My Favorites from the 2014 Dwell on Design Event

Last weekend, Dwell was in town at the LA Convention Center, showing off the latest in home decor trends. I’ve been meaning to see this show for several years, and somehow there’s always something unexpected that gets in the way. Well this year, I was lucky enough to finally make it there with a coworker… a little work research, so to speak. Here are a few of my favorite things from the show.

This was one of the first booths we saw there, VIT. I just love the colorful modern glazed finish on such organic shapes.
DSCN5058Vertex Design Studios had some fantastic concrete-made decor.DSCN5069 These pendant lights were my favorite!DSCN5070 Cerno is a local company that designs and manufactures lights. I just loved their use of wood, and take a look at this incredible large-scale cantilevered lamp in the foreground. I love its angles, and it was big enough to just walk right under!DSCN5099 Being an interior designer on a student budget can be frustrating sometimes, so I’m always super excited to find low-budget good-design ideas. There were two booths there that got me excited for low-budget design solutions. The first was Stikwood.DSCN5107 Stikwood is a wood plank product with a sticky back, so you can literally peel and stick the stuff to whatever your heart desires! I think it wood be fantastic for a wall-covering or ceiling treatment. You could also use it as a make-shift headboard, or even stick it to the face of some simple Ikea furniture pieces.DSCN5108 DSCN5111

And speaking of Ikea, this company has a brilliant Ikea-hack business model. Semihandmade makes doors for Ikea cabinets. From the looks of it they are only a little it more expensive than Ikea doors, but significantly more aesthetically pleasing. Here’s your chance to have unique kitchen cabinet facing on an Ikea budget.DSCN5208 DSCN5209 DSCN5210 I’ve been falling increasingly in love with Loll outdoor furniture, so I was happy to take a look at their line in person. They make durable outdoor furniture out of recycled plastic.DSCN5113 DSCN5114 DSCN5115 This display totally tickled my fancy. Wouldn’t you just love to go camping with this!?DSCN5119 DSCN5120 DSCN5121 Clei had several great small-space solutions: everything from your standard murphy bed to desks that fold down into beds. This queen size bed was fun to see transformed into more storage space.DSCN5129 DSCN5130 DSCN5131 DSCN5132 I thought this chair by Sitskie looked like such a cool design, but I didn’t fully understand until I sat down on it. Each little piece of wood you see here moves, allowing the chair to form to your body. I have never sat in a wooden chair so comfortable as this one!DSCN5135These side tables from Karabachian Design are modern and simple, but the dip-died legs make the piece. I always love a surprise pop of color.DSCN5191There were a variety of modular and pre-fab homes on display there, which I was most excited to explore. I’ve been hearing a lot about some of the really cool architecture and design that’s happening in pre-fab homes so I loved seeing them in person. This is a scale model of a modular home called the Pinwheel series. This was an incredibly elaborate, perfectly hand-crafted model.
DSCN5143 DSCN5144 I mean, look at the miniature lamp!! DSCN5145 This prefab home by Altius was my favorite exterior of the homes on display. DSCN5148

Wheel Haus had a creative set up. This is more like a mobile home in that it is literally on wheels and just needs to be plugged into the utilities and you’re all ready to go! But look and the awesome, huge overhang over the porch. DSCN5167 And I just loved the wood plank ceilings. This feels nothing like your stereotypical mobile home.DSCN5165 DSCN5162 This 3-bedroom/1-bathroom house by Living Homes was by far my favorite prefab home on display. Its layout was well thought out, the finishes inside were top notch, and even the decor of the model made it easy to get a feeling of what it would be like to live there.DSCN5168

The people wandering through even looked at home inside. DSCN5169 DSCN5179DSCN5171 DSCN5172 DSCN5174 DSCN5180I’m so glad I was finally able to make it to Dwell on Design this year. It really got my creative wheels turning!

Which one is your favorite?

Inspiration and Discovery at the L.A. Brewery Art Walk

Well, I am well on my way into yet another quarter of classes. They seem to go by faster than I can keep track of! There ‘s always a bit of a rough transition between the madness of final projects and the maneuvering of a new class’ routine, so I am especially grateful when I hit my stride. That finally happened last week, so the hubby and I took advantage of some long awaited free time l and went down to the LA Brewery Art Walk over the weekend.

I had never been to this art walk before, even though it happens twice a year. And I really had no expectations or preconceived ideas of what I was walking into. (I find that’s the BEST way to discover new things!) I was blown away not only by the abundance of creativity and extremely talented artists, but also by the community in which the art walk took place. So I’ll start by telling you haw totally awesome this place was!

