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My top 5 favorites about the Philip Johnson Glass House:

1. Wanting to curl up with a book in a Mies chair

2. Breathtaking view from any corner of the house

3. Becoming completely enveloped in fog (via the Fujiko Nakaya: Veil exhibition)

4. The feeling of being completely exposed yet completely isolated

5. Sense of serenity 

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Yesterday, I stopped by SIXTY SoHo to visit a friend in town and to take a peek into their lobby and common areas. It was impressive how they designed the tiny space to make it feel bright and spacious. It was surely a serene respite from the bustling city life just outside. 

SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson St, New York, NY. 10012

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One of the things I love about NYC is that it is filled with inspiring people pursuing their dreams. I recently met with Boswell Scot, who opened the new Hell’s Kitchen barber shop, Best Barber. This modern take on the beloved classic barber shop is a great neighborhood spot to pop in for a haircut, a  beard trim, a cup of coffee or even a glass of whiskey, and pleasant conversation with one of the barbers. It was a joy chatting with Boswell about his journey to opening his own shop and geeking out over the design details of the space. I opted for a cup of coffee, since we met in the early afternoon, but I will definitely opt for a taste of whiskey next time! 

Best Barber, 694 10th Ave, New York, NY. 10019

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An Afternoon at the Met. This past Saturday, I went to the Met to see the Charles Marville exhibit. Since I used to live in Paris, I was eager to see how Marville photographed its grand boulevards and Haussmann structures back in the 1800s. Fun fact: The pieces in this exhibit are all albumen silver prints from glass negatives. The albumen silver print method was one of the first methods of producing commercial photographic prints. It uses the albumen found in egg whites to bind to the photographic chemicals to the paper.

Aside from the actual art at the Met, I also love its many rooms containing skylights, which allow copious amounts of sunlight to spill in creating beautiful reflections and shadows. Here are a few images of some of my favorite well-lit spaces at the Met. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10028-0198

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Still House. Last week I paid a visit to my favorite store, Still House, located in the East Village; I can’t help but stop in every time I’m in the neighborhood. Still House is a beautifully curated shop dedicated to showcasing home goods, jewelry, ceramics and other accessories. Urte Tylaite, the store’s founder, hand-selects talented artists and designers from New York City, Scandinavia, Europe and Japan. She even created her own line of minimal, geometric jewelry, which is made in NYC and sold in the store.  

Still House is the perfect blend of a shop and a gallery; it is inspiring to gaze at shelf after shelf of unique pieces and to try on the beautiful jewelry. Since Still House is one of my favorite stores, I thought it would be fun to list a few links to some items that I love from their online shop for gift or for personal purchase ideas:

Jewelry

Allison Van Dyck, Brass Cuff Bracelet

Melissa Joy Manning, Trilobite Ring

Melissa Joy Manning, Herkimer Diamond Ring

N+A New York, Seven Diamond Ring

Still House, Single Diamond Ring

Home

Urban Oasis, Coffee Mug

Michiko Shimada, Porcelain Twig Spoon

Hasami Porcelain, Teapot

GDG Studios, Faceted Mug

Sergio Silva for Still House, Brass Icosahedron Paperweight

Still House, 117 East 7th Street, New York, NY. 10009

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Things have been quiet here because I have been on vacation for the past couple of weeks (more to come on that in future posts!). Before I bombard you with a slew of posts from my travels, I wanted to post about a fun collaboration that I did with Bon Appétit, right before I left for vacation.

The NYC BA Grub Crawl took place in Greenpoint and the Lower East Side on June 21, 2014. A week before the Grub Crawl, I had the opportunity to visit all of the Greenpoint locations to eat, check out the space and report back on my Instagram account. I had a great time eating my way though each place and also having the opportunity to visit some restaurants that were on my list of places I have been meaning to try. Here are a couple of highlights from each place I visited:

Glasserie

The rustic décor and moody, naturally lit space of Glasserie stole my heart as soon as I entered. I ordered the Yellowfin crudo (with kumquat, rose and jalapeño oil), which was deliciously refreshing on that warm summer day. I’d also recommend pairing it with a glass of rosé.

Alameda

Alameda is a cozy spot located on Franklin St. I had a radish salad and oysters with cucumber mignonette. I consider myself new to oysters, since I have only been eating them for about a year; however, I can say that these oysters were the best I’ve had so far.

Coco 66

Coco 66 is a music venue with an adorable restaurant next-door. The restaurant interior is to die for with its clean, minimal décor and skylights that I could only dream of having in my apartment. What I loved most about the interior, was a section with bar-type seating with a window looking onto the kitchen. I love when restaurants have visible kitchens because it brings a community feeling to the restaurant and to the dining experience.

Manhattan Inn

The food at Manhattan Inn was, hands down, delicious. I got to sample the house made gnocchi (with braised oxtail, pork ragu and tomato sauce), the house salad and the burger and fries. The Manhattan Inn Burger & Fries was a tasty and colorful stack of grass fed beef, bacon, pickles and aged cheddar.

The Diamond

Known for its extensive beer selection, the Diamond is a bar also offering a variety of savory pies and a meat and cheese plate. I happily sampled the meat and cheese plate and washed it down with a refreshing glass of rosé.

Although the Crawl is over, I highly recommend visiting these places if you are in Greenpoint.

Glasserie: 95 Commercial St, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

Alameda: 195 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

Coco 66: 66 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

Manhattan Inn: 632 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

The Diamond: 43 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY. 11222

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I typically enforce a no-iPhone-image rule on my blog, since my Instagram is home to all of my iPhone snaps. However, I figured a unique store like Anthom was worth breaking that rule…just once… especially since I found myself in this beautiful minimal space and only had my phone on me. I happened to pop into Anthom on a whim after lunch on Sunday and loved the minimal decor and the unique copper detailing (not to mention all of the items). I wouldn’t mind filling my closet with only their copper hangers