Saturday, March 5, 2011

Only in New York...

We've recently returned from New York and couldn't have had a more perfect trip.  We stayed with a friend in a fabulous 5th Avenue apartment, waking up every morning to a view of Central Park from our bedroom.  Our next trip has a lot to live up to.

Below are some of the highlights:  

*We hit the Hell's Kitchen and Chelsea flea markets, where we spotted a bargain hunting Nate Berkus.  We found a wonderful c. 1920's large silver bowl with lion feet and my monogram engraved in the bottom.  It was the find of the century!

*The Ralph Lauren Women's and Home store was absolutely gorgeous.  The building is brand new, but looks as though it has been standing for over a century.  We were a little intimidated to snap our own photos, so please enjoy Habitually Chic's recent post...this is just as it looked when we were there.  

*ABC Carpet and Home is truly a one stop shop.  With the gift floor on the main level and carpets on the fifth, there are boutiques by every major furniture designer sandwiched in between.  P.S.  We spotted James Andrew of What is James Wearing shopping on the second floor.  If only we had taken a photo, we could start a blog called, "What I Saw James Wearing".   

*While the overly commercial aspect of the neighborhood is not our thing, Soho was a remarkably enchanting place.  The streets were paved with bricks and the shops had a very English sensibility.  Some of our favorites were Paul Smith, Jack Spade and Thomas O'Brien's workspace, Aero Studios.

As we're always thinking about the cabin, we were definitely stimulated everywhere we went in New York.  Below are some of our favorite cabin and lifestyle inspirations from the trip:  

1.  The newly redesigned Rhinelander Mansion on Madison Avenue 
now exclusively showcases the Ralph Lauren men's collection
2.  We couldn't resist these saddle shoes from Cole Haan
2.  The Color Reform line at ABC, brilliant concept! 
3.  Pipa, a wonderfully decorated tapas 
restaurant on the ground floor of ABC
1.  We relaxed with a couple of cocktails at The Campbell Apartment.  Designed in 1923 and inspired by 13th-century Florentine palaces, the space was recently renovated by English designer Nina Campbell (of no relation)
2.  A detail of the original hand-painted ceiling
3.  Our drink of choice:  Prohibition Punch  
We followed this recipe at home and it was equally delicious
1.  Henri Lloyd's Spring/Summer 2011 collection
2 & 3.  These preppy Soho shoppers have it together, 
courtesy of 
4.  Henri Lloyd's Spring/Summer 2011 collection

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