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Worthy Links: 01.23.15

9 amazing hotel bedrooms to inspire your own • The Wythe Hotel via @SavvyHome's Worthy Links

I drove to my new place last night to take all the measurements I needed to finish off my new floor plan. It was the first time I was there alone without realtors or building management. In that short moment, watching the sun set in my empty apartment, it finally felt like home. And that made me happy.

I’m probably not the type of person that chooses an apartment rationally. Sure there were bigger apartments for the same price—and buildings that weren’t standing next to construction sites. But this one felt right. The floors were light grey—not dark brown—and it was flooded with light. Unlike the other cookie cutter places I visited, I was able to instantly imagine myself living there. I knew at that moment how I would decorate and how I would live in the space. I guess that’s the gut feeling they call intuition. And if home is where the heart is, you better be able to feel it from the moment you first walk in.

WORTHY SALES

West Elm is in full blown sales mode with up to 50% off bedding and bath and 20% off rugs, coffee and side tables AND curtains. I’m really digging this rug to go under my round dining table. I also want to splurge the beans on a marble coffee table… Should I go with this one, this one or this one?

Serena & Lily is offering 20% off bedding with code FRESH, even their new collection! I’m loving their new Chatham Quilt, their Fouta Yarn sheet sets and their Brahms striped blankets.

Pottery Barn is also jumping on the sales train with 20% off lighting, 15% off all upholstered beds and headboards and discounts on all baskets (organization sesh anyone)?

Williams-Sonoma is offering 20% off dining chairs and stools with the code DINING. Now’s the time to upgrade your seating situation!

WORTHY LINKS

When Nicole described the ethereal light she experienced in Hawaii, I knew exactly what she was talking about. I’ve seen it in Byron Bay before and it’s breathtaking.

2015 resolution to keep up with the news? Check. Daily Beast’s Cheat Sheet gets delivered to my inbox daily.

I bought this book on the recommendation of Mackenzie. The perfect handbook for my upcoming move.

9 amazing hotel bedrooms to inspire your own. Is the Wythe Hotel inspiring anyone or just me?

Erica’s Room makeover in collaboration with One Kings Lane is the bom.com.

I got hooked on the season 1 of Benched. So funny. Have you watched it?

I never tire of looking at reno floor plans and Jacey’s are no exception.

Are you part of the secret society of the fake eyelash sisterhood?

Anybody else wants to sneak away to Ojai Valley Inn?

I’m kind of obsessed with Loren Stewart jewelry.

Even police officers shake it off.

Image via Domaine.

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Step Inside an Interior Designer’s Greenwich Village Town House

Step Inside an Interior Designer's Greenwich Village Town House • Ariel Ashe via @SavvyHome

“I have pretty modern taste, but I didn’t want to disregard the building’s style. I wanted to keep things ethereal and airy, and to let the natural light stream in.”

—Ariel Ashe

Step Inside an Interior Designer's Greenwich Village Town House • Ariel Ashe via @SavvyHome

Step Inside an Interior Designer's Greenwich Village Town House • Ariel Ashe via @SavvyHome

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Step Inside an Interior Designer's Greenwich Village Town House • Ariel Ashe via @SavvyHome

Step Inside an Interior Designer's Greenwich Village Town House • Ariel Ashe via @SavvyHome

 

When modern aficionado Ariel Ashe of Ashe + Leandro decided to pack up the 17th floor high-rise apartment and move to the top floor of a historic Greenwich Village town house, she knew she would have to pay respect to the apartment’s classical lines. Inspired by a collection of black white and beige rooms, she set out to find the right balance between her modernist sensibilities and the Greek-Italianate character of the house.

She started with creating a stark black & white contrast with a gallery wall that her business partner Reinaldo helped arrange just a couple of days after she moved in. She mixed modern furniture with antique pieces, and softened the rooms by adding sheepskins, long neutral draperies, unusual objets d’art and fresh greenery. The Moroccan Tuareg rug in the living room helped to bring the room together while adding graphic impact.

 

SHOP THE LOOK

Photos by Brittany Ambridge for Domino.

Where to Stay & Eat in South Beach

Where to Stay and Eat in South Beach • Soho Beach House via @SavvyHome

Things are bustling in Miami’s South Beach. Every time I visit there are a million new places to explore. I try to spend a few days in Miami each year when I visit my parents an hour north near Palm Beach. After a few days of golfing, I just need to go explore the newest and greatest that Miami has to offer.

