Friday, November 30, 2007

Downtown Holiday Windows

I was strolling around lower Manhattan yesterday and took a bunch of shots of holiday windows displays. I saw a lot of bright colors and less traditional red and green displays.
At the Gap and Anthropologie, the windows used a lot of chunky yarns to make ornaments and garlands. I love this idea because it's not only cute but it's cheap to do. You can usually score some yarn at the $1 store or try Michael's if you live outside the city.

I was walking past the Gap in Flatiron and was shocked to see the stripe light displays. They reminded me so much of my own stripe paintings! Is it a sign? Are stripes in and I will be famous in no time? Check out the tree: they wrapped balls with bright-colored yarn to make ornaments.

Another shot of the stripes. Love it!

Anthropologie always does an amazing job on their windows no matter what the season.

A shot of the windows covered with hundreds of paper cut snowflakes.

A holiday village covered in snow. I love the yarn garlands draped above. It's made of tiny individual yarn balls strung together.

This shot if from the Kate Spade store down in SoHo. Traditional but pretty.

This was a clever and fun display at Marc by Marc Jacobs in the West Village. A take on the traditional holiday Santa portraits. You can sit with the holiday "swan" and have your picture taken. The photos are then hung in the windows of the store creating a community of a swan head shots.

A shot of the swan holiday photos covering the windows of the Marc by Marc Jacobs store.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

John Robshaw Sample Sale

John Robshaw makes fantastic ethnic prints full of color and patterning. I could cover every inch of my apartment in his textiles. Robshaw's textiles can be damn pricey at full about twice a year I hit his sample sale. Today I scored three tableclothes and two Christmas tree skirts.

The tableclothes will be great Christmas presents and a steal for $25 for a 60 x 108 down from $180. The gorgeous Christmas skirt has an all over purple and green crewel pattern, $30. I bought one for myself and one for my sister. She has been on a total crewel kick lately. Perfect!

John Robshaw Sample Sale

Thursday: 10-8

Friday: 10-8


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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bridget Riley's New Show

Bridget Riley is one of my favorite painters. I am in love with her awesome color and all over patterns. Riley was the first painter I ever related to in style and method. Riley is cmeticulous about her designs mapping out each piece in very systematic way. In the 1960's she received a good bit of press and recognition for her series of black and white op art paintings. For me I have always enjoyed her later work as she moves away from op art and toward a more colorful patterning.

Check out Riley's newest show at Pace Wilderstein, Recent Paintings and Gouaches, on display till January 5, 2008 at Wilderstein's 57th Street and Chelsea galleries. The galleries will showcase 12 oil on linen paintings, Riley's largest works to date, and 8 gouaches from 2004-2007 as well as Wall Painting 1 (2007), a graphite and acrylic work that measures approximately 8 x 16 feet. For more info

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

J.Crew Goes Festive Vintage

J.Crew has totally stepped it up a notch in the accessory department. Honestly, I never took a second look at their accessories they always felt like an after thought. This season is filled with bright babbles infused with a little classic glam girl. I have been wearing the stripe bangle layered with a yellow bangle for months. The blue beads have been a total hit. Looks great paired with a contrasting color like red or orange. Seriously, snag these up, you will be wearing them for years.

From top left: Cabochon bauble bracelet, $80 . Hand-painted enamel carousel ring, $75. 1/2" harlequin-stripe enamel bangle, $40. Bauble cascade necklace, $135.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Christmas Trimmings

It's that time of year again. As we prepare for the holidays remember to take stock of your decorations before purchasing your tree. You'll save yourself a headache of tangled cords and burnt out lights.

My Christmas trees tends to be a mix of handmade, family heirlooms, and new vintage finds. My secret source for inexpensive ornaments is Martha Stewart's Everyday line at Kmart. Martha always has a great selection of vintage inspired favorites and new classic twists. My favorite: shatterproof balls in multiple jewel toned colors. Shatterproof balls will save your life. No more opening box that have been tucked away all year to find them all broken. The colored balls mix well with my family pieces and give the tree a great vintage 1950's Christmas feel.

