Travel Notes

Boutique Hotels Trend: Treehouses by Baumraum

Imagine traveling and staying in a place that feels like a house yet is magically nestled amidst nature—an adult treehouse to be exact! Let the adventure begin with Baumraum, a German architectural firm that envisions and builds these exceptional, eco-friendly and ultra-modern boutique hotels.

Aside from the innovative, contemporary design of these lofted luxury hotels, architect Andreas Wenning places utmost importance on materials and installation. Domestic timber is mainly used, with larch wood being a predominant material for its strength, beauty and sustainability. Finishes vary and can be natural, oiled, waxed, even varnished depending on the design vision. Energy-efficiency is key whether for hot or cold climates, with natural materials such as wood fiberboard, sheep’s-wool or coconut fiber matting being used for insulation.






Posted by Suzanne at 13 March, 2013

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The HP & Intel Project Runway Designer Reunion

During NYC Fashion Week we attended the Project Runway Designer Reunion sponsored by HP and Intel at Skylight West. Project Runway Season 11 premiered January 24 at 9/8c. All of this season’s participants seemed to be at the reunion. The evening kicked off with a VIP champagne reception co-sponsored by the Style Coalition and HP. It included a panel discussion regarding the impact and influence of technology on the fashion industry. The entire night was filled with examples of technological and social media interfaces and their applications within the fashion community. After the panel discussion, it was up to the party where we chatted with Project Runway participants past and present. The models and clothes were beautiful and it was all great fun! Here are just a few snapshots of our wonderful evening.






Posted by KarenShearer at 11 February, 2013

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Flower Market on Columbia Road, London

I have been living in London for the last year and a half and only have 5 months left before we move back to Hoboken (NJ). As a fond farewell to this amazing city, I have decided to take full advantage of the time I have left by further exploring city and sharing with you some of my favorite bits. It’s certainly not that I haven’t seen or know of these places and things until now, but it is such a big city that there is always something new to discover just around the corner.

People in general seem to take for granted the things around them and think the grass is greener on the other side, only when we leave do we have the chance to remember and cherish the beauty we should have appreciated much more in the moment.

I have decided to treasure my last days here and share some of life in London with you. Last Sunday I went to the Columbia Road Flower Market in East London. On Sundays the street is transformed into an oasis of foliage and flowers, but this road isn’t just about flowers. The flower market is only on Sundays. It’s the independent shops, art galleries, vintage clothing stores, tiny bakeries and cafes, with a few street performers thrown in, that make it such a special place. There is a small passage where I found a quaint little cafe called Lily Vanilli with amazing toasts and pastries. In the same passage between the art galleries and vintage furniture stores, there is a store called “beyond fabrics” which would be heaven for any sewing or quilting lovers. You can find absolutely everything there, from threads and pins to a great selection of new and vintage fabrics. So many ideas pop into my mind like how lovely their fabric would look as curtains for a child’s room.

Columbia Road is a really nice place to spend a sunny Sunday morning in London, even if you’re there for just a short time, try not to miss it. This street has maintained that special charm that I remember of the greater London area from ten years ago. You can find a full list of shops here .






Posted by Michelle Lesser at 30 January, 2013

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