Category Archives: Travel

    Several months ago my darling daughter said, “Mom. Let’s go to Europe again!”   I said, “…………………………………………………………………Okay.”   So, we planned and searched and swiped my Visa and VIOLA! We’re on our WAY for 28 DAY(s). It needed to rhythm- I failed. First, we’re heading to NYC to visit her brother and new sister-n-law, […]

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  • Doreen Mcgettigan - Have a safe trip and I cannot wait to read all about it and see the fabulous photos!ReplyCancel

  • Suzy Turner - WOW it’s going to be amazing! You’ll LOVE it. I’m lucky enough to be able to call Portugal home and it’s pretty awesome to live here… and I do love to travel when possible. Last winter, we drove up througj Portugal, Spain and France and got thr ferry to England where we travelled around visiting family (also spending two weeks in Wales). I’m quite envious really 😀
    Suzy x

  • Ellen Dolgen - How fantastic! Can’t wait to hear about all the fun you two are goig to have!ReplyCancel

  • Eve Gaal - Sounds so elegant! Have fun!ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - WOW! Take me with you, that is going to be a trip of a life time!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - I have only one thing to say: Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Have a fantastic trip! Can’t wait to follow your adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - What an exciting trip! It will be nice for the two of you to get away just the two of you. You’ll either become stronger or you’ll kill each other. Can’t wait to hear all about it.ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - Sounds like a fabulous time! Safe travels, and I’ll look forward to hearing all about it!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Lucky you! What a fabulous adventure- have a blast!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - You’ll have a fabulous time! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy! Daughters are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - Sounds like an amazing trip. Have a great time.ReplyCancel

  • Doreen McGettigan - This sounds so fabulous! I love traveling with my daughters and granddaughters. Have a safe trip.ReplyCancel

  Last Fall I kept seeing (or maybe noticing for the first time- whateva’) RV’s everywhere.   Of course, I already loved the look of the vintage Airstream my sister-n-law restored- so cool. So HER. SO FUN!   I said to Ben, “Ben. I want an RV.” He said, “Of course you do.” I said, […]

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    • Cheryl - Why you just made my day Rosemond with your ALL CAPS explosion of goodwill! I’ll meet you on the flip side. Margarita’s at the ready sista!ReplyCancel

  • Terra Walker - Oh Mah gawd! So gorgeous. I have been saying that I could live in an RV, and this is making me want to do that now. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Poston Combs - THIS IS AMAZING AND I WANT YOUR LOVE SHACK!! Omg. I love this so much.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Filogomo - OMG—-what a great job you did of making it so fun!! Do you have pictures of the before?

  • Ellen Dolgen - When are you picking me up???? This is the most fun decor ever! How fun, you can switch from love shack to house on any given night!ReplyCancel

  • Pushin' 50 - Feeling Thirty-Three and a Half - Absolutely stunning! My hubs and I have been looking at RV’s to retire in. I’m sure he won’t go for this decor though. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Dubielak - Thank you for this. Permission to find and completely redecorate my own, given. <3ReplyCancel

  • Anna Rosenblum Palmer - My husband is going to KILL YOU. Cause I am in!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lynch Lawdanski - I LOVE it! So creative and fun! Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Christopher Mitchell - “I’ve got a Chrysler and she’s big as a whaie…” So, where do you drop the jukebox money?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Loncaric - Oh my what a great job you have done with the decorating! I’m usually a hotel kind of gal but I think I could go glamping in your RV! Looks great and have many happy travels. Sue from Sizzling Towards SixtyReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Rochette Koshak - Love your glamper! Can I borrow it? And by borrow, I mean can I take it with me on my travels?ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - holy cow!! that is amazing – you have gone all out and I love all your little extra touches (the deer head made me smile!) and that fabric in the bed nook is more opulent than any caravan deserves 🙂 Happy travels!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - That seems to fit you perfectly. Way to go. I still wonder why decorators use all those pillows on a bed. They just get thrown out at night. I know you will tell me it is in the scheme of things. Enjoy your road trips!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Strobel - Wow! You really made it look amazing inside. What a great shack!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Cheryl-ized! Absolutely love this! I even went online to see if I could get one of my own . . .
    P.S. LOVE the cowprint!!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - HAhahahaaaaa.You make me laugh! Could you find one?ReplyCancel