DSCN5013 The Brewery Art Walk takes place at a former Pabst beer brewery in downtown Los Angeles. But it is oh so much more than that. Since the 80’s, this complex has been home to an enormous community of artists. The buildings here have been converted into live/work loft spaces with a strict rule of only renting to artists.DSCN5020 There seemed to be a huge variety of loft spaces; some were single story, some had an upstairs loft for living, but all were equipped with their only gallery spaces. Many of them included small private outdoor areas, porches, or patios.DSCN5021 All of the open studios seemed to have a river of visitors in and out, all admiring the artists’ work.DSCN4992 This catwalk led us from one building’s roof top to the other, and was also a great way to get a lay of the land in this huge former industrial complex.DSCN5038 This loading dock has clearly become a place of gathering, and for one day it was fun to feel invited to play with such a creative group of people. They were sitting, chatting, drinking, grilling, and inviting everyone to join in. I like to imagine it’s like this on any typical weekend here at the Brewery Art Colony. DSCN5031 And I just love how the inside of the building has been transformed into a courtyard.DSCN5037 There’s even a small park right in the center of the complex, which people were clearly taking advantage of.DSCN5012I know, I know. What you really want to know is “What goes on there, exactly?” Well, for one, this:DSCN4988 These light sculptures were created by Sean Sobczak, whose gallery was a delightfully playful, and skillfully created dreamlike world that gave us our first taste of what the Brewery Art Colony has to offer. I could easily imagine these glowing creatures swimming off into a magical ocean.DSCN4990

I loved this ceramics gallery, called Me Like Clay. There are 3 ceramics artists that work together there, and the result is a wonderful collection of all sorts of goodies.

DSCN5003DSCN5001 One of the things I loved about their work is the use of bright pops of color among some very natural, organic designs. DSCN4996 DSCN4997 DSCN4993 Most of their work on display was just as practical for use as it was unique and colorful. But the gallery was sprinkled with really interesting sculptural pieces as well. DSCN4994

DSCN5004 We were delighted to wander into this gallery as well. I can say with confidence that no photo could ever do this artwork justice. What you can see is Ann Gooding’s use of color and pattern. Each piece draws you right in like a magnet. What you can’t see is the incredible process to takes to create these. From what I could tell, each one was layerd with 4 or 5 paint colors (and left to dry. Then the patterns were scraped or scooped out all the way down to the wood base in some cases. So each speck has several colors showing in rings within each other, not unlike the rings of a tree’s core, or those in a slice of a geode. The colors and textures of each piece are totally unique.DSCN5018 DSCN5017Many of the artists working at the Brewery are not afraid to play, and this metal shop was clearly a playground for Bruce Gray.DSCN5027 DSCN5029 We popped by Two Bit Circus, which invited people to come in and play in all sorts of ways. This is a bicycle powered dining table, which I’m certain I’ve seen pedaling through the streets of L.A. on some occasion. (Maybe it was at Ciclavia?)DSCN5022 These 4 people were trying desperately to solve this labyrinth, talking to each other to try to coordinate the see-saw movements needed to tip the board at just the right angle to turn the ball in down the right path on the maze.DSCN5025 There was no shortage of photographers’ work on display, but Kevin Break’s take on Los Angeles caught my particular attention. His shots of the L.A. River at sunset were my favorite.DSCN5011 We happened into Gabe Leonard’s small gallery, and were instantly taken with his expert use of shadow and movement. Each piece felt like a scene from a movie, like we had interrupted some fantastical encounter between hero and villain. DSCN5033 DSCN5035 DSCN5032 A few of the galleries had these incredibly high ceilings and fantastic bright windows. These were my favorite galleries in terms of the way the spaces felt.DSCN5040This one was David McKenney’s gallery, and I just loved his work. Pretty much all of it. I love his use of color, shape, and pattern. Structured, but still informal. And I admire the variety within his body of work.DSCN5041 DSCN5042 One of the last galleries we wandered into belonged to Dave Lefner, whose focus is reduction linocuts. This was a new process to me, so I won’t try to sound like an expert and explain it in depth. But as I understand it, it has to do with a labor intensive serious of cutouts and layering of paint. In the case of Dave Lefner’s work, the result is incredibly clean, precise, and in some cases almost photo real. DSCN5044There were plenty more artists worthy of being featured on any website or blog, and I’m sure there were many that we didn’t even get to see in such an enormous complex of artists’ galleries. Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to going back to the next artwork and discovering more. But don’t take my word for it, go see it for yourself next time!

Do you have a favorite art genre or medium?

Adorned with Art at Love Adorned, SoHo

Back in the fall, I made the trip to New York City to celebrate the wedding of a dear friend. While I was there, I did a little shopping with the girls and couldn’t resist stopping into one of my favorite shops in SoHo for some eye candy! I say eye candy because much of the things I fall in love with here are out of my price range, but that doesn’t stop me for appreciating all the beautiful artistry on display.

