Thursday, August 18, 2011

happy chic — chicago's jonathan adler store

While in Chicago, I had a chance to wan­der hap­pily through the Jonathan Adler store. So much fun packed into one small space! Even my 7 year old enjoyed it — he wanted their Union Jack rug for his bed­room, but left smil­ing with a groovy deck of play­ing cards! Enjoy the stroll… Jonathan Adler Chicago


YUM! at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
orange crush at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
lush lac­quer at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
LOVE this lamp at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
a menagerie at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
ele­gance at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
hot dogs at Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
Jonathan Adler Chicago
great advice at Jonathan Adler Chicago

I hoped you enjoyed this vir­tual browse! For the full selec­tion, visit Jonathan Adler online!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

travel tuesday — the hotel golden in rome

Rome, the Eter­nal City, is like New York — it never sleeps. Find­ing a quiet haven in Rome is mirac­u­lous. From a pre­vi­ous visit we knew the Villa Borgh­ese area could be rel­a­tively peace­ful. Based largely on Tri­pAd­vi­sor reviews, we chose to stay in April at the Hotel Golden. This is not a place to see-and-be-seen, nor a high-style bou­tique hotel sport­ing the lat­est trendy décor. But this is the place to stay with the Roman fam­ily you never knew you had!

The hotel occu­pies a res­i­den­tial build­ing on a quiet street less than a block from Villa Borgh­ese Park – a god­send for fam­i­lies with chil­dren because there is plenty of room to run around in the park. We arrived via the car ser­vice hired through the hotel – an easy, stress-free option. The small recep­tion area and tiny break­fast room are on the 2nd floor – there is no lobby.  We were upgraded to the fam­ily suite, and while two of the extra bed­rooms remained locked (and unseen), the space we had avail­able was enor­mous, par­tic­u­larly by Euro­pean stan­dards — a large, high-ceiling bed­room (king bed + twin day bed), a din­ing room, bath­room and large vestibule. We were wal­low­ing in space!

It’s dif­fi­cult to over­state the care with which the fam­ily caters to their guests. We over­slept the first morn­ing, miss­ing the open hours in the break­fast room. With­out ask­ing, Mama whipped up cof­fee and break­fast for us. On another day, when we planned to dine else­where for break­fast, they held the kitchen open until we appeared because they thought we’d over­slept again. Such atten­tion is unheard of in a typ­i­cal hotel! Being in the fam­ily suite on the 3rd floor required a fam­ily mem­ber to escort us to unlock the outer door, so some­one was always on hand with a smile and con­cern that our day was a happy one. Kudos to the Loria fam­ily for a charm­ing, well-run inn!

My pic­tures appear dark, but the room actu­ally has very large win­dows that look out upon an ancient sec­tion of the city wall toward the Villa Borgh­ese. There are both a large wardrobe and desk with chair not seen in this picture.

hotel golden large king bed

hotel golden large king bed

hotel golden twin day bed

hotel golden twin day bed

The spa­cious bath­room fea­tures a walk-in shower.

hotel golden double sink bathroom

hotel golden dou­ble sink bathroom

We absolutely rec­om­mend the Hotel Golden to any­one look­ing to be trea­sured by fam­ily in Rome!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

summertime, summertime

“It’s sum­mer­time, and the liv­ing is easy” or so Sam Cooke assures us. The demands of a new gar­den, the lure of vaca­tion, a child’s sched­ule is flux – along with enough work to fill every day – leaves me to doubt Cooke’s words. And so you, my Dear Read­ers, are left with­out a new post.  The ideas are swirling in my brain, await­ing their chance at freedom.

Real life con­nec­tions trump those in the vir­tual world every time. While I do trea­sure my vir­tual con­nec­tions, the imme­di­acy of those around me each day in the flesh can­not be ignored. I am hope­ful August will afford me the oppor­tu­nity to share some of my sum­mer finds and adventures.

For today, I leave you with these two events to look for­ward to:

Designer Spaces & Mar­ket Places returns for a sec­ond year, and it's going to be amaz­ing! Save the date for our Pass­port Party:

spaces and places

SAVE THE DATE! Spaces & Places Pass­port Party

And this, spot­ted at West­Farms, made my heart do a lit­tle jig!

anthropologie westfarms

anthro­polo­gie com­ing soon to westfarms!

