Trends will always come and go. The era of carpeted bathrooms is long gone (hopefully never to return), and the obsession with brushed gold hardware and black accents is just barely getting started. However, there is something to be said for the timelessness of a well-traveled look.
Bohemian style – essentially the opposite of minimalism – oozes vibrant colors, cozy textures, and layers upon layers of pattern (Turkish rugs, anyone?). It’s almost as if the spaces are saying, “I don’t care what’s trendy, I just want to be comfortable.” Knickknacks from travels around the world often line the shelves of bohemian interiors, while antiques, flea market finds, and an abundance of plants fill in the empty spaces.
Take a look at these photos and see why this style has us swooning lately:
Have you ever been homesick for a place you’ve only visited once?
This summer, part of our team took a two-week trip to Greece – and promptly fell in love with it. There’s just something about standing in the town square where Socrates used to stroll and climbing the rock where the Apostle Paul preached that captures your imagination in an irresistible way. And when we saw those crystal clear waters for the first time? Forget about it. We were goners. Someone take us back now, please??
Have we convinced you to start planning your own trip yet? Check out our list of must-visit Greek destinations, and see why we’re so head-over-heels!
1. Kythira, Ionian Island
Kythira (also spelled Kythera) is one of the lesser-known Greek islands, but it was by far our favorite stop of the entire trip. Like Santorini, it boasts white-washed houses and sea views, but it has more of a wild beauty that’s sort of indescribable. The sound of cicadas chirping serves as the perfect background music to a short roadtrip across the island. It also has the most beautiful swimming beaches we’ve ever seen, most notably Kaladi, Avlemonas, and Kapsali. If you add Kythira to your list of stops, don’t forget to wander the main street of Chora (the capitol – pictured above), eat at Toxoti in the town of Livadi, and visit the Potamos market on Sunday.
2. Athens, Mainland Greece
Standing on top of the Acropolis, looking at the Parthenon, is – for lack of a better word – overwhelming. Its history alone is enough to inspire awe, let alone the fact that it (along with all of the other buildings on the Acropolis) was built in a span of 30 years. The view from the top of Mars Hill is also stunning, with a clear shot all the way to the port of Piraeus. For the best gyros and souvlaki, head to a side street of Monastiraki Square nicknamed “Souvlaki Row.” If you order to-go, you can walk through the nearby flea market and the Ancient Agora while you eat!
3. Monemvasia, Peloponnese Region
Though small, Monemvasia makes a big impact, even from a few miles away. The town is essentially a rock jutting out of the sea, connected to the rest of Greece via a small land bridge. Several hundred years ago, the town would have been white-washed, but since it’s now mostly deserted (aside from tourists), the plaster on the houses has faded to show the red brick underneath. Wandering the streets at dusk is a magical experience, but don’t forget to climb to the top of the rock for breathtaking views (if it’s too hot to make the climb, there are a few rooftop bars in the lower town).
4. Nafplio, Peloponnese Region
The first capitol of Greece after its War of Independence, Nafplio has a multi-cultural history, having been controlled at different times by the Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, and Ottomans. The photo above shows the stunning view from the Palamidi Fortress, a Venetian structure that sits high on a hill above the town – one of three such fortresses in the area. Elsewhere in the town, you’ll find Greek Orthodox cathedrals and Turkish mosques within a few blocks from each other. The town also has a gorgeous little swimming beach, and plenty of delicious seafood.
5. Mystras, Peloponnese Region
Mystras is a small town just outside of Sparta in the Peloponnese (peninsula) region of Greece. It’s made up almost entirely of monasteries, which were constructed out of the ruins of Ancient Sparta, after its destruction. But the structures, while impressive, were not the star of the show. Our senses were completely overwhelmed by the Tuscany-like views and the nearly deafening song of the cicadas. While there, you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported to a different time. Be sure to stop at the little taverna on your way back down the mountain for some mouthwateringly good food.
6. Santorini, Cycladic Island
You probably knew this place just from the photo. Santorini is one of the most recognizable tourist destinations in Greece, and with good reason. It’s so unbelievably beautiful that it’s impossible to take a bad photo here. The entire time we were on the island, we just kept asking, “Is this real?” Oia (pictured above) is the best spot for views of the caldera during the daytime, and you should probably see the sunset from here at least once on your trip (it’s crowded every day, so go an hour early). However, we’d argue that the sunset in Fira is even more beautiful, because of the way the houses reflect the colors of the sky! Grab a reservation at Noussa early in the day, for dinner around sunset time. Kamari beach is also a must for anyone who has “black sand beach” on their bucket list.
It’s the late 1950’s, and you’re invited to a dinner party at a friend’s house. As you walk through the front door and make your way to the dining room, you glance briefly into the living room and… What does the sofa look like?
If it’s true to the era, the sofa is probably a vibrantly colored fabric – orange, chartreuse, maybe teal – and lifted off the ground on tapered, walnut wood legs. It’s most likely paired with a streamlined, hairpin-leg coffee table, and a brass sunburst mirror on the wall above. In the corner of the room, you might even find an original Eames Lounge Chair next to a wall of floor-to-ceiling picture windows.
Rooted in the German Bauhaus movement, midcentury modern design has a minimalistic and retro feel, with the added interest of brilliant colors and rich wood tones. Still highly popular today, this style hasn’t changed much in the last 60 years, and with good reason. Why mess with an already beautiful thing?
Take a look below for some Midcentury Modern inspiration:
Ten years ago this month, I obtained my business license to start my own company – to hang up my own shingle, as it is said. I had entrepreneurship in my genes, but I never seriously considered the idea until I was practically forced into it that tumultuous year.
2007 was the beginning of the great recession and the beginning of my new life. I was a newlywed, and had been working in the thriving model home industry for several years before it came to a screeching halt. Massive downsizing had begun throughout my industry, and in the midst of this – having been laid off 3 times in 18 months – working for myself became more and more attractive.
RWD had a very slow beginning, which was to be expected given the state of the economy. I was still working part time for other firms, but this allowed me time to learn how to run a business, network, market, and try on all of the other hats a business owner has to wear. Experience is the best teacher, and I had plenty on this new journey, dealing with unhappy clients, surly contractors, difficult vendors, scammy marketers, changing business models, and shifting company structures.
Now that my company is enjoying constant growth and continued success, I do not hesitate to share my experiences, giving the honest truth to any interested student or beginning designer. Seriously, I could write a book to advise on what works/doesn’t work in the business of design. But day in and day out, I have never regretted the decision I made ten years ago to start my company.
I am blessed to be able to practice my passion every day, bringing purpose, beauty and inspiration into my clients’ lives and homes. I am looking forward to seeing what the next ten years bring!
The field of Interior Design has always felt like a natural fit for me. Even before acquiring a Bachelor’s Degree in Interior Design, I was designing rooms for friends and family. I developed this passion througheducation, trained my skills through in the field experience with internships, and after graduating, I began my career as and interior designer in a Sacramento firm and never looked back.