DSCN3725 The shop is called Love Adorned, and it’s insides are scattered with an array of handmade goods, from jewelry to rugs, home decor accessories, throw blankets, and more. I love the presence of nature in the store, both in its decoration and it’s merchandise.DSCN3717 Much of the woven goods have a tribal feel to them, and such great colors!DSCN3726This mask reminds me of some of the totems I saw on a trip to New Zealand a few years ago, shooting a documentary on the Maori healers there.
DSCN3718 Each case displays a different jewelry artist’s pieces. They asked that I not take pictures of the specific jewelry on display, but I must direct you to their website to see some of them. This is one of my favorites.DSCN3720 This two sided antique velvet sofa provides a striking visual “welcome” into the store.DSCN3724 …And this one was just a nonchalant bystander, used as a display for some hand-woven blankets.DSCN3721 They had a few display tables for affordable gift items like these, which would be great purchases if you’re not in the market for jewelry. They also sell some select leather goods, and many one-of-a-kind pieces.DSCN3722 This little nook is a great spot for their eclectic collection of home goods and knickknacks.DSCN3719 So if you’re in SoHo, stop in and check it out. You won’t be disappointed! I will definitely be back, and maybe one of these days I’ll walk out with some of these.DSCN3728

Do you have a favorite shop somewhere? Let me know about it!

Lighting at the Las Vegas Market 2014: Light Up Your Life

To round out my review of some of the awesomefurnishings and home decor items I saw at the Las Vegas Market, let’s talk about lighting. Lighting can be functional: It can give you vision in an otherwise dark room; It can provide an ideal reading spot; It can help you see your food and friends at the dinner table. But lighting can also be decorative, beautiful and exciting. An interesting lamp can completely change the look of a room, and a unique chandelier can be the centerpiece of a space. So here is a collection of interesting lighting that I hope will inspire you.

This chandelier is part modern sculpture, part theatrical marquis. It could be really interesting in a large, open loft space.

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This is kind of a more organic version of the light above. I love the little globes around each tiny light bulb.LVMarket2014_141 These pendant lights remind me of fireworks! I love this whole vignette, with the firework-like pendant lights reflected in the mirrors on the wall behind, both in literal reflection and in similar shapes.LVMarket2014_133These pendant lights are also firework-like, but much more mid century modern. They’re striking and sophisticated, but still very playful.LVMarket2014_170Probably the most interesting use of these antler-shapes that I’ve seen.

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This task light is a little modern, a little art deco. Kind of reminds me of the Rocketeer!
LVMarket2014_143 I love these little table lamps, and especially that they come in a variety of colors!LVMarket2014_165 These are also great little lamps. Notice the inverted, open design of the one in the middle.LVMarket2014_172On a more traditional note, I do love this style of light as well. The combination of polished metal and linen shade are very sophisticated. This could be a great light for a formal dining room.LVMarket2014_167 I like this one as well, maybe for a living room. (I’m considering it for my own!)LVMarket2014_180 This light immediately caught my attention when I walked into this showroom. Such an interesting use of the organic tree branch shapes. I love that the branches are bright gold.

LVMarket2014_181 And this one is like fabulous jewelry for your lighting. Talk about making your lighting the central piece of a room!LVMarket2014_186

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorites from the Las Vegas Market. Next week, one of my favorite shops to visit in New York’s SoHo.

Furniture of the Las Vegas Market 2014: Things and Places to Put Them

Since I came across so many things I loved at the Las Vegas Market, and I didn’t want to cram them all into one post (because who has the time to read a post that long) today I’m featuring furniture (not seating) and accessories.

The first showroom we wandered into was full of Jonathan Adler accessories. (We even saw a few items that were used in our hotel rooms at the Cosmopolitan.) I love these modern interpretations of some of our favorite animals.

