L’Usine Ho Chi Minh City

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Tucked away on the second floor on a nondescript building in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, lies the wonderful L’Usine, a bar, cafe, restaurant, and shop that has everything from Bahn Mi, to handcrafted Vietnamese textiles. It’s been years since I’ve been in Vietnam, but one thing that I know is that this place is still a must see. In fact, our managing editor Olivia here at Interior Monologue, returned from a recent visit and was kind enough to bring us back a suite of photos to use for our story! I can take a bit of credit for this “report from … Continue reading >>

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Beautiful Borgo Egnazia

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The secret may be out about Italy’s once sleepy southern boot heel, but that doesn’t mean that the magic has been lost from the amazing region of Puglia. For many years Puglia was not on most tourists radar, leaving the beautiful region, filled with baroque architecture and olive trees galore, to Rome and Milan’s elite. Then the celebrities caught wind, escaping there for holidays full of peace and quiet. These days, the scene has definiltey picked up, but it’s still just as beautiful and breathtaking as ever. I went a few years ago with my family and stayed at the … Continue reading >>

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Piscine Molitor: Decades of Chic

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Well, the list of things to do in Paris just keeps growing. Of course! My latest obsession is with newly renovated Molitor. Tucked away in the 16th Arrondissement, the hotel and massive Olympic-sized pool has recently reopened after years of restoration. But what’s so fabulous about this place is not the totally chic decor of the hotel rooms, or the fabulous sunbathing deck, it’s the totally amazing history of this establishment, which goes back to the early 20th century. Originally opened in 1929 at the hight of art deco, the hotel and was designed by Lucien Pollet, and quickly became the go-to … Continue reading >>

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Interior Dialogue with Benni Frowein of Schumacher / Hamburg

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In my seemingly endless love affair with wallpaper, Schumacher never disappoints. And heading up their team is the wonderful Benni Frowein, who as President of the company works closely with creative director Dara Caponigro to bring this historic company charging into the future with exciting new projects. And with his love for travel, along for his penchant for good design, I just had to ask him give us the inside scoop on his home city of Hamburg. “I grew up in Hamburg, but it wasn’t until I moved away that I realized what an extraordinary place it is.  Having been for centuries … Continue reading >>

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Magical Mont St. Michel

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Since it’s a Thursday, and I am feeling a bit nostalgic with all the #tbt on Instagram today, I thought I might share a little trip down memory lane with you. I’m taking you to France to revisit a birthday that I spent there. And if the location for this birthday is a beautiful centuries-old church on the tippy-top of a mountain off the coast of Normandy, now that is truly magical! And Mont St. Michel is nothing short of magic. The seemingly floating island has been a pilgrimage site for devout Christians since the 8th century. And now it is an absolutely … Continue reading >>

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Ernest Wright & Son Scissor Makers

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As is the case with most tools, the better they are, the less we need to think about them. Ernest Wright & Son Scissor makers understand this, which is why they strive to craft their handmade scissors to be so good. They just work! Whether they are crafting a scissor for dressmaking, sewing, cooking, or even just household odds and ends, each piece of these stainless steel shears are handcrafted to ensure the highest of quality. There is no way to mass produce this finely tuned craft, in fact all of their “professional putter-togethers” or assemblers learn the trade through … Continue reading >>

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