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Elizabeth Cooper Interior Design – Marin County Dream Home

Lauren and Don Fornes were living with their four children in Austin, Texas, when they were faced with a serious life event. Their infant son suffered a brain injury, resulting in a form of blindness called cortical visual impairment. Needing extra help, they moved back to the San Francisco Bay area, where the couple had first met and still had a strong group of old friends.

The Forneses have always loved design, and in Austin they had hired ELLE Decor A-List designer Darryl Carter, who is known for his spare interiors, to decorate their home. But their son’s loss of vision was pushing them in a different direction. “Although we had lived in this beautiful monochromatic home that I loved,” Lauren says, “I suddenly was very interested in color and introducing it into our new house in a way that felt authentic.”

The New England–style home in Marin County

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Five dream trips to forgotten corners of Croatia

Far from the madding crowds, Croatia offers deserted coves, classic charm – and wine to cheer

1. Take a vineyard tour of Istria

Istria is an Italian-style Croatia with a dramatic coastline, secret beaches and a rugged rural interior that’s home to the best emerging wine scene in Europe.

Why it’s special

Dubrovnik is far too busy these days. The northern peninsula of Istria, however, is lesser known, but truly beautiful, unfolding from seaside citadels and cormorant-flecked islets to mist-shrouded hilltop towns and Brothers Grimm-style forests. Oh, and the region’s wine is splendid – those light muscats, salty malvazijas, craggy red terans – much of it impossible to find in the UK, and to be quaffed in restaurants, village konobas (trattorias) and a growing number of sleek wineries and wine hotels.

For a week-long itinerary, head from Pula up the coast to the Meneghetti wine estate. Breathe in the

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