Tom McKinley’s American Dream
Tom McKinley’s photo-realistic architectural paintings combine our three favorite things, art, pools, and modern architecture. This California-based artist’s depictions of contemporary and mid-century architecture portray a quietly surreal world of uninhabited spaces.
An Oceanic Neverland
We discovered photos from a time in Santa Monica no one will be able to enjoy again, the majestic and sublime Pacific Ocean Park. This Space Age Pier was known for its glamorous rise and fiery fall.
Never Say Never Again
Have you ever wanted to feel like you were in a James Bond film? Look out the same view? Never Say Never Again because here’s your chance. Let’s pursue Largo to France as Bond did.
It’s safe to say that Greece would be on most anyone’s “bucket list.” It’s an “important” destination and a significant cultural pilgrimage, but it’s also downright beautiful and full of life, tradition and celebration.
Chic and Cheap
Small can truly be beautiful in more ways than one. Let’s consider the impact “less is more” has not only in design and price but also in concept. Yes, the properties below are all under € 700 a week, but this theory isn’t only about spending less. It is about better design through simplicity and utilizing the space available to get the biggest impact. We thought you would enjoy these homes that beautifully illuminate “less is more” at its best.
Shhh…Our Exclusive Special Rates
The beautiful White House in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica has 20% off stays 4 nights or more. Relax by the sea and lounge around the infinity pool in this modern beach front home. Here are more of our latest and favorite specials. You won’t want to miss out on these special exclusive rates!
It’s All in the Details
Let’s get personal; it all comes down to the details. Details are what set our rental homes and small hotels apart from the usual hotels. We want you to have a home away from home when you travel to our unique and exquisite locations. The quality of renting these personal homes and small hotels boils down to those little details. What’s in a detail? For starters, it’s a
World of Colors
For better or for worse, it’s no secret colors can make a difference between good and bad design. However, more often than not, colors are not only being chosen for its ability to define a space’s ambience, but also to define and shape your mood. It can do everything from enhance your feelings to modify the perceived temperature! The psychology of color is a big and fascinating design trend today. We would like to welcome you to the world of colors and the homes that take hues to the next level.
I’m the Train They Call the City of New Orleans
In the dark black dead of night we boarded the Southbound 59 at the downtown station in Memphis. The air was crisp and it felt like we were making our getaway. I pulled my hood over my head so no one would recognize me. The idling train engine was our soundtrack. We took seats upstairs facing each other and settled in for the eight hour ride. My son closed his eyes and I began to see the lights of the station move across his face as the train picked up speed. It would be his first trip to the Big Easy.
Long View Ranch: Kid and Pet Friendly
Round up the kids, load up the car and head to the countryside. And don’t forget the dog!
Start by reconsidering what it means to vacation and get away to something other than a sticky, overstimulating amusement park or a hotel that removes you from an authentic experience.
Vacation at The Farm: Back En Vogue
It starts with the drive, the scenery rushing by, morphing gradually, changing from urban sprawl then slowly to green. It’s a sensation that if you’re lucky, takes you back. Back to innocence, optimism…wonder and freedom.
A Big Island
With the glow of the holidays fast receding and the polar express reminding you to shovel your way out yet again, no doubt dreams of warmth, escape and relaxation aren’t far behind. So think big. Really big. Start with a Big Island Getaway from which you can explore the island’s many charms. Earthy and elegant this is a private rural retreat with breathtaking views that will leave you wanting more. Designed to harmonize with the land, most homes incorporate local Koa woods and lava rock in appreciation of the unique natural beauty that is found only here.
Houses We Love
We love the desert and this would be the perfect hideaway. To bad, its just a visualization
by Studio Aiko. Here is the video :
Travel & Style
image by The CW
Take flight, set sail, wander off! They say a great journey begins with the first step. We say it takes some smart planning, fun pieces and terrific style. Where do you want to go and who do you want to be? How does your style of travel reflect your personality and experience while you're on the road?
When Road Trips Go Wrong
Traveling is fun, but it's also risky. Leaving your comfort zone increases the likelihood that something might go awry, especially when it comes to driving in countries other than your own. In some cases, like the one above, horribly awry. But while such stories might be mortifying in the moment, they give us plenty to laugh about afterwards. Never forget that the root of comedy is tragedy e.g. me slipping on a banana peel is tragic, you slipping on a banana peel is hilarious. With that in mind, we're proud to present: When Road Trips Go Wrong.
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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.
Cool Tents for Chic Camping Vacations
Spending time in the great outdoors is one of our favorite things, if you couldn't tell from the articles we've written on glamping, tents, and ultra-chic campers. A quick look around the web shows that we're far from the only ones who've fallen in love with all aspects of camping, especially when it comes to tent design. The humble tent has gotten a designer upgrade and now comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. Here are some of our favorites.
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.