#Spotted No. 2 Casa Cook Rhodes

It was love 😍  at first site when I spotted Casa Cook, a Bohemian Lifestyle Hotel, located in Rhodes, Greece. This hotel is right up my alley. So much so, that I'm willing to get on a plane to Greece asap. It's perfect! 

Beautiful, right?! I even love how the hotel is described on the website:

 "Inspired by the nomadic way of life, the cosy character comes from natural surfaces and earthy tones. Comfy pillows and hand-picked accessories add to the warm, bohemian atmosphere. A personal space in which to kick back and slow down."

Yes. Yes. Yes. Who's adding Rhodes, Greece to their travel bucket list?! ✋🏾 

In the meantime, bring home the Casa Cook look with the decor items I pulled together below.

Spotted No. 2 Casa Cook Rhodes

9 Design Instagrams to Follow

Besides Pinterest, I love following designers, design brands and magazines on Instagram.  I collected a few of my favorites to share. Some of them you may know. Some of them you may not know at all. 

Consort Design

Consort Design designed Shay Mitchell's guest house that I recently shared. I love their work. It is always light, bright and fun!  

Apparatus Studio

Studio nights.

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I am in love with everything Apparatus Studio does. Their lighting, their incense burners, their objects are all sooo good. I want everything! 

Porter Teleo

Hand-painted Wallpapers and Fabrics? Yes, please!

I Have This Thing For Rugs

Who doesn't love a beautiful rug? While searching for a great hashtag after taking this pic in Amsterdam at a vintage clothing shop,  I stumbled across #ihaveathingforrugs.

House of Honey

Ive been admiring her work from afar for quite awhile now. I love the vintage elegant vibe of her work. 

Design Milk

Design Milk has been a favorite of mine for years! Their insta feed is good and their website is even better. 

Three Bird Renovations

Three ladies in Australia taking ugly homes and making them beautiful again. Their work is light, clean and airy. 

Adore Home Magazine

Australian Interiors magazine that I mentioned in my little-known magazines post. 

Veranda Interior

Veranda Estate Homes is a custom home builder and their work is absolutely gorgeous. They really pay attention to the details and I love seeing their project progress. 

What are some of your favorite design related Instagram feeds to follow? Tell me in the comments. 

Monday Moodboard No. 2

I had this crazy obsession with Andre 3000's The Love Below in high school. So when i saw the first image below, it immediately made me thing of Pink and Blue. 

Pretty pink, baby blue
Why don't you teach me something new
We're all just babies in my view
So crawl baby
Crawl baby

As much as I am not a fan of pink, when you combine it with blue something magical happens.


Bathing for Self-Care & My Bath Essentials

Y'all, I love a relaxing bath. A. Good. Long. Bath. It has been a part of my self-care routine since college. I did take a brief break, but now I can't get enough of them. It just feels so damn good to get lost and immerse in warm waters, with candles, and a soothing playlist. It is something I look forward to every week. If you are not taking baths, you should start asap!

Sade is so gorgeous. Even in a towel! (Source)

Sade is so gorgeous. Even in a towel! (Source)

A (Very) Brief History of Bathing

It is said that Egyptians (Romans and Greeks soon followed) were the first to understand the importance of and practice the art bathing. This dates back to 2000 BC. Egyptians were very much into cleanliness and would bathe up to 4 times a day due to the heat. They would use hot stones to warm the water and soak extended periods of time. Egyptians had baths that were public, but many of the rich had private baths in their homes. Romans and Greeks had public bath houses as well. They were used for cleansing, relaxing, and socializing. 

Baths were used for healing and cosmetic purposes as well. It is said that Cleopatra bathed in milk, honey, and herbs to moisturize, exfoliate and to aide in a healthy glow.  Learn more about the history of bathing here. 

Bathing for Self-care

Connecting back to yourself is important and your bath time will aide in this as well as increase your physical and emotional well-being.  Let it become something that is a weekly ritual and set aside an hour to soak and enjoy the waters. I like to take my baths on late Saturday (10pm or 11pm) or Sunday mornings. You should also stay hydrated during your bath.  I have a little stand (I really want this cart) in my bathroom that I pull over to the bath tub to hold a glass of water.   

During your bath, it is a good idea to meditate and think positive thoughts. It would also be a great time to manifest. 

Be intentional with this time to yourself, unplug, and most of all be selfish!

