Restrictions have been eased on travel to Cuba and a trip advisor article on Havana reads, "A city trapped in time, Havana captures the imagination like no other. Faded glamour meets careful colonial-era reconstruction with a backdrop of irresistible color. Walk El Malecón, the walkway bordering the ocean; visit Old Havana and the Catedral de San Cristóbal; and listen for salsa music, open-air bazaars and parties that last all night." Sign me up before McDonalds arrives.
One of the easiest ways to make an apartment or a house feel like a home is to style areas with things you love by grouping them together in a nice way. I do this on bookshelves, in the kitchen, on top of our piano, on top of our fireplace, etc. We spend a month or more every summer working in San Francisco. We're lucky enough to have rented the same home for years but it's still not our home. I always find a few tiny things I love that I can take back to New York and I'll display them on a table or a shelf somewhere. It always makes it feel a little more like home.
Happy New Year! We're down in Tennessee visiting my family. We're having friends over today and my mother is serving the traditional Southern New Year's Day menu of black eyed peas, hog's jowl, sauerkraut, turnip greens, deviled eggs and fried potatoes. Craig and I are contributing and making Bloody Marys. It is a long standing Southern tradition that eating this meal will bring you good luck in the new year. Personally, I may only have half good luck since I'm definitely not eating hog's jowl ;)
Every year we travel to San Francisco for a couple of months to sell our jewelry. For several years, we stayed in the same Victorian home next to Dolores Park. It had this beautiful, antique claw foot tub in the bathroom and it felt so luxurious taking baths there. I would love to have one some day. I found these beautiful images of claw foot tubs online.