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My Favorite Things Today

I spent yesterday at the 86 Pine Street shop, so I snapped away at a few things that caught my eye as the sun streamed in through the oversized window that faces out to the Market and the water. Often it is images I am capturing down at the other shop as the big First Avenue & Spring Street windows let in an incredible amount of light which is ideal for picture taking. But the beautifully sunny day had the light dancing about so I hopped right to it. More bath-centric–towels, toothbrushes, shampoo and bath gels became my favorite of the moment. With vetiver being the winning scent. I had the door open the entire day, the sound of the fountain gurgling away and folks milling about in the background, the natural music of our beloved Inn courtyard.















The Marlton Hotel

20140822-073219.jpg You all know by now that I like sharing with you things I have enjoyed. As well as, when I really love something, I really love it quite a bit. I stayed at one of the most charming & visually lovely hotels this past week when I was in the city for the show and book related events. What a treat. The Marlton Hotel had come highly recommended but it even surpassed what I was expecting. This is rare in New York hotels. Like restaurants, I only write about the ones I/we fully enjoy. There are certainly ones we stay at that are fine, but I would not write a post or recommend a stay. This boutique hotel, which opened in September 2013 is housed in a landmarked building–once called the Marlton House–that dates back to 1900. The storied edifice has hosted everyone from Lillian Gish to Neal Cassady to Jack Kerouac, who wrote two novellas there. Situated in Greenwich Village, it is surrounded by places to walk around and grab a bite or a drink or do a little shopping. The creative vibe of it’s past can be felt in the spaces. I just felt comfortable there, really really comfortable. Sort of how I feel when we stay in Paris. But the biggest treat is all the glorious details. I could not stop clicking away images.









20140822-075552.jpg This stay was non-stop with buying at the show, dinners, meeting my publisher–that when I got to my room I just felt cared for. Every little detail was thought of and executed beautifully. As I said earlier, such a treat. I can’t wait to go back and stay there with TPS & Bailey.



Cote Bastide Love

20120210-063504.jpg Just in time for Valentine’s Day giving… A fresh batch of bottles arrived yesterday from France, from famed Cote Bastide.

20120210-063739.jpg This is a company we have carried since we first opened our doors. The classic beauty of the bottles, combined with the exceptional quality of the bubble bath, makes Cote Bastide one of the world’s finest bath lines.

20120210-064206.jpg I love seeing glimpses of the bottles in stylish homes & bathrooms when I am leafing through design magazines.

20120210-064340.jpg With scents like fig, linden, rose, vetiver, grapefruit and amber–it is hard to choose just one.

20120210-064729.jpg These bubble beautifully in the bath, but also work equally well as a shower gel.

20120210-064904.jpg And we are always happy to wrap with our signature Watson Kennedy paper, making it the perfect gift this Valentine’s Day, or for any special occasion.