Making A Summer Rental Feel Like Home

Summer is finally here and with the cold, wet spring (and winter) we just survived, I couldn’t be more thrilled for a season of weekend getaways. The best thing about living in the Bay Area is its proximity to some of the most picturesque areas of California, like Tahoe, Big Sur, the Monterey Bay Peninsula, the Russian River, and of course, wine country. And because these spots are just within a couple of hours from San Francisco, there is no shortage of beautiful homes in the vacation rental market. Searching for the perfect vacation rental can be fun and addictive, but also challenging. Ever since my husband and I acquired two miniature sized traveling companions, ages 1 and 4, our search criteria have modified. Kid friendly homes are a requisite, pools are a must, large kitchens are a luxury and an outdoor fire pit is a huge bonus. Just a couple of weekends ago, our entire family escaped to an adorable rental in Healdsburg that fit the bill. Our little weekend getaway was ideal, but not without a few housekeeping and travel tips that I’ve learned along the way . . .

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Quiet, Please

Over the past year, Thibaud Poirier has traveled all across Europe to capture 25 of the world’s most magnificent libraries. From the opulent Literature Room, of the Library of Sorbonne, in Paris, to the minimalist and modern architecture of the Grimm Zentrum Library in Berlin, these images are utterly captivating. The spaces also seem colossal beyond imagination, especially when empty of people. I can’t wait to see the Paris based photographer continue to add more libraries to his ongoing series. In the accelerated digital age we’re living in, it’s especially important that we value these most vital institutions.

Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Salle Labrouste, Paris

Grimm Zentrum Library, Berlin

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48 Hours At Andaz Scottsdale

Every time I visit the southwest, I fall deeper and deeper in love with the desert. My first trip to Scottsdale earlier this month only intensified my infatuation. The incredible experience can be credited to a midweek getaway at Andaz’s newly opened resort, the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Set within a 23 acre desert oasis, near the base of Camelback Mountain, the resort has paid the utmost attention to every detail. Each of the 201 casitas evoke desert minimalism and midcentury modernism, the art throughout the property has been created and curated by Scottsdale’s legendary Cattle Track Arts Compound, the lush landscaping blends seamlessly into the natural environment, and menu at the Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen reflects local influences and ingredients. It’s clear, the moment you check in, that the resort’s ethos is genuinely devoted to paying homage to the artists, farmers and community of the Sonoran desert. And although you never have to leave the resort to experience the essence of Scottsdale, I managed to squeeze in some amazing highlights in just 48 hours . . .

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Sanayi 313

Sanayi 313 isn’t just a shoe label. It’s a concept boutique founded by brothers Enis and Amir Karavil. Located in an industrial district of Istanbul, Sanayi 313 offers home furnishings, art, clothing, a marketplace and restaurant. Serena Uziyel, a close friend and Parsons School of Design graduate, joined the duo to design a collection of Ottoman-inspired babouche slippers and a cult following was ignited. The embellishments, which include pom poms, tassels and metallic embroidery, are fun but not frivolous – bold but not garish. Love. No, obsessed.

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