Boutique-Homes Discovers LA Through The Movies
Much of cinematic history resides and is etched in our collective consciousness through a shared experience of being transported back and forth in time to places we've been, or places we'd love to go.
Into The Wild In Style
There's a time and a place for everything – the glitz and the glamour that comes with the nightlife in a hustling and bustling city, the adrenaline rush and energy spike that comes with an activity like zip lining, diving, or sky diving, or the quaint wining and dining that accompanies a romantic cobblestone village cafe along a side road in Paris or Buenos Aires.
Then there are those times when you want to get away from all of the madness and mystique and harken back to our primal roots…the wild places and spaces…the open undiscovered frontiers…the aura of unabashed exploration…well, with a few key modern amenities of course, like electricity and a wet bar and a pool and, well, the kitchen sink.
Will The Real Brazil Please Stand Up!
So we all know that if you want to experience Brazil, you go to Rio de Janeiro right? Wrong! Sao Paulo? Wrong again! That's essentially like saying if you want to truly experience Los Angeles, you go to Disneyland. Or to truly get a feel for New York, all you have to do is visit Times Square.
Granted, Rio and Sao Paulo are absolutely incredible cities – unabashed gems of South America – and to make a trip to Brazil complete, you'll want to get a good taste of the color and the culture that exists there, but, if you want to experience the true Brazil, the real Brazil, the reason cities like Rio and Sao Paulo even exist today, you'll want to make your way away from the major cities and work your way towards the charming villages and seemingly virgin areas that dot the countryside. We here at Boutique Homes have tracked down an extremely unique property that absolutely fits that bill.
September in Paraty, Brazil
September is a fabulous month to spend in Brazil. There are some wonderful cultural events happening around in Paraty that we wanted to share with you.
Postcard from the Eagles Pass Cottage, Canada
We were delighted to receive a postcard from Domenica Genovese, a Chic Nomad who recently vacationed at Eagles Pass Cottage for a week in the beginning of June this year. Lucky for all of us, she included some incredible photos showcasing the property in a way that makes us want to hop on a plane and take an impromptu journey to Nova Scotia.
15 Works of Art…to Camp in
Where is the craziest place you have ever slept? Maybe, in true chic nomad fashion, you have spent an evening in a hanging tent like the Treehouse by Boomhuttenfest above. Or, maybe you have adventured to sleep in one of these cool tents. However, we are willing to bet that you have never imagined sleeping in a gigantic purple sperm or a mobile closet in the woods…until now. If this sounds like a good time, then the Urban Campsite is perfect for you. It was dreamed up by Annette van Driel and Francis Nijenhuis and features 15 art installations to camp in.
16 Songs to Get You in the Traveling Mood
Whether your trip is taking you on the road or up in the air, there is no better way to kick it off then to blast some great tunes over the radio or through your headphones. In no particular order, here are 16 of our favorite travel tunes to help you kick off your next adventure.
Postcard from Nova Scotia
We always love to see a house full of life, photographed from a fresh perspective with a new set of eyes. It's such a treat to be able to share some of that here in this week's Boutique Homes dispatch, and we're excited to announce that these 'postcards' will be a new feature going forward.
Rides for Stylish Road Trippers
If in fact the journey IS the destination, then shouldn't our wheels be every bit as cool as the place they're taking us? In an ideal world, YES. Take Buckminster Fuller's three-wheeled Dymaxion car, above. Built in 1933, it could hold 11 passengers, was highly fuel-efficient at 30 miles to the gallon, and was steered by a single rear wheel, allowing it to make a U-turn in its own length. Perfect for adventuring with a group of friends! Check out some modern cars that set the bar high. They might not be completely practical, but we can dream!
2,000 Miles From Home
By Terri Phillips
We left Los Angeles on an airless August morning. There was a record heat wave that summer and it felt like my brain had been replaced with a wet sea sponge. My old Subaru was packed up with suitcases, boxes of Lego, Nerf guns, pieces of sculpture, extra coolant, gallons of water, a paper parasol, and maps charting our path along highway 10 headed East. I considered stopping at a pet store as soon as we got out of town to buy a couple of parakeets and a birdcage. If the car broke down, that might encourage someone to stop and help us.