10.15.2015

Things To Do in NYC If You Like Design (and my birthday)

Sorry if you got an email with a bad link.  I'm sending this out again.
Last week, the weather was beautiful when Howard and I went to Cafe Clover in the West Village (designed by Steven Gambrel) for lunch.  Liana had suggested it and she has good ideas.
Very cool lighting and mercury glass mirrors.
The pendants are like this and sconces remind me of these from Pottery Barn.
The food was good, too.

I always like to stop by ABC Carpet and Home to see what's trendy...still crystals of course.
 This Fortuny-like bedding is so beautiful.
And the John Robshaw bed linens are always fun.
 They were also showing a lot of organic materials like these twigs painted white.
On my actual birthday (Howard was working), I took the train visit my cousin, Patricia, in Summit, NJ.  We did a one day makeover of her living room (it was very "cardio" as we quickly worked moving furniture and re-hanging art and styling the book cases, etc).  She won't let me show photos until after she gets the walls painted.  Then we cleaned up and she and her husband took me to a great Italian dinner.  Spoiled.  Happy.

Got this Happy Birthday text from these two cool dudes in SF.
The hotel manager left this in our room (thanks Debbie and Mike)!
We took the subway downtown.  Isn't this a beautiful mosaic in the Delancey Street station?
Dinner at Gotham Bar and Grill was great. Yes, I know this is a lot of eating... but we walked A LOT, too.  
 The next day, Howard wanted to stop at Eataly...one of his favorite places...and an inspiring place for cooks (and people who just like to eat).
Check out the new Baccarat Hotel.  It's a really hip mix of French, over-the-top elegance (all that crystal) and rusticity.  Look at the painted wood floor and horizontal planked walls. 
I'm getting some crystal and wood inspiration for Christmas décor.  That's what I like about travel!  Helps the creative juices.
More twigs as art...like at ABC Carpet and Home.  I'm not crazy about this but I sort of get it.
I accidentally took this photo of the floor (I was trying to be cool) but I love it.  Reminds me of our herringbone floors when we lived in Paris.

 And then we came home in time to see the Blue Angels Air show from our dining room window!
 Still celebrating....Today, I received this little package from Annie of Most Lovely Things.  I use little notebooks all the time and these are so stylish.  Annie made the clever gift tag.
My friend, Gail, who helped save Chief's life sent this cute card.

And my sister's cards always make me laugh out loud!
So happy you are here and celebrating my birthday with me!!!  I appreciate it.
Now, I will give it a rest until next October :)

35 comments:

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Tell me next time you are in the city...I will take a trip in:) Sounds and looks like it was picture perfect...LOVE Gotham Bar and Grill and had a birthday dinner with a close group of friends for my last bday there. NYC is such fun in the fall, looks like you were surrounded by a lot of love and well wishers, hope its a great year!

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    1. Would love to meet, Tina! I will let you know. Same goes for you if you are ever in SF!

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  2. Happy Birthday!! Gotham Bar and Grill looks so fun! I've only been to NY once and it was a quick trip so I'm anxious to get back to check out all these great spots. Enjoy your day:)

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  3. Perfect Birthday celebration!! Did you get to 41 Madison for Tabletop week at all? (I think it's taking place about now...)
    I will actually be in Paris for my birthday, with my daughter, so it will be a special one for sure!

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    1. No...that would have been fun, Libby. HOW fun for you to be in Paris.

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  4. Happy Birthday and I can't think of anywhere I'd rather spend mine! We are going to be there next week - so wish we could have been there at the same time!

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  5. Happy birthday. I love seeing restaurants, no matter where they are. I really would love to visit Eataly, like of like Harrod's food halls.
    Have a wonderful year.
    xo,
    karen

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  6. I am so thrilled that you had a wonderful birthday Mary Ann!! What great fun with your family...and the restaurants!
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena
    Palm Beach Chic

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  7. I'm pretty sure I could move right into Eataly and never leave. And that last photo is my favorite!

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    1. That photo makes me smile...it's on my bulletin board in front of me now.

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  8. Happy Birthday.. Wishes for a wonderful year filled with all that you love. Eataly is so amazing, I just wanted to test everything and plan meals for months! I went to Chicago location. Oh I love you were in NYC it's a special place to be in Autumn, enjoy your travels and celabrate all month, it's ok! be safe.
    xo,
    Gail
    Gail

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  9. What a wonderful birthday you had celebrating in NYC! Love the decor in Cafe Clover, looks like it has a wonderful vibe, sort of like how Lure makes you feel! The other shops are all very NYC and so different from my world, but I sure would love to be able to cruise through them. Don't you love Eataly? We went to the one in Florence last December when we were in Italy! We wanted to buy everything in the place! How sweet of you to post the card I sent, but your sisters card takes the cake!!!

    Hugs,
    Gail

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  10. Sounds like a great trip! NY is the best and I love Gotham Bar and Grill. Happy Birthday to you!
    Cheers! - Shelley

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  11. Mary Ann,
    What a great trip and I am so grateful that I got to be a part of it! I need to go and check out a few of these places. Miss you!
    xo
    annie

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  12. Looks like you had a great trip Mary Ann...thanks for sharing the photos, you captured some great shots as always. Happy Birthday!

    Linda

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  13. Happy Birthday to you Mary Ann! Your trip looks so wonderful....I love all the eating at great restaurants, my kind of fun :)

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  14. Lovely photos and wishing you a very Happy Birthday.

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  15. This version left out the pic of Chief and your son which deserved the caption: I'm not telling her who made the mess!
    Again, happy birthday sounds like you had a wonderful trip: good food, people, inspiration.

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  16. Happy Birthday Mary Ann! Love that herringbone floor. As for herringbone pattern tile on a bathroom floor, what do you think - timeless or trend?

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  17. just another reason to love you...you're a fellow Libra :) hope you had the happiest of birthdays and that all your wishes come true this year :)

    xo,
    nancy

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  18. Belated Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a fabulous time, you deserve it too!

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  19. While this place gets a little crowded and you might have to push through occasionally, it's hard not to mention that a definite plus in these sweet 16 venues nyc is that you'll rarely have to wait on line in their large bathrooms.

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  20. I have been MIA for a while finishing up that big project and I am sorry I missed your Birthday! Looks like you celebrated it in high style though. I love that you did a 1 day makeover....that is so up my alley:) I think about doing one in almost every house I enter!

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  21. Happy happy birthday my beautiful and inspiring friend!!!! So glad you got to have a little getaway and enjoy NYC in the fall!

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  22. Aww, happy birthday sweetness! I would have loved to meet you in NYC!

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  23. Happy belated birthday, Mary Ann! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!

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