Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a dress by Theory and Coach heels.
As I have mentioned before last week I was in New York and Brooklyn to finish my client Janet's daughter Mary Ellen's apartment in Brooklyn. Lucky girl her apartment was getting an overhaul while she was celebrating finishing law school and taking the bar. Even though I have done work in this apartment over the past year through pictures this was my first time to physically see it. We have been collecting art over the past six months for her walls and had a custom Scalamandre ottoman made for in front of the sofa. The antique chairs that we found for the Living area came from one of my resources in California that I love. But Monday August 8th was my day to dig in, see the apartment, plan how the art was going to be hung on the walls, and see what holes were missing. After we hung the art I jumped back on the subway (this is when I took the wrong subway and wasted 20 minutes of my time) to go back to Manhattan and go shopping. Even though I know a whole lot about New York City I have not done much work their professionally. I started my search by asking my best friend on places that she knew and I googled antique stores. With my list in hand and telephone numbers I started my search. I had found an antique mall of sorts across from the flea market on Sunday so that was my first stop on Monday afternoon once I made it back to the city. Here pictures of me planning the art and my adventures of antique shopping via subway and foot! When I have a mission I am determined that I am going to win and boy did I!
Since there was not a lot of floor space I leaned the art close to where I wanted to hang it!
Planning the wall above the sofa.
The other side.
Here I am on my first stop looking for a mirror back in Manhattan in the antique mall.
I liked this green mirror a lot but it did not float the boat of my client.
This one I liked but decided that I did not like the finish.
This one was great but needed some work on the top.
Now I am on to Tuesday. I took the train all the way up to Doyle on 85th street. I had called them first thing in the morning to ask the availability of mirrors and I left a voicemail with someone that did not call me back so I decided to make them my first stop--only to find out they were an auction house. Since I had traveled from 14th street I was a little disappointed but there was a lovely designer that was picking up some merchandise in the auction house that asked me what I was looking for. She directed me to several stores in mid-town that turned out to be perfect! I used my Bloomingdale's training that when you don't get the answer that you want the first time you keep asking. There are nice people everywhere and this lady turned out to be so helpful!
I passed this restaurant on my way to the first antique store that the designer had recommended. I had a date at this restaurant when I was working at Bloomingdale's and made me feel nostalgic when I was walking by.
Here I go found my destination!
This building was three stories of small antique stores. I hit the jackpot on the lower level. This was one of my choices but was not the winner.
I found the winner! It was behind a lot of beautiful merchandise but it was perfect! 10 mins later it was being purchased!!
Way to go nice designer for sending me to the right place.
While I was hunting the mirror I found this store that specialized in opaline boxes--OMG I have never seen so many in one place!
I got the card and wrote opaline on the back on it so I can call them in the future. Oh what a find!!
After I found the mirror I decided to visit Samuel & Sons next to the D&D building.
Samuel & Sons is my favorite trim line and the store was amazing!!
I was going up and down 55th, 56th, 57th, 58th, 59th, and 60th. This tram I forgot about which is close to Bloomingdale's. I thought this picture was so cool. I stopped in the shade of this tree to schedule the delivery of the mirror. Cell phones are amazing your office can be anywhere!!
This area of Manhattan is truly their design district. Here is the de Gournay wallpaper store situated in this beautiful courtyard.
I felt like a Manhattan designer for the day!
I went back to finish my transaction on the mirror and took a picture of the antique center where I purchased it! It was a great resource!
I found these crystals lamps that I want to show to a different client!
On Wednesday we installed the mirror and the rug was delivered that we ordered in Dallas. Then we were on to antique shopping in Brooklyn. I needed a pair of plates for the brackets above the sofa. I thought this wall art was way cool!
Oh my I can not believe I saw a snail painted on a wall. My client Mary Ellen collects snails! How serendipitous!
Our first stop at an antique store that was recommended by my best friend turned out to not have anything that we wanted. The nice English lady who owned the antique store gave us two other suggestions that were on the street behind us. Abode was our first stop and did not have what we wanted but was a great kitchen store!
Hot Dog we hit it! We found it in here! Some darling Versace plates that were blush colored and perfect for what I was looking for! The lady who owned the shop was enthralled with us shopping from Texas and wanted to see a picture of the apartment and is starting to read my blog!
Steel Magnolia Tip # 14: A minute on the lips--forever on the hips. Watch what you eat--we must keep a girlish figure!
A simple hello from me to the lady in the auction house lead me on my way to success!
Last night for dinner we had left over zucchini soup that I served cold along with a stuffed jalapeño wrapped in bacon. The salmon was freshly cooked with lemon, butter, and slam yo' mama seasoning and cooked on 400 for 20 minutes!
I adore this song from Taylor Swift. It always warms my heart!