Category Archives: New York

Interior Inspiration: Freemans Restaurant: New York


Last week it was my Birthday (I won’t say which) and we went for a delicious meal at Freemans Restaurant. I saw it in Rough Luxe Design when I was browsing in a book shop. The beautiful interior attracted me. Then I looked at the delicious menu on their website and I was sold.

Freemans is tucked away near Bowery. Twinkling fairy lights await you at the end of a little alleyway. You forget for a minute that you are in New York and think that you have wandered down the side street of a quaint French town.

The interior itself is most definitely shabby chic with a rustic charm.  It is a cross between an old English pub and a French bistro.

I love the dim, moody atmosphere and the clever use of contrasting colour and texture. There are also some seriously beautiful natural flower arrangements. I always notice these little details and think that they make a room complete.

The food and wine were perfect. It was the best wine that I’ve had in New York so far. The Artichoke dip was amazing! My husband and I shared the mushroom and barley risotto and a kale salad, both were exceptionally good. My younger brother tells me that the meat was also fantastic.

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Brooklyn Flea: Fort Greene


Last Saturday afternoon we went to the charming  Brooklyn Flea market in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. There were food stalls, vintage clothes and furniture, and pretty hand crafted items. I was in heaven!

I will be back the minute we get settled in an apartment.

I mean every home needs a pink elephant with an umbrella?

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Inspiration: The Satorialist


I have followed The Satorialist (Scott Schuman) for years. I love his eye,  the romantic slightly old-fashioned way that he sees people and the way that this comes across in his photographs. I came across this interview today and found it really inspiring. It made me feel so excited to be living and working in New York!

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Inspiration: Gypsya


I have been looking for a few things to liven up our bedroom here in New York and came across the beautiful Etsy shop Gypsya. I love everything but, here is a selection of my favourite things:

Grey Ikat Quilt $128. I love this Ikat because it is elegant and subtle. Ikats tend to be more colourful.

I also love this Green Quilt $149. The pattern is beautiful!

I wouldn’t mind a couple of these cushions and the place mats below.

This shop makes me want to learn to Sew!

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Inspiration: Garance Dore


I am sure most people know Garance Dore by now. I love her blog and have followed it for years, since back in the day when she was based in Paris. Her illustrations are gorgeous as is she!

If you want to see more check out the series of videos that she made called ‘Pardon my French‘. I find her utterly charming.

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Inspiration: Pamela Love: Jewellery


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Interior Inspiration: Spice Market New York


I recently went for a drink a Spice Market in London which was lovely but not a patch on Spice Market New York. I went to the New York restaurant when I was on my honeymoon last summer. The interior is amazing!

It feels like you have been transported to another time and place. Even the toilets/restrooms were gorgeous.

We went for lunch which was very reasonably priced. The food was also beautifully flavoured. The lobster summer rolls and their signature Ovaltine desert were exquisite.  I also had the most wonderful Orange Jasmine Green Tea which I have been coveting ever since.

I love the dark rich interior: the wood carved panelling, the floor-to-ceiling curtains and the beautiful lighting so exotic and atmospheric!

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