Relaxing Bath Essentials 

Water itself is sensual, transformative and comforting, but I elevate my bathing experience by using a combination of the bath essentials below. FYI: All of these items are not necessary. You can use none, a combination of a few or all. 

  • Music

This is essential to my baths. Create a soothing playlist or try this one on Spotify. I've even listened to tantric playlists on YouTube. They really help set the mood. 

  • Candles

I could never take a bath without candles. I turn off the lights in my bathroom and light my candles. They provide just enough light for you to see, but also help with the vibe. You can choose scented candles or unscented. Soy or Beeswax candles would be my pick. Favorites: Bath & Body Works, Roam

  • Oils

I absolutely love using coconut oil in my bath. It leaves my skin feeling amazingly moisturized. I suggest using your favorite oils. Some of my favorites are Jojoba, Almond, Olive, Vitamin E, and Avocado. WARNING: The tub may be slippery afterwards. Be careful getting out. 

  • Essential Oils

If you are dealing with an ailment or you just want to elevate the sensual aesthetic, I would definitely consider using essential oils. My favorites are Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender and Sweet Orange. I use this book on Essential Oils and Aromatherapy to learn about the different uses of Essential Oils. 

  • Bath Salts, Bath Bombs, and Body Scrubs

This is were your bath can become really fun because there are so many options for bath salts, bath bombs, and body scrubs. Lush has the BEST bath bombs. I love Bliss for their body scrub. Bath Salts are easy to make or you can look at brands like Herbivore, The Body Shop, and Balm & Co

  • Herbs and Plants

For herbs, put inside a muslin bag and add it to your water.  You may want to avoid pouring the herbs right into the tub because it is messy to clean after. l also like to have plants in my bathroom too. You can have succulents, palms, etc. I especially like Eucalyptus. Prior to your bath you can tie the eucalyptus to the shower head and run the shower on hot to create steam. The smell from the eucalyptus will fill the bathroom. It is soooo good!

  • Soap

Duh, right?! I specifically added this to list to talk about my favorite soap everDr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap! I prefer the bar soap, but it is available in liquid body wash as well. This soap can be used for almost anything. I like to use it as a body soap as well as shampoo. My hair loves it. It smells just like candy canes. It is organic, biodegradable, cruelty-free, and very soothing. Dr. Bonner's also offers additional scents. 

  • Body Brush 

I like to use both a washcloth and a body brush. Body brushes make me feel extra clean. Make sure the bristle are natural and not plastic. They help with circulation and can aid with removing dead skin. 

  • Sheet and Face Masks

Why not take care of your skin as well? I use sheet masks that I pick up from either Sephora or delivered via Amazon.  Dr. Jart and TonyMoly are the only brands I have tried. For face masks, I like the Origins Charcoal Mask (since I was 16), Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Masque, and I want to try the Indian Healing Clay Mask

  • Towels 

To make your bath extra special, you should have a towel set that you only use for your bath. I've heard great things about Restoration Hardware towels as well as the Egyptian Cotton towels from Target. 

I hope I have convinced you to ditch the shower for a relaxing bath at least once a week. Let me know how it goes!

Bathing for Self-Care Plus Bath Essentials

Shay Mitchell's Guest House

There are a couple Instagram feeds I stalk for interior design inspiration and one of them is Consort Design. I have loved almost every project. So, when I came across this guest house they designed for Pretty Little Liar's Shay Mitchell, I wasn't surprised at how good it was. Guys, it is sooo good. 

I really love how light and bright the guest house feels. I am also loving the pink, white and black combo. I am not a huge fan of pink, but I really don't mind it here. Ok, I'm going to stop "talking" so you can get into the design below. 

If you've been following this blog, you know I love concrete tiles. I love the step-up lounge daybed-esque area. The tile took it to another level. It is bold, fun, and sophisticated. #killingit

See the entire tour on Consort Design's blog

Monday Moodboard No. 1

If you haven't listened to Solange's A Seat at the Table by now, you are definitely missing out on a beautifully curated piece of art. It is sonically and visually so so so amazing. I used the album as inspiration for this mood board. I wanted the images to collectively feel beautiful, warm and unrestrained. I love the final product! 


8 Big Impact Powder Rooms

I've always been a fan of going big in small spaces, especially powder rooms. You can never go wrong with a bold wallpaper, patterned tiles, art, and/or an gorgeous vanity. 

Which powder bath is your favorite? Tell me in the comments!