• Bunking up at Tenuta Santo Pietro in Tuscany

    By Sara Bliss on January 14, 2012
    After I posted on the cozy and colorful children’s rooms at the Kurland in South Africa many of you asked for more  hotels with rooms designed specifically for kids. It seems those of you with wanderlust and little ones too, love the idea of unique hotels that are designed with families in mind. Hotel designers take note! Creating gorgeous grown-up bedrooms along […]
  • Tito Pedrini Checks into Le Sirenuse

    By Sara Bliss on January 7, 2012
    Jeweler and gemologist Tito Pedrini has the dashing, debonair style of a 1950s movie star. It’s a quality you rarely see anymore but it certainly makes the charming Italian native, who lives in Manhattan, the perfect ambassador for his worldly and sophisticated jewelry line.  From stunning green tourmaline necklaces to black onyx and purple sapphire rings, his pieces are coveted […]
  • Betsy Burnham checks into Hotel Cipriani

    By Sara Bliss on November 9, 2011
    I have yet to see a room done by designer Betsy Burnham that I didn’t want to move right into. The California-based designer has a flair for creating layered, livable spaces that feel like real people (though probably incredibly cool people) inhabit them. She is also a master of the high/low mix. Betsy’s rooms effortlessly combine eye-catching patterns with vintage pieces,  ethnic prints […]
  • Design Lessons from La Minervetta

    By Sara Bliss on August 10, 2011
    Perched on a cliffside in Sorrento, La Minervetta is a family run 12-room boutique hotel with spectacular views and a lively design. Designed by one of the owners, Marco DeLuca, the rooms boast bold hues, chic bathrooms, and views that would be a dream to wake up to. Lots of design ideas to crib here. Read on for pics and […]
  • Ruthie Sommers Checks into The Palazzo Sasso

    By Sara Bliss on June 13, 2011
    When designer Ruthie Sommers and her pooch appeared on the cover of domino in front of a killer, graphic pink couch, she quickly became the poster girl for a new approach to decorating.  Ruthie’s early signatures–graphic prints paired with vintage finds, a vibrant approach to color, and a dose of laid back cool–inspired legions of fans (and imitators).  The genius of […]
  • The Allure of Orange: L’Andana in Italy

    By Sara Bliss on April 26, 2011
    For spring, designers sent strong, saturated colors down the runways. Bold stripes, color-blocking, and monochromatic looks have taken hold of the fashion set, but the color that is capturing everyone’s attention this season is orange. Whether vibrant or more rusty, orange feels incredibly current.  It is also one of those magical hues that has the power to banish the blahs–it’s […]