Dreaming of Paradise

As I stare out my window watching the snow come down (yes, it's the end of April) I can’t help but daydream about my recent trip to Puerto Vallarta.  We had the pleasure of staying at a luxury condominium developed & designed by Yoo by Starck. The condo itself was fabulous…modern and spacious with the most amazing ocean view you could ask for. But what really took my breath away was the grounds. Despite being laid out in a typical long & narrow hotel zone lot on the shores of Bahía de Banderas – the grounds were anything but typical. I won’t bore you with wordy interior design lingo - take a look for yourself and see what I mean.

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This is the open-air reception area. Everything from the fuchsia acrylic desk to the grouping of chairs creates a perfectly relaxed and playful ambiance. Modern and ornate furnishings mingled throughout the whole resort in typical Philippe Starck style.

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A couple of seating areas separating the pool area and condos. The use of the massive photographs adds unexpected drama.

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Another seating area with a large mirror as a backdrop. Traditional painted tiles ground the grouping.

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The grounds were never lacking a quiet place to sneak away from the crowds. The fuchsia walls peeking through the lush foliage is unexpected and fun.

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The infinity edge pool overlooking the ocean. While the grounds were full of colour, the pool area was neutral and serene. There is actually a condo rule only allowing white or beige towels by the pool! 

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The games room with library in the background. The library glowed with yellow glass on all four sides. 

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A view from the open air lobby. The oversize leaf graphic on the ceiling is framed with a plaster molding. Love the traditional details mixed with modern graphic prints.

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his little jewel box is the women's washroom in the lobby. Every surface absolutely sparkled. The photograph is actually the door to the watercloset.

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Lastly, this was our view from the 18th floor. I just doesn't get any better. Sigh. 

OUR CHRISTMAS WISHLIST

Dear Santa: We've been very good this year - a Tuscan Villa and a fur-lined sleeping bag isn't too much to ask, is it?Read on to see what we are coveting this holiday season.

BRUCE: After a trip to Paris and Italy this summer all I want for Christmas is:

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A villa in Tuscany (naturally) – I would never leave so you would have to come visit.

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“Altan” Parisian oxfords made from Italian parts –  almost as significant as Italy’s contribution to French cuisine.


JILL: Next year we're planning on doing some renovating but will still find time for lots of outdoor adventures. Here's what's on my list:

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Beton Epoque Tile from Stone Tile  for my upcoming bathroom reno.

Piano lessons.  I recently inherited a piano and, while I play a mean “Heart and Soul”, I must expand my repertoire!

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Nordic ski gear from MEC for outdoor fun this winter.


SHAYLA: Building a new house is keeping my family busy but we still plan to make time to unwind and have some winter fun.

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Padraig slippers to keep cozy on those cold Prairie nights.

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Cowhide chairs - perfect for for my new dining room.

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This cozy knit toque from Gorsuch. It will keep me toasty during snowball fights with my kids.


DIONE: R&R in the sun and at home is on my to do list next year. Here is what is at the top of my list:

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The Noche Alpaca Blanket from The Citizenry. Perfect for Netflix binge-watching.

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This Prada sleeping bag might just convince me to become a camper. 

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A trip to Casa Pericos - an open air luxury casa in Yelapa, Mexico. Maybe I'll take my Prada sleeping bag.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!