NY Now

Two weeks ago I went to the NY Now show with a friend to scope out some new vendors for projects. (Time flies! I can’t believe this was two weeks ago already!) This was the first time I visited the show so I didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was more for designers, but it was geared more towards store owners who need to stock shelves with merchandise. They had a handful of items that I can use for projects so it was fun to get out of the office for a bit to see what’s new. Here are some items that I loved!

Love these modern prints from Zoe Bios Creative! They had so many beautiful, inspiring pieces.

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Of everything I saw that day, I think these diorama art boxes by Christine Originals were my absolute favorite. As a kid, I loved making dioramas, with help from my creative father, for school projects. These made me feel so nostalgic and I just love the “little red” and “peter” nursery rhyme inspired pieces. I wish I got better photos of them because these iPhone shots don’t do them justice!

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Adorable animal ABC print from Screech Owl Designs: Perfect for a nursery!

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I love this shagreen table and sideboard from Mr. Brown. The sideboard has an antique brass front that is so beautiful with the texture of the shagreen.

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I also LOVE this modern desk from Mr. Brown. So perfect and simple.

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I also love this mid-century inspired side table. Would this be perfect next to an upholstered bed in a guest room!?

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Los Angeles

The Stahl House was by far my favorite part of our trip to LA, but we had fun doing other things the two short days we were there. We stayed at the Andaz and we absolutely loved it! It was in a great location, was very modern and had the most beautiful rooftop pool overlooking the Hollywood Hills. We loved the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Urban lights installation. (I was kind of in love the elevator bank at the museum. Doesn’t it look very Mad Men?!) We also did one of those celebrity house tours (nerds!) and as embarrassed as I was buying the ticket, we had so much fun. Our favorite was a quick exterior tour of the Greystone Mansion that was in over 50 films (although the only one I can remember is Richie Rich!) Their gardens were so inspiring, I took way too many pictures but won’t bore you with! Imagine getting married there?! We also checked out the Getty Villa in Malibu and had lunch at Moonshadows overlooking the ocean. Literally. The bar where we sat was over the ocean! :)

 

Andaz Los Angeles hotel
LACMA
LACMA elevators
Greystone mansion gardens
Greystone mansion gardens
Getty Villa
Moonshadows Malibu

 

nyc swing installation

ann hamilton swing installation

I am fascinated with interactive art exhibits and this one by Ann Hamilton is no exception.(This one in DC was one of my favorites!) Hamilton’s installation includes 42 swings to ride on which move the large, white flowing curtain. I can only imagine how you’d feel like a child on such a large indoor swing, and the sound of the curtain moving must sound so beautiful. Unfortunately I won’t be able to experience it in person, but If you’re in the NYC area, you should go before it ends January 6th! Be sure to tell me how it was so I can be insanely jealous of you! ;)

// photo via A Cup of Joe

DC

This past weekend, Ryan and I went to Washington, DC.This little road trip was planned about six months ago and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since.

This Fall while we were babysitting our nephew Tyler, he and I were chatting about how we’ve always wanted to go to Washington, DC. He’s 10 years old, and has a love of art and history. His parents (Ryan’s sister and brother in law) do not have an interest to visit this city, so it only made sense that we bring him along with us. It was his second stay in a hotel ever, and it was so cute to see how excited he was. I feel lucky to be able to provide experiences like this, and feel fortunate to have such a strong bond with him.

We visited all the tourist spots, and went to so many museums – The Hirshorn Museum, The Holocaust Museum and The Museum of Natural History being our favorites. It was so much fun to see a city through the eyes of a child, and I am so proud of his love for art. I like to think I’m responsible for that. :) DC is such a beautiful city and I can’t wait to go back!

 

Washing Monument with blue sky background and flags blowing in the windThe Washington Monument

 

Ryan and Tyler in the Chromosaturation installation at the Hirshorn Museum

Chromosaturation by Carloz Cruz-Diez at the Hirshorn Museum. This may be my favorite installation, possibly ever. The light installation made you feel like you could physically touch the light in front of you.

Ryan and Lisa in the Chromosaturation installation at the Hirshorn Museum

Ryan and Lisa in the flourescent light installation at the Hirshorn Museum

Lisa and Tyler in the flourescent light installation at the Hirshorn Museum

Tyler in the blue tube installation at the Hirshorn Museum

Our second favorite installation at the Hirshorn Museum. We all had so much fun walking through this and were lucky to be the first ones there at opening so we could experience it by ourselves.

The Holocaust Museum Lobby in Washington DC

Dark wall with several candles lit in a brightly lit room

The above two photos are of the Holocaust Museum. It is such a beautifully designed museum and filled with so much information that we want to go back just to spend more time here. The entire museum is dark, which allows you to be somber and feel emotional about what you’re seeing. At the end, you exit through this bright memorial where they have a small flame burning with candles surrounding it.

All in all, it was a great trip ending our month of traveling. There is still so much to see within our own country. What’s next? I want to go to California and Napa but I’m thinking we’ll wait a little bit for that. :)

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Gapstow Bridge in New York City

Months ago I looked everywhere online for an artist that photographed the Gapstow Bridge in NYC but had little luck. The first traditional wedding  anniversary gift is paper and I wanted to give Ryan a gift that was sentimental to our relationship. Ryan proposed to me on this bridge, and later surprised me with a room at The Plaza (seen in the background of this photo). I eventually came across this print on pinterest by accident a few weeks ago and couldn’t believe how perfect it was! I also bought a frame but haven’t decided where to put it yet. Maybe it is a gift for me too, but it’s a sweet reminder of how our story started.

(Oh, and Ryan got me tickets to see Wicked. Something I’ve wanted to do for years.) :)

storm king

Last weekend Ryan and I visited Storm King, a sculpture park in New York State. I’ve had this in my calendar after seeing Jenna’s post last year, and it did not disappoint. Fall is definitely our favorite season, so we were eager to take a drive even if it was just to look at the leaves. (Yes, we’re that nerdy.) It was the perfect fall day with a crisp chill in the air and it left me feeling so inspired. I’m already excited for a trip in the Spring to see how different the sculptures look against the fresh green trees.

Storm King in the Fall

Storm King sculpture in Autumn

Reflection in the water at Storm King

Storm King Sculpture Garden in New York

Red sculpture at Storm King

Storm King artsy photograph

Storm King photography

Storm King silver sculpture

Ryan and Lisa at Storm King

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