Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tory Burch Holiday Window Display

Am I the only one who used the labor of 20 tiny little fingers to wrap my Christmas presents this year?  In my defense, my nieces were thrilled to help and they'll be excited to tell their cousins they wrapped the hilarious little packages {they managed to use twice the necessary paper}.

I should probably have taken a lesson from Tory Burch's window people as their holiday window display features straight lines of brightly colored ribbons.  My pictures are terrible as usual but the glossy ribbons looked really nice, I'm loving the woven plaid look.



Fun fact!  Handbags from Tory Burch and Kate Spade are returned the most often at Nordstrom according to the sales person I spoke with.  They're so pretty but, knowing that, I'll save my money for another brand.

Monday, December 21, 2015

J Crew Christmas Window Display

I love this winter/Christmas window display at J. Crew {I know I always say this but I don't photograph the ones I don't love}.  It's very subtle with the Christmas theme, only some balls on one of the trees, but it's nicely done with the black background. 



Many seasons they will use fabric patterns in their window display backgrounds but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Instead, it looks like they're using up the gold paper from the fall display.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Bon Me Cambridge

To me, it's always a bit strange when a food truck turns into a restaurant.  I think it's great for the food truck that they have that much of a following, but it's one of those things where you get used to making due with the long lines, the weather, and the lack of places to sit.  Bon Me is one of those trucks that now has a few locations.  And, though there's one near my office I've never been to, I took advantage of a work field trip to visit the Cambridge location.

The food was the same, the coffee was also the same {stale and not worth trying but for some reason I always forget this when I see the word coffee}, but the interior was super cheerful with brightly colored lighting and had the cutest wooden stools.



Cute doesn't always mean comfortable so I sat on the bench while my dining companion grabbed a stool.  Don't feel bad, I think she wanted to sit on it because it was cute.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Club Monaco :: Summer/Winter Window Display

This is actually a summer display as you can tell from the clothes, but I think the white yarn that serves as a backdrop actually looks like snow!  Maybe a better name for it is a seasonally ambiguous window display?  It looks nice and soft, whatever it's meant to be.



Monday, November 2, 2015

Fall

Fall is my favorite time of the year.  In the city it can feel like more of the same but with greyer days and colder winds.


The water in the harbor gets darker and more ominous.

yep, those are sheep in the harbor with some cormorant buddies

Elsewhere in New England the leaves are changing color and the grass is still green for another few days or weeks.

a real sheep farm



The colors and the chill in the air make it my favorite season.  What's yours?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

J. Crew :: Fall Window Display

Fall is here!  At least in New England we have fall weather, perfect for jackets and sweaters, and the leaves are starting to change colors!  There is very little that makes me this happy about any other season.

I love the gold leaves of this J. Crew window display.  They didn't photograph as well as I would have liked {I was in a different mall than normal during daylight hours, and I'm pretty sure Paul Blart fell out of one of those skylights} but it's pretty nonetheless.



Monday, October 5, 2015

Carpet Shopping

Recently I was carpet shopping at a local showroom and spotted this cutely patterned, nicely textured carpet.  It was much too rough of a wool to use in a place where bare feet are present but I do love the warm colors and the pattern.


Monday, September 28, 2015

Confession :: I'm a Skin Care Product Sample Hoarder

It's become evident lately, as I try to get rid of things I don't use or want in general, that I might have a bit of a hoarding problem when it comes to skincare samples.  It didn't seem like I had that many, but for someone who believes using mascara and concealer is sometimes too many steps {can't someone develop a mascara that will draw attention away from the giant purple bruises under my eyes?}, what I have is a bit excessive.


What shows in this photo is deceptive.  It's a deep bowl.


Yikes!  That's a lot of stuff!

I've been doing a bit of research lately to see what I can do to take better care of my skin and maybe keep the wrinkles at bay for as long as possible.  As part of this, I'm getting rid of things I won't use and things that I don't like.  Those nail polishes will be going straight to my nieces, they'll be thrilled and I can stick to the three colors I like.  I also spy a few other items that will disappear quickly.

Some of the samples I'm really excited for so I'll share the winners and losers of the bunch!

I have also ordered some skin care products to add to my all natural {barely any ingredient} face wash and moisturizer so I'm excited to try them out when they arrive in a few weeks!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Louis Vuitton :: Spring LV Window Display

I do realize it is now officially fall, but this window display from Louis Vuitton is really seasonless {well, maybe if you pay attention to their handbags you may notice}. 



I love the graphic and metallic nature of these letters.  That's something Louis Vuitton always has a ton of  in their windows - amazingly shiny things.

