Sonny was our first stop after dropping our bags at the hotel upon arriving in Copenhagen. Turns out they had only been open for a few days, but you never would have known it. The front of the space is more of the coffee shop with a few seats and a place for take-away coffee. The rear of the shop is a cozy restaurant serving up delicious and beautiful meals all day and into the evening on Thursday & Friday. We didn’t have the chance to enjoy a meal at Sonny, but seeing their instagram makes me think we missed out!
The entire restaurant makes you want to stay all day. Candles lit day and night. According to The Little Book of Hygge, the Danes each burn 13 pounds of candle wax a year. After spending a week in Copenhagen and seeing candles burning everywhere, it’s not at all hard to imagine that statistic to be true. I could not love a practice more.
If you are visiting Copenhagen, add Sonny to your list! You won’t be disappointed. What I loved most about our Copenhagen experience was the way people create spaces based on the hygge factor. Everywhere we went it was impossible not to notice. Wood burning fireplaces, candles and beautiful lighting illuminated from windows as we walked the streets at dusk. I mentioned The Little Book of Hygge – Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking in this post. I just noticed on the back of the book under International Bestseller it says, “Get consciously cozy.” Yes, that’s the best way to describe it!
Flower shops are plentiful in neighborhoods all over Copenhagen. Since it’s almost spring, the shops fill their sidewalks with beautiful fresh cut flowers and spring plants. It makes it impossible not to stop and take a look. Danes really have it figured out, they light candles all day into the night and apparently have spring plants and flowers filling their homes. Pretty much a dream come true.
Blomsterskuret is in the Frederiksberg neighborhood of Copenhagen. We came upon it as we walked to coffee at Granola. And Granola is the sister restaurant of the well known (at least on Pinterest) Hotel Central & Cafe. The hotel is tiny– it has just one room. Of course I loved this flower shop not only for their gorgeous display of plants in rustic containers, branches and fresh cut spring blooms, but also because it’s painted black. Everything looks good against black siding–especially pansies.
At another shop in the same area, this lovely display even looks amazing with the contrast of graffiti.
This shop was close to our hotel and every time I walked by I took a photo. On about the third day, Madeline said, “You do know you’ve seen that before, right?”
Can you see why I love this place? I mean candles all day and flowers on the street–everywhere.
Just walking back from the Metro and look at all those pale pink tulips! Spring officially starts next week, but it looks as though it’s in full swing here in Copenhagen! It’s easy to see why the Danes are the happiest people in the world. They surround themselves with fresh flowers, plants and make their nests cozy and a place that brings happiness and comfort. We all need that at the end of a long day and week.
Madeline and I are in Copenhagen for a few days and of course there will be lot of coffee drinking. Everywhere we walk we find the coolest places that have perfected the Hygge thing. I mean this place had candles lit in the morning.
We set out this morning to Sankt Peders Bageri for one of their famous cinnamon buns, but they were closed. Luckily we found Buzz Kaffebar a few doors down. We had bread with jam and nutella and coffee which was delicious. The atmosphere was light and cozy at the same time. Pillows and faux sheepskins on benches, great lighting, well tended plants and votive candles everywhere.
Each window sill had its own little arrangement of items that made the space inviting and cozy.
The white walls and steamed windows on a cold Sunday morning could not have been more perfect. I have to say, I’ve only been in Copenhagen for a day and a half and it might be my favorite city. Everywhere you look people are enjoying a meal and conversation in cozy places lit by soft lighting and of course candle light. Until recently I never knew that all this that I have loved for years is called Hygee and the Danes have been practicing it for generations. It really does explain why they are the some of the happiest people in the world.
Dreaming + Summer vacation–It’s mid February and that means one thing—It’s time to start thinking about summer travel. It might be that’s it’s cold and dreary, but about this time of year I can’t help but thinking about a big family vacation. Our kids are seniors– 17 and 22 so for the last several years I keep thinking this is the last one. And if this is the last big one, it has to be great. It’s never gonna be the last family vacation. I’ve been told that if we keep paying, they’ll keep coming along. Sometimes we have so much fun that we keep going back to the same place.
Borgo Scopeto Relais is one of those places. We discovered Borgo through a google search after seeing the adorable movie, Letters to Juliet back in 2010. When we realized the hotel near Siena depicted in the movie was actually a real hotel and not just a movie set, we made a reservation. And as beautiful as it is in the movie—it’s even better in person.
It’s easy to see why so many artist are in love with Tuscany. The light is amazing. We chased the sunset on many nights winding through country roads in search of the perfect opening at the highest point. We found fields of sunflowers and lavender.
All roads lead to gelato while sightseeing in Florence.
I’m not sure the time of year the movie was filmed, but I have a feeling it was July/August because every where we went looked like we driving through the movie.
Borgo Scopeto Relais is what led us to this spot in Tuscany in the first place. This place is so special. You can read about the history here.
We stayed in a cottage and the kids shared a room in the main building. It’s quiet and around every corner there are amazing views of Siena. You can use their mountain bikes to ride through the vineyards, or play tennis and of course in August, the pools are inviting. Resort time sprinkled in with a little sightseeing makes for a perfect vacation.
Last year we discovered the cemetery that was in the film while driving around at sunset. A little further down the road we found the perfect spot for dinner. It’s called Osteria Cacio e Pepe. As you might guess, their signature dish is a bowl of cacio e pepe. It might be the best bowl of simple pasta ever. Under string lights overlooking a vineyard at sunset with my favorite people. I love family vacations!
