November 9, 2009
Window Shopping In NYC
Back in August, Design Editor Cameron MacNeil and I got the swell opportunity to jet off to New York City for a few days to check out all things stylish in the Big Apple. Known as a hot bed for design divas, I knew I’d find all the inspiration I needed to churn out a year’s worth of stories at H&H. The inspiration began with a stunning skyline view from our hotel.
As well as schlepping our way through the New York International Gift Fair to comb for ideas on behalf of you, our cherished readers, Cameron and I definitely got our shop on! In most cases, New York is anything but cheap, but you know me — I find inspiration everywhere. If you want to create the best, sophisticated DIY out there, you need to know what’s in style at the top. You’ve got to train your eye to appreciate the best, and then translate those principles on an attainable scale. For this, you’ve gotta shop! Window shop that is.
First stop: Bergdorf’s. This top-tier department store is the go-to mecca for tastemakers like Aerin Lauder, Deborah Needleman and Kelly Wearstler. In fact, Bergdorf Goodman’s top floor features a boutique designed by Wearstler containing her over-the-top baubles AND a devastatingly chic restaurant for socialites to munch on tea sandwiches.
Outside Bergdorf’s. Check out the locals: The one with the hat doesn’t want to be snapped by the paparazzi and the one in pink — I heart me?! Oh, New York. Fave Bergdorf items? D. Porthault linens and all of that glorious tabletop.
Bloomingdale’s was fun (a little underwhelming though).
An under-construction Hermès, wrapped up like a veeeeeeery pricey present. I may or may not have saved a little iconic Hermès ribbon from a photo shoot once that I may or may not take out and pet every now and then. Fave Hermès piece? These luscious glazed plates:
The Ralph Lauren mansion was a drop-dead gorgeous concept store merchandized so theatrically, it transports you to another world full of cowboys and Indians, yacht clubs and Art Deco lairs. This is Cameron entering Ralph’s dreamy shop of Americana decadence.
A little fashion detour in the Meatpacking District — Diane Von Furstenberg. Yes all you fans of The Hills/The City — where Whitney and Olivia duked it out and Carrie Bradshaw shopped in SATC.
The legendary ABC Carpet & Home. Carrying everything from chateau-worthy antiques to mid-century modern teak, plus oodles of the most fantastic accessories.
Kiddy-corner to ABC was Fishs Eddy — a more budget-conscious emporium of all things tabletop. From vintage restaurant dishes to jadeite cake pedestals, there was almost too much to buy! I had to tame my ravenous ways because I had a teeny tiny carry-on bag to think of. Fave pieces? Restaurant-style plates:
Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a little obsessed with Thomas O’Brien these days. Everything he makes, everything he designs, I seem to go gaga for. His store Aero was definitely a highlight. Cameron liked it too, can’t you tell? Fave Aero item? This TOB designed secretary desk from Hickory Chair:
And on to another current love: John Derian Company.
I’ve got a new story up my sleeve that is heavily influenced by John’s timeworn aesthetic. His store was to die for and he was very charming too! Fave item? The decoupage paperweights. I actually bought this one!
Beyond New York’s shopping there’s the food! Cafés, restaurants and hotels are always a source of ideas for me.
This café was at the foot of a hotel near ours. Why people don’t do this instead of those awful cheap patio sets is beyond me.
We had lunch at La Bottega, the time-warped eatery at The Maritime Hotel in the Meatpacking District. I’m telling you, I was expecting Don Draper to walk through the door. Next trip to New York I’m going to try to stay here. I think I was weak in the knees over this place. So authentically stylish!
Finally a little vintage charm at this adorable bakery just down the street from DVF. I loved the vintage wallpaper almost as much as I loved my cupcake.
Now that’s affordable taste.
For more New York shopping inspiration, check out Kimberley Brown’s Ochre picks.
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5. D. Porthault linens, from Elle Decor
6. L’Objet Tabriz dinnerware, from Bergdorf Goodman
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9. Hermès porcelain plates, from Cococozy blog
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12. Kate Spade engraved classic pink correspondence cards, from Crane & Co.
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15. ABC Carpet & Home colour reformed rug, from Lime Light blog
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17. Fishs Eddy Manhattan Blue Plates
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19. Thomas O’Brien secretary desk from Hickory Chair
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21. John Derian Bird On Branch glass oval paperweight
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