Hi, I'm Maia.

(Pronounced Maya)

I'm a visually obsessed, native New Yorker, who's always searching for the coolest in design, food & travel. 

Over the last 5 years, I left a well established career in healthcare to pursue my passion for design and writing.  This website is my little piece of inspiration, thoughts & adventures as I seek out the most creative spaces  & experiences around the world.

I hope you find this inspiring & share with me what inspires you as well! I'd love to hear from you. Thank you for visiting!



"Doctors save
lives by
a healthy life.
Designers save
lives by
a life worth living." 
-Mark W. Perrett
The 5 #vivalacool things this week!

The 5 #vivalacool things this week!


I'm still craving BBQ after a few days in Austin, Texas for #SXSW. Here I was, thinking there was nothing in NYC to compare, until my friend told me about Fette Sau. This space is so backyard chic mixed with the Brooklyn industrial trend.  Such an amazing discovery! 


Oh hello, gorgeous packaging. This use of black, white & gold is everything. I discovered this while searching for a new scent this week and am in looove. Plus, this photo was styled with a fabulous fur throw. Perfection. 


After seeing Fall Out Boy perform live at #SXSW, I am in love with guitarist Joe Trohman's awesome home. It has the perfect combination of classic and modern pieces, all with an edgy vibe. Definitely estilo approved! 


Spring isn't in the NYC air yet, but I've been dreaming of going back to the 55 square mile, beautiful island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. No trip to Puerto Rico is complete without a visit to Vieques. You can spend an afternoon in what feels like private beaches along the coast, watching the local horses run wild, and eating delicious food (mostly fried) barefoot in the sand. Not only is Vieques a must-see in itself, the W Retreat & Spa designed by Patricia Urquiola is absolutely stunning, providing a beautiful space for relaxation. 


Instagram debuted a brand new photo app this week, Layout. The app makes it easy for users to flip and mirror images, plus create really chic collages. Try it out, post some pics, & let me see! 


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3 Quick Tips: Small Space Entertaining

3 Quick Tips: Small Space Entertaining

easy, breezy flower styling at home

easy, breezy flower styling at home