Have you heard about Spot, yet? Get ready for an amazing app coming your way soon, which will feature “the best places in the world according to experts and friends”. Traveling and finding all the cool spots, will be so much easier with Spot. While local experts will feed the app with recommendations, your activity and interest through the app will later provide you with spot-on tips for your next travel. I desperately need an app that will allow me to make a list for different cities, so I remember to visit THAT coffee shop. Now my bookmarks are all over the web, iPhone and some are even on paper! At the moment, you can sign up for their beta testing here if you want to be one of the first to use it, the public release is planned for later this year. Buuut in the meantime I highly recommend you follow Spot on Instagram and swoon over all the dream pictures curated by Kelly Lack, who has more than one eye for all things travel, food and design. I have been following Kelly’s Instagram for awhile now and imagine my excitement when she asked me to contribute a story for their blog, Near & Far. Yes! Yes! As I always feel that the grass is pretty green ( despite the drought) here in California, I wanted to share a small town close by, but far enough to let you forget the bustle of the city and get a mix of all things the Wine Country has to offer. Fun, food, wine, action, you name it and Guernerville has it. I have been there several times and can only say: GO! So hop over to Near & Far for my Guerneville Guide and a small Q&A about my travel routines. And as you are already there, don’t forget to do some virtual traveling, browse other amazing places and get inspiration for your next trip!

Thank you, Kelly, so much for having me share my adventures on Near & Far!

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I remember when we came to San Francisco in 2012 and moved into our new apartment, our furniture was about two weeks behind us on a shipping container, so we had to sleep in a cold room on an air bed, which, like a swiss clock, deflated every night and we would wake up bottoms on the floor, legs and arms in the air. Yes, it was a fun time, full of hourly runs to the local hardware store, tearing out carpets, painting walls and tiles, sanding kitchen cabinets and eating on the ladder. Patrick and I were both totally new to all this apartment repair stuff and even if I sound cheesy now, we couldn’t have done it without the help of Apartment Therapy’s website. I stumbled upon Apartment Therapy already back in Germany, swooning over the beautiful homes and dreaming of submitting my own one day. And while AT was always a great design inspiration, I found it immensely helpful when it came to all the tips and tricks about renovating, cleaning and DIY-ing.

Now three years later, while I’m redefining my style one room at the time, I couldn’t be more happy to have Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home book as perfect guide when it comes to creating a space where it’s not only about pieces of furniture but about a feeling of home and comfort. The book focuses on three parts which will help you achieve your feel-good space. Starting with “Setting Up Your Home” the makers of Apartment Therapy share all their wisdom from how to find the perfect home – are you the modern green home or are you the craftsman bungalow? Followed by setting up a room with healthy vibrations, to choosing the right colors and floors. I loved the definitions and illustrations of the Style DNA, as I’m finally able to express myself better when describing my own style.


The part “Living In Your Home” will get your creative juices flowing with the load on inspiration from amazing homes around the world. Descriptions about and insight into the design/decorating process make it super easy to reconstruct the inspiration into your own ideas. I couldn’t contain myself but to immediately get rid of our ten-years-old Billy bookcase and bring in a nice, stylish bookshelf to jazz up our living room. The whole room looks now pulled together and completed.

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The pages of part two are full of easy to adapt concepts for your own space and believe me, you will flip through and be like: “Oh wait, I have something similar, let me just try it out!” – and voilá, a new detail decorates your home. From the living room to the mud room, there are light bulbs on every page which will animate you to experiment with things you already have, yet might need only a new spot.


Last but not least is the part which I found to be very entertaining and practical – “Maintaining Your Home”. For all the cleaning bugs out there and for everyone who needs a bit more help to keep their homes organized, chapter three reviles best cleaning methods for all corners of your home – broken up month by month, how to fix stuff (bye,bye dripping faucet!), building a basic cleaning + repair kit, and how to get organized so you can enjoy your home and not be distracted by scattered knick-knacks.
Since few weeks, I’m full speed ahead with my re-decoration intentions and I love how everything is coming together easily when you have guidance and now where to start. Yes, my goal is to get my apartment submitted to Apartment Therapy one day, but until then I highly recommend get this book and dive into it, one room at the time.

*I received this book by Blogging for Books for a review, but all opinions are my own.

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We all love a good dining experience, we go to fancy new restaurants and stand in line for trendy food trucks, we love to cook at home and all that is fine and great, bur from time to time, I like to have a more different, unusual dinning experience. Like when you go to someones home, meet with people you have never met before and you cook together. This unique dinner happened few weeks ago when I was invited by Cozymeal to Chef James’s classic and beautiful Victorian home to experience part cooking class, part dinner with three other fellow foodies.

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Chef James welcomed us with unique antipasti like roasted padron peppers ( which became my season’s favorite veggies), sardines and a selection of artisan cheeses and olives. In a relaxed atmosphere, we chatted around, nibbled, get to know each other and got ready to get messy with some homemade pasta.This was my first time making fresh pasta and a pasta making machine made it onto my Amazon Holiday Wishlist. cozymeal-9 cozymeal-11 cozymeal-13 cozymeal-19 cozymeal-20

While we exchanged tips for the best kneading techniques, Chef James was already whipping up a yummy Bolognese. This would be our primo course, followed by 5 Dot Ranch organic beef slow-cooked in white wine & red pepper with sweet corn on the cob. As a professional cook with years of experience, Chef James was able to answer us the many questions we had about different cooking techniques or where to get unusual ingredients. Cozymeal works only with experienced, professional chefs to provide their guests a great culinary and educational dinner cozymeal-15 cozymeal-16 cozymeal-17 cozymeal-14 cozymeal-18 cozymeal-11

I think it’s a really great idea if you want to surprise a friend or partner with something new,  if you are new to town and want to meet new people, or if you are on a business trip and you don’t want to dine alone. Even for a night out with your besties this can be more fun than just going out for cocktails. Hop over and see all the yummy classes and diners they have. And if you feel like your company should invest in some team building, nobody will say no to cooking and eating. cozymeal-24 cozymeal-9 cozymeal-25 cozymeal-28 cozymeal-26 cozymeal-27 cozymeal-7

Our own cozy meal, which should have taken only three hours, extended into five hours of lively conversations over a wine and perfectly sweet and creamy cheesecake. We left Chef James’s house with happy taste buds, new friendships and a memorable meal.

*Cozymeal invited me to dine with Chef James, but all opinions are my own. 

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