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By 12/07/2009January 26th, 201745 Comments

I’m back with some photos to share of my trip to New York!


The Christmas decorations and the lights are the most extraordinary here than anywhere I’ve ever seen! This is Rockefeller Center (above).

Saks Fifth Avenue right across the street

This is Saks inside, I think this store had the most impressive decor!

I thought this display outside a florist shop was pretty with the blue!

In New York you can buy a Christmas tree for your apartment right on the street.

Mary and I went to the Scandinavian Center where I bought this scarf (we both bought the same one actually). Okay, better with a black dress, but you get the idea 🙂

Friday night I walked around the shops in Soho and saw the worlds largest owl macramé! I made one of these as a kid. This was 2 stories high in J Crew. Very cool!

And since so many of you said I had to go to ABC Carpet & Home, I went, in the snow and rain on Saturday afternoon! I loved tufted sofas in any form and this one is in one of my favourite colours!

They have an entire floor dedicated to bedding, it was absolutely to die for!

I would describe this store as ethereal and organic, look at this headboard (is that what it truly is? Must be).

Gorgeous chandeliers everywhere!

At the CMG Conference last April one of the speakers said, if you want to know where colour direction is going, start at the towel department.

So if you are wondering why I’m showing you towels, that’s the reason. Here are the taupe/gray/blue section of shades.

I bought this for a client’s powder room a while ago. They did not work at all and I took them straight back but I was surprised to see the same ones here (just the soap pump was $268), I think it was around $35 at Homesense.

Here you can get bath mats that look like art!


Here is the colourful furniture and of course I got a photo on my favourite style of leather. If you are going to buy leather (see this post) buy a Chesterfield.

And of course the Belgian trend is alive and well here!

That’s ABC Home, thank you all for sending me there, it was fabulous!

My cousin and her friend from Finland (I forgot to get a photo) were coincidentally in town this weekend as well so we met at the W Hotel for drinks and dinner.

Sunday, Paivi and I were off to the Cooper Hewitt Museum (which apparently every designer should see) but we got lost on the subways which were not running as often on the weekend!

By the time we figured it out (should have just got into a cab) we were in Queens and my feet were so sore, we ended up going to Bloomingdales on 57th instead.

A trip to New York would not be complete without a picture or two of Central Park.

I didn’t get everywhere I wanted to go, but there’s always next time!

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  • Laura Trevey says:

    Fab, Fab, Fabulous post!!
    Love the navy sofa…

    Love the snowflakes on Saks Fifth Ave… and I am so excited ~~ we are seeing the Rockettes this coming Monday!

    xoxo Laura

  • DoxaHome.com says:

    Thanks so much for sharing, as a former NYC dweller, I have a smile across my entire face right now;)

    I really loved both Fendi's lighting as well as the W. AND, you MUST visit the Cooper Hewitt…I die.

    All the best,
    Jaime

  • Tracy @ Comfort and Luxury says:

    What a fantastic trip, Maria! Beautiful holiday lighting. Have not been to NYC myself yet, but ABC has long been up toward the top of my "must see" list so thanks for the peek!

  • Tara Dillard says:

    What kind of fresh new sickness is this?

    Enjoying someone else's shopping thru pics/captions on a blog?????????????

    Loved the street scenes of Christmas trees, florists……

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  • Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    It sounds like you had a great time, Maria! Even though you got lost in Queens! : ) Funnily enough, I found out that we are attending a holiday party in SoHo this coming weekend. We'll have a little time to play tourist and we decided to stay overnight.

  • Ivy says:

    Great post, refreshing new stuff to ponder and dream of. Love this blog!!!
    Cheers~Ivy

  • StylishHeather says:

    Love the photos (I want that striped rug 8 from the bottom!)!
    Sounds like a great trip!

  • Design Esquire says:

    It looks like you had a lot of fun!

  • Red Door Home says:

    Thanks for taking all of your readers along on your wonderful shopping trip! Such a treat to see the places I have only heard about. Now I am even more determined to visit the city.

  • Marlo says:

    Welcome back Maria!

    What a beautiful picture-story.
    Their Christmas decor is just fabulous and makes you feel all Christmasy inside.

    And the part about people being able to walk across the street to buy their Christmas Tree – how sweet is that. I can just picture them walking back into their home, 5 minutes after they left, with a real tree for their family. Sweet.