If you look at the text on the 'L' photo you will see the reference to scanning something to get exclusive content in their 'application'.  I can't stop giggling over this because it took me forever to realize they mean their app!  Am I the only one finding this hilarious?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pavement Coffee :: Part Two

I love when my work takes me close to my favorite coffee shops because coffee makes me happy.  The other week I had to go to a building right next to a coffee shop I used to go to regularly and I've also posted about.

It's been a while though.  The coffee wasn't as good as I remembered it, and they no longer honor the coffee buying card, but I did like the interior still with the wood and tiny tile floor.  So that was worth the trip. 


The next time I'm in that area I can try a new place and maybe I'll even find a new favorite shop!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Out & About :: Lovely Day


I love the floor at Lovely Day in Nolita and felt less creepy taking a picture of the floor in the bathroom than I did sitting at my seat at the bar.  I've taken pictures of bathrooms before so this bathroom floor photo is par for the course.  It's seen better days, but I'm totally in love with the pattern.

Monday, July 6, 2015

One Mission Accomplished

Lately I've been trying to finish all those half-finished projects I have lying around the house {and other people's houses} forever.  One of those projects was intended to be a birthday present for my mom....in 2012.  I bought the parts years ago and was ready to go but, let's be honest, I didn't know how to wire a lamp.  Luckily the Rotary Club around here has a free clinic where you take your broken things {or miserable failures of DIY projects in my case} to them and they help you fix it up.

I really love the vintage plug, the colorful cord, and the paddle thumb turn it has.  It's so much better than the cheap-looking gold pieces and transparent plug that it had before.



So, one down 7,301 to go!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Anthropologie Window Display :: The Birds

I figure this is the perfect time to post these Anthropologie winter window photos from the Rockefeller Center store.  There's a lot of snow dusted about these windows {and it's pretty, unlike the seven feet of snow we have lying around here}.

I love the mix of birds and iconic New York buildings.






















Tuesday, February 3, 2015

House Hunting :: i heart interiors style

Most house hunting posts are full of pretty pictures, but if you've been here before you may have realized I do things a bit differently than most.  Now is your chance to click away so you're not disappointed!

First I should say that I'm fortunate to have found what is possibly the best realtor in the world.  I was a few minutes late to the house and he had gone in first {and later admitted to going in first so he can control his facial expressions if things are really bad} and sent me an email saying something to the extent of, "I went in the house and great news, there are newer windows!!"

Keep in mind he walked {or actually skated} by this sink to see the windows.  Don't worry, there won't be much actual water damage until the ice melts.  In the meantime there's some really fresh-smelling ice inside!


This is a very bad picture of the amazing doors in the house {if you double what you see, you can figure out what it looks like}, you may be asking what the stuff on the floor is.


Not to worry, it's just a skylight and who doesn't like those?!?


 The best part is, there is more than one!  {This one actually worries me as did the third floor ceiling that was bowed under the weight of the snow.}



Will I buy it?  Probably not, although I'm planning on obsessing about it a whole lot.  It has amazing stairs, secret wood floors, three porches, and a barn almost the size of the house.  But, as protection against an impulse buy, I didn't photograph anything that I loved about this place so you don't get to see any of that.

If only I actually knew Norm from This Old House and his crew of people who know how to make doing this stuff look fun!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Set Design - Sly and Single Again

This is another installment in the unofficial "I only watch it for the set design" series.  While I know at least one of you is probably shaking your head at my selection of 'stories', I do enjoy them all without discrimination.

About a year ago I watched Sly and Single Again and it was really funny but also had some amazing sets.  Of course I took a liberal amount of screen shots.  The images below are only of the apartment, not of the 4 or 5 amazing restaurants they shot scenes in.

I love the stripes on this building, it's not part of the set design but a great location to film.


This apartment was one of my favorite parts.  The Rhythm Pendant below is one I almost snuck into a project but then the client lost the space they were moving into and it hasn't made it back into a project yet.  That flush linear light is one I use all the time in commercial work but I've never seen it used in a residential setting.

Am I the only one that noticed the random pairs of things on the counter below?


I'm in love with the wood wall and took 6.4 million screen shots of it {for research purposes, obviously}.




Apparently this was the only image I managed to take of the lights that are in integrated into the wood, I love this feature.  I forget why he's climbing the wall but I still think it's funny.


I also really love the graphic and slightly retro wallpaper in the bedroom. I wish I knew who made it, I'd love to see their other patterns.


Are there any shows you watch for the set design?  I can't be the only one!
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