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People are forever asking me  this question, “Where do you get your ideas?”

What they really want to know is: what is the source of your inspiration?

I realize that saying “God” is a very trite sounding answer but that is the truth.

He opens my eyes when I ask and this is what I see:



and then

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quickwitter from tumbler

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from Dan Heller might come this.

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The subway ceilings in Sweden would inspire anyone.

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Creation never fails to inspire.

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And when I “happen upon” this you know you are going to be seeing color soon from Cindy.

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It is true that inspiration is everywhere and for a designer travel is not just something that is fun to do

it is vitally necessary for the process.

Travel is rest for my soul and food for my eyes.

It breaks open my box and forces me to see things in a different way.

It introduces me to new…… everything! 

Thanks for asking. The very question makes me happy.

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So I thought you needed a little vacation.

Enjoy your stay and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Luxury Resort Ayada, Maldives

I’m not sure where this is but I’m pretty sure I want to go there.

Maldive Islands, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls oriented north-south off India‘s Lakshadweep Islands, between Minicoy Island and Chagos Archipelago. It stands in the Laccadive Sea, about 700 kilometres (430 mi) south-west of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka I recognize. lol  I need to pull the ole geography book out again.

Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 11Have you ever seen water so clear and beautiful?

Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 10Excuse me, I’m going back to bed now.

This is the way to catch up on all of that reading I want to do.

Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 9Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 8Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 7Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 6Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 5Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 4I’m loving that mirror/vanity stand.

Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 3Luxury-Resort-Ayada-Maldives 2I hope you enjoyed your little impromptu vacation as much as I did.

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Since the movie “Out of Africa” debuted I have had fantasies about that house and that land. Recently I discovered the architectural firm WATG and had to literally tear myself away from their site. I have never seen such an array of incredible projects from any one firm.

The one that really got me though was the Sasakwa Lodge in Serengeti, Tanzania. It is operated by the Singita Grumeti Reserve and I WANT TO GO THERE!!!

The hilltop lodge was designed in the style of an East African colonial manor home. It has awe-inspiring views over the Serengeti plain and is on the migratory route crossed annually by more than a million wildebeasts as well as serving as the home of large herds of resident game according to the property management.

The lodge is made up of one to four bed suites arranged across seven cottages each with their own infinity pool and private gardens.

All photos are courtesy of WATG.

Then I discovered THIS and got REALLY excited- the company that does the real African Safari glamping (glamorous camping which is the only kind I like) complete with oriental carpets and antique gramaphones. Oh yeah Baby!

  Can’t you just hear that beautiful scratchy big band sound?

 Ahh, a little bit of The Ritz in the middle of nowhere.

photo slim paley

 All photos Calvin Cottar’s 1920 Safari Camps

Happy Friday dreaming.

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