I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind since last I blogged. I’m under the weather and still feeling the effects of the Nyquil I took last night.
Since my brain is foggy I can’t promise this is going to be a very enlightening post… but here it goes.
Last week Allison and I headed over to a friend’s house. We are helping her with a tower room (way up high in the pine trees) that overlooks a lake. She wants a hanging bed, draperies and a rug. We brought along an entourage of fabrics and made a few selections…
Then one night last week we had dinner at Marla’s and while this photo of Sloane is blurry, you can clearly see how cute her Ikea bedside tables are in her daughter’s room. She’s blogging now and blogged about her crafty bedside tables yesterday.
On Thursday morning the New Trads were invited to Duralee for a tour of their design studio and offices, which was a great experience. We saw behind the scenes how their collections come together. Here’s a picture I snagged from Duralee’s Facebook page:
From Duralee we embarked upon a walking tour of a few art galleries in Chelsea and then onto lunch at The Park.
I just so happened to pick a seat at a table with a fantastic group… Doris Athineos (art & antiques editor for Traditional Home), MJ Ramos (design director at Duralee fabrics), Callie & Nicki (of Scout Designs NYC), and Heidi & Michele (of Bonesteel Trout Hall). It’s rare that you get to sit down over a nice lunch and discuss with your peers the struggles of running a design business. It was very encouraging.
He flew in from Chicago on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning over breakfast we discussed the contents of his notebook. He loves a good notebook. So do I. (He lost the top of his left middle finger when I was in high school. Chipper shredder accident. Don’t clear the chute where the mulch comes out with loose work gloves on.)
Have you ever seen anything so absurd? The list of tasks on the right and arrows assign the task to a specific day. The subject: garage/garden.
We both had a little work to do while we were there, but for the most part our objective was to have fun.
Have you been to the new Lillian August store in NYC? Callie & Nicki graciously gave me a list of their NYC hot spots, this was on the list.
We grabbed coffee (for me) and a diet coke (for dad) at Peels and decided we must go back and eat. The combination of charcoal gray and white trim, kelly green banquettes, antique oak floors and paneling was delicious. (a review + more photos here)
I took dad to Pearl River, where you can pick up a blow up turkey…
My mother was on Spring Break with Darby last week, so I didn’t feel as left out considering I had the other half of mother with me. So we paused often so I could take dad’s picture and text it to Darby and say “we are having more fun”…
He was on his blackberry, which freed up his iphone to take a picture that could accompany the picture (see it?). And the orchids floating in water with rocks made for marvelous bookends.
And then we did some socializing, because alone we would be left to critique and prioritize each other’s lists all day long.
So we had drinks and dinners. Two Erickas + Two Beths + A DaddyBoy. D’boy picked the restaurant, Flex Mussels, which was delicious. Erica with a C (far right) used to work with dad in Chicago, but now resides in NYC. Beth, just left of dad, is my dear Southern transplant and most favorite hobbit of all. She works for the Today Show and knows things I do not. Like the fact that Willow Smith is in fact Will Smith’s daughter. Where have I been? And just left of moi, my other Beth. My BF from my Scalamandre internship days. Love her dearly. She has been a fantastic resource helping me with my NYC project because she knows all these people named Sal who run businesses on Long Island but service Manhattan and are so helpful.
We also squeezed in a little Cafe Habana brunch before heading to the airport.
I look tired. These are my friends Julie and Beth (again). Julie was my Urban Grace Interiors intern two summers ago and is a smart cookie. She just wrapped up an internship for the great Bunny Williams… AND she is getting married in November. Exciting!
And that’s all… the end of the NYC adventure. It was fast and fun. Dad flew back to Chicago and I flew back to Florida. And between LGA and ATL a man was coughing up a lung a few rows back. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but I think he gave me the epizooties. I feel terrible.
Before my immune system spiraled out of control I was able to spend Sunday afternoon in the sunshine with my nugget baby…
We have decided that she loves the yard sale boat more than her Daddy…
And just for proof (I showed a photo of Penelope last week), here’s Paisley. Despite her looks, she is also alive and well.