NYC: Your Suggestions Please

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.

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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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Decorating with… Green!

August 27th, 2013

The Color Series continues today with a peek at the verdant shade of green, one I always refer to as “seasonless” because this hue works well inside and out and all year round, in winter, spring, summer, and fall. The color is found in what we see when we look outside each day, from the leaves on every botanical to moss covered trees to rolling grass covered hills to deep green forests.

Green paint is available in countless shades as anyone knows from visiting the paint store. It’s a color that can communicate whatever a designer or homeowner wants depending on the lightness or darkness or saturation selected.

celedon green walls ikea

green painted backs to built in bookcases

livet hemma / tobi fairley

Pale shades like celedon or celery are light and airy, less saturated hues like sage are subtle and play the role of a neutral. Brighter lime or chartreuse greens always pack a punch while mint or seafoam greens brighten and cheer. Dramatic and deeper jade and olive introduce drama, while vivid emerald and Kelly add an dash of modern chic.

minty green walls katie rosenfeld

green walls house beautiful

jade green walls

katie rosenfeld / house beautiful / vtwonen mag /

 

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