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I Want to Go To There: Crosby Street Hotel & The Mark

Monday, November 11th, 2013

One thing I always say about my design work is that I never want my projects to look like “hotel rooms”. By this I mean stark, cold and impersonal. I may need to rethink that little saying after seeing some seriously awesome hotel design where personality is the name of the game. New York certainly seems to be a hotbed for this, no surprise. Hotels like The Greenwich, The Bowery and Gramercy Park are all on my list and have been for a while, but two more have just been deemed “must visit”, namely Crosby Street Hotel and The Mark.

Crosby Street is owned by Firmdale Hotels who own a bunch of boutique hotels in England, all of which are designed by co-owner Kit Kemp (check out her new book). Each room has a unique look, which means there’s PLENTY of inspiration to pull from.

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A good black and white room really does make me weak in the knees.

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Love this little vignette.

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A print headboard plus striped wallpaper might seem like “too much” in theory but in execution it works if you keep the tones the same.

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You know I LOVE those wing backs!!!

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A great example of a perfect color purple for walls- deep and rich offset by white trim.

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The patio looks amazing too!

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The other hotel I’m freaking out about is The Mark- look at the lobby floors (not to mention the hotel bikes!) I plan to be buried in black and white stripes and this just delights me to NO END.

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DUDE.

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Kinda obsessed with the trimmed out closets.

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But the real design porn is found in the bathrooms. The marble striped floors and chromed our trimmed cabinets are utterly ridiculous (in a good way!)  I need to make this happen someday in a house (preferably my own)

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One more shot of this magic….

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My kinda mini-bar (ginormous and well stocked!)

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Even the pencils are awesome.

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An Anniversary Getaway.

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

This summer has flown by… and not ONCE did I go to the beach. NOT ONCE!!!! That fact depresses me to no end and so I took it upon myself to book a night for my anniversary with Andrew (8 YEARS, OMG) at a place I have always wanted to go- Castle Hill Inn in Newport, Rhode Island. A luxurious inn by the beach is exactly what we need (two nights would be better, but, well…. we have a house to furnish). I seriously cannot wait- their website makes me giddy. It’s New England seaside perfection and just looking at the pictures makes me more relaxed.  Now let’s just pray for sunny skies!

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You can choose stay in the inn on the hill, by the beach or the harbor.

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How LOVELY are the beach cottage interiors??

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A gorgeously nautical inn suite complete with clawfoot tub by the window, of course.

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We’re staying in a harbor cottage at right.  The beach cottages, left, also make me weak in the knees.

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This is what sold me, right here. “The Lawn“, where you can snack, drink and watch the boats in the harbor!

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This will be me and Andrew. Even the boat shoes, which I somehow managed to get him to not only buy, but WEAR too!

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Why yes, I would like a cocktail on the beach, thank you, sir.

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Look at that location!

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Another amazing thing about Castle Hill, that beach below left is called Grace Kelly Beach, because it was her favorite when she would stay here often. Um, yes.

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I also hear the food is spectacular, so we’ve made a reservation to dine there as well.  I hope to also do the Cliff Walk and tour a couple mansions, which I have not done since I was little!  Now that I’m Downton Abbey obsessed, I think I’ll enjoy them even more!

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I CAN’T WAIT!!!

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My Dream Trip

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Seeing Jamie Beck’s incredible pictures of her trip to the Londolozi Game Reserve in South Africa is only confirming my desire to MAKE THIS HAPPEN for myself in my lifetime.  How dreamy, inspiring and magical does this look? Go to her site to see much more from this once in a lifetime trip.

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I mean, really, how impossibly chic is Jamie?

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What has been YOUR best trip?  I’d love to hear!

 

Gimme Shelter

Monday, July 1st, 2013

At the end of last week I ventured out to the Hamptons to visit a project I’m working on. It’s a bit of an adventure getting there from Boston- first te big ferry from New London then two little ferries to shuttle you across Long Island itself.  It’s a BEAUTIFUL drive and if I had the time, I would have just explored for hours and hours.  Especially little Shelter Island.  It’s a bit more quaint than some of the other parts of the Hamptons and my only experience there was waitressing one summer in college at a hotel there for three whole days before quitting and going home.  It was a bit Bates Motel and I just was beyond creeped out.  But now I’d like to go back and see more of it.  Certainly there is a lot of style out there- one spread in the new House & Home particularly piqued my interest.  So here are a bunch of images from projects all over Shelter Island…..

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Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan have a big place on Shelter…. talk about cool neighbors!

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Andre Balazs’ Sunset Beach is THE spot to dine, drink and stay.

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As I was driving around I was getting whiplash trying to peek at all the homes- specifically the ones that had for sale signs outside. Like this one. OHMYGOD the potential!!!!! All those white beams! An outbuilding (office??)! Gaaaahhhhh!

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Nantucket Escape

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

I am just DYING to spend a couple days by the ocean this summer.  It’s going to be an incredibly busy time for us, but a few days rest by the water is a great way to recharge.  And ever since seeing the images of the newly opened 76 Main on the island, designed by the awesome Rachel Reider of Boston, I want to go even more! She used so many of my favorite wallpapers, fabrics and accents all in one place!  I would LOVE to someday design a small inn like this_ I can’t even imagine how much fun creatively it would be!

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