Andy, My Mini Cooper…

June 14, 2012 § 7 Comments

Six years of zipping around in my Mini Cooper (I named him Anderson Cooper) is coming to an end. It’s time for a change. Sniff…

I’ll miss the little voice in my head that squeals ‘oh, you’re so cute’ as I approached you each and every time. I’ll miss your seatbelt warning bop, your oval-shaped side and rear view mirrors (again, oh so cute). I’ll miss the changeable interior ‘mood lighting’ (which, admittedly, I changed according to my own mood ALMOST each and every time). I’ll miss parallel parking in teeny, tiny spaces and being the envy of all other normal sized vehicle drivers. I’ll miss our road trips to Montreal and New York and all points in between. Most of all, I’ll miss how everyone else gushes over you and wants to know what you’re like to drive when they see me pull up (I actually loved that!).

Yes… you are a sporty, attractive, little go-carting, wonder machine!

But imagine driving a go-cart everyday for six years!? Yup. It’s time…

Farewell, my dear Andy. May your roads be smoothly paved wherever your new owner takes you!

***UPDATE: I just realized that I’m really going to miss zipping around in my underground garage pretending to be in the movie The Italian Job. Sigh…

Oh, can I live here? Jonathan Adler

June 5, 2012 § 11 Comments

On New York’s Shelter Island, designer Jonathan Adler has brought modernism to the edge of naturalism. That pool is magnificent. That view is even better. Unlike any part of New York that I’ve ever visited…but boy would I like to stay!

Interiors: Wythe Hotel

June 4, 2012 § 2 Comments

Rustic industry meets hipster chic… The new Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, NY is a cool mix of both. Formerly a textile factory, this new hotel located across the East River has been painstakingly renovated to incorporate 72 rooms, a restaurant and a rooftop bar (of course… it is New York after all… rooftop whatever is mandatory).

What excites me about this (another new hotel in NY):

  • wallpaper (original to the building) has been re-hashed and you can purchase it  yourself!
  • exposed brick walls
  • cast-iron columns
  • pine beams and ceilings
  • mosaic floor tile in the restaurant… love that octagonal pattern!!
  • and my favourite… breath-taking views of the island of Manhattan

Wonder how much the cab ride into town would be? ;)

Interiors: Bold and Beautiful

April 17, 2012 § 9 Comments

I’m so excited to show you this interior… This row house in Brooklyn Heights, NY was completely gutted and restored to its original glory. All the mouldings and architectural detailing were documented and rebuilt. I love that.

Then, it was injected with colour and pattern. Every room makes a statement. The whole, makes a great home. I love that too.

Architect: CWB Architects; Interiors: Jennifer Eisenstadt Design & Decoration

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