Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nativity Scenes

My mom collects Nativity Scenes that I love to see when I go home for Christmas

Dinner Vinegar Hill House

was sooo good! had the market salad & the roasted pollack. mom had cast iron chicken & braised kale with ricotta. 
cookies for dessert! so good!

Vinegar Hill House

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Dream Curtains

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas (besides a trip to Paris) are these curtains. Love, Macon

And if your little elves aren't able to make them in time, you can pick some up at Anthropologie.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Bonnaroo in the Snow!

So this isn't cute or design or NYC related in the least, 
but I'm a HUGE fan of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 
held in Manchester, TN every June. I went to the very first 
one in 2002 and have gone to most since then - missing a year here 
and there. Its always so sweltering hot & dusty - so crazy 
to see it all under a blanket of cold rain & snow: 

New York Times Cookies

I want to make these! Lots of great cookie recipes at The New York Times - who knew?

Monday, December 21, 2009

Design Resource

Ah! You know when you stumble across something great and are like, wow, this is so great, 
I'm so glad I found it, I will remember forever. And then you totally forget where you found it and 
you scour the internet for days and ask all your blog-savvy friends and no one knows what 
you are talking about? Yep - that happened to me. I saw Rob Giampietro's post of Vendors on 
Design Work Life blog and was like, score, jackpot! And then totally forgot where I saw it. 
This morning they have a post "Quicklinks" and I had a feeling I was onto something, did a bit 
of investigating and found it. And now I'm reposting it so I will have it at my internet fingertips 
forever. Here's a sneak peak screen grab:


Love these photos from Flickr: The Half-Blooded Prince


Doodling in InDesign last night...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sad News, Sally Shapiro, & Nicolette's home

Kinda bummed out this morning, my mom & sister were planning on driving up 
from Savannah to help me sew some pillows & curtains for my new apt, go 
flea market shopping, etc - just have a lovely girls weekend together in Brooklyn. However, 
the weatherman thought this particular weekend would be best to dump a ton of snow 
on the whole east coast. 

Yes that's, right, 12+ inches of snow in the next 48 hours right in their path... 
Sadly they won't be making it and a trip after Christmas is in the works. 

Meanwhile, I'm enjoying a quiet Saturday, listening to Sally Shapiro, 
He Keeps Me Alive - such a nice song. I plugged in Au Revoir Simone into my Pandora 
this summer and have since discovered lots of great new tunes. 

Perusing through old design*sponge "sneak peaks" lately and came across my friend, 
Nicolette's lovely home. I adore her use of found, vintage furniture and how she 
puts them together in such a seemingly effortless way. So beautiful, and such an inspiration 
to me. Love love love all the plants & flowers around the house. 

(photos from design*sponge)
Also check out Nicolette's amazing floral design work:

Monday, December 14, 2009

A perfect Sunday

While yesterday was the rainiest its been since this summer, 
it turned out to be such a lovely day. A college friend was in town so we had brunch 
at Ulysses in the financial District. 

Worked on some design things and then later had dinner with a friend at 
Roebling Tea Room - one of my favorite restaurants in the city. 

Then went for drinks at Hotel Delmano - I've never been but it was 
the most delightful place I've been in ages. Had one too many St. Germain cocktails 
relishing in the beautiful atmosphere. 

(all photos found on google image search)

Dinner with old friends

Delicious meal my dad made for me and a few of my oldest, dearest girlfriends when I was home over Thanksgiving. 
Pork tenderloin wrapped in a puff pastry with dijon mustard. Mushrooms & wild rice, and sautéed zucchini with 
toasted almonds. Also the first time I've ever used my own silver. As much as I like to think of myself as a New Yorker 
these days, I'm still a southern lady at heart.

New Chair!

Picking up this little beauty this weekend. Craigslist is the bomb!

New Years Ensemble Inspiration

So as of now my new years eve plans are either: A) a formal/vintage classy gown event at an 
old country club in Park Slope, or B) a jam-band frat/hippie Widespread Panic concert in Atlanta. 
Not sure how this outfit will work for either of those events but I will find a way!

Friday, December 11, 2009

The Selby

Holy Moly!! After a crazy crazy week at work, I came straight home this freezing 
Friday evening to make dinner & curl up in bed to catch up on my blogs. 
I stumbled upon the blog to end all blogs: the selby Call the car, its over for the rest 
of us. I can't get over how amazing their site & projects are. As described 
on the site: "the selby features photographs, paintings and videos by todd selby of 
interesting people and their creative spaces" Take a peek for yourself.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Reasons to Love New York (City)

Its actually pretty funny now that I think about it. My first encounter of New York Magazine was a mere 3 years ago, December of 2006 when I was a senior in college interning in the city at a magazine. I saw the "Reasons to Love New York" issue and being the hopeless romantic that I am, I loved the concept & cover art. I still love New York Magazine, probably even more so now. I was so excited to see on the Daily Intel portion of the website that they are asking people to contribute to the 2009 issue which is focusing on the kindness of strangers. What an amazing opportunity to say thank you to those whose kindness has meant so much. As optimistic & cheesy as I am, I have high hopes that perhaps someone reading will be able to think "Wow, that was me." Here is the link with the info: Enjoy!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Henry Public

I just have to gush over the new bar in my neighborhood. I recently moved to Brooklyn Heights where there isn't too much of a bar scene so I was delighted when Henry Public opened a few weeks ago. Turns out a friend of a friend knows the owners (who also own Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens) and they are involved with theater which I think translates into the space - very theatrical, like a set. Apparently the place used to be an old TV Repair store but they've completely redone it and included so many lovely details. Photographs by Hannah Whitaker, New York Magazine.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Halloween Costume!

This year I'm going to be Little Edie from Grey Gardens. I can't figure out how to embed a video link just yet but here is a great clip of the scene with the costume:

Budding Photographer

My younger sister Cole is a senior in high school in Savannah, GA and is taking her first photography class. Her prints are gorgeous and I have to brag on her. I love reminiscing about my first photo classes and just the magic of watching a piece of photo paper turn into a velvety print.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Eco Dorm at Warren Wilson

I looked at Warren Wilson back when I was a senior in high school. The community lifestyle really appealed to me but I ended up going to a more traditional academic school that I loved. However, I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for ole Warren Wilson. My new guilty pleasure - the New York Times Home & Garden Section recently featured the new eco-dorm. As always from the Times, the photographs are gorgeous. They truly capture a sense of joy & peace.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

hello world

oh hi there. so yeah, i discovered the whole blog world this summer and love 
the daily inspiration i receive. its really helped me see the beautiful in the everyday. 
i've had the idea for some time to start one of my own. when i first had the idea 
for a blog, it was to collaborate with a friend and have less of voice and more provide interesting sites and artists.. well that never blossomed into anything so now i 
want to try again, on my own, my story though photographs, design, recipes, wants, 
and inspiration. really this is more or less an online record for myself, but i'd love to 
share - the more the merrier!

all the best,