Top left: Sugarplum Dreams 12-Pk Ball Ornaments, $5. Yuletide Cheer Straw and Bead Ornament, $3 each. Woodland Holiday Metal Flower Ornament, $4 each. Golden Traditions 2-Pk Wire Glitter Snowflake Ornament, $5.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Deep Fried Turkey

I have dreamed of seeing a big turkey frying. I've heard stories of garbage cans, big flames, and lots of hot oil. It sounded way to messy and dangerous for me to ever try. I was in fear the day would never come that I would get to savor the crispy skin.

This past Thanksgiving while visiting some old friends up in Syracuse, NY the opportunity presented itself. I heard a rumor the neighbors down the street would be frying in the morning and we were more then welcome to bring an extra bird. I lied awake that night in anticipation and a bit drunk from hanging out at the local bar.

The turkey frying began at 11am. I was there ready with about a 14 lb. bird and coffee in hand. The Neveldines seemed to be cooking for the whole neighborhood. Multiple turkeys were lined up waiting to get deep-fried. Neighbors strolled in with their birds, ate snacks while the birds cooked, and then left with the prize in hand. I love this tradition!

It turns out deep frying a turkey has come a long way since I first heard about it years ago. Mrs. Neveldine told me she bought her electric turkey fryer at JCPennys for about a $100. The procedure was quite easy and simple. You warm the oil, place the turkey in, cook 4 minutes for every pound and in about 50 minutes we had crispy bird.

We saved ours for the "picking turkey". The skin was the best part: super crispy and salty. The rest of the bird sat on the corner for the remainder of the afternoon while relatives strolled by and took a little nibble.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Table

A traditional heirloom turkey platter by Johnson Brothers can be found in antique stores and on $150-$250 depending on age and condition. On the right, a pure linen tablecloth is accented with a garland of flowers that evokes an elegant event. $170,

Rich earthy brown pheasant feathers bundled in vases create offbeat center pieces.
WS Home collaborated with Spode to create these festive oak-leaf-and-acorn garland earthenware. Set of 4 plates, $88.

Add a touch of whimsy to the table. Peacock feathers under gold-rimmed plate will infuse a little humor into the evening. $28,
A folky take: illustrated nordic print porcelain plates featuring a wise owl in the center. Try layering these plates with existing china if the look seems to over the top. Set of 4 plates, $152.

Let the seasons colors infuse into your table settings. Gather gourds, baby pumkins, squashes and clementines and arrange in various compotes along your table or buffet.
I love these wood pedestals for cheeses on a buffet. The pedestal adds height and the wood gives the buffet a rich earthy feel. Buy a few and scatter around the room. $35,

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Inexpensive Thanksgiving Decorations

I made this simple fall displays with materials I found in the yard. Grab a large bag, scissors, and some gloves and head outside. Just start chopping down plants that have great visual texture. Don't think so much about it all matching...the wilder the better.

Grab some greenery to break up the browns from shrubs.

Don't forget leaves on trees. The beautiful color display in the fall will light up your display.

Bring your materials in the house, grab a vase, and start arranging. Build a taller back and have shorter pieces hanging out toward the front of the vase. Drap the foliage to hang over the sides.

To make the candles simply wrap decorative paper around a drinking glass. Glue to seal the edges and add a votive inside the glass. Make sure to make different heights to increase the drama in the display.

Voila! Decorate tables, enterways, or mantels.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Saying Goodbye

It's incredibly hard to even write this post. I worked at as the Assistant Web Editor to the site for the past 1 1/2. I saw the site through the grueling re-launch and watched it become something that readers looked to for guidance and inspiration. My final month on the site was our best. I guess it's best to go out with a bang!

I will miss everyone I worked with at H&G. I feel fortunate that I had the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of talented people that I loved and respected. To all my contributers to the site: Grace Bonney, Lora Zarubin, Jay McInerney, and Karrie Jacobs and the print staff of House & Garden; thank you for your constant enthusiasm and your willingness and drive to make the success it was. To Paul O'Donnell our web editor: thanks for always being a great guy to work with.

So now I go in search of new path...which I am sure will somehow involve some amazing food, bright colors, and lots of very cute pillows.


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