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Daylight savings has come and gone, which can only mean one thing: We’ve officially rounded the ever-illusive corner that separates the dead of winter from the glorious beginnings of spring. And while it may be a tad too early to describe the current temperature as anything near “balmy,” there’s no denying the subtle stirrings of change afoot: longer evenings, softer breezes, the pale flicker of sunshine on your cheeks.
From a beloved Caribbean island to far-flung historic sites that are accessible like never before to remote jungles and lush beaches just begging to be explored, here are 9 awe-inspiring places to add to your list of possibilities for the new year—and beyond.
Outfit ideas worth stealing.
At first, you might think it’s not much to look at, this beach. Just a swath of gritty black sand and a few lonely fishing boats basking in the clear bright sun, the inky Tyrrhenian Sea lapping solemnly at the shore.
But then, you don’t come to Stromboli, a tiny Aeolian island off the coast of Sicily, for the beach.
Bali is a surfer’s paradise and a haven for spiritual seekers, sure, but it’s also a dream destination for free-spirited foodies and aesthetes. Canggu, a tiny village on the island’s west coast, offers the best of all worlds—without the maddening crowds.
Until fairly recently, most of the world barely knew that the early Polynesians were among the greatest explorers on earth.
Little known fact: Sarasota, Florida is home to some of the country’s finest examples of mid-century modern architecture.
Gosh, weddings are fraught with emotion, aren’t they? There’s the joy of deciding to officially share your life with another, the gravity of that commitment, the excitement of joining two families and two sets of friends—and, of course, the pressure of creating an event that reflects the significance and wonder of it all.
Though the history of this heady day—like so many other counterculture references—is a bit murky, legend has it that the phrase “420” was originally police code for “Marijuana Smoking in Progress.” Other rumors state that it all started (where else?) in a parking lot before a Grateful Dead show.
As with any interpersonal exchange, the relationship should always be taken into account.
“Minimalism to me is quite boring,” Selby readily admits. “When I started shooting people and their spaces in the early 2000s, that super-clean look was the dominant aesthetic. What I did was so embracing of maximalism and real life and messiness, it was a slap in the face to that whole thing.”
The slow exploration of these roads yields a trove of discoveries: An oasis where the mouth of an underground spring feeds a grove of palm trees, or, a secluded beach where cerulean waves crash along a craggy, mermaid cove.
“They said they liked my personal interior style and wanted to create something which felt like an intimate gentlemen’s club—dark and intimate and a little bit sexy,” the designer explains.
The designer was adamant about maintaining the integrity of her new home. Thus, the original stone fireplaces, the tin ceilings, and even the clawfoot bathtub in the second-floor bathroom remained.
“I have always enjoyed the idea of cooking, but have spent quite some time over the past few years stepping up my game,” the designer explains.
A cozy, contemporary home filled with custom-built California furniture, artworks created by family and friends, and vintage finds.