Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Giveaway | Trinkets Jewelry and Accessory Prize Pack!


This week's giveaway is from Trinkets, which sells handmade party favors, jewelry and art. I'm so smitten with their sweet "you are my sunshine" origami stars!



They have a great selection of origami favors and decor!




...and lots of cute and feminine jewelry as well. 



Friday, April 11, 2014

An Ode to the Roadside Fiberglass Bull

https://www.flickr.com/photos/75905404@N00/3008077340/in/photostream/

As we're on the road this week, heading down south and checking out some roadside attractions along the way (follow along on Instagram!), I had to share this roadside attraction from my childhood.

This giant fiberglass bull statue sits along SR 224 in tiny Gilboa, Ohio (population 184), close to where my grandmother lived and my mother grew up. Local history has it that the bull was an eccentric purchase by the village official put in charge of grant money intended for downtown business revitalization. 

Driving past the statue as a kid, I thought it was one-of-a-kind; but after doing a little digging I discovered plenty of my cow's brethren scattered across the US. Here's some steer eye candy for your weekend ;)

http://fatandyzrte66.wordpress.com/2011/03/06/the-big-texas-amarillo-tx/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/282249101617471794/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/304767099754053576/

http://www.wisconsinosity.com/county.php?county=9

https://www.flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/3629074504

 Tons more in the Sign of the Cow Flickr group!





Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Giveaway | Bigger Than Little Hanging Planter


This week's giveaway is from Bigger Than Little, an Oregon based Etsy shop with an eclectic selection of fantastic handmade items. Basically, everything I need for my imaginary southwestern bohemian vacation home...but they'd look pretty amazing in my little ranch house as well.





Monday, April 7, 2014

Searching for the "Real" Grand Budapest Hotel - 6 Amazing Real Life Hotels Worth the Journey


I walked out of Wed Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel dying to take a trip to the fictional (but why?!) Grand Budapest, as it was in the 1930s. While there is no "real" Grand Budapest to journey to, production designers took inspiration from real historic hotels-- and I've dug up some great lookalikes! 

In no particular order, 6 amazing real-life hotels that will help fill the Grand Budapest shaped hole in your heart:

Far from the alpine setting of the Budapest, the Taleon Imperial Hotel sits on the Moika River in St Petersburg, Russia. This luxury hotel boasts a salmon pink facade and predilection for red in the interior design that can't help but bring to mind our imaginary hotel. 



Cited by the production designers as one of their sources of inspiration, the Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic has retained much of it's historic elegance, though sadly you'll find neither 30s nor 60s design in the sleek and modern baths. 


However, you will find a dead ringer for the Budapest's deer overlook in the town of Karlovy Vary!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mrlederhosen/26061995/

And, if needed a little more inspiration to visit Karlovy Vary, check out the facade of the Bristol Palace Hotel, almost certainly a source of inspiration for the Grand Budapest:



 The stunning thermal baths are the draw at Hotel Gellert in Budapest, Hungary, as the guest rooms seem to have been mostly recently updated in the early 80s. Day visitors can pay to use the baths (which are actually run separately from the hotel), so stay elsewhere, bring your swim cap and hope that Ralph Fiennes will be there waiting for you ;)



 The historic Grandhotel Giessbach sits high above Lake Brienz, in Switzerland, and offers access from the pier below via a funicular railway! (In retrospect, I ought to have prioritized the list and made this number 1, purely on the strength of the funicular.)



Part of what makes the Grand Budapest Hotel feel so grand is the multi-story open atrium lobby. The second Budapest hotel on the list, the Boscolo, has a similarly stunning atrium lobby. (If you like the atrium lobby concept, check out my post on West Baden Springs Hotel here in the US.) 



 If you're looking for the 1960s vibe that Jude Law's young writer encountered on his visit to the Grand Budapest, Hotel Miradouro in Porto, Portugal is just the ticket, with some pretty fantastic original 60s decor!


Which is your favorite? Have you found any other Grand Budapest lookalikes? Let me know in the comments!

p.s. Check out this Atlas Obscura article on an abandoned academy in much the same style as the Grand Budapest. 

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