Another colorful find that stopped me in my tracks at the ICCF while on BlogTourNYC. This collection of gorgeous colored bottles makes me want to open a restaurant just so that I can put these over the bar area.
Linda Holt Photo
(as much as I tried I can not find the vendor info on these lights. Please email me if you know who it is)
One thing I have always wanted to do is visit NYC around the holidays. I want to see all the lights and window displays and get into the holiday spirit. I talked my husband into going down for a weekend and I’m thinking of booking a couple nights at the Hotel I stayed at while on BlogTourNYC, the CitizenM NYC. This might be the perfect choice because of the great location (right in Times Square) and mid range price. There are a few trade offs though…like room size and amenities (no room service here folks).
Here is my photographic overview…you can let me know what you think.
I knew instantly I was going to like this hotel when we pulled up and I saw a red horse’s head and a bunch of interesting collectibles styled in the outside bookcase.
The lobby is hip, fun, and full of art work. There are so many cool things to look at (besides the guests) and the staff who help with check in are some of the nicest I have ever encountered.
CitizenM NYC Lobby
Green plant like material sandwiched between glass is the Hotel’s interpretation of a living wall.
Everywhere you look there are fun collections and pieces of art to discover.
What’s not to love about a hula girl on top of vintage books in a glass case?
Even the outside courtyard is full of design.
CitizenM NYC outside Patio
Okay, now that I have won you over with the lobby, let me show you one of the rooms.
Okay, so the rooms are small..very small. In fact, I would call them pod-like. They DO however have all the essentials one really needs; a bed, a toilet/shower combo and a TV. Here is the room I stayed in last April. (I actually have my back pressed against the door while taking this picture).
That mini tablet on the round table is the master controller of the room and with it you can do everything from change the room temperature to choose the art work you want displayed or the the music you want to listen to.
Note, that’s not a photograph behind the bed..it’s the view out the window!
Lastly, I doubt in December we will have the opportunity to have drinks on the roof but that was certainly a high point of our May BlogTourNYC trip.
CitizenM roof top bar
Since my husband doesn’t read my blog he will have no idea what he’s in for. So what do you think? Can I get away with the tiny bedroom for a couple of nights?
Even though BlogTourNYC was last May, I feel like it was just last month. Somehow, the time has just flown by. Modenus and their sponsors have already taken another lucky group of bloggers to California (BlogTourCali) and as I write this post I’m sure another fabulous trip is already in the planning.
This photo, taken while touring the ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) was from the Bespoke Global booth. I love everything about this little vignette. The textures, the shapes and the different hues of neutrals. Also, what’s not to love about a Koi fish table?
Getting back to BlogTourNYC, I still have hundreds of images to go through and edit. Over the next few weeks I plan to dedicate my weekly Friday’s Photo to more fabulous products and design discovered while on the trip.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I will be in Providence Rhode Island taking an architectural color class with Teresa Tullio. As always, I’ll be sure to pass on any info that I think would be helpful to you my readers.
One of the most talked about, Tweeted, Instagramed and photographed showrooms at Fall High Point Market was the C.R. Laine showroom. Not only was their furniture and new decor beautiful but the walls…oh my goodness… THE WALLS!
The custom designed wallpaper by Tracy Hiner of Black Crow Studios blew me away. Giant bright pink flowers on a rich black background made the walls the art and the art the walls.
photo courtesy of Tracy Hiner, Black Crow Studios
I am completely smitten…Gorgeous don’t you think??
Have a great weekend everyone and be sure to check out more awesome wallpaper from Tracy and Black Crow studios HERE.
The BIG announcement of the “color of the year” by the Pantone Color Institute will be announced probably mid November.This is the color pick everyone waits to hear about with baited breath and will be splashed all over the media.
Over the past few years, some of the larger paint companies have also jumped on the band wagon and have their own pick for color of the year.
Benjamin Moore has announced that Guilford Green HC-116 is their pick for color of the year.
Being of half Scottish heritage, I think I have plaid in my DNA. My maiden name is MacFarlane and as a kid I remember my dad wearing a bright orange and green tie that was “The MacFarlane Plaid”. My mother joked she thought it was one of the ugliest plaids and that she should have married a Campbell because she much preferred that clan’s dark green and navy plaid.
Plaid, or Tartan actually goes back as far as 100 BC, created by ancient Celtic populations. As early as the Roman conquest of Britain in Julius Caesar’s day, the Celts of Scotland and Ireland wore primitive tartans. Each clan or tribe wore their own unique plaid which was associated with their specific region or district of the country. Your clan’s plaid colors and pattern would quickly identify you as friend or foe. Actually, not unlike the Bloods (red) and Crips (Blue) of today.
I’ve always associated plaid with European country homes, Ralph Lauren, rustic cabins and Christmas like in these images below.
Technically, plaid is really not a trend since it’s been around for centuries but what I have started to see is a new interpretation of plaid. A fresh spin so to speak with updated colors like on this chair I spotted last week at the Boston Design Center.
Fushia plaid chair at Boston Design center
I wonder if any of my clansmen ancestors would have worn fushia plaid even if the dyes were available at the time.
Plaid rugs are becoming very on trend. This is the latest window display at Stark carpet at the Boston Design center.
Plaids are also on full display at Kravet Fabric with at least a dozen panels displaying plaids in almost every color and size.
Kravet Plaid Fabrics
Plaid is one of those prints that has a lot of personality so if you really love it take a look at this room done by Anthony Baratta.
A more subtle way to bring in plaid is to use it on the floor like in this fresh and airy beach house designed by Victoria Hagan.
Using plaid on a piece of furniture is also a fun way to bring in plaid without too much of a commitment.
Also, don’t forget about pillows and accessories as a way to add a bit of plaid.
Since this post is about plaid I want to share with you one of my most coveted possessions. This tiny book entitled Scottish Clans and Their Tartans has been passed down the generations and has ended up with me. It is so old that there is no publish date on it. My great grandfather’s name is written on the inside in pencil but it might go back even farther.
The book gives a brief history of all the Scottish clans with their corresponding plaid. Here is my ancestral plaid on the left and my late mother’s favorite, the Campbell plaid on the right.
I agree that the MacFarlane plaid isn’t for everyone but at least it makes a statement!
How about you? What do you think of the return of plaid?
#1. There is not a single straight wall anywhere on the house. Wright wanted the house to appear as if it was part of the landscape so he took great pains to copy the exact angle of the surrounding mountains.
#2. While Wright was alive there was no glass in any of the windows. Again, he wanted the house to be organic and one with nature. After his passing his wife (who was probably sick and tired of daily sweeping out the desert sand and lizards) put in glass.
Frank Lloyd Wright House Taliesin West
If you get a chance to visit I highly recommend it. Wright was quite an interesting fellow and the guided tour was quite enlightening.