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In 2011, my husband and I took the chance of a lifetime, packed all of our belongings, and moved to Stuttgart, Germany to live and work abroad.  As a Reservist in the Marine Corps, he had an opportunity to mobilize overseas for three years to work for Marine Corps Forces, Europe; but, as a professional Realtor and Home Stager working in New Orleans, Louisiana, I had to give up my careers in order to make the move.  A sacrifice had to be made, but how many chances would we get to live abroad?  We didn’t know what to expect but knew that it was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up.  Brennon and I had always talked about and wanted to travel but really hadn’t been many places, so moving to Europe would allow us to live a life that we had always dreamt about!  It has and continues to be THE experience of a lifetime.  I am a lover of design, European flea markets, photography, travel, and most importantly, my husband, Brennon, and our dog, Dixie!  I created this site as a place to share my passions in hopes that what inspires me may also serve as inspiration for you!

What started as a place to keep family and friends up to date on our latest adventures in Europe, quickly turned into a trusted travel guide for others wanting to explore Europe.  When I’m not traveling, I am able to share my experiences and passions with blog readers on Design Eur Life, discussing topics ranging from flea market destinations and furniture rehabs to exotic travel locales and luxury hotels.  Design Eur Life has grown from a simple blog to a growing business now offering personal shopping for our clients at Europe’s best flea markets, organized tours and trips to some of the greatest market destinations around Europe, and an online boutique showcasing the vintage finds I’ve collected while traveling the continent.

My love of travel has brought me to some of the most wonderful places in the world and experience the greatest second hand shopping money can buy.  Living in Europe has afforded me the opportunity to purchase some incredible vintage pieces, and for the past two years, I’ve been collecting beautiful European antiques directly from the source, and now we’re bringing them straight to you!

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our life & european travels
flea market adventures & unique flea market finds
european events & flea market dates
beautiful design & photos of our home
quick and easy tutorials & pinspirations

 

What type of dog do you have and how are you able to bring her everywhere you go?

Dixie is a Toy Australian Shepherd, and because we drive to all of our destinations, she simply rides along with us in the car.  When we arrived in Europe, we obtained a Pet Passport which allows her to travel with us anywhere in the European Union.

What kind of camera do you use?

We use a Canon EOS Rebel T3i SLR.  Additionally, I edit all photos that appear on Design Eur Life using iPhoto computer software.

Who designed your blog?

Design Eur Life’s website was designed by me and continues to be a work in progress.  Each day, I’m learning new techniques and discovering new plug-ins to make the reader’s experience more enjoyable.

Where did you find all of your furniture and vintage decor that I see in your home?

We’ve outfitted our home entirely with items that we picked up at flea markets all around Europe to include Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Hungary.

How can I buy some of the items featured on your website?

Visit our online boutique {here}, and find out about our personal shopping services and flea market excursions {here}.

I’m unable to come over and visit the flea markets, can you get things on my wish-list for me?

Yes!  Visit my personal shopping services page to learn how I can work with you to acquire everything on your wish-list.

Can I come along on one of your flea market trips?

Absolutely!  In fact, we offer guided tours and planned itineraries for those of you who are feeling intimidated by the number of European flea markets, choosing the correct one for you, dealing with the language barrier, finding the best deals, bargaining and avoiding rip-offs, and coordinating the shipment of your goods back home.  Click here for more information on how you can join us on a journey of a lifetime.

Do you do home design consultations?

Yes!  In fact, I offer a whole host of interior design solutions including residential renovations, remodeling services {trimwork, tile, paint}, seasonal decorating, home staging, and party planning.  You can read more about these services here.


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