Portugal is on my vacation list. I’ve got to get there. It a land of beautiful beaches, wineries, historic cities and a laid-back lifestyle. Sounds perfect. But until I visit I’ll have to live vicariously through this photo. In general I can’t get enough of aerial beach photography. I just wrote about one recently of Coney Island by a Brooklyn photographer. But this beach offers a bit more to work with. And I love the colorful umbrellas.
It was taken by Christian Chaize, a French photographer who’s become obsessed with a small stretch of the southern Portugease coast. I can see why. He’s taken a whole series of just this very composition but on different days and times of day. Check it out here.
The print’s available through 20 x 200, a great site for affordable art. A 14 x 11 will run you $50.
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With the royal wedding this Friday, everyone’s speculating about where Prince William and Kate Middleton will honeymoon. Plans are still top secret but there have been many guesses. The Daily Mail says the Isles of Siclly off the Cornish coast are the spot, People says it’ll be Jordan for two weeks, Bing reports it’s Banff and Lake Louise and The Washington Post says it’ll be the queen’s 50,000-acre Balmoral estate in Scotland, followed by another spot in a warmer clime.
So I think it’s obvious that no one really knows.
But where should William and Kate go after the royal wedding? What’s a honeymoon fit for a king-to-be (who’s trying not to be too extravagant since the government pays for his lifestyle)?
I’d like to make a few recommendations. Here are four amazing properties I’ve come across recently that I think would be worthy… Continue reading
Last night I attended an elegant book signing for prolific interior designer Charlotte Moss’ latest book, “Charlotte Moss Decorates,” her seventh to date.
Moss is one of those inspirational women who seems to do it all, well. She has a thriving career with big-name clients such as Michael Bloomberg, she writes, lectures, licenses products and is a dedicated volunteer to several arts organizations including the New York City Ballet. I got to know Charlotte when I wrote about her for Richmond Home.
Moss’ new book is a gorgeous, 200-pager examining 11 of the rooms she created for designer showhouses. Since there were no clients involved, these may be her most personal projects. She walks the reader through her inspiration from Lee Raziwell’s multi-patterned living room to West Wycombe Park, a Palladian country house in England. Moss is an avid scrap-booker so she also shows spreads of the clippings, photos and other elements that inspired her rooms.
Here’s a peek into the party…
It’s not often that you’re called in to rescue a home for the good of the neighborhood, but when your name is Gottwald in Richmond, Va., you’re a likely candidate for the job. Windsor House (above) was the centerpiece of the lovely Windsor Farms neighborhood. The 1945 Colonial Revival home sits on a large tract of land where the original Windsor Farm sat, but it had fallen into disarray and its well-to-do neighbors worried about its future. They approached Thomas E. Gottwald, a Windsor Farms resident, who they thought might save the day. Someone knew what they were doing.
Gottwald is president and CEO of a chemical company (and on Forbes’ radar with $1.7 mil in annual compensation). He and his wife took on the project and after an extensive renovation the home was open for the first time this year during Historic Garden Week in Virginia’s Windsor Farms tour. It stole the show.
The decor was restrained and surprisingly casual. A pool table anchored one side of the living room and a large built-in cocktail bar sat in the middle of the kitchen. The family has several grown sons who I’m sure love that, but the Gottwald’s must entertain a good bit, too.
Off the kitchen, an English-made conservatory created a bright breakfast space. But I wondered, with no shades, how hot that would get in the summer. Maybe it was positioned to avoid direct afternoon sun. Here’s what it looked like inside …
Until we can get the baby to Italy, Eataly will have to do. The other day we took her to Mario Batali’s new Italian mega-market/restaurant complex, Eataly, in New York’s Flatiron district.
Here we are in the produce area, which isn’t very Italian but the place is filled with different themed areas for Italian cheeses, cured meats, gelato, fresh pastas, etc.
Here’s the bread counter, where we picked up a traditional Italian Easter cake to bring to a friend’s Easter party in Richmond. Continue reading
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Yesterday we told you to Eat a Burger in Madison Square Park in honor of Earth Day. Today we have a healthier suggestion: Read a book in Bryant Park.
I stumbled across this the other day. Bryant Park has a “reading room” set up with racks of newspapers books and even children’s books. And since Bryant Park sits behind the New York Public Library it makes sense that books should be available to read in the park. The tradition began during the depression when out-of-work businessmen needed somewhere free to go and occupy their minds. Today we just need somewhere to go to be unplugged.
Happy Earth Day!
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In honor of Earth Day this week I’ll be highlighting some of New York’s best parks with unexpected things to do in each. First stop: Madison Square Park.
Eat a tasty burger at the Shake Shack. The line will be long as hell but it’ll be worth the wait. Trust me. Continue reading
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Jonesin’ for a spa treatment but can’t stomach the price? You’re in luck.
According to the International Spa Association (ISPA), even some of the world’s top spas are becoming more accessible. Recession-friendly mini-treatments are all the rage, allowing guests to afford multiple appetizer-sized treatments, even during a recession. In 2010 ISPA reported that 46 percent of its member-spas saw an increase in shorter (30 minutes or less) treatment bookings, and 86 percent offered shorter treatments.
Here’s where to get pampered on your next vacation: Continue reading
We’re hopping in a rental car and driving out to Long Island’s North Fork for a little wine tasting weekend. Have any suggestions? Look at all those wineries!
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The classic, Spanish summer shoe is making a comeback. And they’re eco-friendly, too. How 2011! I guarantee they will be all over the streets of Brooklyn within a month (move over Tom’s!)
Espadrilles are a great addition to The Packing List because they’re lightweight and collapsible, so won’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase. Great for beach days, boating or casual outings, but I wouldn’t rely on them for full days trekking around a city (not enough support). (Try these gladiator sandals instead.)
A bright-colored pair can look great with shorts. Continue reading