New York, New York!

Start spreading the news… We had the most amazing time in NYC last weekend and checked off our Christmas lists once and for all! The shopping is always great, of course, but nothing beats the over-the-top holiday decor. Have you ever seen anything like this splenor at Henri Bendel ?

Oh my goodness… It’s an empty display at Harry Winston! Will must have gotten it all for me 🙂
I’ve been looking for the perfect “animal bracelet” for years. Do you think this one from Bulgari is over the top?
We’d like a whole flock of these luscious peacocks as a part of our Christmas decor. All of the windows are amazing, but the ones at Bergdorf are always our favorite…

Sometimes we feel like we’re in the circus, but this poor woman really is… Maybe if we get little Will a puppy for Christmas she can train him too! We hope you are all having a great week and, admidst the chaos, are able to enjoy this wonderful holiday season!
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We’re in a New York State of Mind…

As Thanksgiving rolls around, NYC is calling. A family pre-Christmas shopping escapade over the turkey holiday was always a part of our travel repertoire — although, admittedly, the lunch was more likely to involve pate than turkey — but, for the past few years, we’ve been in NC minus the Y for Thanksgiving. Not this year! 2010 seemed like the perfect time to take my hubby on his very first Thanksgiving extravaganza! (Finally, someone to carry all those bags…)

Mom and Dad lived in the fabulous city for some time, but I don’t remember being a New Yorker nearly as well as I remember the trips later on — and spending hours perusing every last corner of FAO Schwartz. Over the past several years, I will have to admit that Bergdorf might have replaced that warm, fuzzy place in my heart that used to be held by the “world of toys” alone, but it’s still fun to go in and, just for a minute, be a kid again!

So, any advice for the trip? Anything that we simply can’t miss? Let us know!!

It’s supposed to snow over the weekend, so maybe we’ll get to see Central Park like this.

Without a doubt, I am the most excited of the group about the King Tut exhibit. I am a sucker for anything Egyptian (maybe it’s all that gold…) and I just can’t wait. Has anyone been? Is it fantastic?

Friday night is dinner at Serafina at The Time Hotel, followed by a little jaunt to the Golden Theater. If we were eating at Serafina Broadway followed by La Cage, we would be exactly like the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills — minus the yelling, of course! (Aren’t they just great, though?)

I think we’re all pretty thrilled about Driving Miss Daisy. James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave are such a legendary pair we just couldn’t miss it. I don’t know how it couldn’t be spectacular!

Sigh… There is no place on earth I’d rather eat a $35 salad. Can’t wait!

Is it possible for a store window to be your soul mate? I wonder if they would let me rent that window by the month and live there? It’s probably as big as some studios, and I don’t really need a kitchen…

Bergdorf Goodman’s Window

The Christmas windows are definitely one of the highlights of the Thanksgiving NYC trip. I don’t know how they top themselves year after year, but I can’t wait to see it done! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We hope, whatever you’re doing, it’s filled with people you love and wonderful memories!

Tabletop Tuesday: New Classic Interiors

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In October, I (Kristy) had the great pleasure of attending the signing for the fabulously beautiful New Classic Interiors by Alessandra Branca at Bergdorf Goodman’s breathtaking seventh floor restaurant. While everything looks a little better against the backdrop of Central Park, I purchased this book for all of my family and friends (and one for myself, of course!) because I thought it was a must have.

Even back at home, in my own living room, the extra-large color photos of Alessandra’s prominent projects and personal homes are a sight to behold. I gleaned several ideas for my own house for this book, and so will you. Alessandra doesn’t just provide readers — and lookers — with pictures, she offers advice garnered from her years of creating beauty everywhere she goes. My favorite tidbit: “You have to consider how people are going to move through a room.” Here’s a glimpse inside, borrowed from Ms. Branca’s inspired website:

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This dining room is pictured both with slipcovers and without in the book, and it’s amazing what a difference it makes in this room. Ms. Branca literally gave this family two different dining rooms with one simple touch. Plus, the crystal ship chandelier is out of this world!

 New Classic Interiors Living Room 2

Here, Alessandra says, “You can get away with hot pink. You just have to be judicious.” This is good advice — I LOVE hot pink! But she uses it in a way that softly whispers “simple elegance,” not, screams “Wow, that’s a lot of pink.”

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The glass cabinets in this kitchen are backed with linen scrim, so you get the look of glass without the pressure of perfect cabinets. What a brilliant concept!

New Classic Interiors Bedroom 1

We love upholstered walls and this apple green and cream toile doesn’t disappoint. The room looks like a serene garden.

New Classic Interiors Living Room 3

This is one half of a living room that is done with such beautiful, sophisticated fabrics, patterns and furniture, yet still looks inviting and comfortable enough to sit in. Alessandra says that “comfort is the greatest luxury,” and this room sings that mantra.

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This book gave me a whole new opinion about red. I used to shy away from it, thinking it was too bold to use — until I was awed by Alessandra’s use of it in a good number of her rooms in this book. Maybe red doesn’t have to be scary after all.

Pick up this book at Amazon — a portion of the sales from this limited-edition book will benefit the Ross Global Academy Charter School. Classic taste and philanthropic: she’s our kind of lady, that Alessandra Branca.

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