Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a wrap around linen dress from Theory with J.Crew heels. I want everyone to note that I still have curly frizzy hair from New York City because it was so humid there. I am not sporting a new hair do. My hair has a mind of its own!
This week I have been in New York City/Brooklyn planning my daughter Riley's apartment and finishing up my client Mary Ellen's apartment in Brooklyn. My first day in Brooklyn was Monday the first time I physically saw the apartment. I moved a little bit of furniture around and planned where the art that we had purchased and Mary Ellen had purchased was going on the walls. David the fabulous man in the building came and hung artwork for us after lunch. I decided that after placing the art that I needed a gold mirror and plates for the brackets that I hung on either side on the fabulous horse piece of art that is over the sofa. We finished up around 3:00 and I headed to the City to meet Riley's boss at her work and to start antique shopping. It doesn't help matters when you get on the wrong train going the wrong direction and end up in a place in Brooklyn and you don't know where you are. I had to correct my mistake and wasted 45 minutes--I can't stand to waste time! I made it to Riley's work met her boss and co-worker and made it to the collection of antiques stores under one roof that I found on Sunday across from the flea market. I bombed out there but at least I crossed that one of the list. Riley at dinner showed me the app that showed me how far I walked--It was 3 1/2 miles. Welcome to New York! Tuesday I started my antique shopping at 10:00 in the morning taking the train from 14th street to 86th street. Only to find out that was an auction house and not an antique store! Using my Bloomingdale training of keep on asking questions until I find out the answer--there was another nice Interior Designer at the auction house that gave me suggestions of where to go. Off I went to 55th and 2nd Avenue--back on the train! Now this collection of antique stores under one roof as my grandmother would say is "Just the ticket!" I found two fabulous mirrors and we decided on one for Mary Ellen's apartment and I even got it delivered that afternoon! Bingo! After leaving that collection of antique stores I traveled up and down the streets of 55th and 60th which in my opinion is the Interior Design area of New York City. I had lunch in Bloomingdales know that I can get a salad at the restaurant 40 carrots while sitting at the counter eating my lunch I realized that in 1982 I started working at Bloomingdale's as a buyers assistant 34 years later I am in the same area doing Interior Design work! The thought gave me chills! I didn't find anything in the other antique stores but felt really good about our mirror choice. Wednesday we finished up in Brooklyn by going to antiques stores looking from brackets that I needed for the plates. Once again the first place that we went to did not have what we wanted and she suggest two other stores and we found some great ones. Forgot to mention on Tuesday that I walked 5 1/2 miles and Wednesday another 3 1/2 miles! I was able to splurge on the oh so yummy food every night in New York because of my oh so distance walking. All in all a fabulous trip! Mary Ellen described the pictures that we sent of her apartment as a cross between Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly's apartment in Paris. What a complement!! Here is Mary Ellen's finished product!!
We painted on Monday the wall behind the silk drapes a pale blush color. The horse print over the sofa was already there and I placed the other art and brackets around it. The rug was delivered on Wednesday that we found and shipped to New York and the custom Scalamadre ottoman with lucite legs was delivered about two months ago! The Hermes tray she absconded with from her Mother's condo in Fort Lauderdale. Sweet Mama!
The armoire at the far left of the room that is mirrored I moved from the where the newly hung gilded mirror is placed. That is when I decided that I wanted a mirror to balance it on the other side of the room. The art around the tv we have been finding a collecting for Mary Ellen over the past year. The console under the tv we found from Worlds Away and adds the transitional modern look that Mary Ellen was seeking. The antique chairs we found in California and had shipped to New York.
Another view of this wall.
Another view of the sofa wall. The lamps we found for Mary Ellen last year and were perfect scale and look for the feeling that she was going after in the room.
She decided that she wanted an antique pair of cassolette lamps that I found in Dallas last week that I had shipped to New York and they were waiting for me when I arrived on Monday. She described them as perfection! The glass desk we found and had shipped to replace the industrial one that she had.
Here is the Hermes tray that her Mother Janet so kindly gave her along with the new two addition blush accessories.
The pottery I found in the flea market and the Venetian bowl I found in Dallas and had shipped.
A close up of the side table!
The other side of the sofa!
The gorgeous mirror that I found on 55th and 2nd avenue!
Steel Magnolia Tip #11: Always have two sets of keys. If you can't find your keys--use the extra set and go on. You got home didn't you??
They are around somewhere.
I found these quotes yesterday. I love them! Zig Ziglar always has good ones!
Last night was baked chicken and broccoli for dinner not quiet the New York meal but home cooked simple and delicious! Since I was in New York there were no roses on the table. That was rectified this morning! You can see the in the far right in the vase ready to be cut!
Atlantic Starr was from the 80's but I only discovered this song last fall. I love it!