Entries Tagged as 'out & about'

The South of France + paint colors

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Driving through the countryside, on the train and walking the streets…I am reminded how the French seem to have the perfect shade of color on their doors, shutters, gates, walls…  Whether it’s blue, green, lavender, pink, yellow….it’s the perfect shade anytime of day.  I don’t know what it is, but I love all the colors and the patina of them too.The streets of Aix-en-Provencestreets of Provence - mintstreets of Provence-mint, gray, woodBlue sky in April in the South of France

colorful spring and a winner

Monday, April 1, 2013

Last week I took a trip to Valley View Greenhouses in South Salem, New York…right now their greenhouses are filled with colorful hydrangeas…I love the bright pinks and blues.   Speaking of color…the winner of the “Green” giveaway featuring lovely items from Carde Blanche and Blair Ritchey is Julie Hart!  ehydrangeasas #valleyviewgreenhouses


I had three hours and absolutely no plans….I saw a wedding at a beautiful church on Houston and Sullivan and across the street I bought an old typewriter that works beautifully.houston and sullivan street, NYC IMG_0729 IMG_0734 The calendar says Spring, but it was quite cold…Not the kind of Spring day to have your coffee outdoors at the charming little bakery Once Upon a Tart.houston street, NYCElizabeth Street. NYCPUBLIC restaurantBut it was the perfect day for a long walk discovering new places and streets.  And still I realized I had intended to walk through The High Line park and completely forgot about it until it was time to meet up with Madeline.  Next time…

Fifth Avenue, NYC

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The other day I was walking along Fifth Avenue and noticed the Banana Republic store at 16th & 5th.  Inside was a large open space with two floors, gorgeous architectural details, warm wood and black and white marble floors…I could not help but wonder about the original occupant of this beautiful space. What was it before it was a Banana Republic?  The store clerks did not mind one bit that I was taking photographs and as I left actually thanked me for coming in.  No, thank you!550_madison_NYC550madison_NYC

Russ & Daughters in black & white

Saturday, March 2, 2013

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russ and daughters russ & daughtersIMG_0091Russ & Daughters Appetizers_NYCRuss & Daughters on the lower east side is part of  New York City culture and history.   I’ve heard about, read about it, but being there and hearing what everyone was ordering and the food talk and the smells….really an unbelievable experience.  Russ & Daughters is a fourth generation business that started in 1914.  Not only is it the best food, but it’s prepared for you by family.  A true New York Experience.  When we were leaving I heard a little girl say to her mother, “I want to eat my pickle now.”  Her mother turned to her and said, “Why don’t we sit on the bench?”  I’m thinking, where is this bench?  It’s 32 degrees, it’s getting dark and they go outside and sit on the bench so she can have her pickle.  I love New York!

Taking it all in…NYC

Thursday, February 21, 2013

It has been terribly cold so we often stop at places to take respite from the cold…places that we might otherwise walk right by.  There are so many shops big and small where the attention to detail is just beautiful.  Like the design of the brass railing and the marble steps leading to the second floor of the Coach store on Madison Avenue.  The view was not bad either.  coach_store_595_madison_avenue_nyc IMG_0255

lobster joint

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

While appliance shopping in the West Village we found so many great restaurants it was difficult to choose.  We decided on the Lobster Joint on Houston Street.  The owner, Tommy, told us they opened in the middle of December, but they have locations in Greenpoint and Rockaway Beach as well.   We arrived around 4:30 and it was quiet for a few minutes, but packed when we were ready to leave.  You order at the counter and find a seat and they take care of everything from there.  We each ordered soup and split a Lobster roll.  There’s a lot of attention to small details in everything from the food, how it’s served (in deep dish pie plates and cool water bottle for each table) and the decor.  A lot of salvaged things that were well placed and sparingly enough to be cool and not too much.  Lobster Joint is New England comfort food at its best.



    All photos taken with my iphone.


Lunch in Brooklyn

Monday, February 18, 2013

We have been wanting to try The Meatball Shop for weeks and today seemed as good as any to head to Brooklyn.  It was cold and windy.  The kind of wind that makes you want to turn round for a minute as you’re walking just to brace yourself.   The kind of wind that makes you wish you had zipped your coat instead of just relying on the snaps.  Seriously cold wind, but a brioche roll with choice of meatball, sauce and cheese…they call it The Smash and it definitely took away the chill.  The restaurant was full of beautiful lighting, warm wood, exposed beams and brick and wonderful service.e Meatball Shop in BrooklynIMG_0215themeatballshopMyers_candle A Meyer’s candle in the restroom…of course, they did not miss a single detail.  Time to head back to midtown for a little shopping.  We take the Queensboro Bridge and the great thing about a windy day is that it’s crystal clear and beautiful from every angle.the_Queensboro_BridgeRoosevelt Island Tram_NYC

Bedford, New York

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bedford is everything you would picture it to be…rolling hills, stone walls, wildlife, barns and all very beautiful covered in snow.   We started our morning with breakfast at The Barn at Bedford Post.  I first heard of the Bedford Post on Pinterest and had to  check it out since it is less than 30 minutes from home.  Bedford Post is a quaint luxury inn owned by Richard Gere and Carey Lowell.  It has beautiful grounds, two restaurants and a yoga center.   For midweek in a sleepy little town like Bedford, the restaurant and yoga class were both quite busy.  This would be the perfect place to get snowed in for a few days.  bedford_post_inn


hello snow

Friday, February 8, 2013

IMG_0107 IMG_0090 IMG_0106Taken a few  minutes ago…I do love the snow, but only if the power stays on!

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