One of the Twelfth Street girls, Rachel, just got back from a vacation in Bali, where she visited temples, played with monkeys, and read by this breathtaking infinity pool:

She brought back these great hand-woven ikat fabrics. 

So pretty! 
Between my trip to Europe and Rachel's vacation in Bali, it seems like Twelfth Street girls are taking over the world

Love, Cynthia



Next, on a whim, we went to Frankfurt to stay with my friend Farah and Philipp and meet their son Anton for a few days. Really the most amazing and talented design couple. Philipp is one of the geniuses behind German design and architecture collaborative e15.

Here's my newest e15 lust... I can't wait to get these tables for my house. They are everything I love, the melding of old world and modern... To learn more about e15, visit their website here

Philipp and I stopped by a party in honor of the opening of "Not in Fashion", an exhibit of fashion and photography in the 90s at MMK: Museum fur Moderne Kunst (Museum of Modern Art) in Frankfurt. 
One of the photographers whose work is being featured in the show is Mark Borthwick, who has previously collaborated with Philipp and e15 on various projects. 

Here's Mark serenading us at the opening party.

Check out some of Mark's work here and learn about his collaboration with e15 here.
I love seeing the ways in which creative and talented people manage to toe the lines between art, design, fashion, and functionality!

At the party I saw the most amazing wall of records, organized by color (which is all the rage in interior design right now). I wonder how they find their records...

They are German, after all... so I suspect some sort of map or key is involved.

And of course, no visit to Germany would be complete without...

PROST to the weekend!



The scenery looked like it was straight out of The Sound of Music. Doe a deer...

Pictures from my friend Eva's family home, they used to own a pharmacy.
My daughter loved the "goldglimmer"... I rightfully told her it was fairy dust. 

I loved the cementary.

Someone must have been chopping for days to get this big of a pile of wood

The Alps were breathtaking and our stay there was truly enchanting.
Watch for the next post- after the Alps we headed up to Germany

Love, Cynthia



Lugano is near the Swiss-Italian border, so of course we had to have some delicious pizza.

Fresh mozzarella and basil!

Loved the Missoni Pellegrino...

We were lucky enough to have perfect weather throughout our stay, too
Switzerland was so beautiful.