Howdie folks! How is life treating you? I hope you are enjoying Fall days every bit as beautiful as the ones we are having here. The sun is about, the skies are blue and the temperature is mild (but not for long I hear, cold times are coming).
I promised you I’d show you where I went shopping in NY. And really when talking about shopping in NY I should say S.H.O.P.P.I.N.G !!!! Holy moly this city is unbelievable when it comes to shopping (and eating, only the number of eating places outnumbers the amount of shops, I think) you could walk around for a year and not see all of them.
Anyway I arrived with an empty bag and left with a full one, and a camera full of inspiration.
Speaking about inspiration. Can you guess whose inspiration board this is?
Yep Rachel Ashwell’s herself! I visited her SOHO Chabby Chic store. So lovely!
I think this picture captures the magic nicely. The linens, chandeliers, furniture and of course fun elements like the ball gowns and ballerina slippers.
And look at this lampshade:
An old underskirt! It was huge but I loved it.
Not faraway in SOHO you’ll find ABC Home. Six stories of fabulousness in a true and beautiful SOHO cast iron building.
Inside beauty everywhere. The building itself is an attraction. Look at those chippy painted columns!
It is that I have already found some repurposed wood to use as a headboard, but otherwise I so would be hunting for a tree to chop down and dig out. Isn’t this to die for?!
You all know (or might know) I am not a fan of modern furniture, but I thought this couch with all of those different fabrics was really cool. But a couch like that would kind of steal all of the attention in the living room, don’t you think?
On the top floor, it was French European furniture all around. Lovely grey tones, chippy paint and lots of frilly (but stylish) details.
And I think I took at least a dozen pictures of this mirror. I was totally mesmerized by it. If I can figure out how, I am totally gonna revamp a mirror like that.
The collection of papers that they stuck at the back of the mirror was so totally my style.
I loved ABC Home but was NOT tempted to buy anything because frankly the prices where out of this world ridiculous. Don’t believe me? Look here, a simple fabric heart.
Think this is just an exception? Take a good look at these lovely altered bottles. Don’t you just love them?
Now take a look at that label on one of them:
Anyway moving on.
More inspiration to be found, this time at Anthropologie.
The store decorations are the best ever here:
Sometimes it was even hard to tell the store decorations from the stuff that one could buy.
Case in point:
This lamp: decoration or sellable item?
And this headboard definitely asks for a DIY version. Doily lovers unite, let’s revamp them into headboards for our beds.
And my favorite by far is this book/ chandelier display. The chandelier was completely made of paper and it was gorgeous! Some very crafty person spent more than a couple of hours on that one.
Anthropologie please open up a store in the Netherlands, PLEASE!!
I loved all of there signs everywhere. Such beautiful graphics, I took pictures of a ton of them.
And I thought that the old pictures and crates and nicknacks really added something truly great to the atmosphere. I could have walked around there for hours, there was so much to see everywhere.
And of course there were the famous Fish Eddy hands too!
Ok, then after my lusting after a Pottery Barn catalogue and beeatching about the fact that PB won’t let me visit their site (you can read all about that here), I wasn’t going to let the opportunity to visit a store pass me by.
Beautiful Fall and Halloween displays everywhere.
They sure know how to do a proper vignette over at Pottery Barn I’ll give them that.
Look at these soap bottles. Nice he!
Except I have exactly the same one standing on my kitchen sink as we speak, and it has been there for over a year.
At PB this lovely China made soap bottle would set you back $ 22 and I got it at a Dutch discount store for no more than a few euros.
Which shows me that I should stop thinking that I am at a disadvantage here in Europe without all of those American shopping opportunities.
But I loved the Pottery Barn catalogue and that came home with me for sure!!
Ok then and finally the holy grail for every vintage/ mixed media craftster.
Here I am showing off that I found it.
And it really is a lovely store, just after my crafty little heart.
So many examples of lovely crafty things.
My hands where itching for my glue stick and some serious glitter.
Oh to work in a store like this. It is my kind of heaven.
And look at this mannequin in the shop window. Vintage at its best!
I bought a whole stack of Somerset/Stampington publications (like 10 or so! I know, I am crazy) and with all of that inspiration both in the magazines and from visiting these wonderful stores in NY, I can see many happy crafting hours in my future.
Now if I only could find the time….
So tell me, which store did you like best? Did you see something here that made your heart stop and think “I could do that” ? Do you think I used my time in NYC well?
Let’s talk people. And then that will be the last of my going on about my trip to the States and some ‘normal’ home decor/crafty blogging will resume.