Aug 28, 2016

~ ny now / new things

NY NOW was such a fun trip! 

I love and admire how the streets are planted so beautifully... Just like in Chicago!

Although our favorite restaurants are L'Artusi and Dell'Anima, sister restaurants, (we can't decide which sister we love more) this was taken at Caravaggio, another Italian restaurant.

And as I stated in my last post, Hamilton was everything it's cracked up to be. 

Really amazing.

You guys! I'm so excited about some of the new things I'll be carrying in the shop this fall! 

Double sided vase ~  So cute!!

Loved these adorable deer heads...

Can't wait to get to the shop and get organized. But I'm not ready yet. 
Lots more to come on the blog... Stay tuned! 

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Aug 20, 2016

~ l becker flowers

After checking into our hotel, we ventured out to explore the city. I've had on my list for some time to visit a shop I found online. Years ago, in fact, while searching for aptware, I found a beautiful platter in this charming online shop, L. Becker Flowers. It has been one of my favorite purchases of all time. I adore it! 

 You can see it below in several vignettes in my hutch...

The shop is tucked down a street, nestled in, almost a secret...

I knew this was the place when I saw that square chandelier... Have you ever? 

The shop is quite small, and filled with beautiful finds ~ each with a story and chosen with care.

The plates below are a set of 12 ~ one for each month of the year...

Loved these round boxes with inlaid tortoise and mother of pearl...

Apparently Martha Stewart used to frequent the shop and chose glassware and such for photo shoots. I can see why. Every single thing is interesting and special, and sits in a perfectly curated vignette. She also bought a similar square chandelier to this one for her home in Connecticut. I love a good story!

Visit the L. Becker Flowers website here.

I am happy to report that Hamilton is the most and everything. 

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Aug 9, 2016

~ what's in the box?

One of my very first entries on this blog was a post about my love of boxes. My fascination with tea caddies began in college, when I first started visiting antique shops. But the obsession extended beyond antiques when I set out on a quest to decorate my first home...

This box is new. New ~ as in not an antique ~ but I've had it for years. I bought it at a local furniture store to fill bookshelves...

I bought this tea caddy as a wedding gift for my husband almost 30 years ago. I'm not sure why I thought this was a good idea at the time. I think I was trying to impress my new in-laws. Anyway, we're still married, so it must have been good luck!

I bought this box for husband as well! For an anniversary. Good thing he likes boxes too :)

This is one of my favorites... I love the date on the front!

I have a particular passion for round boxes...

I'm sure I don't need another box. Interesting though... I haven't had a problem finding a spot for each and every one I have! 

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