My Organized Spice Drawer

This post is sponsored by Brother We’ve been really enjoying cooking meals in our newly remodeled kitchen over the past eight months! We were getting used to cooking outside or in our electric skillet in our laundry room, but it’s so nice to have a real designated space again for daily meals. We try to eat at home […]

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Lessons from A White Painted Fireplace Makeover

You know that house in blogland or on Instagram (or in your neighborhood) where everything about it seems absolutely perfect? Well, I think “perfect” can be a misunderstood standard. Especially in our own home. What does perfect mean to you? Will a house be perfect if you can spend a lot of money on it? […]

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People who inspire me: Gretafio

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People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

New week, new portrait for my regular blog series ‘People who inspire me’. Today I want to introduce you to a very inspiring lady that I e-met on Instagram. Greta, or Gretafio on Instagram, is based in Leipzig in eastern Germany. Her Insta feed is a daily source of inspiration to me. In my eyes, her feed is the expression of an unpretentious, happy, and balanced life. It is laced with her aesthetics and her admiration for the nature and interiors. Looking both at her home and her adventures fuels my inspiration. And I bet it will fuel yours too!

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

Like in most of my previous portraits for this blog series, I don’t know the protagonist personally. Yet I feel a connection that is sparked through inspiration mostly on Instagram or their blogs. Greta is not writing a blog but she is an avid Instagrammer. And her eye for details and for light is special – thus it gives me new ideas. Not only ideas about stylings and home decor, but also ideas about working with light and taking better pictures on Instagram.

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

I need not mention that we both share a mutual love for plants. That was pretty obvious, right? Her home is very inspiring in general – I am drawn to her moody tones and darker colour palette, her lived-in style with a clear stamp of personality. Beautiful vintage furniture, collected art and decor objects, fresh flowers, and lush plants – they all live happily side by side in her airy Leipzig home.

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

People who inspire me, Gretafio, interior styling, boho interiors

I invite you to not only enjoy these pictures of her home here on the blog, but to follow Greta on Instagram too. You will get wonderful, moody inspiration on-the-go and a glimpse into the unpretentious, relaxed, and beautiful life of a regular human being – just like you and me. Enjoy!

Photography by Gretafio

 

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Small Space Solutions: Seattle Apartment Dining Area

Small space solutions, tips and inspiration. Plus, how to fit a dining area into a small apartment! This small space solutions post is in partnership with World Market If you love small spaces or happen to live in one, you know it can sometimes be challenging to fit everything you need into the little space […]

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Weekend Trip to Colmar, France

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Being located in the center of Europe comes with a string of advantages. One of those benefits is the close proximity of great travel destinations for a weekend getaway, just like the quaint town of Colmar in the Alsace region of eastern France. The last bank holiday here was just a perfect moment for a weekend trip to Colmar in France. Imagine colourful timbered houses, little canals, good white wines, rolling hills, and yummy tartes flambées – welcome to the Alsace!

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

For me as an avid traveler between Germany and France it was a first time visit to the Alsace region. Unlike my flights from Munich to Paris where you go from clearly Germany to ‘franchement’ la France, the road trip to Colmar was a totally different experience. A 4-5 hours car drive from Munich is all it takes. The transition from Deutschland to la France is very smooth and hardly noticeable. You cross the river Rhine and suddenly you notice French signs. Yet most of the towns and villages have German sounding names.

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Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar is a real gem in the Alsace. The city has a very well preserved city center and a picturesque quarter called ‘Little Venice’ with colourful timbered houses and little canals. As always, be aware that you won’t be the only one admiring those beauties. The world knows about Colmar’s beauty! I spent 3 days in Colmar and thus I haven’t got a whole lot of travel tips for Colmar, but what I saw and what I liked is here for you to use – if you ever decide to visit Colmar in France.

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Let’s talk about accommodation first: I was staying at the beautiful ‘La Maison des Têtes’ – a great option if you like a comfy design hotel in the city center. The service is top notch, the rooms were beautiful, and the hotel has a lush and green courtyard in a historic building from the 16th century. From the hotel you’re only a stone’s throw of the most relevant and interesting sights. Close by is the beautiful Unterlinden museum – alas I did not visit it as the weather was just too nice for indoors activities. If you just want a short glance of local art, opt for the ‘Hansi museum’ just opposite of the hotel. ‘Uncle Hansi’ aka Jean-Jacques Waltz was a French artist and activist of Alsatian origin. He is mostly known for his drawings depicting Alsatian life during and after occupation.

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

The best way to enjoy Colmar is by foot as the city center is not too big and you can visit most sights in the course of a day. Let yourself be drawn in by the atmosphere and divert from the beaten paths. You will find yourself wandering small and winding alleys full of charm. Little Venice is obviously the touristy center of Colmar. Go there and take a boat trip. You will enjoy a lovely 30 minutes ride and get some insights from your boatman. You can board next to the restaurant La Krutenau where you can buy tickets at the bar inside. Once you’re there enjoy a good Alsatian lunch – opt for the local Riesling and a tarte flambée! You will love it!

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

There are many more good options for food in town. My friend Louise who went there a few weeks earlier recommended the restaurant L’Epicurien. Unfortunately it was closed during my visit. A great place to enjoy a sweet afternoon break, a healthy lunch, or hearty breakfast is the Atelier de Yann. Oh my, their chocolates are to die for! Go order a coffee and you’ll get a divine handmade chocolate praline. I ended up buying a full bag of chocolates afterwards!

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

I also used the opportunity to visit two close by villages called Eguisheim and Kaysersberg. Both villages have been selected ‘the prettiest villages of France’ in 2013 (the first) and 2017 (the latter). Now this honor comes with a good influx of tourists but both places are charmingly picturesque. They feel like little film sets from a Brothers Grimm fairytale. Both places are a 10-15 minutes car drive away from Colmar’s city center so it is pretty easy to go and visit both places during one afternoon. Here again, let yourself be drawn in by the surroundings and wander around. You will discover little shops, cafés, restaurant. I brought back some traditional ‘Pain d’épices’ (you can also opt for the traditional Kougelhopf cake).

Colmar, France, Alsace, weekend trip to Colmar, Colmar travel tips, Eguisheim, Kaysersberg, Elsass Reisetipps, travel blog

In a nutshell: I can recommend a weekend trip to Colmar in France. It is really charming and beautiful. It feels like a trip back in time. However, maybe you want to avoid big bank holiday weekends as it get can pretty packed. But other than that: Get a bottle of Riesling, a tarte flambée, et profites-en!

Photography by Igor Josifovic

 

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Drive By: Highland Park in Dallas (and video!)

Come with us on a Highland Park Neighborhood Drive By! Hey friends! You all know how I love driving through neighborhoods and admiring beautiful homes, right? We call them drive bys ’round here. Well, my daughter Courtney was in Dallas, Texas this past weekend with friends and they drove by some jaw-dropping beauties in the […]

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Back to School Organization: Homework & Home Office

Are you in need of some back to school and home office organization? I know I am!  Build Your Own – Daily System Fall is almost here and that means back to school season is upon us. If you’re like me, you’re probably realizing about now that it’s time to get back into the swing […]

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