Margaret’s 2022 Travels

March 13, 2023
Canal boats in canal in Italy

It’s no secret that Margaret loves to travel and often draws design inspiration from her adventures. In 2022, she embarked on an unforgettable trip through Europe that we’d love to share with you!

Margaret and her husband smiling in the sunshine

Margaret began her trip with a Tuscan wedding, followed by a visit to Il Borro and Busatti. The Busatti family has been weaving beautiful linens and fabrics since 1842, including tableware, kitchenware, bedding, window treatments, and bathware.

Yellow building with outdoor seating in Italy

Canal boats in canal in Italy


Margaret continued her journey through Tuscany with a visit to the region’s capital. In Florence, she stopped atIl Papiro and experienced paper being marbleized firsthand. Il Papiro designs paper products, journals, and stationary inspired by Tuscan traditions.


Colorful marbelized paper hanging from wooden hanger

After leaving Italy, Margaret journeyed to Portugal! Her first stop was Porto to visit Meia Duzia. Meia Duzia was founded by two siblings, a cook and a painter. They designed an innovative concept ofpackaging jams and spreads in tubes resembling paint tubes. Each colorful tube provides an experience of unique Portuguese flavor.

Edible paint arranged in a window display

Continuing her journey through Portugal, Margaret stopped in Lisbon where she visited Castelbel. Castelbel combines fragrance and the Portuguese art of tilemaking with soaps, scrubs, and diffusers.

Soaps wrapped in colorful fabrics on display

We hope you enjoyed this little taste of Europe with us, and that you check out some of these inspiring companies!