    Thanks for bringing us the Christmasy feeling. 🙂

  • Eliana Tomás says:

    Fan-Tas-Tic! Great synopsis on NYC!
    I have to go there in 2010!

    You have in here great shots… and that macramé… i love it. I used to do a lot as a kid too and I've a few ideas to start doing it again soon (as I've been quite inspired with crafts).

    Welcome back Maria.

    ps – love your hat and new scarf 😉

  • Visual Vamp says:

    You make me homesick!
    What a great walk you took us on!
    Love that green sofa at ABC!
    My towels: white in the guest room bath, black in my bathroom.
    xo xo

  • Ideezine says:

    Maria,

    Welcome home! Great snaps of shopping trips and points of interest. You look like a natural in New York.
    Glad you had a great experience, they'll feed design inspiration for a long time.

    Bette

  • Chic Coles (Cole Design) says:

    This post made me soo excited for Christmas! We go into NYC every year for Christmas to see the tree and skate at Rockefeller Center!

    Ps. I am obsessed with that Navy sofa you took a picture of!

  • Marina says:

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time!
    I love NY, but every time I've visited, I've never been to ABC carpet … a must on my next visit!
    Thanks for sharing!
    xx

  • Slices of Beauty... says:

    Great feast for my eyes, lovely and many thanks!
    Inside Saks is so fab and would love an orange towel, cute.

  • Susan says:

    I was supposed to go last weekend and had to cancel my plans. However with your post and wonderful pictures I almost feel like I was there.
    Love the sparkly lights inside Saks.
    Susan

  • Lauren says:

    you look so beatiful & stylish in your hat & scarf!!

    what a fun trip & i'm dying over that bed. oh my goodness!!!!

    xoxox

    ps- my towels are white (showcker!! 😉

  • Annie, bossy color says:

    There's nothing like Christmas in NY – thank you so much for the pictures! That blue sofa looks like Mitchell Gold's Liam – aka my dream sofa. Thanks for the great post!

  • thewelcomehome says:

    Although I no longer live there, I will always be a New Yorker. Your pics were wonderful! I used to walk by the ABC windows daily on my way to work. They have the best displays!

    Next time, you need to check out Fish's Eddy (not sure that's spelled right). Great dishes and hotel silver. Unique stuff!

  • thewelcomehome says:

    Although I no longer live there, I will always be a New Yorker. Your pics were wonderful! I used to walk by the ABC windows daily on my way to work. They have the best displays!

    Next time, you need to check out Fish's Eddy (not sure that's spelled right). Great dishes and hotel silver. Unique stuff!

  • Bethany Christensen says:

    Be still my heart!!! – Isn't it the most wonderful place at Christmas time? I haven't been in a while and I miss it! Sore feet and all! I am glad you had fun.
    Bethany

  • Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says:

    Oooh… thanks for letting me virtually shop with you in NYC. This is my favorite time of year in the city!

  • DesignTies says:

    You did all that in 4 days?! WOW!! Looks like you had a great trip 🙂

    I'm diggin' that tufted green sofa too — it looks chubby & soft 🙂 And the decorations at Saks are gorgeous.

    Thanks for checking out my office makeover and for your wonderful comment 🙂

    Kelly

  • colorchic says:

    Love the photos! I long to go to New York in the Winter! And that Green Tufted Sofa… I want it!

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  • TTI says:

    Christmas in NY – there is no other place like it in the world!

    I went to ABC Home a few years ago, then returned this April when I was in NY. Great place!

  • Easy Does It Redesign and Consulting says:

    ahhhh, New York, New York!! My old stomping ground. I recently returned from a visit there myself but it was just before all of the holiday decorations were put up. I should've waited. But after reading your post and re-visiting via your lens, I feel better. LOVE the W Hotel and Saks decors…thanks for sharing it all with us.

  • Linda at Lime in the Coconut! says:

    I love NYC…and Christmas Trees on the street…And ABC…and Central Park and Bloomies at Christmas!!

    You made me really miss it!

    Towels?…White.

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    When I saw the title to your post I was so disappointed that your post was about towels not your trip to New York. . . . Good post and pictures. The Christmas trees on the street remind ome of When Harry met Sally.

  • Between you, me and the Fencepost says:

    When I saw the title to your post I was so disappointed that your post was about towels not your trip to New York. . . . Good post and pictures. The Christmas trees on the street remind ome of When Harry met Sally.

