America by Design
In our ongoing hunt for chic hotels and modern vacation rentals in the USA, we've found that by observing how architecture changes from region to region it's possible to learn something about the history, climate, and even the culture of the area. From a stone mill in the Hudson Valley to a mid-century masterpiece in the heart of Los Angeles, it's fascinating to see how materials and techniques are vary based on the needs of the residents and the demands of the environment. Follow us as we journey from sea to shining sea, checking out the different ways design adapts to the diverse landscapes of our country. Happy 4th of July everyone!
Summer Specials at Boutique-Homes.com
Summer’s in full swing and it’s time to get outdoors to enjoy the sunshine. If you’ve dragged your feet on making summer vacation plans, don’t panic! There’s plenty of great rates still available on Boutique-Homes.com. Here are three rentals offering summer discounts for stays in July and August. Inquire with the owner and start packing now!
Rudolph M. Schindler for Rent in Los Angeles
We're beyond thrilled to present two very special additions to the Boutique-Homes.com collection of modern vacation rentals for chic nomads. Both of these properties are located in Los Angeles (our home!) and both were designed by none other than Rudolph M. Schindler, pre-eminent 20th century architect who's responsible for some of the city's modernist masterpieces–and two of them are for rent on our website!
A Small Hotel For Fish
Check out this interesting concept that Dutch travel company D-reizen came up with. It’s the Goudvissenhotel at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. We hear you saying that’s not really that big of a deal, but wait. This isn’t a hotel for people. It’s a hotel for fish.
Love the One You’re With
In need of some levity? We've assembled a collection of kissing animals to prove that love is truly blind and knows no boundaries (even those between species!) Humans could learn a thing or two from these odd couples. So in the spirit of love and inclusion, a collection of cute animals smooching.
We Stop For Designer Bus Stops
Have you ever stopped to take a look around your neighborhood with the detail-oriented eye of a designer? You might be surprised at what you start noticing. Even the most mundane structures, the ones you see everyday without actually seeing them, can be visually interesting and unique additions to their environment. Take the humble bus stop.
Pet Friendly Yosemite: A Dog’s Tale
Hey! It's me again, your family pet. Remember how I was telling you about all the fun places we can go on vacation together? Well, I got a letter from my friend Murray the Dog. He just got back from visiting Yosemite where he stayed in a really cool cabin on Old Yosemite Road, very close to the national park. He had such great fun that I wanted to share his letter so you know that there's a chic, pet-friendly cabin where we can stay together.
Artsy in Amsterdam
Exploring the city of Amsterdam is a must for any intrepid European traveler. With its unique mix of high and low culture, collection of world-class museums, amazing architecture, hip clubs, expansive parks, beautiful canals, and places of historic significance around every corner, there's always something cool to do or see. The city's no slouch in the accommodation department either. Despite the plethora of seedy youth hostels catering to saucer-eyed college kids looking to take advantage of the laid-back attitude towards sex and drugs, a quick online search pulled up Cocomama, a brand new boutique hostel located in a renovated brothel.
Dogs Love Vacation, Too
Hey, where are you going with those suitcases? Are you going on vacation…without me? I hate being stuck at home while you're traveling the world! It's the worst thing ever: my best friend is out having fun without me and I'm left behind with strangers. It's no fair; dogs love vacation as much as humans do. I know what you're thinking: dogs aren't welcome in hotels and vacation rentals but that's not true! There's lots of places we can go together. In fact I've made a list to prove it.
Norway’s Hotel on Wheels
The small Norwegian city of Åndalsnes is a point of entry for tourists headed towards the country's stunning fjords, but the city itself needs an overhaul. Enter Jagnefält Milton Architects and their unique design for a "rolling masterplan": a totally revolutionary way of re-organizing the city that will utilize existing train tracks to move new buildings–in this case, simple boxes on wheels–into new positions based on season and events.