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  • Tulip Time
    on May 1, 2012 in spring tulips new york park avenue
    One of the most exciting moments of Spring in New York is when the Park Avenue tulips begin to bloom. More than 60,000 bulbs are planted each November and Upper East Siders anxiously await to see what color will pop up each April.  This year the...
  • Day Off
    on May 1, 2012 in happy birthday to me hair salon
    I'm off celebrating my birthday and getting my highlights fixed.  (Don't ask.)  But I'll be back on Thursday hopefully refreshed and ready to go.  Until then, talk amongst yourselves. ...
  • Chic in Brooklyn: DARR
    on May 1, 2012 in DARR brooklyn stores shopping
    After our recent visit to the Brooklyn Museum, Tommy Smythe and I decided to do a little shopping.  One of the first places we stopped was DARR on Atlantic Avenue.  I love visiting places where you never know what you might find and DARR is...
  • Porsche PassingFerdinand Alexander Porsche, the man credited with designing the Porsche 911 died yesterday in Salzburg, Austria. What better way to honor him than a post of Porsches. They are all so pretty that I couldn't just limit myself to just the 911.  I...
  • Color Combos
    on May 1, 2012
    I just returned from High Point and I have a lot of photos to edit.  Until they are ready, I'm posting my favorite colors of orange, mint and green.  They look so fresh and springy whether they are together or alone. I saw a lot of them at...
  • The Editor in ChicMy editor at powerHouse Books, Wes Del Val, is profiled by Garance Doré on her blog today.  He'll be insufferable now.  Just kidding. It's a great interview about what it's like to publish books in the digital age. One of the fir...
  • Chic in CanadaWhile my obsession with Joe Fresh continues, why not take a look at their home in Toronto, Canada.  It was published in the August 2010 issue of Canadian House & Home magazine, one of the best shelter magazines still around.  I love tha...
  • Hable at Hickory ChairThe best part of High Point is getting to meet many of the designers in person.  Sisters Susan Hable Smith and Katherine Hable Sweeney of Hable Construction have collaborated on a fabric line for Hickory Chair and created a little artist's studi...
  • Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2012The 40th Anniversary Kips Bay Decorator Show House location and designers were just announced today.  It's moving on over to the west side this year to The Aldyn and opens to the public on May 16th.  It's not in a townhouse as is usually th...
  • Age of AquariusBig thanks go out to High Point Market Authority for their continued support of bloggers and to my sponsor for this trip Lexington Home Brands.  As designers, we sometimes get stuck in a rut and frequent the same showrooms over and over.  W...
  • Easter
    on May 1, 2012 in easter
    "For I remember it is Easter morn, And life and love and peace are all new born."- Alice Freeman PalmerPhoto via Martha Stewart...
  • Jason Wu for Canvas CollaborationWhen I first heard about the collaboration between fashion designer Jason Wu and the home brand Canvas, I was a little surprised.  Jason Wu seems so glamorous and uptown while Canvas is a more rustic British brand.  But the results I saw on...
  • Je suis fatiguéeNot gonna lie.  I'm tired.  Last night at 10pm when I realized that I could write a blog post or go to bed, I chose bed.  All I can think about is where I want to go and relax once the book goes to final print. I'm dreaming of Italy bu...
  • Green AcresLast April at High Point Market, it was 90 degrees and we were all sweating to death.  This April, it was cold and rainy so we were all shivering.  This is part of the reason that I didn't make it to as many showrooms as usual. But I did se...
  • Design on a Dime 2012 RecapThe early bird gets the worm is always the theme of the opening night of Housing Works Design on a Dime and last night was no exception.  I also think was the best year ever for the rooms which were chock full of amazing furniture and accessorie...
  • What's Old is New Again
    on May 1, 2012 in joe fresh architecture fifth avenue
    The Joe Fresh store isn't your typical New York store on Fifth Avenue.  It's located in a landmarked building designed by Gordon Bunshaft for Skidmore Owings and Merrill in 1954 and is considered a Modernist masterpiece.  Originally built f...
  • Domino Sneak Peek
    on May 1, 2012 in domino it's back baby
    It's not the best photo but big thanks to Curbed for alerting me that Domino Quick Fixes is already hitting newsstands before the April 17th launch date. I for one will be running to my favorite magazine stands for it today.  I can't wait to rea...
  • Orange You Glad It's Friday?This has been one of those weeks.  I feel exhausted and ready to relax.  But that has to wait until I finish hiding stacks of magazines before a magazine editor comes to scout my apartment.  And then there is still a few last things to...
  • Housing Works Design on a Dime 2012It's that time of year again.  Time to get out your wallet and do some shopping for an amazing cause.  The Housing Works Design on a Dime event begins Thursday, April 26 with the Opening Night Benefit.  It then opens to the public on F...
  • Great ScottMy appointment at the hair salon yesterday gave me time to read the new May issue of Vogue.  It features the Paris apartment of fashion designer and former model L'Wren Scott.  For those of you who don't know, she has also been dating Sir M...
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