I’m headed to Peru next week on a buying trip.  Last time I visited, I was able to shop the markets and found some amazing hand-woven rugs.  They are 100% wool and made on back-strap looms, simply gorgeous.  The vibrant stripes add the perfect amount of color to any room!  Can’t wait to see what new pieces I can find this time round!


I have seen this layering look a lot and LOVE IT!  (Apt: Design Love Fest  || designer: Emily Henderson ))
I have seen this layering look a lot and LOVE IT! What a great way to add texture and color into a room.                                                  (Apt: Design Love Fest || designer: Emily Henderson )
Layering look again, LOVE IT! such a a great (and inexpensive) way to add an area rug to a room. Mix & Match!
White & Stripes!
Apparently, rugs in kitchens is becoming a thing… Not sure how I feel about that, but I think in this simple kitchen, it definitely adds something!
To be used as a bed covering! How gorgeous is this!
Then of course, you can always style these gorgeous wool rugs with a basic couch to make your living room look FAB!

Can’t wait to share what I find!


Let’s Escape This Summer!

While Chicago is great, there is nothing I love more than a good vacation where I can spend all my time exploring different cultures and shopping! Doesn’t that sound nice? Lucky for us, there are so many fantastic places to travel to around the world to gain insight on how other people live and spend their time.

Here are 3 cities that will introduce you to a whole new world:


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Puerto Vallarta

I’m happy to say I spent 8 days in 2011 exploring the wonderful city of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. A gorgeous beach town, this paradise was filled with loads of flea markets and farmer’s markets providing me a firsthand look at the culture. One market is the Rio Cuale Flea Market, which features silver jewelry, leather goods, sandals, pottery, and other handcrafted items. Don’t forget to visit the Malacon while you’re there! And always remember: Barter, barter, barter!


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Besides being beautifully scenic, Lima, Peru in South America is a great place for markets. The Pisac Market is their most popular, featuring artisan-made musical instruments, beautiful rugs, handbags, and masks, to name a few. Traveling within the town is fairly inexpensive, it’s been said you can get by with just $15 in your pocket in a day, and hostels and hotels are cheap, too!


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Santa Fe

Home to many Native American artisans, Santa Fe, New Mexico in the United States is perfect for anyone who wants to travel without leaving the country! You’ll find jewelry, home decor, and folk art with strong Southwestern influence, as well as Mexican imports, like woven rugs, pottery, and glassware. If you’re traveling in July and August, be sure to catch Santa Fe’s Spanish Market and Indian Market for even more variety!