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 best #vivalacool moments this week

the 5 best #vivalacool moments this week


I looove Sweet Chick! The chicken is cooked perfectly and the wide array of waffle flavors will have you forgetting about your diet. Thank me later. 


How cool is this? Talk about inspiration from the Make Yourself Comfortable at Chatsworth exhibit in the UK. If you happen to be in the area, please try and visit this perfect blend of modern chair design and historic spaces. Take pictures and show me your favorite! 


Oh hey, Bleep Magazine. Thanks for sharing this insider story on the hilarious Tituss Burgess from the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix. If you haven't seen this show, I have two words for you. Watch. Now. 


Rapper Big Sean's home tour with The Coveteur really proved his amazing eye for style. Check it out here & let us know which item in his home is your fave! Hint: He does a great job of combining both street wear and home decor. 


How gorgeously simple & chic is this home?! I have always wanted to travel to an area in Southern France known as Biarritz, and am constantly looking for home inspiration from this part of the world. I love how the black and white ballet inspired art over the soft pink sofa truly elevates this feminine space. 

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A Breathtaking South African Hotel

A Breathtaking South African Hotel

3 Quick Tips: Small Space Entertaining

3 Quick Tips: Small Space Entertaining