Out & About

NYC: Your Suggestions Please

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

My friends, I’m very excited! I’m leaving for New York City at an early hour on Friday morning and I’m meeting my sister there for three days of uninterrupted “girls-in-the-city” time. It’s been 7 years since we made the trip together, the last time we went with just the two of us I was pregnant with my son so it was fun but in a limited sense (translation: morning sickness & no booze). We talked and laughed and acted like tourists until our voices were hoarse and we couldn’t talk anymore. Having a sister who gets your sense of humor and is willing to join you in a big metropolis for crazy new adventures makes for a good time.

nyc map (2)

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I’ve been to NYC before on business and also for a few personal trips. I’ve done all the major touristy stuff: Empire State Building, Central Park, Statue of Liberty, 9/11 Memorial, The Met and Guggenheim, etc. We’re staying in Midtown so we can go anywhere quickly and we have tickets to Sleep No More so we’re excited about that.

My question is this, can you suggest any other ‘off the beaten path’ adventures? Quirky cool boutiques? Great little places to eat? Fun things to see?  Streets or neighborhoods to explore? Have you read any resident New Yorker posts lately that spill the beans on the best places to visit?  I’d love to hear your suggestions or read about your recent NYC adventures.  Thanks!

 

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Inspired by Tiled Staircases

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Hello all – how was your weekend? It was go go go for us and we got a lot done but  still managed to squeeze in a few hours of lounging-around-the-house time, soaking up the bliss that exists in these last few weeks of summer before it’s back to school and all things fall. 

Last week we traveled back from Southern California on a family vacay, stopping in Santa Barbara for two days and if ever there was a beautiful place to be, Santa Barbara is surely it! It’s a cool coastal scene with a youthful vibe because of the University. SB has the best of everything: great eats, fab shopping, a gorgeous Pacific Ocean view, a mellow hip atmosphere, and stunning architecture around every bend, much of it inspired by the missions of California.

Matt’s favorite architectural style is Mission Revival, he loves the iconic combination of pale stucco, a tile roof, iron fixtures, and porticos, so our long and lingering drive around town was equally as thrilling to my DIY/design eye and it was to his appraisal expertise.

We talk about building that “forever home” someday when the kids are grown, nothing too big, just a sweet and small Mediterranean style villa in Sonoma on a few acres, one where he can putter around on a tractor tending to the orchard and vineyard and I can spend my hours in the garden. I’ve always dreamed of a tiled staircase (it ranks high on our list with a sunroom) and I was so inspired by the many versions I saw while walking around Santa Barbara.

tiled staircase in santa barbara

 

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