I'm headed to Kansas City for the Home Run Derby, but while I'm in town I want to check out some of the other sites. Thankfully, I have a helpful city guide to point me in the right direction for tasty eats and great design. One place on my list is Urban Mining, which runs a special sale the first weekend of each month. Conveniently enough, right when I'm in town. I would be foolish not to take advantage of such an opportunity.
When I went to Cleveland two summers ago, I picked up some fabulous vintage glassware at a shop called Flower Child. If I find anything like the sets from last month (pictured right) at a reasonable price, I will pick some up. And then pack it very carefully to ship home!
Images courtesy of Urban Mining website
Upstairs dining at The Dandelion
Philadelphia is definitely a city known for its delicious treats-everything from cheesesteaks to pretzels to Tastykakes. But don't be mistaken, Philly is also a city known for fine dining. And the king of restaurants, at least according to Eric Ripert, is Stephen Starr. I was lucky enough to have dinner at The Dandelion and drinks at The Continental Saturday night.
A few weeks ago I went to Austin with my sister for SXSW and had an absolutely great time. One of my favorite spots was the Driskill Hotel on Sixth Street. I loved the combination of grandeur and Southern Charm.
Here's a shot of the lobby, which features bold columns, stained glass panels and lush palms. There's lots of little seating areas which came in handy during SXSW for extended networking. If you're headed to Austin, it's definitely worth a visit! Check out a few more shots below.
A few months back, I received a random Ralph Lauren catalogue at work. Okay fine, it was really for someone else who didn't work there anymore. No harm, no foul, right? Anyway, the images featured in that catalogue were so beautiful and inspiring, I still find myself paging through them for ideas. And the one idea that keeps coming to me is, "I've gotta get me to that new flagship!"
One of the highlights of my recent road trip was a stop at the Edward J. Kaufmann house, better known as Fallingwater. It's one of Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic designs and totally worth the trip--even if you're not a design geek like me. I visited Oak Park during my trip to Chicago a few years ago and knew that my visit to Western PA would not be complete without seeing Fallingwater in person.
While on my Midwest road trip, I got to visit a great vintage shop in Cleveland called Flower Child. I kept going from one great find to another exclaiming over the great deals. Perhaps my jaded New York City self is too use to the inflated prices because I found myself wishing I'd rented a Uhaul instead of a sedan. The fabulous Lucite dining set featured here? $600. And that wasn't even the best deal!
While in Detroit, I stayed at the Westin downtown, which is definitely one of the nicer hotels in the city. Let's just say the "Heavenly" moniker for the bed was certainly appropriate. The room features comfy beds, attractive lighting and a stylish bath. So why did it leave me feeling so cold?
I have recently returned from terrifically fun three city tour through the Mid West. Or the "rust belt", to be more exact. Just one adventure in my mission to get to every baseball stadium in the Major League. It gives me the opportunity to visit some places in America that I'd probably never get to any other way. Like Detroit, for instance, which was the first stop. And that also means finding some some surprising design inspiration along the way.
Brooklyn Flea at One Hanson Place
Sunday I took a trip to the Brooklyn Flea Market at the former Williamsburg Savings Bank to check out their wares. Brooklyn Flea runs 2 markets-one on Saturday in DUMBO and the indoor one at One Hanson Place on Sunday (and both days during the winter). First off, the space is amazing. It reminded me of Grand Central Station in that it was such a lovely space to have such a common sort of activity. Second, the layout made it a little complicated to browse as you incongruously flowed from one set of wares to the next.
This weekend I hit up the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market again--the outdoor one on Saturday (where I picked up an adorable tray table that will need some TLC but was a solid bargain) and the indoor annex known as "The Garage" on sunday with my sister. The indoor flea market is actually not in Hell's Kitchen at all but further south on 25th St. and was much more pleasant for browsing on a cold, rainy sunday.
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