Day to Night at the Whitby Hotel

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After a day of running around and being immersed in all things design, it’s always nice to take a break and refresh, which is exactly what I did after a whirlwind tour of the fabulous Kips Bay Showhouse, popping down to the brand new Whitby Hotel for a late lunch. The Whitby Hotel is the second New York location of the Firmdale Hotel group, whose other properties include the Crosby Hotel in Soho, among others in London. I just love the way husband and wife duo Kit and Tim Kemp creates spaces – they are always fun and well designed, yet … Continue reading >>

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Grand Banks Oyster Bar

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Not sure how it has been for the rest of you, but here in NYC we have been suffering through a very cold Spring. I find myself wondering if I can ever shed my winter coat? But when I do, I know exactly where I am headed on the first warm Spring evening. I am going to let you in on the worst kept secret. It’s one of my absolute favorite neighborhood spots and it’s called the Grand Banks Oyster Bar. For the last two years this cod-schooner turned ultra chic raw bar has been docking at Pier 25 in Tribeca, and it is truly fantastic. … Continue reading >>

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La Double J’s Dinner Party Tabletops

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For those who know me, I am hardly ever caught wearing anything other than black on black with a splash of grey. But I absolutely love to mix it up with my accessories and homewares, which is why I was so excited to see the self-proclaimed queen of maximalism – La Double J. – finally come out with a tabletop line of her fabulous prints and patterns. “La DoubleJ Housewives” is a collection of Italian-made tablewares that use the same colorful, maximalist designs that founder JJ Martin became famous for in her clothes. Over their few short years, the brand has already become … Continue reading >>

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Puttering around the Petersham Nurseries

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Even though we are finally in the throes of Spring, I want to take you back to one of the most magical Christmas Eve dinners I’ve ever had. It was at a place called Petersham where the lights were twinkling, the food was amazing, and we were miles away from the bustling streets of central London. We are at the fabulous Petersham Nurseries Restaurant, which is nestled in a lovely greenhouse, among a garden shop and florist, and a quaint little teahouse. And to top it all off? Celebrated chef Skye Gyngell (who has since ventured off to start her own restaurant called Spring), came … Continue reading >>

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Amazing Aptware from France

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Isn’t this just the most gorgeous bunch of swirly loveliness? Sometime ago I came across a beautiful marbled vase that looked as if it had been crafted from perfectly swirled bits of colorful clay. I feel deeply in love. How could I not? Had to know more about it immediately, so after some extensive digging, I found that the technique belongs to the famed artisans of a small town in Provence called Apt, where for generations ateliers have been crafting these amazing ceramics. Named for the region it originated in back in the mid-18th century, the process is a type of faience, similar … Continue reading >>

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The Many Faces of Sketch Cafe, London

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The Sketch Cafe in London has long been one of my absolute favorite spots, especially for their unique take on important British tradition of afternoon tea. But with five different dining spaces, all decorated by star designers, and lead by amazing chefs, each becomes a unique dining or drinking experience. It is utterly dreamy! Let’s take a look around, shall we? One of my favorite spots in Sketch would have to be The Gallery, which is an artist collaboration with the cheeky David Shirley and designer India Mahdvi. This is the place to go for high tea, as the fluffy pink interiors are subtly … Continue reading >>

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