With a new Sixty Hotel set to open in the old Shore Club and a Four Seasons to take over the legendary Surf Club, things won’t be slowing down any time soon. Here’s a handful of things to keep you busy in South Beach.

Where to Stay and Eat in South Beach • Cecconi's at Soho Beach House via @SavvyHome

WHERE TO STAY

The Miami Beach Edition

South Beach’s new kid on the block, The Miami Edition opened during art basel in December as a “next generation urban resort”. With Edition Hotels popping up in London, Istanbul, NYC, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, and more, I was curious to check out what the hype was about. The hotel is modern, it’s glam, it’s historic. It’s very Miami but in the most tasteful way.

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Thompson Miami Beach

Also, brand new, the Thompson boasts a yellow and blue poolside décor (my fave) and a mid-century allure with vibrant Palm Beach prints and colors. It’s retro at it’s at it’s finest with a strong youthful attitude.

4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Soho Beach House

British pedigree intermix with Latin flavor at this private club/hotel where leather club chairs sit atop patterned cuban tiled floors. The Soho Beach House answers to every traveler’s dreams: from the 100ft pool and stretch of private beach and bars or lounging spots around every corner—right down to straightening irons and fully-stocked Mad Men-esque wet bars in every guest room.

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

WHERE TO EAT

Matador Room

The new Jean-Georges Vongerichten dining room at the Edition Hotel blends old world glamour with Latin flavors. But it’s on the twinkly Matador Terrace overlooking the pool at night that magic happens.

2901 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Seagrape

Michelle Bernstein’s new talk-of-the-town restaurant is on Eater Miami’s heatmap right now. Seagrape serves a Florida-inspired locally-sourced menu in the familiar retro Miami setting of the Thompson Hotel.

4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Cecconi’s

Romantic venue “par excellence”, head to Soho House’s Cecconi’s restaurant to enjoy an approachable Italian fare and delicious cocktails under a canopy of twinkling lights wrapped silver button trees.

4385 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Casa Tua

Known for its’ celebrity sightings and exclusive crowd, this private oasis tucked away on a residential street serves classic Northern Italian in an intimate dining room adorned with blue and white striped banquettes, wicker chairs and immaculately styled gallery bookcases. If Cecconi’s isn’t South Beach’s most romantic restaurant, Casa Tua is.

1700 James Ave, Miami Beach

R House

Sometimes you just need to escape the flashy South Beach scene, which is the perfect occasion to visit the up-and-coming Wynwood art District and it’s most promising establishment. If competing for America’s Best New Restaurant isn’t enough to convince you, just take my word for it: it’s delicious.

2727 NW 2nd Ave, Wynwood

The Bazaar

If you’re not going to José Andrés’s popular venue to catch a glimpse of the magnificent oversized coral chandelier (a staple in recent Philippe Starck-designed restaurants) you should go for what Zagat describes as “an unbelievable culinary experience”.

1701 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

Lido

I’m generally a fan of every property that André Balazs touches, and the Lido Bayside Grill is no exception. With an outdoor dining room vaguely reminiscent of Sunset Beach‘s vibrant casual vibe, Lido seems like the perfect place to grab a healthy (it’s located in a wellness spa after all) and fresh Mediterranean-inspired lunch.

40 Island Avenue, Miami Beach

Michael Schwartz

A long-time favorite of mine, the poolside dining at the Raleigh Hotel offers a simple American menu overlooking the historic pool of the Raleigh. Twinkle lights included.

1775 Collins Ave, Miami Beach

27 Restaurant & Bar

You’d think that the 27 Restaurant located inside a bustling hostel is indicative of the crowd’s maximum age (and that’s being generous)— but for a late night cap, there’s no better place to grab a craft cocktail in a decidedly relaxed atmosphere.

2727 Indian Creek Drive, Miami Beach

WHAT TO DO

Let’s not pretend that most of us go to Miami for any reason other than to relax (or party, or go to Art Basel for the lucky ones). So find yourself a lounge chair by the pool of one of the aforementioned hotels and order yourself a jalapeno margarita and a fresh ceviche.

If you’re itching to go walk around and you’ve done a beach walk already, head to Wynwood District to see the labyrith of street art, galleries and foodie hotspots.

If it rains (which is rare) or simply for the pure irony of it, go ice skating in the basement of the Edition Hotel, or challenge your friends to a good old fashioned game of disco bowling.

WHAT TO PACK

For more of my favorite addresses around the world, check out the Directory.

Images via Soho Beach House and Les Lately.

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