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Living in the Talented Mr. Ripley

I’ve already written about my love for the classic French movie Plein Soleil. I think it captures such a beautiful time and place, and all the murder, betrayal, etc. aside, I would totally love to live in that movie.

So imagine my delight, when one of my favorite blogs, Design*Sponge, ran one of their “Living In” features on the remake of that film, The Talented Mr. Ripley! Now I must admit, I’ve never seen the new film, partially because I didn’t realize how aesthetically similar it was to the original! I think I also feared that it not being in French and not actually being old would somehow take away from its splendor, but after seeing Design*Sponge’s take on what it would be like to live in this film, I might have to give it a go. I would absolutely love to be decked out in all these items:

….and hanging out on this boat!


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Design*Sponge Barcelona City Guide

If you like pretty things, or DIY projects, or good design or delicious food and you don’t know about DesignSponge, well, you really should.

It’s a great little website filled with all kinds of projects, before and afters, recipes, and lots of other cool stuff. They also have a regular feature where different authors contribute travel guides to their home cities, in the US and abroad. Usually these fall a little flat for me because even though I know the content is probably pretty good, there are very few pictures to go along with the recommendations, and the lists are so long that I get discouraged by the thought of having to more thoroughly research each and every rec. A lame reason, I know. But today they released a Barcelona guide by Judy Kaufmann, an illustrator who calls the city home, and I must say I really like it! I’ve stayed in both of the hotels she recommends (Inside BCN is in fact wonderful!!) and shopped and dined at many of her other suggested locations, so I can officially give this one two thumbs up! A definite good addition to any travel planning you may be doing for a visit to the most wonderful little city in the mundo. Click on the photo to be linked directly to the guide.

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