Tuscany is one of our favorites destinations and one we keep going back to—creating different memories each time. What’s your favorite place? Do you keep going back or are you on to the next adventure?
A perfect Autumn Sunday in Connecticut. The weather is brisk and the foliage is at its peak. As I scrolled through Instagram this morning I came upon Frances Palmer’s beautiful feed and an announcement. Today and today only Frances Palmer was holding a Barn Tour and Sale. We live only seven miles away so I knew I had to jump at the chance of seeing the studio, gardens and her gorgeous pottery. She has been making pottery for almost 30 years. You’ve probably read about her in Martha Stewart or Design*Sponge. Her No. 2 Picasso Vase graced the cover of Architectural Digest. I am drawn to her Pearl Collection. They are dreamy white pieces and rimmed with white beads. I love her Terra Cotta pots and urns too. While her gardens of dahlias are past their prime, it was still fun to walk among her flower beds that have taken over the tennis court. It is easy to see how her environment inspires her to create such beautiful objects.
Friday Link Love and this watermelon salad is my fave! I may have given up on my geraniums for mums, but we are still eating like it’s midsummer. Ever since my friend introduced me to Steve’s Greek Market I’ve been making this salad at least once a week. They have seven kinds of feta cheese. In my opinion…this salad goes with everything summery. Is that even a word?
This Black denim shirt from The Gap is super soft, relaxed and comfortable. And it comes in tall, which I love. I received mine on Saturday and have washed and worn it three times already!
About 10 days before leaving for Italy we decided we needed sunglasses. Prescription sunglasses. We stopped into the Warby Parker on Lexington Avenue and within about 15 minutes my husband and I ordered sunglasses and Madeline found a new pair of regular glasses. At the price of only $95 for every pair purchased, a pair is given to someone in need. I chose the Laurel and they arrived in our mailbox right before we left on our trip. When we got home we received a cute package from Warby Parker with three beautifully designed lens cloths. That was happy mail day!
This Farmtable Plank from Hudson Grace has me dreaming of an Autumn dinner party in the garden with cheese, figs, pears, bread, meats, olives…
For my girl who was born in california….I kinda love this from JCrew
Terrain in Westport is a place where I always find inspiration. I found this bandana on my last visit and at $14 I bought it, tied it to my bag and went back to work at Serena & Lily…which is also a huge source of inspiration! Where do you find your daily dose of inspiration?
Yesterday we came upon the prettiest little coffee shop on Delancey Street. We were not expecting it. It was just one of those serendipitous moments to walk one way, rather than another and on the side of Sel Rrose. Had French music been playing we would have thought we were in Paris. They have a beautiful instagram account where their customers have provided them with photos.
Every detail in this little shop has been carefully planned from the white La Marzocco espresso machine to the industrial corrugated walls that divide the space. The walls are illuminated with a line of lights to give it a perfect glow even in the afternoon. Then there’s the gray leather bench with mid century lines paired with more traditional bistro tables. Each table holds a glass of dried lavender. I ordered a cappuccino and asked for a proper cup. Not because I wanted to be high maintenance, but how beautiful are these gray cups and saucers in this space? If you are anywhere near One Delancey Street, you must stop and see this lovely shop. Madeline and I have started a new instagram account called Coffee Shops of New York. We hope you’ll check it out and follow our New York City coffee shop adventures. You can find it right here!
Today I was in the city doing my usual thing…having coffee, walking around and feeling inspired. It was the most beautiful day. As I was enjoying my coffee at Bluestone Lane, I noticed the colors of the shop and the cups were today’s Poppytalk colors of mint + turquoise.
I love these colors for spring and summer. They remind me of the ocean and bright sunny days. As we head into summer I know I’m going to need gift tags to attach to a bottle of wine, flowers and candles that I’ll be giving all through summer. These are as easy to make with just a few supplies you probably already have around the house. Watercolor paper, inexpensive water colors, paint brushes, a hard edge to paint stripes (like a ruler), a hole punch, paper cutter and some twine. Hope you have a beautiful weekend!
Devoción Coffee in Brooklyn might just be the prettiest coffee house I’ve ever been to…anywhere. The light shines through the atrium windows in the ceiling above the large open warehouse space to provide a lovely setting and to provide the light needed for the “Green Wall” which takes up the entire end wall of the shop. As soon as you enter the building you see steel and glass windows that look onto the roasting area of this huge shop and immediately you know this place is the real deal. The only other Devoción is the original location in Bogotá, Columbia.
Part of the charm is the attention to every detail including their cups and saucers in sunny yellow. I found these that reminded me of the ones at Devoción. You can purchase their coffee on their website.
The center area which holds two large leather Chesterfield sofas, benches, tables and chairs and the open floor space in this huge warehouse help make this an oasis in the city. While we munched on turkey sandwiches and enjoyed our coffee we noticed people working, talking, reading and even taking a nap. Devoción in Williamsburg is a place you’ll enjoy on a day when it’s beautiful or on a day when the rain is falling and you feel warm and safe inside. The market umbrellas help make this space feel like you are some place tropical. If you are anywhere near Devoción or even if you’re not….make it your destination. The space, the coffee, the food is simply amazing.
Devoción is located at 69 Grand Street at Wythe in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Sweatshop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn has pretty much everything I love in shop. Painted brick, dark gray walls and concrete floors, wood tables and stools and even a neon sign in white. Sweatshop is known as Creative Space + Espresso Bar.
A delicious scone, a beautiful latte in a lovely coffee house and time spent with my daughter, Madeline = a perfect day! Sweatshop is located at 232 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Next stop Devocion!