Palm Springs Vibes

Palm Springs Vibes

Living under a perpetual rain cloud in the Pacific Northwest, I cannot wait to soak in some vitamin D by the time April rolls around. Thirsty for some fun in the sun, this year I began swimsuit shopping early and booked a last minute getaway to sunny Palm Springs. My bestie was already en route from L.A., and we had The Parker booked, my all-time fave design hotel. Being Coachella weekend, we also had a ton of events and #CoachellaVibes to look forward to! Check it out and start non-planning your next last-minute getaway! xx

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More Awesome Now

More Awesome Now

More Awesome Now is a project by HCMA Architecture+Design who are setting out to transform underutilized Vancouver laneways into vibrant spaces you can enjoy (aka. Instagram-worthy). And this ain't' just fresh paint; More Awesome Now could increase the pedestrian area of downtown by as much as 30%! The first awesome, laneway is right between Seymour and Granville Street located just south of West Hastings. I'm already looking forward to seeing the next one launching Summer, 2017. 

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Designers Get Creative With Their Island Getaway

Designers Get Creative With Their Island Getaway

Part of what Kerry Johnson and Ian McLeod enjoy spending time on when it comes to renovating their British Columbia vacation house are art projects, construction work, and meticulous DIY jobs. In fact, Johnson and McLeod have been so busy working on their playful and practical Mayne Island home since Houzz profiled it 3½ years ago that it was time for another tour. 

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Mila Zovko FW/16

Mila Zovko FW/16

Sandra Zovko has always had her eye very much cast on the future of fashion. With her ability to spearhead trends and her affinity for garments featuring pattern, colour, and bold prints; this year she burst onto the fashion scene with her covetable new knitwear brand, Mila Zovko.

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Mar Adentro Hotel and Residences, San José del Cabo, Mexico

Mar Adentro Hotel and Residences, San José del Cabo, Mexico

Amid the color that is Mexico, the clean white Mar Adentro in San José del Cabo stands out as an oasis of tranquility. Contemporary architect Miguel Ángel Aragonés reinforces his unique take on luxury with the striking design of this hypermodern 205-room hotel, where each room and residence seems to float over the water like a small, perfect isle.

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It’s More Fun in the Philippines

It’s More Fun in the Philippines

To me, travel is much more than epic landscapes and adventure—it’s all about creating everlasting memories. This spring, I experienced all of the above when my wanderlust landed me on the sun-kissed shores of the Philippines for two short (oh-so-sweet) weeks. And today, I’m still dreaming of those green, blue and turquoise crystal waters. Here's a peek inside my trip to Boracay and El Nido.

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Bright and Airy in Vancouver

Bright and Airy in Vancouver

Regan Xausa and her husband, Davide, founder of Velofix, a mobile bike repair company, found the perfect teardown property on a lot with major potential in one of Vancouver’s desirable neighborhoods. “We knew it was the one because the house had a south-facing backyard and it was on a quiet, tree-lined street,” says Regan. They rented for a year before starting the project, and Regan spent that time looking for inspiration and planning for a home that would include outdoor living, plenty of storage and a spacious kitchen. “We then tore the house down and started from scratch,” she says. 

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Palmbreezy

All about the palm trees and 80 degrees. Palmbreezy is my blog that celebrates art, fashion, design, and architecture from a tropical point of view. Check out some of my favorite sun-soaked posts from this year below.

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Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin | Photo by Brian Birzer

Hotel Saint Cecilia, Austin | Photo by Brian Birzer

Robbie Caponetto photography

Robbie Caponetto photography

Jeff Boudreau photography

Jeff Boudreau photography

Classic 50’s-60’s Pink Motel sign | photo by Corey Miller

Classic 50’s-60’s Pink Motel sign | photo by Corey Miller

Dean Martindale | VSCO Grid

Dean Martindale | VSCO Grid

Keith Stanley | Leaf Manipulation

Keith Stanley | Leaf Manipulation

Cathrin Schulz | Poolside

Cathrin Schulz | Poolside

Andreas Lind

Andreas Lind

Sephora

Vancouver: it's time to treat yo'self! Robson Street is now home to the largest Sephora retail location in Canada. Makeup, skincare, and hair products, oh my. 

Check out my Sephora photo tour for Zak Communications.