We said good-bye to the country and hello to the city yesterday. It is one of the things I love most about New York. Within a little over an hour, you can change scenery so drastically, going from a wooded lakeside retreat to the hustle & bustle of The Javitz Center. I spent the day being surrounded by beautiful paper goods in many forms.
The National Stationery Show is like a dream come true for paper fans. Aisle after aisle of glorious cards, journals, ribbons, desk accessories and even more cards.
I spent part of the day laughing. It is so much fun reading and choosing all the clever cards. This series of to/from cards is one of my very favorite.
It really is just non-stop visual overload. And I mean that in the very best sense. All so good.
Today I am up early and will be picked up in a car to whisk me away to Dempsey & Carroll for a special breakfast event and meeting. From there I am off to the Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse. It is the start of the Blogfest on Design event I will be attending for the next 2 days. Oh such fun! It is the same event I attended last year, and I look forward to seeing so many familiar faces and friends I have made since then. It will be full days with lots of interesting folks to meet and cool events to attend.
Thanks for coming with me. Details and photos tomorrow…
The love continues… I have antiqued and flea marketed much of my life, and nothing compares to the vast amount of stuff you will see at Brimfield. And like I said yesterday, the majority of it is pretty darn good stuff. My arms feel an inch longer from carrying things. It is a tired but exhilarated feeling. It is a day of rest today at Barrett Pond, then into the city early tomorrow for an action packed 5 days. Here is a further look at what caught my eye. I was also shooting things for my book, so it meant shifting from camera to iPhone, but it is a fun mix of ephemera and all the good things like portraits, numbers & letters you know I adore.
Oh my word, where to even begin. Brimfield is extraordinary. Not only is it a massive antique show/flea market, but so much of it is so good. I mean really good. Often times at flea markets, you are surrounded by quite a bit of bad to mediocre ‘stuff’ while Brimfield offers so much good. It is a visual feast for the eyes. We have found so many treasures that will make their way back to the shops & website. I am doing my darndest to remember to click images. Here are a few things and vignettes that caught my eye. More tomorrow too…
We are up early for the 2 hour drive from Hillsdale to Brimfield this morning. I am so excited I can barely contain myself. Brimfield happens 3 times a year, and is one of the largest antique/flea markets. I have heard stories about how immense it all is. We are ready for the adventure. As well as finding tons of vintage treasures for Watson Kennedy!
I am loving this new app called, Beautiful Mess. It allows you to add words and a few select icons to photos. Fun to play around with to add a little added flair to images.
We just received another order of the ‘Basic Dempsey’ from fab stationer Dempsey & Carroll. These are really just the perfect little mix & match sets. You buy 10 of the individual flat notecards in a set, and you can also buy 10 of the lined envelopes in another set. With a lovely range of colors to choose from, mixing & matching is a fun way to personalize your note writing. Or choose the same. I chose orange with orange lined envelopes (I know, very surprising) for a crisp and clean look, with a little Hermes-y, Veuve-y spin. So nice to have a stack of these at the ready to send off a quick note.
We are off to the airport in just a bit to catch a flight to New York. 11 days of action packed goodness. Part upstate, part in the city. It is always fun to have you along for the adventure. Happy start of the week!
Just arrived, more handsome vintage hotel silver at Watson Kennedy. The above oversized shakers are from The Ritz in London and are so unbelievably good I was shaking in my boots a bit from excitement when I was unpacking them. These would whip up one serious batch of martinis. Resilvered and in beautiful condition, these shaker are just amazing objects to look at. Also in lovely condition are another round of Savoy bowls that we sold out of within a day of the last shipment. These are really ample sized bowls that are food safe so can hold whatever your hearts desire. Again, a sublime object to look at when not in use.
From the fab TRU BEE folks, comes Tennessee Snow honey. It is raw, unprocessed, non-pasteurized honey–with all the healthful enzymes and pollens intact. I find the creamy white color to be so intriguing, as it is not what you see in honey often. This is perfect spread on morning toast. I also love the idea of a bottle of this set out with a cheese platter. The spiffy graphic bottle makes this ideal for gift giving. Good, and good for you.
It is not often that we carry a book that we used to stock close to 15 years ago. But, Barkitecture, is one such book that has made a comeback on our shelves. Written by a longtime dear friend of ours, Fred Albert, the book really is timeless for pooch fans. Get a creative glimpse of creative doghouses and some of the lucky pooches who get to call them home. Some of these dog houses are over the top, but it is fun to see just how ‘out of the box’ some of the designers went when creating these canine palaces. Really such a fun coffee table book for any dog lover.
*This post was approved by Bailey.
New to our shelves is this amazing balsamic fig & date mustard from Canada. I find mustard to be one of those things that work perfectly to have hanging around in the fridge at the ready to whip up a whole host of things. So good added to the top of a roasting chicken breast. A big dollop of this added to a vinaigrette would make it memorable. A big smear of this on a turkey sandwich would just bump up the flavor to another level. Plus I always am taken with black & white packaging…
Happy sunny Saturday!
Oh my stars, the new Anthology magazine arrived last week and I completely forgot to write about it on a daily post. It has been one of those weeks… It is good, really good! It is a food-centric issue, revolving around chefs & restaurateurs. All done in the lovely unique Anthology style. We have a big stack at both shops. We can ship them too. How is it Friday already? As I said, one of those weeks. Happy Friday all!