So here’s the test post from my iPhone.
I have had a really busy and productive day and am hoping this is a successful conclusion to it.
The last pic is of us unwinding by the pool. Loving the 85 degree weather.
The others are moments from this past week.
On one of our house hunting trips, we got off the metro and saw a pair of deer.
See the pictures with the wild green? Those are part of a property of a housein Tacoma Park, MD. We saw the acreage before finding the actual structure is condemned.
Another one is of a bike ride Paul and I took to old town Alexandria waterfront from our house.
SO I am back, after what seems like forever. Even though I was MIA, I missed you all. Believe me when I say I’ve been crazy busy. House hunting (don’t ask! I know I know buying a house is never easy!), restructuring at work ( this comes with its challenges as well), web design projects (deadlines), interiors projects (deadlines), green card renewal (hopefully for the last time), travel.
Aah travel. The excitement of traveling has grown with the addition of iPhones to our Apple family (our house looks like Apple threw up in it).
My new travel and daily accessory (more like an extension of my palm) – iPhone promises to help me post on-the-go. The capabilities of the new iPhone have not only made life more efficient, but also I don’t know how I managed without it. The GPS is really helpful, as is dialing out by clicking on the number from a web page feature. I have been testing the WordPress application on it and it looks great. Expect a “posted via Manvi Drona-Hidalgo’s iPhone post soon. 🙂 Have any of you been using it for blogging? Do share!
So with all this going on, I still have time to think about Portugal, Buenos Aires, San Francisco and St. Thomas. Why? These are all the places I hope to travel to before the end of this year 😉
kat on flickr
Buenos Aires Design Center
Ritz @ St. Thomas US VI
Ritz @ St. Thomas US VI
Now back to design.
WINK – Wall Ink.
What if you could change your wall decor as often as you wanted? WINK decals let you change your walls, mirrors, floors, ceilings, and doors as often as you like.
Take a look at these designs and dont forget their work is completely customizable. Now if only I could find a house to WINK my walls with.
With a little imagination, these decals can add an interesting feature to your room. Thanks Surabhi Gupta from San Francisco for sending me their info.
I am amazed how intuitive Dwell Magazine’s design team is. Three days ago I updated my facebook status expressing frustration at some of the homes in the DC metro area and that I was looking for information on prefab homes. Yesterday, after reading Christopher Bright’s post on Method prefab homes on my Google Reader, I decided to search their site for more on Prefab homes. How did I not notice that they have a whole section on them? Thanks Dwell for the info.
I find the natural look of these homes appealing. Prefab homes or prefabricated homes are dwellings manufactured off-site in advance, usually in standard sections that can be easily shipped and assembled. Modern alternative to building from scratch. But am yet to assess the pros and cons. Do you know one way or another? Drop me a line in comments if you do.
Read more about prefab homes on Dwell.com.
Architects behind the Method (image 2) design are Balance Associates Architects based out of Seattle, WA. Take at look some of their other work. But prepare to not look at your current dwelling the same.
So many of you have sent me emails asking what Aspen is like in the summer. So I thought of compiling you these pictures to let them speak for themselves. The first image is Aspen in the winter by the pool at the Ritz. Can you imagine just skiing 2 feet away from the residence? And jumping straight into the jacuzzi after a full day on the slopes? Its pure luxury! Such a treat.
Instead of a regular interior design post, I thought I’d share some Aspen moments with you.
Poolside at the Ritz in winter
Aspen in the summer is gorgeous. I am yet to see such a wide variety of flowers in bloom anywhere else. Something about the Colorado sun really makes the colors of these flowers deeper and more intense. Great hiking and biking trails, shopping and lunches in downtown. And happy people everywhere. Its a designers vacation with all the art galleries and gorgeous kazillion dollar homes.
Poolside in the Ritz in summer
Family room at the Ritz residences
kids playing at the water fountain in downtown Aspen (photographs by Paul Hidalgo)
Shopping downtown Aspen
Bear sculpture made of nails
gorgeous retreat homes all around
Harvey Meadows Gallery for contemporary ceramic art
Aspen Antiques and Fine Arts Fair
This annual fair has something for everyone. Well everyone with really deep pockets and people who love to look at antiques. Paintings, sculpture, silver, furniture, porcelain, glass, collectibles, art deco, antique lighting and jewelery. The last image is of a an art deco card table that I fell in love with and tried real hard to get the best shot of it. That was all I could afford on this 150K plus antique.