But don't wish away the sum­mer — go out into the world, enjoy, and be sure to laugh!

laughing in Chicago

Go ahead and laugh!!

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

travel thursday — philip johnson's glass house — part 2

While the main attrac­tion at Philip Johnson's New Canaan CT prop­erty is the Glass House itself, there are sev­eral ancil­lary struc­tures on the estate that he and his part­ner David Whit­ney used to enter­tain and house some of their art collection.

philip johnson's glass house

philip johnson's glass house

From above the main house, you can see in this pic­ture a por­tion of the Brick House, designed for guests. In oppo­si­tion to the trans­parency of the glass house, the brick house has only three round win­dows on its rear façade. Accord­ing to our guide, the Brick House was inun­dated by water shortly after the the prop­erty opened to the pub­lic, result­ing in exten­sive dam­age to the inte­rior and its fur­nish­ings. The restora­tion project has been under­way since 2008.

the brick house for guests on the glass house property

the brick house for guests on the glass house property

To the right, out of frame in the pic­ture above, is the swim­ming pool, seen below.

the glass house swimming pool

the glass house swim­ming pool

As we con­tinue across the upper path, we arrive at what appears to be an under­ground bunker, but is in fact the Paint­ing Gallery. John­son and Whit­ney were avid sup­port­ers of con­tem­po­rary artists and col­lected a vari­ety of works. Many of their larger pieces are housed in this masonry and earth berm facil­ity built in 1965. Within the three cir­cu­lar pods, cen­ter spin­dles allow for stor­age of 42 works, although only a few are viewed at one time.

entrance to the painting gallery at the glass house

entrance to the paint­ing gallery at the glass house

Within the entry of the Paint­ing Gallery, on the left is this Michael Heizer paint­ing of a sculp­ture to be made and  on the right, three pho­tographs by Lynn Davis.

michael heizer painting in the glass house painting gallery new canaan ct

michael heizer paint­ing in the glass house paint­ing gallery

Step­ping fur­ther into the three cir­cles, a few of the pieces on dis­play, the first two by Frank Stella:

frank stella multi-media work at glass house new canaan ct

frank stella multi-media work at glass house paint­ing gallery

frank stella multi-media work at glass house new canaan ct

frank stella multi-media work at glass house paint­ing gallery

Two more pieces, sorry I didn't catch the artist's name on these…


two large scale paintings at the glass house painting gallery new canaan ct

two large scale paint­ings at the glass house paint­ing gallery

From the paint­ing gallery, we next visit the Sculp­ture Gallery. The gallery fea­tures five lev­els and was designed to feel like a Greek vil­lage on the side of a vol­cano, where streets are stair­cases. The inte­rior play of light in this build­ing is stun­ning. Some of the most appeal­ing pieces (to me, anyway):

"Raft of the Medusa" by frank stella, aluminum

"Raft of the Medusa" by frank stella, aluminum

"two lovers on a bed" by george segal (right) and "the archbishop, the golfer and ralph" by john chamberlain (left)

"two lovers on a bed" by george segal (right) and "the arch­bishop, the golfer and ralph" by john cham­ber­lain (left)

a portion of andrew lord's "large vessels", bismuth clay and gold

a por­tion of andrew lord's "large ves­sels", bis­muth clay and gold

tubular steel rafters form the ceiling in the sculpture gallery

tubu­lar steel rafters form the ceil­ing in the sculp­ture gallery

The tour ends with a walk to the top of the dri­ve­way and a brief look at Da Mon­sta, which John­son con­ceived as a future vis­i­tor cen­ter after his death. Sadly it proved to be too small for that task.

da monsta at glass house - this image via

da mon­sta at glass house — this image via

Part of the joy of explor­ing this won­der­ful National Trust site on a beau­ti­ful day was spend­ing it with dear friends. Here we are hav­ing a well deserved rest in charm­ing New Canaan CT.

girls' day out was a blast!

girls' day out was a blast!

Be sure to book a tour of Philip Johnson's Glass House on your next visit to Con­necti­cut. You are sure to enjoy this mod­ernist archi­tec­tural gem in its pris­tine setting.

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