Inspiration  10 Tips for Traveling with Kids (to Paris!)

Last summer my husband, AJ. and I embarked on a 14 day trip to Paris with our two boys, ages 9 and 6—with fingers crossed. Not only was it our first trip abroad with the kids, but our first home exchange experience.  We traded homes (and cars) with a French family and we did not know what we were in for, except most certainly an adventure!   We were grateful to arrive at a lovely spacious home on the outskirts of Paris, just a 5 minute walk to the train (RER), that took us into Paris in about 15 minutes.  (I could write a whole post about doing home exchanges!)   We used HomeForExchange.com and it is wonderful! There was no exchange of money—just a lot of emails and Skype to get to know each other.  We lucked out!

home-away-from-homeBeing our first international trip with kids, we were unsure of how the boys would do.  Selfishly, I worried I would not get to see all the sites, and would regret bringing them….au contraire!  It turned out they were at a great age to start traveling, and we all had a terrific time.  We all grew, enriched our souls and broadened our horizons significantly.  It was such a success, I had to share a few of the things we did RIGHT on the trip, (and a few things we learned the hard way!)

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Tried & True  Before & After with Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan

A good friend recently introduced me to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, and all of its amazing qualities.  So I experimented this weekend with a few pieces that I am excited to share with you.  Before I get to the “before and after“—-do you know about this amazing stuff?

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This is Maison Decor, the cute shop in Boston’s South End where I bought 5 colors and the amazing wax finishes last week.  Warning:  it is very hard to choose from the 30 classic colors they offer!  You can find a distributor near you here. (more…)  

CMH Studio  A Beautiful Boston Bedroom

I recently had the opportunity to paint a really fun mural of the Boston Garden for a new baby girl in Boston’s South End.  I was so happy to return to this room, a year after painting the adjacent wall for her big brother! 

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On the adjacent wall (below) is this simple modern skyline of Boston, using the same palette of blues and greens, and a simplified silhouette style.   (more…)  

Inspiration  Magical Mexico

I am just a fool for Mexico.  I love the color, the style, the pottery, the art, the jewelry, and of course the food.  I truly cannot get enough and I think it must be in my blood from my grandparents’ travels there as painters during their retirement.  I have only been there once but I inherited many Mexican treasures that inspire me every day. 

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There is a wonderful store called Nomad near me in Cambridge, MA, where I go whenever I want to feel inspired. (more…)  

Friend Feature  Featuring Cara Carmina!

I recently discovered the work of Norma Andreu, of Cara Carmina.  Brace yourself, this work is amazing…..

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Norma is an artist with enormous talent, originally from Mexico City, and now living in Montreal.  I fell in love with her one-of-a-kind Frida Kahlo dolls instantly.  (more…)