Category Archives: Travel

Planning My Trip to Japan

As previously mentioned, Simon has been in Japan for work (he returns today, hooray!) and I will be joining him on his third business trip there in January. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I’ve never been anywhere in Asia and Japan has long been on my bucket list. I can’t wait to explore the beautiful temples, eat endless sushi, and of course, shop! Have you ever been to Japan…? What museums/boutiques/restaurants did you love…? We’ll be in Tokyo and Kyoto (I read they have a pug cafe!?) and I would love to hear your tips! Below, in celebration of my upcoming trip, I’ve rounded some fun Japan-inspired finds. While I’m there I hope to buy some blue and white ceramics, lacquered chopsticks, woodblock prints, stationery (I’ve heard the selection is amazing!), Comme des Garçons Play tees, and so much more. Can’t wait to hear your Japan travel tips! READ POST

A Visit to Frederiksborg Castle

I still owe you all a proper Copenhagen city guide, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share some photos I snapped yesterday at one of my favorite Danish destinations, Frederiksborg Castle. Located in Hillerød, about 45 minutes north of central Copenhagen by train, the Dutch Renaissance style castle was built in the early 1600s by King Christian IV. The building tragically burnt to the ground in 1859, but was eventually rebuilt by the owner of the Carlsberg Breweries, J. C. Jacobsen. I’ve visited the property three times now (it’s open 365 days a year!) and love wandering from room to room admiring the spectacular portrait collection. In the summertime, the ground’s Baroque garden (complete with boxwoods trimmed to depict the royal monogram) is lovely to visit. Below, enjoy some photos from my recent wintertime visit. From here on out, I promise to take my DSLR camera on all my adventures! READ POST

San Francisco Proper Hotel by Kelly Wearstler

Looking for a chic hotel in the bay area? Look no further than the new San Francisco Proper designed by west coast favorite Kelly Wearstler. The hotel just recently opened its doors and has already taken instagram by storm. Located in a historic flatiron building in the Mid-Market neighborhood, the hotel boasts 131 rooms with decor inspired by early Modernist, Cubist and Secessionist eras. Below, explore more of the bold new hotel and find my suggestions on how you can get a similar look at home. READ POST

Alix D. Reynis Paris

Because Turkey is no longer issuing entry visas to Americans, our vacation to Istanbul this week has been moved to France. Thankfully, Paris is always a good idea. One spot I can’t wait to visit is the Marais boutique of ceramicist and jewelry designer Alix D. Reynis. I can’t get enough of her limoges porcelain dinnerware and lighting designs and am hoping to bring some back to Chez Taylor. Her collaboration with French illustrator Marin Montagut (how darling is the green Luxembourg Garden chair?) is high on my list wish as well. Explore more of Reynis’ beautiful designs below. READ POST

L’Hôtel Marrakech

One spot I can’t wait to explore on our upcoming trip to Morocco? The new L’Hotel Marrakech by beloved British designer Jasper Conran. The riad, which is located in the heart of the medina and was once part of an eighteenth-century palace, features five spacious bedrooms, multiple rooftop terraces, and a courtyard with a pool and leafy-green garden. I can’t get enough of the rooms with their crisp white linens and enviable inlay accents. So darn chic. Explore more of the dreamy new property below.  READ POST

Palais de la Zahia, Marrakech

A reader (thanks Natalie!) wrote tipping me off to this stunning Moroccan home published in the September issue of the Wall Street Journal magazine and I’m so pleased she did. I enjoyed my winter trip to Marrakech so much that I’ve already booked a return trip this December. Photographed by the brilliant Stephen Kent Johnson (love his work), the Palais de la Zahia is the private retreat of famed French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and his wife, actress Arielle Dombasle. The couple purchased the historic riad in 1998 before embarking on restorations and an expansion. Located in the bustling Marrakech medina, the property now boasts multiple courtyards, a swimming pool, and a roof terrace with a magical view of the city. Talk about living the dream. Below, explore more of the dreamy Moroccan oasis and read the full story at WSJ.com. READ POST