Getting away always seems to reenergize my spirit and open my mind to fresh ideas. Because I'm not planning on going anywhere particularly inspiring for at least a few months, the lovely details in this Timothy Whealon-designed residence in Monaco will have to calm my travel appetite until then. This home is just one of the enchanting residences featured in the special international Grand Tour issue of Architectural Digest (I highly suggest you pick up a copy). I've always wanted to visit Monaco, mostly because of Grace Kelly, and you can bet that if/when I do go I will track down this beautiful residence -- I figure it won't be that hard...a large home with a stunning conservatory amid the city's glimmering high-rises -- and snap a pic! And who knows, if I'm lucky maybe the owner will invite me in to see his inspiring collection of European antiques and mid century pieces...we'd have tea in the conservatory and discuss why he chose blue carpet for his bedroom (the only thing I hate about this house). A girl can dream, right? I strongly believe that travel can change your life and the way you live, so do tell, what are your travel plans for this summer?
(photography by simon watson for architectural digest // scanned by kristin kerr)