  • Sue Pekarek - The saran wrap in the door is genius. The whole camper and everything you designed is so lovely Cheryl. Tiny houses are not this well equipped with storage solutions. I could write you a paragrah on each photo. Thanks for sharing and you need your own design show.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Wouldn’t THAT be fabulous! Maybe some one will see this and call. Let’s hope they actually air it- unlike that ‘If These Walls Could Talk’ HGTV show that you steered my way. Thank you again for that. Now get on THIS one! HA! XXOOOReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Whiskeyman - How freaking fun!! And amazingly creative!! That is not my style, but I certainly appreciate fun when I see it. We are Class A RV people, meaning we drive ours . We are ready to upgrade/downgrade to a fifth wheel now that the kids are older and we need more privacy i.e. distance lol We have been owners of RVs for about 15 years, lived in it for months at a time and can’t wait to give “it” all up someday and wander the country.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Steffanci Sikorski - Okay seriously?!?!!?!? This is the most adorable space, coming from one who swore RV’s were from the spawn of Satan. OMG, what an amazing thing you’ve done. I’m at least inspired to keep fixing up my workspace. You are the genius of ingenuity. I love it so much!ReplyCancel

  • Myke Todd - This is nicer than most motels I stay in. I have never traveled in an RV.

    I did, however, once have a 1972 Ford Econoline Van. Not a bad ride when you are a teenager.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Long story short: Ben wants to camp. I don’t sleep on the ground. I bought and decorated what I like to say is our compromise, that’s what I say, Ben says others words….ReplyCancel

  • Gary Sidley - Your love shack has triggered some strange feelings within me – I think I’m going to lie down in a darkened room..ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Well, aren’t you feeling randy….ReplyCancel

  • Connie McLeod - This is beyond awesome. I really need to get to NOLA, so I can come have a cocktail in your Shasta!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Superb idea! Would love to see you!!ReplyCancel

  [ Cheryl’s note: Several months ago the fine people at Trulia reached out to me and asked for my opinion as to where the Best Local Eats in New Orleans were. After explaining that all one needs to do is throw-a-stone to find culinary bliss, they asked me to get serious. Not my best […]

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  • - I swear, I should have not read this post before lunchtime. Just a look at the delicious treat from Cafe Amelie and my stomach was rumbling. Thank you for introducing us to these amazing places Cheryl! I’ll make sure to pay a visit next time I’m in New Orleans. xx AbbyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - You are soooo welcome! And next time you’re here you better give me a call!!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - I have never been to New Orleans. It is on my bucket list for sure. David and I are such foodies…….we need to book a trip! When we do, you will be the first person I reach out to!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski - I loved New Orleans when I was there. (4 months before Katrina) It’s foodie heaven. Love Brennans.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - I love, love, love New Orleans food porn!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - I am saving your list for when I visit your fair city. My daughter will be there in a few weeks and I’m sharing this with her.ReplyCancel

  • sue - I’ve always wanted to go to New Orleans. We live in Australia and have visited the East and West Coasts several time but alas haven’t made it to New Orleans. Perhaps next time.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - We sure hope you do and I’d love to visit your neck of the woods some day!ReplyCancel

  • Lori Strobel - I will tuck this great food advice away for the next time I’m in New Orleans. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - I only visited New Orleans for a short period of time and everything I ate was delicious! Will have to go back one day and try your suggestions!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - I’ve never been to New Orleans but I know we are totally going there some day and soon! My hubby will be in his glory eating at the restaurants that’s for sure! I’ll have to hit you up too when we get there! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - It is a scene I’ll have to miss. Cracklings are an acuired tasted. I prefer them baken in cornbread. Since I’m no longer on the farm and the huge iron pot Mama used was stolen decades ago, the cornbread with cracklings will remain a memory. Sounds yummy though.ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I haven’t been to Nola in years, but I remember loving the food when I was there. Thanks for the update on places.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica E Drake - I love New Orleans and the food there!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Lynch Lawdanski - I have only eaten in the French Quarter and that was YEARS ago. Thanks for broadening my horizons!ReplyCancel

  • Leanne Le Cras - Now I’m even more envious of Americans – you guys certainly know how to do food!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Ogier - I’m in Australia, but we hear so much about New Orleans over here. Would love to visit one day! Your tagline is wonderful! Linda. 🙂ReplyCancel

  A while back I was going crazy.   I’m ignoring all of your snickers   I was hankerin’ for a design project.   I gave Ben a choice; he could agree to purchase an additional property around the size of a Newport mansion or we could get a brand spankin’ new state-of-the-art little toy […]

