Monday, January 31, 2011

The Kasteel Well, Netherlands Connection

Over the next few months in addition to regular post, my daughter Lauren and I will be sharing a visual gallery of architecture, interiors and sightseeing of and around the Netherlands. Lauren will be sharing her new experiences in the form of images while studying at Boston's Emerson College abroad program. The campus is better known as "Kasteel Well"  located in the Dutch province of Limburg in the small village of Well, Netherlands. The Kasteel (castle) is reminiscent of an era gone by. Surrounded by an inner and outer moat, Kasteel is also flanked by two courtyards and speaks of 14 century Medieval architecture. While there, she will be trekking throughout Europe and taking snapshots of her extended classroom for all of us to enjoy!

  ~Arial image Via Emerson~

After crossing the Kasteel bridge to gain access to the property, a brick walkway leads you beyond the arched coined entryway into the courtyard.
The brick facade cascades into a scalloped pattern as it frames the red planked doors.
Calm moat waters surround the Kasteel.
The student parlor.
The music area is sits near a large niche in the parlor.

A long day of traveling from Boston to the Netherlands the sun begins to beautiful.
DOEI (goodbye)!!

Friday, January 28, 2011


Thank you so much Maureen@Modecor ! I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful  bloggers to learn from. Like you, I just recently started my blog this past fall. So I feel very honored!
Thanks again!

Upon receiving this award the rules are to:

1. Thank and link back to the person who awarded you.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pay the award forward to 10 great bloggers.

4. Contact those 10 bloggers and inform them that they have received the award!

Here are my 7 things:

1. I love to cook and have friends over whenever I can. This is one of the ways in which I reward myself, by surrounding myself with the people I love. I also enjoy hosting Sunday dinners for my children's fellow college students while their away from home. Love having them fill the house with laughter. They have a life-long open invitation:)

2. In preparing for such events, my favorite resource for produce and sinful delights...  "Whole Foods!"
Can't get enough of their deliciousness.

3. I love, love, love, Julian Chichester furniture.
4. I also have a real weakness for Asian antiques and sushi dishware.
5. On the first day of spring I start to prepare for a season of gardening. Nothing better than being outdoors and working with my hands...totally mind cleansing.

6. I love to dance, dance, dance! I think I'll skip the image for this one:)

7. Finally and most importantly, the most precious people in my life: This photo was taken 2 years ago on the day of  my daughters senior prom. Seems like just yesterday that we were changing diapers. Where does the time go?

 Me, Lauren, Jonathan and Jorge. We hope 2011 is a great year for all of you!


Congratulations to my "Stylish Blogger" recipients! I admire all of your work and wish you the very best in this New Year!

Bijou and Boheme
Chic Modern Vintage
Creamy life
Housewife Bliss
Sognie e Sorrisi
Tara Bradford
The White Library

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year inspirations!

Set the stage with the {Brocade Home} Cocoa crystal chandelier!

Can't get enough of { Layla Grayce} the Aidan Gray "Eli Dining Chair!" Stately and elegant!DIVINE!

Thomas Paul's Metamorphosis linen pillow {Design Public}.

Organize with Aidan Gray Decor French Industrial Crates for the well-traveled look.
{Layla Grayce}

Happy January!