The Brass Menagerie

brass menagerie - brass animal objects

Happy Monday! This weekend the weather didn’t let any New Yorkers down — it was sunny, warm and all around spectacular. We finished planting the rest of our little terrace garden, and I’m the proud new owner of a rose bush, a tiny lavender bush, and tons and TONS of herbs. On Saturday I sat outside all afternoon with Julia drinking (too much) rosé; Sunday was more of the same (but with agua). Truly a lazy, relaxing weekend. When’s the next three day weekend again???

On to today’s exhibit. Ooh, what a zoo. I recently bookmarked a couple little brass animals that I thought were particularly adorable (this funny little shrimp included), which sent me down a path to see what other species I could collect. Before I knew it, there was a veritable menagerie. Of course, brass anything is all the rage (again) these days, but I love that when it comes to finding decorative objects like this, you can truly discover tons of vintage treasures out there — many of which will tell a personal story (as soon as I see a true brass vintage Frenchie, I’m buyin’ it). Enjoy observing the animals above (but please, don’t stand too close).

Do you keep an eye out for little brass animals like this? What would be your perfect brass “spirit animal”?

Peacock | Giraffes | Rabbit Knob | Dove | Ibex | Fish OpenerMini Schnauzer | Elephant Candlestick | Pigs | Shrimp

This month's quote: "Take your pleasure seriously."

I Want to Go to There: The Marlton Hotel


1422 Marlton Hotel

the marlton hotel 1

If you ask me, New York does boutique hotels, really, really well. They’re literally everywhere here — and available at every price point and with the requisite awesome design details to boot. I think I heard about The Marlton late last summer, when it was featured in a Vanity Fair article, but through the magic of the Internets, I recently rediscovered it and was so glad I did. The good news is that since The Marlton is located in New York, I really can “go to there” if I want to. But, oh, how I wish I was an out-of-towner who had an excuse to stay here during my next trip to the Big Apple.

The Marlton is a boutique hotel located in the heart of Greenwich Village, on 8th Street near 5th Avenue. Built in 1900, the hotel recently served as a dormitory for a local college, and has even hosted literary luminaries such as Jack Kerouac. Rooms are small, like in much of New York, but beautifully designed (totally obsessed with these featured ceiling lights!). I’m a big fan of the overall color palette — plenty of black, white, and cream, with bright pops of turquoise sky blue. The striped fur throws gracing the beds are a great touch, too! The mix of traditional, vintage and modern design elements integrate perfectly to create a simple, restrained, oh-so-chic look.


1422 Marlton Hotel

What do you think? Could you stay here on your next trip to NY? Here are a bunch more photos of the hotel and its lovely restaurant and bar:  Read the full post +

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L’Ombre dans l’Aube

williamson collection - rebecca atwood

rebecca atwood - tangerine dip dye wave pillow

rebecca atwood dip dye wave pillow



rebecca atwood - dip dyed wave pillow

rebecca atwood williamson collection

My friend Rebecca Atwood just launched her latest collection of hand-dyed pillows, and while all of them are stunners, I am beyond smitten with her Dip Dyed Wave Pillow. Maybe it’s the horrible winter that was, but the warmth in the tangerine color is like a mini-vacation for the eyes.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Becca over the last couple years, and it always astounds me that she’s able to come up with these beautiful patterns and dye treatments — and then reproduce them over and over again by hand (you can see from a couple photos up above how she goes about it. It’s pretty incredible, no?). For this particular pillow, I also think the linen fabric lends such an organic, fresh feeling, and the texture of the material is the perfect compliment to the dye. Joe has told me countless times that not another pillow is to magically appear in our household…do you think he’d notice if this one did? (The answer is definitely yes. Not only because he has a heightened pillow radar, but let’s be honest, this pillow is sublime).

Becca was recently featured in the New York Times, and it’s been so fun to watch her business grow (in fact, homegirl has been in business one year tomorrow, and holy moly look at all the retailers that have picked her up)! And, just in case you were curious, the title of this post means “the shadow in the dawn.” It’s totally a play on Diptyque’s lovely perfume “L’Ombre dans l’Eau,” which I’ve always thought was the most beautiful name for a fragrance. Becca’s pillows reminded me of a fiery sunrise, and the passion and warmth that should be at the start of any great day.

Wanna see more of the collection? Fellow friends (and in one case, sister!) Cassandra, Grace, Caitlin, and Molly are sharing their favorites from the collection today, too. Check it out!

Image Credits: Process photos, Rebecca Atwood; all other images by Emily Johnston