The mailbox is always brimming with new magazines at the beginning of each month. I am like a kid in a candy store, excited with anticipation. I had a group of shoppers ask me the other day what my favorite magazine is at the moment. I really did not have to think too long, as House Beautiful has been the answer for quite some time. This month is no exception. Actually, it is at an all-time high. Under the stylish eye of Editor in Chief, Newell Turner, the magazine just keeps getting better & better. They shoot a great variety of homes, from small to grand, to crazy expensive to done on a budget. My number one complaint with many design magazines is lack of variety. If you are shooting a 10 million dollar apartment, furnished with an equal amount of dough spent on the furnishings, it had better look pretty darn amazing. I like seeing both ranges of the spectrum–from a smartly designed studio to an over the top house. The variety in House Beautiful does just that.
Plus, a few things made my heart sing even louder with this issue. Just the front cover alone made me happy. The assortment of Hugo Guinness works like we sell at the shop, looked great, as did the gorgeous yellow that is so similar to what we recently painted the office, as well as our bedroom in town. The magazine has also named Gabrielle Hamilton, owner and chef of Prune, the new food columnist for 2012. I have written quite a bit in past posts of my love and deep fondness for meals I have had at Prune on my trips to New York. We also sell her book at Watson Kennedy. Congrats Gabrielle! One more reason to anxiously await the coming issues…
Row after row. Walking a trade show is really a unique experience. Walking one of the worlds largest trade shows only adds to that uniqueness. This really is a hunt. There is alotttt of bad stuff out there–my task is to sort thru and find the gems. I relish this task. It is a visual feast where I love to dine. Yesterday was my first full day at the show, and I found some real gems. Part of buying is a bit like putting a puzzle together. You might find something cool, but does it really fit? Buying is exhilarating, stressful, enjoyable, tiring, challenging and fun–it runs the gamut depending on the hour. I am spending oodles of money, and am hopeful most of what I choose will be on target. You must just trust your gut and your eye, buy with conviction, and keep a good sense of humor.
The above heart was one of my finds. I adore it. Look for them gracing the front windows come Valentine’s Day. I have written 37 orders in a day and a half of buying, and I am trilled with each and every thing. It is going to be a fun Autumn opening up all the boxes when things arrive…
Dinner last night with my friend Jewel at Prune was a delight. We have a friendship that allows for very little dead air time. We chatted from start to finish, with much laughter. We also had one extraordinary meal. When I come to New York, I have dinner at Prune. Always. It is that good. We had the last bottle of Croteaux Vineyards rose’ from the case we bought to start our holiday on Long Island last week. It was perfect with our meal, and a lovely reminder of the carefree week we had at the beach. Put Prune at the top of the list on your next NYC visit.
How dare I mention the restaurant Prune, and not extol my deep love that I carry for it. I have been a fan for many years, and rarely does a New York visit occur, that I don’t wedge myself into one of the tight seats and have a meal that transports me to another time. A better, slower, don’t check my e-mail while I wait for my next glass of wine time. There truly is nothing about the space or food that I do not adore. Any place that serves deviled eggs to have while you have a martini and peruse the menu is A’ok with me. If you go, and if I know you well, I would insist that you must, you have to try the marrow that is served as a starter. Initially, it really did not sound like my thing, but I had heard it was a signature dish of the house. It is amazing. I now share it with my meal mate every time I go. Pork chops are perfection, the chicken always a salty delight. If they are serving a whole fish, get it.
Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner, who I had read about in Vogue a few years back. She seemed like a gal I would like to hang with from all I had read or heard. Then I read Blood, Bones & Butter, and it cemented all the great stuff that had been said about her & the book. It is a great read. Life, mixed with food. We sell the book at the shops, if you are so inclined.
If and when you have a meal there, I would love to hear about your experience.
I adore New York City. It is a city filled with possibility and amazing energy. I always feel so energized creatively when I return from a trip there. Strong visuals are everywhere you turn.
I was taking my best friend from college, Devin, to dinner at Prune. Reservations were set for 8:30, so it gave me ample time after I finished at the stationery show to catch a drink at Freemans, a place I have wanted to try but have always seemed to miss going to on my last few trips. It did not disappoint. I sat at the bar in the back part of the restaurant, and was treated to what I like to call “dinner theater” by the bartender. She was a commanding gal who cracked square ice cubes into submission, mixed, shook, strained, sliced and diced–all with great ease and a smile. It was a perfect way to begin a New York evening.