September, 2012

Magical Moments

Magical Moments

There are so many magical moments that you can experience at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. There’s the Temple of Dendur (my personal favorite) the wing that houses historical armor and pieces from Pollock to Picasso. Honestly, it’s one of the most extraordinary museums in the world. We went for a preview of the new Andy Warhol exhibit the other day and this flower arrangement caught my eye (so too did the show, it is really worth going to see). As if the art isn’t impressive enough take a look at these flowers. The classic urn, heaping hydrangeas and perfect positioning outside of the main first floor gallery put them on display. Bigger isn’t always better but in this case it is. It’s also a very easy and gorgeous arrangement to do at home.

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Served in a Beautiful Cup

Served in a Beautiful Cup

Latte, tea, hot water with lemon (my choice) or coffee with frothy skim milk taste that much lovelier when served in a beautiful cup. Case in point, the china at the Bergdorf Goodman café outfitted by interior designer Kelly Wearstler who has outdone herself here. Here’s why I adore it, in no particular order:
A. The layout of the café is perfection because there are endless private nooks to sit in which means you rub elbows with fabulous people, without actually rubbing elbows with them.
B. The food is iconic at this point. I order the heritage dish that I’ve been nibbling on since I was five years old entitled the “Gotham Salad.” It’s just oh-so New York.
C. They monogram their china. For me, nothing says Bergdorf Goodman like a BG stamped tea cup. In one word … fabulous. It’s the opposite of incognito. A monogram means you’re proud of your initials and if you’re Bergdorf Goodman celebrating your 111th anniversary, you have a whole lot to be proud of.
Cheers!

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Window Boxes in New York

Window Boxes in New York

I crush on window boxes in New York City. My eyes are always darting around when I am walking and one thing I always find myself looking for is green space. It’s likely because I have a five year old daughter who do would just about everything and anything to find a park. For me though it’s really more about this weird love affair I have with gardening. I’ve long loved interior design, but the new frontier for me is discovering that I actually have a green thumb and I admire those who do. There are very few ways to show people how fabulous your apartment is on the inside in New York. From the outside, a beautifully designed window box is one of the few ways to do just that. It’s a little moment, very brief, to express your voice. Take a listen, you’ll see what I mean. This is a window box that I love in the West Village. Simplicity, here, is key.

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The Space I Already Have

The Space I Already Have

I’m always on the hunt for chic and simple ways to rethink the space I already have. There are some very easy ways to do this and I’ve long found a knob update is pretty fail proof. We needed to take my daughter’s room from my the baby years to her vision and it turns out, the girl’s got a great eye. She loves a boho glam vibe just like her mom. Screw off the lifeless white knobs on her chest of drawers and spin on porcelain ones from India and voila! She felt like she chose her new look and I spent less than $60. Listen, little girls change their mind quite often. Indulging in her boho phase isn’t worth spending more than that.

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Sagaponack For A Dinner Party

Sagaponack For A Dinner Party

This summer we received the loveliest invitation to our friend’s home in Sagaponack for a dinner party. I know you want to know whose home it is but I’m not telling. Anyway, the house is extraordinary differing itself from the surrounding properties in it’s exploration of modernity at the beach. The host and hostess are good friends of ours and while we’ve been there for intimate dinners and playtime brunches with our kids I’ve never been there for a dinner party. Let’s say I was smitten. The table was decorated with lanterns, signature purple flowers and was well-appointed in every way but no matter how you slice it it’s all about the arresting view.

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