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  • Ellen Dolgen - Your blogs are great! You have me yearning for a, “Daisy” of my own! No one in my family would believe that one! The pie seems to be the easy part …….I am so impressed with your renovations. You are good, girl!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And… the custom reupholstered cushions arrived today! So more updates to follow!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - You are multi-talented. When I get shpilkes (the Yiddish word for being unable to sit still) I go for a walk. You do makeovers, cooking, and who knows what else? Amazing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And wallpapering. Don’t forget that!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I love the wallpaper and curtains that don’t look like any other camper inside I have seen or could imagine. You’re turning it into your own little portable palace. Can’t wait to see how Daisy turns out.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - More to follow Sue. The reupholstered cushions arrived today.I’ll take true AFTER pics next week. It’s so fun!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Wow! You are turning an ordinary camper into an absolutely beautiful haven…brilliant and so creative and admirable, I say.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Thanks Sheryl! It’s been a blast to do!ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - Are you kidding? You are a rockstar designer of the trailer crowd! I can’t wait to see the bigger picture, don’t make me wait!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - OMG! It is awesome! I’ve had the cushions reupholstered in ‘Bovine’ with yellow/white damask piping. Sorta Cowgirl on LSD. HA!ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Zurek - Laughing at your genius and sheer guts to take something so new and shiny and make it your own. Can’t wait to see big detailed photos of the final project.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Oh Shelley it’s going to blow your mind. More pics to follow…. hold onto your hat!ReplyCancel

  • Tam Warner Minton - You know how to rock and roll! update us on the cushions!ReplyCancel

  • Helene Cohen Bludman - Now that’s an ambitious project. But have no doubt that you’ve got things under control.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn Minicozzi - I want one of those! I don’t know what I’d do with it because I live in The Bronx, I don’t have a car and I don’t have a use for it, but I want one of those anyway! LOL!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I have never understood redoing something new. Maybe a curtain or two, but redoing the whole thing? No way. Did I mention I hate anything to do with housekeeping? You, though, are having a blast. Go for it!ReplyCancel

  • Lois Alter Mark - Wow, that is awesome! You need to take it on some amazing road trip now!ReplyCancel

  • Estelle Sobel Erasmus - I love it. Wow, what amazing design stye you have!ReplyCancel

  • Carolann Iadarola - What a fun project! Love the wallpaper! Can’t wait to see the rest of project.ReplyCancel

  • Shelley Marshall - Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Interesting you should mention ‘pie’ when ‘pi’ day is just around the corner. The most popular day in our hosehold after Christmas. (Actually, I think the two days may be tied…) Bring your sweet little Daisy up to Canada. Spring is almost here. We guarantee we’ll be serving 10 kinds of homemade pie!ReplyCancel

The other week, I came across a notice of a ‘new’ plantation that had recently (December 2014) opened.   How could I have missed this? I’ve been to almost all of them between Natchez, Mississippi and downriver New Orleans.   Hell, I could give tours (And I have, but that’s another story).   What intrigued […]

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  • Bonnie K. Aldinger - Powerful. Sounds like a excellent and thought-provoking place to visit. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - It really was Bonnie. If you’re ever in the neighborhood please try to visit.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I have read exerpts from one or two the old plantation journals where the names, births, sales, and purchases of human beings were recorded. Like many Midwestern Yankees, there is a certain detachment in my viewing Southern history. My ancesters did not arrive until the 1870’s-1880’s and they settled in the Midwest. They continued to live, speak, and worship the same as they did in Germany. The South was a foreign land to them. I can really upset a True Child of the South when I say Robert E Lee was a traitor. That said, I loved this one! The architect, the sculptures all is terrific! What a fantastic place to visit. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - This is such a shameful part of our country’s history. I still can’t believe that people enslave other people. And still do in some parts of the world. I lived in Tallahassee for many years. It is less a Fla. city than it is a south Georgia one, and the attitudes were quite old-school South. It was an eye opener.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - It’s a shameful time to be a white person and the saying “man’s inhumanity to man” always applies. I’m so glad this plantation is finally giving a voice to the people who suffered the most: the slaves. Education is key to enlightenment.ReplyCancel

  • Rosalind Warren - WOW. Heart-rending. Good for Mr. Cummings. Thanks for spreading the word.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Curran - Reality can be heart wrenching but you are so right that the whole story must be told. How moving that this documentation exists. I know a history teacher who says that history is written by the winners simply because they survived. Not repeating horrible mistakes includes all the facts and seeing, in this case, from both sides of the whip. Adding this to my ever growing list of things I soooo want to do on my next trip to your great city.ReplyCancel

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