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.
I recently took my husband to Pollen Street Social for a birthday meal. It was his choice, and the food was beautiful (both taste wise and to look at)! It was fresh and imaginative with an effortless simplicity to it.
I would say the same about the interiors which I loved. They are beautifully simple with lots of classic designs and natural materials; wood on wood, leather and stone.
I loved the oversized flower displays. They soften the look, which could lean towards austerity, adding height and drama.
There is actually very little colour in this scheme, which consist largely of shades of brown, dark blue (leather on the banquettes), black and white. This could be cold but the beautiful blown glass pendant lights and the artwork throughout soften the look. They art adds a dash of colour. The overall effect is calming and relaxing. The attention to detail makes you feel that you are in a special place. I loved the crisp, but slightly rough, linen table clothes against the porcelain china. I think that simplicity can be the hardest look to pull off, as any mistakes or imperfections become glaringly obvious.
I absolutely love the lighting, especially hung en mass as it has been below. Such a fun and playful effect!
Lastly I love this place because even though it is quite an expensive restaurant it feels relaxed and unpretentious.
Today I wanted to write in more detail about my wonderful long weekend in Paris and post some more photos.
My photo’s seem to fall into categories.
Shops and cafes:
Apartment buildings and balconies:
On my first day in Paris I went to see the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton Exhibition at les Arts decoratifs. I had gone to the museum see their collection of Art Deco furniture and jewellery so, when I happened upon this fashion exhibition it was a bonus. It was such an interesting exhibition and so beautifully presented.
The second day I spent the morning exploring the canal saint-martin area. It is a very picturesque area with trendy little shops and cafes.
I want to be the lady with the stylish hat. What a nice way to spend a day!
In the afternoon I went to the Musee Gustave Moreau. This is such a quirky and charming museum. It was the home and studio of the Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau.
On my last day I went to the Musee d’Orsay which was amazing, as you would expect, but a little overwhelming in size.
I also came across two amazing vegetarian cafes called Bob’s Kitchen and Voy Alimento. I thought they were worth mentioning as you don’t necessarily expect to find such wonderful vegi food in Paris!
I love this place. It’s not my usual style as it very ornate with a 1920’s Russian feel. The restaurant has an intense blue scheme. It is bold and unique with beautiful patterned wallpapers, woods and marble not an inch is left unadorned. The attention to detail is amazing. The toilets, place matts and even the business cards are gorgeous.
In my post uni gap year I took the train accross europe to Moscow where I caught the transiberian railway to China. I spent 6 days on the train reading Anna Karenina ( it seemed an appropriate choice). This place is what I imagine the transiberian train would have been like in the 20’s. I’m sure it wasn’t but one can fantasise!
The food is also extremely good. I particularly remember the desert. I shared the gold leaf covered desert that melted dramatically as it was covered in a hot chocolate sauce. It was beautiful!
A fun and fittingly extravagant feature is the champagne button which can be found on every table. Press it and you are guaranteed champagne within seconds.
If you fancy having a look without committing to a meal I hear that they do a mean cocktail. Best to book first though – Bob Bob Ricard.
Photos: Paul Winch-Furness
Interior: David Collins
I love the simplicity and elegance of this interior.
It has a little bit of the 1930’s about it with it’s bold geometric floor and klismos chairs. In this simple colour scheme of black, white and green the chairs are the main feature . They are beautifully off set against the monochromatic floor and walls.
The slightly metallic, geometric wallpaper and mirrored wall add interest to the scheme.
The chairs and lights on the bar are from Soane Britain one of my favourite furniture companies (beautiful and high quality but expensive). I haven’t made it to Cecconis’s yet but it is on my list of places to go for a special meal!