International Instagrams: Inspiration from a World Traveler

Yves Saint Laurent Gardens My sister-in-law Jessica is one of the most talented, beautiful, funny and all-around interesting people I know.  She is the lead stylist and owner of an amazing salon in San Diego called Paper Doll. But when Jessica's businesswoman hat comes off, she keeps busy adding stamps to her passport.

Jessica is a hair and makeup artist for prAna clothing company.  It takes her to some of the most beautiful, inspiring and peaceful setting around the world.  Inevitably, I find myself drooling over her instagrams, anxiously awaiting new posts from every trip.  Jess' latest travels landed her in Morocco, where the blue and white hues would brighten even the gloomiest of days.

I hope you enjoy her inspiration as much as I do!

Rustic Glam in Munich

Many people have been described as world travelers, but few truly fit the bill.  My dear friends Dominique and Lee, however, are the definition.  Dominique left her successful career in advertising and Lee put his medical school studies on hold last summer to spend an entire year back-packing through 5 continents, 16 countries and more cities than I can count.  As they traverse each culture and country, Dominique is putting her eloquence to work on Soil and Thread, a collection of their travels.  If you've ever dreamed of an around-the-globe adventure, her blog posts and photos will transport you to each of the far away places they visit.

Of course, being the selfish design-oriented friend I am, I gave Dominique strict orders to document any beautiful inspiration that came her way.  Boy oh boy did she come through!  These photos are from a trendy cafe in Munich, where Dominique described the decor as a "casual yet sophisticated country garden vibe."  What makes it work is the simplicity of the materials and design.  Rustic wood tones, wrought iron, white walls, natural stone and neutral fabrics allow the eclectic mix of furnishings and accessories to seamlessly blend together.

Bonus: the entire cafe was designed with an eye for accessibility.  The owner uses a wheelchair himself and built the space with simple modifications such as wider doorways, a tilting bathroom mirror and additional railings where necessary.  Those personal touches are welcoming for anyone who faces frustrating accessibility issues and ensures everyone can relax with a hot cup of coffee in a beautiful environment.