An Afternoon by the Sea

The train ride from Lisboa to Cascais offers a constant sea view and it’s fun to just hop off at will to discover the villages and cities along the coast. Spending an afternoon at Paco de Arcos was a lovely way to usher in spring. Whenever you are looking for healing energy, the sea will bring it to you. I spent some time on the shore looking through the little fisherman boats and traps, putting my feet in the sand, and letting the sun beat on my back. When the wind sped up, I grabbed my Tulsi shawl, which doubles as a beach towel/picnic blanket. Get your own Tulsi shawl (hand-printed in India) here with 20% off with code “frolic20” (free shipping within the US). Wildflowers are in abundance at the moment, and there’s nothing so sweet as flowers growing seaside.

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How To Make a Spring Floral Centerpiece

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Today we are celebrating the first day of spring by sharing how to make a spring floral centerpiece! It’s easy to make a centerpiece using seasonal flowers to decorate a table for a special event or wedding. The biggest tip is to make the centerpiece low so that people can see each other. Using a shallow vase is the easiest way to do this, but you’ll need a few expert tips for working with a shallow vase. Jennifer, expert cottage gardener and floral designer from Fir and Flora, invites us into her darling cottage today to share a few tricks and the recipe for a classic spring centerpiece! Click through for the full details and the full flower recipe.

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A Visit to Monet’s Giverny

Today, let’s escape to Giverny. On a day last June, Gemma, a world-wanderer and Australian ex-pat, snapped these gorgeous photos of Monet’s garden. I adore the window shots through his painting studio. Gemma remembers, “Deep pinks, violets and pops of vivid colour splatter the garden like a dream in the countryside home of French painter Claude Monet.” Click through for this colorful, visual tour of Monet’s Giverny. And see more of Gemma’s Paris wanderings and tips here.

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Taking Cues from Lisbon’s Cafe Spaces

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For the coffee shop addict, Lisbon cafe spaces offer an acute cultural experience as well as an abundance of visual eye candy, interior design inspiration, and of course delicious treats and coffee. Lisbon cafes fall into three categories for me: new wave, modern Portuguese, and traditional pastelarias. Today, I want to share a few of my favorite modern Portuguese spaces. These spaces blend the traditional pasteleria elements like marble, dark wood, and ornate woodwork, juxtaposed with modern elements and unexpected details. To me, these spaces offer the best of old and new aspects of Portuguese design. After all, there’s something so exciting about blending tradition and history with a bit of innovation. If you are looking for the full experience of good food and good design, in a quiet spot, don’t miss these charming spaces when you visit Lisbon. But for now, I’ll share a visual tour and perhaps you’ll find some ideas for your own space.

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