Searching for up-and-coming neighborhoods is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. Neighborhoods that are not on the tourist maps or on glossy postcards; this is where the great brick and mortar stores are found. These stores add the character and fabric to the city and neighborhoods; where you won’t find a Starbucks or drive-through restaurant. This is where the struggling artist lives, works and true creativity reside. This month took me to Auckland New Zealand where I discovered Ponsonby.
At an early age I set out to see the world, and while having already visited over 50 countries, I feel that my journey is just beginning. For me, travel and design go hand in hand. Whether seeking out great shops in trendy neighborhoods or exploring the architectural environment around me, discovering design inspiration everywhere I go enriches me to transform a client’s needs and desires into into their dream home.
Mike Howard is an award-winning designer specializing in kitchens, baths and small space design.