Friday, October 9, 2009

Eat/Shop: Cafe de Flore, St. Germain, Paris

Cafe de Flore in Paris on San Germain is a great way to enjoy the cafe experience with really wonderful eggs, salads and onion soup. For those of you who read The Beautiful Fall, Flore served as the backdrop for the gatherings of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint Laurent throughout their careers. Ironically, Lagerfeld is still a regular at this fashionable stop. I was thrilled to learn that next to the restaurant, you can find any of the "Cafe de Flore" white and green plates, tip trays or glasses for sale that they actually use in the restaurant. Each time I visit the restaurant, I wish I could take away a few pieces. So thrilled that I finally can. Definitely make it a stop on your next visit, and the best part is the eggs are for dinner.

Cafe de Flore
172, Boulevard St Germain
75006 Paris
01 45 48 55 26

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Personalized Gifts at allows you to personalize paperweights, lucite trays, canvas pillows and even match boxes. You have many options per category so look around for your favorite patterns. Another great gift option...
Personalized Canvas Pillows, $58-$78
Personalized Paper Weight, $42-$68

Personalized Coasters, $25 each

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Fabrics: Fall from Argentina

"Autumn Fabrics" by Jessica Hayns and Miranda Sinclair--photographed by Ricardo Labougle--in the October issue of The World of Interiors explores fall fabrics throughout the Calchaqui valleys in the Argentine province of Salta. Fabrics were selected from this year's Focus and Decorex. It is incredible how these florals contrast and compliment the otherwise natural, distressed interiors. I am such a fan of this method of displaying the season's latest finds.

Buy: Hermes Scarves Meet Liberty Prints

From September 7th to October 18th, Liberty London's scarf room has turned into a Hermes pop-up accessory shop. Most importantly, their recent collaboration of vintage Liberty prints and Hermes scarves has many fans of both Hermes and Liberty jumping up and down. For those of you who live outside the UK, you can find these limited edition accessories on the website. Prices start at 80 GBP, and they do ship internationally for a small fee.,-Hermès-Pour-Liberty/27013

Friday, September 25, 2009

Give: Ipot Nano with Video and Radio, $149-$179

The new iPod Nano takes video, and you can play and pause FM radio. What a great holiday gift for $149-$179...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Inspiration: Lars Sjoberg, Sweedish Country-side

Photos by Miguel Flores Vianna, The World of Interiors, June 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Stay: Thompson LES, NYC

One of the biggest complaints I hear about New York is that the hotel rates are outrageous and the rooms are small. I found a great downtown solution for those of you who love downtown New York and have an appreciation for Soho and the Lower East side. The Thompson LES, the sister to 60 Thompson, offers all of the amenities that make Thompson Hotels so great: modern aesthetic, good restaurant, fun bars and great service, but most importantly the rooms are larger than your average NYC hotel. I would recommend the King Superior room. The Thompson LES is situated just 3 blocks from Soho and sits on the North-West corner of the Lower East Side just below Houston. Rooms can be found under $300 during the week and under $400 for weekends. My father and brother tried it on their last visit and insisted on staying there again. Did I mention the great pool and Chang restaurant?
Thompson LES