Thursday, November 21, 2013



Do you ever need some inspiration in your life?  My biggest source of inspiration comes from my travels abroad.  I do anything to get out of the country! I was at my desk and accidentally opened up photos from my trip to Scotland.  I feel inspired again!!  I had so much fun with my husband and daughter.  (The boys were at camp!)  We stayed at this amazing place called the Turnberry Resort thanks to some awesome Starwood Points!!  Did I mention I love staying at places for "free!"

When I arrived, I vowed not to leave.  In fact, I did convince (coerce?) my husband to lengthen our stay by a few days.  The Turnberry was built in 1906 and is a golfer's paradise. No- I don't golf.  I did play "Pitch and Putt" which is a wuse's version of golf, except I found it very hard!!   They have bunkers on the course!  I mean- hide from the enemy bunkers which cause your ball to go up and over your head.  [laugh here.]

Everything was beautiful and when I entered the lobby I saw gorgeous details everywhere! Look at those floors.  The chevron is stunning and that wood?  LOVE!

Then I saw these modern lights juxtaposed with the old traditional moldings.
Yes, I get a little obsessive!
Look at this crazy light fixture in my bedroom!!  OMG.  I loved it!
Can't forget the mohair which covered everything.  This lovely lavender was so cozy.

I was happy to have this view from my room.  Look at the beach- and the golf course, if you are into that sort of thing:-)
 Again, love the modern tub, fixtures and flooring!

Outside was very special too.  Look at the boxwood hedge.  The pattern is amazing.  So traditional but clean at the same time.

Every night we had the bagpiper come and do his thing.  I really felt I was in Scotland when I heard the music- OK- and when I saw the outfit:)
These love birds were inspired too!!  So pretty.
The beach was pretty spectacular.  I saw gorgeous textures everywhere!  This is my daughter's foot.  
We found beautiful shells and sea glass.  We started collecting the shells and glass and then returned them back to the sea.  It was very fun collecting.  The giving back was hard but the shells are where they belong.  I did remove the sharp glass pieces so no one would cut themselves:)

This urchin was gorgeous!  I really got on a purple kick.

The natural grasses surrounding the beach had these beautiful greens and browns and waved with the wind.

Did I say I liked nature's purple?  Doesn't this jelly fish look amazing?  I love the sand color with the purples and white.  Great color scheme.
The greenery was spectacular too.  The foliage was rich and the patterns and textures in nature were/are a big source of inspiration.

Look at the lichen on this tree trunk.  Beautiful greens and gray browns on the trunk.  Dare I say I see some purple?
Yes, a wow- not at the resort but a short drive away.

Of course, those castles are pretty nice, too.

They don't make roads like this any more.  The stone patterns were beautiful.
Look at this wall.  The plants are growing in between the stone!  Beautiful color and texture.

Look at the castle grounds.  The pink looks fake, it is so pretty.
There is nothing like a pair of gigantic urns with beautiful color coming out of them!  I couldn't get a picture of the pair, but the entire grounds were symmetrical and patina-ed and amazing.
Love!  I have always loved worn brass.  The color is like a big hug.

Yep!  I went horseback riding with my daughter.  Look at the old barn.  The old stone next to the white washed old stucco.  The local stone has such depth in color.
Look at our trail!  That is my little horse's head.  They were quite elegant.
Riding on the water felt like I was riding in a movie.   My daughter had so much fun that we got home and she is taking riding lessons.  English riding was a challenge for me since I grew up riding western.  I got it after a wee bit.  Do I sound Scottish?

Hi foxy!

And....a Shetland pony!!  They were the fattest, cutest butterballs around!  I wanted to take one home as a pet and pretend it was a large dog.
I almost forgot to mention the lighthouse at the Turnberry.  I have always had a thing for lighthouses which is what grabbed my attention when I first went on their website.  It was pouring rain when we went walking towards it, but it was so worth it.  I really would like to live in one.  Anyone want to build it for me?

Here we are on our last day.  I felt like I was at camp.  Archery in flats.  Back in the camp days we just used hay but this was pretty hard core!  

Hope you are inspired by the photos!  Think of the colors and textures when working on your living spaces.  If you find yourself stuck- look out the window.  Grab leaves and stone and see if that inspires you.  It inspires me!



  1. Looks like an amazing trip and I agree - inspiration everywhere!

  2. What a trip Kathleen!
    If I had been along, we would have collected matching photos. Tree bark, cloudy skies and any example of large scale (swath of pink astilbe and those urns) make my design eye twitch. Happy Thanksgiving :-)

  3. Fantastic photographs, Kathleen! Someday I hope to go to Scotland.

  4. wow! amazing photos. thanks for sharing what a great time for me to find your blog! So inspiring!


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