Alright NYC design friends, I need your help. Kathryn and I are headed your way in a few weeks to do some client shopping (mainly rugs and decorative accessories) and I’m working on compiling a master list of all the stores we can’t miss while we shop till we drop.
I’m looking forward to visiting some old favorites (ABC Carpet & Home, Madeline Weinrib, John Derian…) but I know there are so many more. That’s where you come in. My guess is we’re birds of a feather who would probably shop together so I’d love to hear your recommendations–they’ve always been spot on in the past!
Thanks in advance. I promise to share pictures of pretty things.
Deciding which restaurants to try is one of my favorite parts of vacation planning and thanks to some spot-on recommendations from friends, we ate exceptionally well during our recent visit to Charleston. Since I’m always scouring other people’s city guides before a trip, I thought I’d share our favorites.
-Virginia’s on King: We wandered in starving after doing some shopping on King Street. I’m from Cape Cod so I’m far from a qualified judge of traditional southern cuisine, but the fried pickles, fried chicken, shrimp po’ boy and mac n cheese definitely hit the spot for us!
-Bull Street Gourmet: This gourmet deli and market was the perfect pit stop after doing a little real estate stalking. The portions were generous and we left full and happy.
-Two Boroughs Larder: We grabbed a table in the window at this cozy neighborhood spot our first night in town. From the logo featuring the owners dog, to the blue and white striped napkins, this place is full of charm and the well edited selection of locally sourced, seasonal dishes couldn’t be more delicious.
-The Grocery: This might have been our favorite meal of the trip. We took advantage of the small plates and ordered a feast to share. I’m still thinking about the brown butter and sage butternut squash agnolotti–SO good!
-The Ordinary: Growing up on the Cape might not make me a great judge of southern food, but it has made me a pretty tough critic of seafood and this new-ish restaurant is the real deal. The seafood is obviously the star, but the design (images above) is pretty fantastic too.
-Kaminski’s: We followed up our amazing dinner at The Grocery with two sinfully delicious pieces of Tollhouse Pie at this downtown dessert institution. I kind of wish they shipped…
Charleston has such an amazing food scene, I wish we had more time to continue our grand gastronomic tour (although my waist line is probably thankful we didn’t!)
photos via The Ordinary
This weekend was one of those perfect trips where we didn’t have too much on the agenda other than relaxing. When we weren’t wandering the beach, we were wandering around town taking in all the inspiring details Charleston has to offer–and there are many!
I think the city steals a little more of my heart every time I visit. How could I not fall in love with a place with a building resembling an Hermes box, or where chippy emerald doors with lions head knockers are commonplace?
And then there’s the food… but that really deserves its own post!
Photos by Lindsay Souza for The Pursuit of Style
When the clock strikes 3:00PM I’ll officially be on my way to Charleston, SC for a much anticipated weekend getaway. We rented a house on the beach (can’t wait to escape this rain!) but next time I visit I’m hoping to book a room at Zero George. After seeing photos from Caitlin and Grant’s stay, the boutique hotel captured my heart and made its way onto my must-visit list.
It seems to be the perfect blend of southern charm and modern luxury. Can’t you imagine enjoying a leisurely breakfast in that courtyard? I think I’d be pretty content. Charleston has such a sense of history and I’m looking forward to wandering the streets and taking in the architecture and inspiration.
If you want to join in on the adventure follow along on Instagram–I’m pretty confident I won’t be able to show much restraint when it comes to over-sharing pretty pictures of the city.
P.S any recommendations for things I can’t miss?
They say not all who wander are lost, but when it comes to planning said wandering I’m absolutely lost. One of my goals for this year is to stop talking about how much I want to travel and actually make it happen. The only problem is, the prospect of planning a trip abroad completely overwhelms me.
I’m so inspired by other people’s travel itineraries that seem to include the perfect mix of off the beaten path local spots and ‘have to see once’ tourist destinations. I’m even more impressed by people who plan grand tour type vacations and hit multiple cities/countries along the way. How do they do it?
The photos above are from the J.K. Place in Capri–an absolute dream destination! In an attempt to make some progress on my travel goal, I thought I’d ask for your help. Do you have any travel planning tips? Are there any sites/books that have been helpful to you in the past? I’m really hoping to make Greece happen in 2014!
Thanks in advance, I promise postcards!