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Two Days in Amsterdam

February 6, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Over the summer, we had the pleasure of visiting Amsterdam for the first time.  The city itself is beautiful and the people are so welcoming.  Since we had four days there, we took our time exploring.  If you only have a couple days to take in the sights, here are our suggestions for two great days in Amsterdam.

day 1:

Start your day off right with breakfast at Pancakes Amsterdam.  They are truly the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  They are thin and light (well, as light as can be with butter), and delicious.  The savory ones were surprisingly good too!

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Then walk those pancakes off over to the Anne Frank House.  The diary we all read as kids will take on new meaning as you walk through the tiny house where she lived.  No visit is complete without a stop at this important and historic landmark.

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After an emotional visit, take a breath and wander the Nine Streets.  I always love to find the best areas to take my time and poke around.  In Amsterdam, this was it.  Tons of little stores and great places to eat.  We enjoyed lunch at the well-designed Pluck.

Pluck in Amsterdam

Take a canal tour toward the end of the day to watch the sun start to set.  End with a locally-sourced dinner at Lokaal Edel, where even this picky eater tried everything.  Everyone in Amsterdam was friendly and hospitable, but the staff at Lokaal Edel were extra gracious.

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Lokaal Edel in Amsterdam

day 2:

Three top spots are in one convenient location.  Spend the morning (or easily, longer) visiting the Rijksmuseum, with its impressive architecture and varied exhibits; the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of his works; and snap a pic at the “I am Amsterdam” sculpture.  Eat in the park or at the lovely Rijksmuseum cafe, then cross over the canal to the art district for antique and art shopping along Museumbrug.

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Get your high-end shopping fix at nearby P.C. Hooftstraat and be sure to check out the Chanel store constructed of glass bricks.

Give your feet a rest and enjoy a delicious dinner at Ron Gastrobar Paris.

Source: Ron Gastrobar Paris

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One Great Piece – The Thea Chair

February 5, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

Thea Chair Rose West Elm

Every once in a while I come across a really great piece of furniture or an accessory for which I have absolutely no use.  That happened to me this weekend when I was thumbing through the West Elm catalog.  (Yes, the paper catalog.)

West Elm Thea Chair

The Thea Chair, above, immediately caught my eye.  The front, I’ll admit, is rather unassuming.  It seems like a pretty average chair.  But, if you look at it from another angle, it is an entirely different experience.

West Elm Thea Chair

I absolutely love the line of the Thea Chair from the side.  The sweeping curve and layering of the fabrics elevate the chair from average to amazing.

West Elm Thea Chair

The view from the back is not too shabby either.  This is definitely not a chair to shove in the corner, or up against the wall.

West Elm Thea Chair

Best of all, the Thea Chair comes in a rose-colored hue.  In addition to working well in any living room, I’d love to see this chair as an accent piece in a bedroom.  What is even better about this chair is that it won’t break the bank.  At $559, it is practically a steal.  I wish I had somewhere to put it.  Since I don’t, I’ll file it away on my “things to use someday” Pinterest board and hope that “someday” comes before they are sold out.

All images courtesy of WestElm.com

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Items We Love: Tiled Fireplaces

February 2, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

We’ve written about our love of encaustic tiles, but considered it primarily for the bathroom.  Why should powder rooms get all the fun?  Incorporating these patterned tiles in a fireplace creates a striking focal point.  And not much else is needed.  A simple wood mantle or no mantle at all work equally well.  We don’t even mind the televisions hung over these beauties:

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Adding Color With Glassware

February 1, 2018 by Melissa | 0 Comments

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Every once in a while, I like to add color somewhere unexpected.  When it comes to tabletop, I generally subscribe to the theory that plates, glasses and other useful items should provide a blank palette – they should not steal the limelight from the main event (the food, of course).  But, lately, I have made an exception when it comes to barware.  I have seen so many beautiful colored glasses that I have started to think about acquiring a bit of a collection.

There are some amazing vintage items available if you are willing to look around a bit.  Some of my favorite sources are Found by Maja, Posh Chicago, Etsy and Chairish.  Here are just a few that I love.

Vintage Opaline French Goblets

Vintage French Opaline Glasses

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Idra Murano Glasses

Idra Murano Glass

French Blue Opaline Goblets

French Blue Opaline Goblets

Vintage Pink Opaline Glassware

Vintage Pink Opaline Glassware

Denby Wine Glasses

Denby Wine Glasses

The downside of loving vintage glassware is that it is hard to find a full set.  I think it is perfect for curating a mixed set of glasses but, if you don’t like an eclectic look, there are a number of readily-available options out there.  Stores like Anthropologie, CB2 and Zara Home have some great choices.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to find opaque glass if you are buying new, however, you can find some great transparent colored choices that achieve the same effect.

Dobra Flute

Dobra Flute

Fleur de Lys Juice Glass

Fleur De Lys Juice Glass

Milk Spots Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Milk Spots Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Ribbed Glassware

Ribbed Glassware

Raised Square Design Tumbler

Raised Square Design Tumbler

Two-Tone Pink Wine Glass

Two-Tone Pink Wine Glass

Just writing this post has inspired me to start looking in earnest for colored glassware.  Opening our cupboard and being greeted by a rainbow would make me smile every day.

 

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Swayed by Suede

January 31, 2018 by Ariana | 0 Comments

Even though a new tote is the very last thing I need, I had to stop and admire this structured suede tote, from one of our favorite local companies, Cuyana.  And it got me thinking about using suede accents in interior design, as we continue to see evidence of fashion’s influence on decorating trends.  It’s not an obvious choice, but it’s not hard to be per-suede-d that suede accents can be an interesting and subtle addition to any room.

Are you swayed?

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