Sustainable Farmhouse in the Algarve

This sustainable farmhouse is rural yet refined.  Casa Modesta is a rare hybrid. It’s a family business—virtually everyone around is part of grandfather’s Joaquim Modesto de Brito’s family—but with international sophistication. Its elemental in its design simplicity, yet the lines and light and shadows give it an aesthetic that would place it right at home in the pages of Wallpaper. … Read More

Tierra Santa: America’s First South American-inspired Spa

Alan Faena only wears white. Perhaps this is so he will never be in danger of clashing with the decor of his hotel. When entering the 52-year old Argentinian’s self-named FAENA Hotel in Miami, Florida a sensory overload of color hits you as you walk into the lobby. The Cathedral, as the lobby is known, is surrounded by a collection of eight murals, … Read More

Going on a Hunt for Flair with Flairhunter…

Flairhunter in front of orange doors

Have you ever met a traveling treasure hunter?  Well, you are about to! Stephanie Hunt is an Interior Designer based in Park City, Utah and Newport Beach, California, who travels in a quest for flair; managing to find it wherever she goes. Her Instagram feed is filled with photos of her discoveries including art, antiques, vintage, salvaged pieces and clothing lines. She … Read More

Following Up: A Few Favorite Finds from Lewis Andrews Lifestyle Store

The Algarve’s boutique department store, Lewis Andrews Lifestyle, is a convenient go-to for Cathy’s family when they spend time at their home in Portugal. Last week we got to know a bit more about the owners of this lifestyle concept. Now let’s see what Cathy has to say about a few of her favorite purchases. It might spur on a last-minute Christmas gift idea… The food … Read More

Portugal Uncovered; An Interview with Lewis Andrews Lifestyle Owners

Having a home in the Algarve for over 16 years, it was wonderful when Cathy literally stumbled upon the “Lewis Andrews Lifestyle” store; described as a lifestyle boutique for life in the sun. Two things stood out. The owner Andy was trusting enough to allow her to take two chairs home to see if the colors would match her outdoor furniture…without … Read More