Category Archives: Design

I know, I know its been a while since we posted.  We don't have an excuse except to say it is hard to find a balance in your life when you are starting a business.  Beau and I are back in the states
Throughout our travels, we have started to recognize the color turquoise and other variations of it as a kind of international color.  Maybe we just like to photograph this color, so we're looking fo
Sourcing and looking for inspiration can definitely make you work up an appetite.  So when Beau and I need to appease our bellies in Bali I love visiting The Junction.  To our surprise the Junction
We're back! We have received a few emails and twitter messages asking if we fell of the edge of the planet. No, we didn't and we're well. We have been trying to get our new website up and running w
Happy Holidays to our friends and family around the world.  We wish everyone PEACE and JOY in 2011!
Better late than never, here is the follow up to the first part of the travel inspired design on San Miguel de Allende (SMA). I love the influence of international styles when it is done in a clean mo
Beau and I are always looking to be inspired in life, design, art, and food.  One of my favorite moments working on a design job is right after you first meet your client and you have heard what they
After eating extreme amounts of food on this road trip with my mom, sister, and niece, I decided I need a break from food.  It was time for some eye candy.  Insert here:  Hotel Havana on the San An
We've been getting quite a few emails asking us what's next for us.  I thought we owe you all a quick rundown of what The World Effect has in store.You may have noticed that our tag line for our blog
We have decided to keep up with the positive thoughts about coming home and continue our search for the reasons why we love Colorado.  Coming home after 460 days on the road gave us a chance to have
For our last stop on our around the journey, Beau and I decided to visit two people that became close friends during our first week of the big trip.  We felt Sydney was a wonderful way to complete th
We decided to get away from the retail madness of Ubud in search of something a bit more remote.  After 3 days of denying the taxi industry by walking, we hired a guy to drive us around the countrysi
Is Singapore super clean?  Yes.  Is Singapore expensive?  Yes.  Is Singapore densely populated by businesses, hotels, apartments, restaurants, and shopping malls filled with people?  Yes.  But a
Three days of isolation on a beach is fantastic, but there's a limit to our attention span. We decided to move on to another island, increasing the "things going on scale" a bit. We chose an island ne
The Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City has a long history.  A history that Beau and I don't really want to get into because it is an emotional topic for many people.  So if you a
After sing the duet "Islands in the Stream" by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers to Beau a thousand times in our floating hut, I don't think he could decide what was worse; my singing or bei
After an overnight train ride from Varanasi, Beau and I arrived in Agra four hours late but still eager to see the Taj Mahal.  We had an hour to freshen up for our date with the Taj Mahal. 
Yes, Beau and I are on a a budget but every once and a while you are in an area that the hotels are going to be expensive, so why not pick a hotel with a great style.  While searching for hotels
Beau and I didn't have much time in Shanghai but we managed to squeeze in a little time to find some eye candy.  Driving into Shanghai from the airport to our hotel, my head and eyes were ju
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I am not sure if I could be a nomad and live my whole life in a ger but I would have enjoyed staying longer.  Beau and I stayed in a ger hotel for two days in the Terelj National Park.  Te
Kas was everything we had been dreaming of when we decided to board a plane south, rent a car, and follow the coast.  Finally, we found the Turkey that you see in all the pictures and advertisem
We made time for the Grand Bazaar, in Istanbul, twice!  The first time Jevan, Casey, Beau and I went to the Bazaar we were so distracted by all the food and spices that we became too exhausted a
As Beau described in his food post, the Pera neighborhood is the place to go when your belly starts talking to you.  It is also a place to fill your appetite for design.  Several of the re
After a relaxing drive in a very nice air-conditioned van, our guide almost had to push Beau and I out into the blistering heat to see the ruins.  Not that we didn't want to see the Amud El-
I am sure being the husband of a designer is not easy, but Beau has to give me credit for leaving Marrakech with the same size bag as when we entered.  This was an incredible accomplishment beca
Have you ever wondered where the world's largest surrealistic object is?  Probably not, but if you want to know, it's the Salvador Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain.  Figureres is a
A quote from the film Field of Dreams came to my mind when we visited Antoni Gaudi's architectural sites ...."if you build it they will come".  There are several easily accessible
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As you would imagine, Barcelona is filled with beautiful old historical buildings, but what do you do with a historical monument when it doesn't have a purpose any more?  Well of course, mak
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Lisbon is a beautiful old city with history dating back to the medieval times, but don't be surprised when you find a modern side as well.  In 1998, Lisbon hosted the World's Fair in the
Design in Buenos Aires seems almost second nature to the Argentineans.  The beauty of old and new mixing together with ease and complementing each other is a joy to see.  Beau and I had the pleasure
On the way to the Inca Trail, we visited a little community called Ccaccaccollo.  This is the community for many of the GAP adventures porters for the Inca Trail.  GAP helped organize the
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico is a town that touches all the senses but it is definitely a feast for creative people like Beau and I.  Every corner you turn is inspiring.  If you are an ar
Before we even touched the ground in Panama City, Beau and I were amazed by the skyline.  Flying in we saw Panama City's many skyscrapers and tons of new construction.  I have never seen so
Monte Verde is our first stop in Costa Rica.  This area was settled by Quakers once Costa Rica decided to eliminate its military.  This area is now almost exclusively a natural reserve. 
Yesterday we took a bus to a little town known for its pottery about an hour from Granada.  This place was really interesting.  We watched them throw, carve, polish, and fire the pots.
Being a designer, I am always looking for inspiration to use on future projects.  Beau always laughs at me when I walk into a hotel and flip over chairs to see who the manufacturer is and if I k