One sign that I am becoming a true New Englander is the fact I love watching Chronicle!  For those of you not from these parts, Chronicle is a nightly news/local interest/cultural TV program that covers all things New England, from main streets and back roads to restaurants and get away spots.  I love it, as it often features hidden gems right in your own back yard.  Apparently it has been a mainstay of New England viewers for decades now, so I guess it is a right of passage that I should come to love it.

The other night, while digging into my DVR, I watch an episode about the islands of New England and some of their more unique inhabitants.  One of whom is photographer Alexandra de Steiguer.  She is the winter caretaker on the Isles of Shoals.  An island nine miles off the coast of New Hampshire.  In the summer, the island is filled with vacationers and visitors, but in the winter months de Steiguer is its sole inhabitant.  From these winter months comes her stunningly beautiful photography.  I was so taken by it that I just had to share.

Shoals – Rocks and Water No. 24
© alex de steiguer

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Three Pools of Sky
© alex de steiguer

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Shoals – Rock Pool No. 1
© alex de steiguer

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Seasmoke and Wave
© alex de steiguer

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Shoals – Rocks and Water No. 20
© alex de steiguer

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Rock Pool Study No. 1
© alex de steiguer

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Shoals – Breakwater
© alex de steiguer

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Chapter 7
© alex de steiguer

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De Steiguer also worked as a crew member aboard traditionally rigged sailing vessels.

Underway – Bow Watch
© alex de steiguer

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Underway – Eastbound Watch
© alex de steiguer

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M.I.A.

May 23, 2011

I have not forgotten about you my darling blog and blog readers.  I am crazy busy with amazing projects, and feeling a little stressed.  Am living for a Sea Island getaway this Memorial Day weekend.  Cannot get here fast enough.  In the mean time, have you all been on Pintrest yet?!?!?  Am obsessed.  You can build inspiration boards and link to all your favorite images and inspiration.  Plus it always links to the original site so can reference your sources.  Something this nerdy nerd loves!  Check it out and I’ll post soon.  Have so much to share.

City living is great, amazing restaurants and shopping at your fingertips, museums, music and cultural events around every corner, but what city and apartment living can often lack is the opportunity to stretch (errrr use…you know what I mean) one’s green thumb.  I’ve tried to make do with some window boxes and little terrarium vignettes in an effort to bring the outside into my little city apartment.

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Terrarium inspired plantings

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Gorgeous bright pink peonies and hydranga

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Window boxes

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What have you planted for spring and summer?

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My new business cards came in the mail on Friday and I couldn’t me happier with them.  Check them out!

Brimfield Beauty

May 12, 2011

Yesterday I trekked out to western Massachusetts to the fields of Brimfield with my studio mate Erin and her rock star assistant Lindsey, amid some chilly temperatures and foreboding clouds.  (For those unfamiliar with Brimfield, it is an antique fair held three times a year.)

We saw some crazy beautiful items at many different price points, and spied some pieces already sold with marker tags reserving them for the likes of J. Crew and Tommy Hilfiger…you better believe I’ll be on the look out for some of these items in their fall photo shoots.  I took photos, found a few portable treasures and filed away furniture and designs for my future dream home…one day.

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Romantic, Regency and Louis XIV type furniture abounded and there were some particularly beautiful pieces.

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These inlaid pearl Moroccan chairs were in need of a little TLC, but I fell in love with them.  I mean, just look at the rams head detail.

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Everything about these chairs was amazing, especially the chinoiserie fabric.

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I always love displays and pieces that evoke a cabinet of curiosities/apothecary feel.

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Big trend movement: out with chrome, in with brass and copper.

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After reading Stacy Kunstel’s blog post about malachite, I seemed to see it everywhere.  A trend or just a heightened awareness?  Probably both

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Gorgeous set of dark amber glasses complete with champagne, white wine and red wine glasses.

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More Brimfield treasures

The mounting of this piece was exquisite.

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Perfect little children’s tractor – “blue like a Ford, green like John Deer” as my friend’s little country boy would say.

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While prices seemed a bit on the high side and the weather a bit on the chilly, I had a great time.  Given an unlimited bank account, and room in our home I probably would have scooped up half of what you see in these images, but for now I will enjoy them in photos.  A trip out there is always a long exhausting day, but always full of great inspiration.

To Do this weekend:

May 6, 2011

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• Have a drink (or a two) outside somewhere in the sun

• Plant my window boxes

• Go to Red Sox Saturday day game (and hopefully see them win *errr…)

• Get a new profile picture. (Am sick of looking at me in a coat and scarf.)

• Watch the “Make Way for the Ducklings” parade in Beacon Hill on Sunday (It is the most adorable parade ever!)

• Do nothing

• Oh, and soak up the tulips in the Boston Public Garden.  There are only here for two short weeks a year, and are always spectacular

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I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies.  Especially mine. :)

On this rainy New England spring day, I found myself looking back through my photos of our Bahamas trip and realized I forgot to share our little one night stay in Miami.  Not wanting to smell like boat people on a long flight back to Boston, I insisted an overnight stay in Miami after our 8 days at sea.  We had all these unused Marriott points, and in an effort to be a little cost conscious we decided to try and use them.  I initially turned my nose up at the thought, for all I could envision was some Courtyard Airport Marriott…yuck, I’d rather stay on the boat another night.  Plus, I had my heart set on staying at a beautiful Kelly Wearstler designed hotel like The Tides or The Viceroy, but then I saw the Eden Roc.  Built in the 1950’s the Eden Roc hosted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Katherine Hepburn, Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart.  Now owned by Marriott the hotel just went under a huge renovation.  Needless to say, I cashed in our points and booked it.  After 8 days at sea, the Eden Roc was a fantasy.

