our berlin adventure: half way

One of the big advantages of living right smack in Manhattan, the way we do, is that it’s really easy for us to find people who want to trade places with us for a few weeks. Last year we spent time in Iceland when we traded homes with friends of a friend. This year we’ve traded with a dear friend and former colleague who lives in Berlin. I love exploring a city this way; we really get to experience a neighborhood and can take our time getting to know an area. And since we can run our business from pretty much anywhere, we call these trips working vacations; many days we’ll work in the morning and then spend the afternoon out exploring. This is great for S, too, since she’s perfectly happy hanging out “at home,” emailing her grandparents and doing a little painting or reading before we go looking for a new playground or visiting a museum.




We’re really enjoying our experiences in Berlin. And I’m finding plenty of inspiration here. I love to watch how people dress, and it’s not always about the clothes themselves; I’m as interested in how people assemble their clothing, or how they style themselves, as in the clothing itself. Berliners seem to have very individual style; there isn’t a single universal look here like there sometime seems to be within a region of a country, and I really like that about it. And within the architecture of the city itself I love to see the colors and textures and patterns. These are some of the photos I’ve been sharing on Instagram and shooting during our time here.





Sadly, our stay is already half over! Tomorrow we’re headed to Prague for a few days, and then we’ll have one more week in Berlin before we head home again. Once we’re back, the fall patterns will be nearly ready! I’m eager to introduce you. Are you ready for them?



  1. Oh my gosh, is that a big mud playground? We’d have to pry my daughter away, likely kicking and screaming. The pictures are amazing, and S is looking so big. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

  2. Oh, that sounds like the perfect way to vacation! And I can hardly wait for the fall patterns! Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip.

  3. The photos (I follow on Instagram) have been so incredibly inspiring…thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Love the pictures – Berlin is quite unique and I’m sure you’ll love Prague 🙂
    (and S is getting so big now)
    We’re currently on holiday as well (south of Portugal) but I can’t wait for the fall patterns!

  5. Tamara

    Wow! Sounds like a fantastic trip. Look how S has grown! Can’t wait for more photos of the trip and of course the fall patterns.

  6. I love all the photos! I love all the texture and bright colors, so fun! Hope you all get to enjoy the rest of your vacation 🙂

  7. you know I’ve only been to Berlin in winter. It must be fantastic in summer time. Enjoy your ‘working’ holiday. Thanks for the beautiful photos.

  8. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous photos! Have a blast!
    And yes, I am really excited for your new patterns. I’ve just finished my second O&S, the trench, and it was such a joyful sewing experience.

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