have a wide variety of both furniture and accessories. And I can say, we usually source all of our table lamps from them (why is lighting sometimes so hard?). I can always count on Jayson Home to have those finishing touches I need to create a beautiful space.

I’m excited to announce that for those of you living in the Chicago area, Jayson Home will be hosting our book signing for Travel Home at their store on Tuesday, October 8th from 5-7pm. It felt like the perfect match since we are already such huge fans of this store.

With the change of season I thought I’d put together a mood board made up of items I’m currently loving from Jayson Home – there is no better time to switch out some items than a new season.

Tanjia Spoons
Beldi Footed Plates
Aline Wing Chair in White
Cotswold Solid Bedding
Linker Tables (LOVE THESE)
African Basket
Alban Bar Stool
Clara Sofa

I hope this brings you some inspiration to you and your home. And remember we will be in Chicago at Jayson Home on 10/8 and be sure to check out all our Travel Home book tour dates HERE. We look forward to meeting you!