Take a look at all this gorgeous renovated Hollywood Regency style.

The Lobby bar

Italian marble and polished terrazzo floors.

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Gorgeous rosewood columns.

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With some cool Peter Tunney art.

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When winter rolls around next year, you can bet I will be booking it back down there for some cocktails and sun!

A Boston friend of mine, the talented Rachel Reider Interiors,  just went down to Atlanta for a girls weekend and asked for some shopping and restaurant recommendations.  Now Atlanta has all the big flagship stores and eating establishments you would expect of any large metropolis, but it is the bungalow neighborhoods and flora filled city that shape Atlanta’s personality…and there is no better time to visit than the spring.  It is truly when the south shines.  Here is a list of some of my favorite places unique to the beautiful city of Atlanta

P.S. I would recommend approaching Atlanta by neighborhood.  Each one has it’s own little feel and great shopping and food.  Otherwise you will spend half your day driving…oh and always use back roads if you can.  Most Atlantans, who live in the city, avoid the highways like the plague.

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Rosebud

Rosebud – (Virginia-Highlands/Morningside) This great little neighborhood restaurant has some of the best food in the city with many farm-to-table selections.  In fact there is a farmers market every Saturday in their parking lot where the purchase most of their food.  I use to live right down the street from Rosebud and would seriously eat there at least once a week.  The enchanted mountain springs trout is my favorite dish in the whole world!!!!

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Yoforia

Yoforia (Virginia-Highlands/Morningside) – another neighborhood favorite and right across the street from Rosebud.  WAAAAYYYY better than Pinkberry and with only 5 grams of sugar and ounce you can eat your heart out.
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Two Urban Licks

Two Urban Licks (Midtown/PonceyHighlands)  Very cool, big warehouse restaurant.  Great food with a little southern fire to it.  The restaurant also showcases a gorgeous, huge Todd Murphy painting.  Todd Murphy is on of my favorite painters and I swear one day I will have one hanging in my home.
Todd Murphy painting in Two Urban licks, image from ToddMurphy.com
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Horseradish Grill

Horseradish Grill (Buckhead) – Even though it is technically in Buckhead it is tucked away in a beautiful neighborhood setting.   A favorite for years of my whole family (we held my mothers 60th birthday there) it is across from the beautiful Chastain horse stables.  A little country club chic and a little casual southern elegance, this place it perfect for any group.  They have a killer trout dish as well and a lovely outdoor patio.

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Shopping – home decor

Gramercy Home

Gramercy Home (Buckhead) – Love love love this store.  I have done multiple photoshoots for them and they always have the best things, I could go on, but check my previous blog post and post, to see for yourself.

Photo by me

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Peices

Peices (Buckhead) – I am sure most of you have heard of Peices and the uber chic owner Lee Kleinhelter.   The little shop is perfectly curated with all those coveted interior design goodies you see in every magazine.  Everything is totally lust worthy.

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B.D. Jeffries

B.D. Jeffries (Buckhead) – do not judge this store by the website.  It is awesome.  Very old South/Garden & Gun chic.  You will want to buy everything.  Silver, leather, home, mens, childrens, the expansive shop is perfect vignette after perfect vignette.

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Erika Reade

Erika Reade (Buckhead) – right next to B.D. Jeffries it is the waffle robe and beautiful linens to B.D. Jeffries’ silver and leather

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Providence Antiques

Providence Antiques (Virginia-Highlands/Morningside) Right next to Rosebud, this shop is a little gem of home decor and random things you don’t see all over the Internet.  The woman that runs it is AWESOME and here little French Bulldog, Hector is the cutest thing ever.

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Shopping – clothing, baby, etc.

Atlanta has all the big stores at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, but here are some unique to Atlanta little boutiques.

Vetted

Vetted (Buckhead) – awesome redone little bungalow with great edited stuff.  I did a blog post on the shop a few months ago here.  I still wish I had purchased this necklace.

Photo by me

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B Braithwaite

B Braithwaite (Howell Mill area) – World’s best baby store :)  The owners are a mother/daughter team (I went to college and am good friends with the daughter Chaffee, so please tell them hi if you go in).  Their shop is gorgeous and the pristine white decor, makes you feel as though raising a baby will be the most wonderful, blissful event.  When the baby challenges do come, they have an awesome blog, and a rolodex full of experts to help.   Oh and their cool and modern Kiawah Island beach house was just in the April Veranda magazine.

I mean…the storefront alone is worth the visit.  How Parisian chic it this?!

Photo courtesy of B Braithwaite.

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Labels

Labels Resale Boutique (Buckhead) – again, do not judge a shop by its web site.  This is a great little consignment shop (hit or miss as with all consignment shops) but I have gotten some great stuff over the years.  They have a black Birkin for sale right now for $6500  which is still out of my league but sooooooo pretty.

 

Very Wang dress I got at Labels last year. Photo by me

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So that is the quick and dirty on some of my favorite Atlanta spots.  What are yours?  Please do share so we can expand the list and put more wonderful places on the must do Atlanta list. :)

Cheers,

Sarah

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