bits of inspiration – #51.

I’ve never been a big fan of theme parks but this could be the exception. Earlier this month La Cité du Vin, a wine amusement park opened in Bordeaux, France. The park describes itself as “a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design.” The site includes both permanent and temporary exhibits, workshops, wine tours, and of course a few great restaurants. You can learn more aboutLa Cité du Vin on their website here. Might be time to plan a trip..

Photo courtesy of La Cité du Vin

bits of inspiration – #39.

I think just about every girl (and plenty of guys) who came of age in the 90s will be familiar with the home pictured below. If you don’t recognize it right off the bat here’s a hint:

“Everywhere you look, everywhere you go There’s a heart (There’s a heart), a hand to hold onto…”

Image courtesy of Vanguard Properties, Ed Deleski

If you haven’t guessed, this is the San Francisco home of the Full House Tanner family and it’s currently for sale for $4,150,000. Once again that $4M+ price point is justtttt out of reach for me but it’s still fun to take a look. The home has clearly undergone some significant renovations since the show’s final episode in 1995. Check out some more photos on Elle Decor.

I think the biggest selling point for me would be these doors – perfection.

bits of inspiration – #1.

The current wave of January-esque weather around Boston has left me feeling a little irritable the past few days. It’s frustrating when something totally out of your control can have such a negative impact on your mood, especially when I know that I have plenty for which to be really grateful. In an effort to boost my own spirits and practice some mindfulness, I’m committing to posting one image per day (either my own or found) that inspires some joy for me. For now, I’m calling these bits of inspiration.


The first of these is a photo I took yesterday while leaving my apartment. I look up to take in this view everyday and there’s something about the relationship of these buildings and the reflection of the greater city-scape that I never get tired of seeing. Even on a chilly day in April Boston is beautiful!

south end flower boxes.

My mom is really good at gardening. Just about every time I visit my parents (which is really often) she has a new plant or two and they’re always thriving. It seems though, that a “green thumb” is not a genetic trait since I genuinely cannot keep a plant alive. I’ve made a habit of keeping cut flowers in my apartment because I really do love the energy they add to a space. Even though I no longer try to keep my own live flowers in my home, I am fortunate to live in a neighborhood full of beautiful urban gardens, maintained by those people who don’t kill everything they plant. Because we’re in the city, front lawns are few and far between but flower boxes are really really prevalent.

Over the past weekend I took advantage of what may have been one of the last really mild days and walked around my neighborhood documenting the flower boxes that I saw and liked. I am so envious of these people who are able to enjoy these beautiful little mini-gardens adorning their homes. To numb the pain I also stopped for snacks.

obligatory foliage pic to start the afternoon.image_1

now on to the flower boxes…image_9image_10image_12image_7


the flowers pictured below belong to Mike & Patty’s in the Bay Village. I stopped here for a sandwhich and you should too because it was amazing! pro tip: call ahead to order.


walking is exhausting so I also stopped here for a coffee and a macaron. both were great.image_16image_8image_13image_15