  • Ruthie's Renewed Treasures says:

    Looks like you had a blast! Love the photo's! Next Christmas I want to go to New York. Oh, and I love the hat….stylin'.

    Way fun!

    Ruthie

  • Carol Ann says:

    Oh that was great, love seeing vacation shots…the christmas trees on the street reminds me of an episode of Friends, love the decorations everywhere. Looks like you had the best time ever…

  • Hill Country House Girl says:

    What a great post, Maria! We took our girls to NYC last year for Christmas and it was amazing. I am so glad you got to experience it at this time of year and thanks for sharing your wonderful photos!! You are so cute in the pics, too – clearly having a great time!

    By the way, looks like you got one of those dumb spam comments by "anonymous" – have a wonderful holiday season! Ann

  • Jill Seidner | Interior Design says:

    You captured some really great pics of NYC decorated for the holidays! (I was there last year after the holidays, somehow missed all the decorations!) Hope you had a great trip! How was your hotel? (I know you had done a blog post before mentioning where you were possibly booking a stay.)

  • chanteusevca says:

    Thanks for posting your fun trip to The City, Maria. We won't be going there this year, so it's nice to live vicariously through you through your photos. So glad you go to ABC. I was very curious about it after your poster mentioned it. I'm putting it on my list for when we're there next.

    Oh, and these days all my towels are white. However, I'm getting a little tired of bleaching them. Someone isn't getting their hands clean and it's showing up on our handtowels. I am looking at some towels with a pop of color for our guest bath. We just put up a large framed seafan on the wall in that bath and with all the white and pale blue walls, I feel the bath needs more pops of red to go with the seafan. Maybe these:

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/coral-jacquard-bath-towels/?pkey=cstriped-patterned-bath-towels

    or these?

    http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pearl-embroidered-700-gram-weight-bath-towels/?pkey=csolid-bath-towels

  • chanteusevca says:

    For Laura, your first poster, enjoy the Radio City Rockette show. My daughter was a Rockette for several years and I haven't seen the show since she's not in it any longer. She still has friends in the show so we hope to go next year when the grandkids are a little older.

  • Velvet and Linen says:

    Thank you for taking us along Maria!
    I am desperate to go back to NY. Maybe in the spring?

    xo
    Brooke

  • Rebecca says:

    From now on I will keep an eye on the towel section.

    As always "thank you" for sharing your world and insight. I truely enjoy your blog and look forward to reading each post.

  • Donna @ dh designs says:

    What great pictures. I am just dying to get back to New York – such a vibrant city and far too much to see. I love the beautiful blue velvet sofa!

    Towels huh — who da thunk it? I'll be keeping an eye on them now.

    Thanks for sharing Maria!

  • Pangaea says:

    Burnt orange and warm gray — those are the towels. Although I have been hankering for PLUM, but then would have to change my entire color palette. Maybe need to anyway. I have long suspected that towels are the key to color trends.

    My artist friends and I used to have a running joke. We said "if you can't make it good, make it big!" This does not apply to macrame! Yikes, a two story tall macrame. Sounds like a nightmare from the 70's. LOL

    Thanks for sharing, Maria. I am envious of the New York trip. It's been way too long.

  • unique unique design says:

    Wow, your photos are amazing! Thanks for taking us along.
    marcie

  • Color4Charlotte says:

    Your pictures brought back so many great memories. I've spent so many Christmas's at Rockefeller Center. It's such a great place to be this time of year.

    Oh, and my towels are Cinnamon Spice and Brown. I'm in!

    Thanks for the beautiful pics!
    Donna

  • Henri Loves... says:

    This is a dream post…just how I always thought a blog post should look! You nailed it…many thanks for the GREAT photos…felt like I was there myself!
    Love,
    Henri

    PS. Thanks for the add on the Blog Roll…woo hoo!

  • Sylvia says:

    OMG, the picture of you on the Chesterfield sofa is adorable! I really must insist you write something about how to put outfits like that together. Ya know? In case this whole color designer thing doesn’t pan out? (kidding!). Color theory applies to clothing too, though, doesn’t it? In the way I wouldn’t expect some colors or patterns to work in the same room, yet somehow they do, I’m staring at that picture and I still don’t know why it works! But it does…beautifully:)

    Wait…I’ve got it…the secret’s not the clothes, right? It’s the girl WEARING the clothes!

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