Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Luxurious Last Minute Gifting!

If you are like me, the fact that Hanukah has arrived and Christmas is around the corner has you rushing for last minute gifts asking "How did the year fly by so fast?"

When giving I always ask myself: What would be a joy to receive? What can I give that someone they wouldn't ordinarily buy for themselves?   Here are a couple of those joyous go-to's for the last but just as special people on your list...
Based in Los Angeles, a pink and gold box from Bottega Louie never disappoints!  Gorgeous packaging and delicious treats await and best of all they will get it there on time if you order by December 22nd! 
Here are a few of my favorites:

Gift Boxes of Varying Deliciousness

Velvety Smooth Hot Cocoa

Rich and delicious hot chocolate made from fine gourmet cocoa. A perfect gift for the holidays.
Decadent Flavored Chocolate Bars

A beautifully packaged collection of the world's best chocolate bars. Ships nationwide overnight, next day and two day air. The ultimate gift for chocolate lovers

Another favorite not so well known is


Fantastic scents and fabulous packaging ensure your gift will make an big impression. Honestly the packaging is DIVINE!  Based in Italy, Ortigia is currently offering free shipping for US orders over 250 Euros and here are my picks...

Oval Gift Box Sets

Zagara (Orange Blossom) Oval Gift Box
Ambra Nera Oval Gift Box
Florio Oval Gift Box

Beautifully Boxed Shower Gel Candle and Soap Sets
Shower gel gift box - Green
Assorted Candle Box
Assorted Box - 9 Glycerine Soaps

Charming "Handbag" Gift Sets

Bergamotto Handbag Travel Set
Sandalo Handbag Travel Set
Neroli Handbag Travel Set

Room Diffusers and Candles

Bergamot Perfume Diffuser
Sandalo Perfume Diffuser
Ambra Nera Large Square Candle
Coral Shell Square Candle

Happy Shopping and Happy Holidays! 

Until Next Time...

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stylish Gift Giving from Barney's New York

It seems this year has flown by and the holidays
are already upon us.  Time to embrace the spirit of giving! 
Here are our top picks from one of our favorite stores
where finding something unique is never a problem...

Peacock Python 2015 Desk Diary - perfect for the type A in your life

Assorted Glass Paperweights - gorgeous hues with edgy motifs
Handy Leather Vide Poche - the perfect catch-all

Exquisitely Scented Cire Trudon Candles - ultimate fragrance luxury
Classic 4 x 6 Horn Frame - never goes out of style
Wrap Object Sculpture - perfect for a tabletop vignette
Dragon Rug Throw Pillows - beautifully hand knotted in Nepal
Alpaca Tassel Pom Pom Throw - to keep them warm and cozy
Chloe Crossbody Bag - because she's been very, very good

A Moncler Beanie For Him - because it's cold out there
A Bruno Racecar - because it goes fast
A Beaded Tiara - because she'll always be your princess
Until Next Time,


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Washington Connecticut Powder Room Update

Our Connecticut project is moving along and the powder room is almost complete! 
Here is a sneak peek...
The vanity was custom made then lacquered in Benjamin Moore Bainbridge Blue to match the base molding, window and door casings...
The wallpaper is Labyrinth from Cole and Son...
A Lucite towel bar and a Perrin and Rowe faucet in polished nickel add some sparkle...and the hand cut clear quartz knobs add an extra special detail!

Here is an Instagram shot showing embroidered hand towels from
Next comes the installation of the Lucite sconces as well as the window treatment so stay tuned until the final reveal! 
Until Next Time,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Shopping For Your Home In Montreal

Here is another travel post from Asieh!
Montreal is famous for its plethora of festivals and unique foods (poutine anyone?) but what impressed me most during a recent visit was the variety and uniqueness of the city's home goods stores.

While strolling down St. Paul Street in Old Montreal, I came upon the Espace Pepin shops.  The brother and sister duo behind the stores focus on Canadian talent and most of the items in their home store - Maison - are made in Montreal. 

I loved the antique industrial lights below.

Across the street from Maison is A Table Tout Le Monde. The tableware is so delicately beautiful and displayed with such care that I felt like I had walked into a museum.  The owner of the store showcases products from around the world.
These Japanese bowls below are made of paper and are biodegradable.  You can add them to your compost pile - not that you would want to.

For on-the-go tableware, you need to go no further then next door to Lunch-a-Porter

Self described carriers of "eco-intelligent, designer lunch gear and accessories" the store features such clever items that you may decide you need to start packing a lunch. Most of the products offered are Japanese. Take a look at the matroyshka bento boxes below.

Further north, on Boulevard Saint-Laurent, is Latitude Nord.  An upscale furniture store, it showcases original, contemporary pieces. Most of the pieces are Italian.

The chair below was described to us as "a chair for all body types." My three companions and I certainly didn't disagree.

I met the President Director General, Sylvain Faucher, while visiting the showroom.  He was very knowledgeable and couldn't have been friendlier - he even recommended bagel and ice cream shops to us.    

I could go on and on. Montreal has fantastic stores. Next time you are there, I hope you take some time to at least window shop.


Shopping Guide:

Espace Pepin - 350 St. Paul Street O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
A Table Tout Le Monde - 361 St Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
Lunch a Porter - 355 St. Paul Street O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
Latitude Nord - 4410 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z5, Canada


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pink Perfection - Gallery Restaurant London

Recently I came across a unique concept called SKETCH in London's Mayfair district. 
SKETCH is an eclectic mix of restaurants and galleries all happily housed together on two floors of a townhouse.  It was conceived by French master chef Pierre Gagnaire and restaurateur Mazouz.  The creators of SKETCH envisioned a "destination place for food art and music" - a lovely idea!
One of the restaurants within SKETCH is "Gallery" and it caught my eye because it is drenched in one of the happiest colors of the wheel, Pink!  It does not, however , resemble a little girls bedroom.  Instead the spaces appear sophisticated and calming.  Designed by India Mahdahvi in a monochromatic palette, the materials are rich and include gold leaf, brass and chevron patterned marble floors.  Sumptuous banquettes beckon you to sit back, relax and enjoy the evening. 
David Shrigley Gallery
David Shrigley Gallery
David Shrigley Gallery
Every two years an artist is commissioned and given carte blanche to adorn the space however they see fit.  (Love this idea!)  Today 239 playful sketches by British artist David Shrigley surround the dining room area.  David also designed the ceramic tableware. 
The artist David Shrigley
Afternoon Tea
The space can also be rented for private events.  Afternoon tea is served daily and if you are planning a visit to London soon, stop by the SKETCH website to learn more about the other galleries, events and restaurants HERE
Until Next Time,
All photos via the SKETCH website

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