LVMarket2014_003 I am a total sucker for anything made with natural wood grain on display for all to see. This is a great dining room table for spaces on the smaller side.LVMarket2014_004Speaking of natural wood grain, this showroom was full of it. And they took it one step further: a lot of the pieces here had one or two edges that looked as though someone had sliced a tree and left a side unfinished. I loved this detail about these tables.LVMarket2014_009 They also used these little butterfly notches in all their tables, which doubled as structural reinforcement and aesthetic design detail.LVMarket2014_010 I think this chair is so interesting and organic looking. Probably not the most comfortable, but definitely a conversation piece worth having in the right space.LVMarket2014_011 These are paper! Not cut to look like this, just made like this. The showroom rep suggested them as room dividers or artwork. Very cool.LVMarket2014_013 LVMarket2014_014How about these books carved from wood? They don’t open, but would still look awesome on display in a living room or home office.
LVMarket2014_018 These sculptures are great modern pieces for a mantle or large bookcase.LVMarket2014_020 More accessories to love, especially the combination of white and gold in the shelves on the left. And don’t you just love that rhinoceros pillow on the right?LVMarket2014_028 Sometimes it’s the simple things done well that get me excited. I thought this grouping of pillows was a well curated collection of shapes and patterns.LVMarket2014_030 Cow hide? No, it’s wood! So striking, I love the high contrast wood grain.LVMarket2014_036 This photo does not do this table justice. It is a shimmery silvery metallic with some kind of layer of acrylic over top. It felt like it would be very durable, yet it looks so delicate.LVMarket2014_047 This credenza is so unique, with metal sliding doors and circular handles the best part is in the next photo…LVMarket2014_052Just look at the texture! This material covered the frame on all sides.
LVMarket2014_053 This is more or less the headboard I want in my bedroom at home. (Hopefully soon!)LVMarket2014_068 There were a few vignettes I really enjoyed at the Market, like this one. It just looks so cozy. Again with my love for natural wood grains, and the unexpected use of chrome I mentioned last week.LVMarket2014_089 This combination of wood and lacquer is really interesting, and actually reminded me of a wood and marble cheeseboard my sister gave me for Christmas.LVMarket2014_091 What a great outdoor dining solution for a small space, like many of the small gardens and patios here in LA. The benches mimic the pattern on the table top, and they tuck under the table perfectly like puzzle pieces.LVMarket2014_094I LOVE this bold area rug!! Now, where can I put it?LVMarket2014_097 Another fun vignette, at the entrance to the Jaipur rug showroom.LVMarket2014_099 These plants may all be fake, but lent plenty of inspiration for the real thing. I would love to have a little collection of these hanging planters, maybe with some air plants or succulents.LVMarket2014_100 Books at an angle are so much more interesting than books straight up and down!LVMarket2014_112 This tree trunk stool looks like it would be surprisingly comfortable.LVMarket2014_118

This media cabinet is so pretty. The shape is definitely a little mid century modern. But there’s also an element of unfinished or reclaimed wood on the left, and beautiful finished natural wood grain patterns on the right.LVMarket2014_153 So, I did a double-take on this one. It is literally made entirely of carved marble! I’m guessing it is incredibly heavy to transport.LVMarket2014_188 A little glamour for the bedroom. I love the gold star knobs and the combination of te dark wood frame and white drawers. LVMarket2014_190Next week it’s all about lighting, so stay tuned! 

What was your favorite piece this week? What were you surprised by?

 

 

Furniture of the Las Vegas Market 2014: Pretty Places to Rest Your Bum

Last week, I had the pleasure of heading to the Las Vegas Market with my co-workers to see the latest in furnishings and home decor. This was my first trip to the Market, and it was enormous! There was so much to see, and admittedly we barely scratched the surface. With our limited time there we had to be strategic and mainly focused on the vendors and manufacturers we use frequently, with the goal of seeing what’s new this year. Since there was so much to see, and so much I want to share with you, I’ll spit it up into three posts. This week, the focus is on seating. Here are some pieces I found unique, interesting, or that I just really liked a lot (in no particular order).

I like the wrap-around metal work on this cozy club chair. Plus, it’s not a huge chair, and since a big city like LA has plenty of small spaces, it’s the perfect size for a space like our little house, or really any of the apartments we’ve lived in here.

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I love the design of the wood on the back of this dining chair, and combined with the exposed screws and bolts holding it together it feels a little like the arts and crafts movement and yet a little bit modern industrial.LVMarket2014_150 This is an industrial take on a mid-century modern classic. The metal prongs on the back of the chair remind me of leather belts.LVMarket2014_146 LVMarket2014_147 Who doesn’t love a good ol’ chesterfield sofa? The leather here looks a little pre-weathered, which I love.LVMarket2014_117

And speaking of chesterfield sofas, is this not a gorgeous interpretation of a classic? We were all dying over how beautiful this sofa is. The leather is gorgeous, the upholstery is perfect, and the lines of the sofa are accented with chrome from one front corner, all along the top of the sofa, and back to the front corner on the other side.The sofa is basically cantilevered over it’s base!LVMarket2014_080I am often a sucker for burlap (despite a mild allergy to it that I discovered after making burlap pillow covers) so I appreciate this combination of a modern wing chair with an upholstered burlap back. And look at how pretty the linen-look of the white fabric on the front is next to the burlap and nail heads!LVMarket2014_113 LVMarket2014_114 Ok, so maybe I wouldn’t put this in my house, and it might not be the coziest chair to curl up with a book on, but isn’t it interesting? A very art-house club chair, deconstructed, as though I’m looking at it with x-ray vision.LVMarket2014_106 A little Danish modern, a  little flying nun, there’s still something really appealing about the curves of this chair. And did you notice it only has 3 legs?LVMarket2014_090 I noticed quite a few vendors at the market combining natural materials with really sleek, silvery modern elements. I think the alligator leather upholstery with the brushed nickel base on this chair is quite striking.LVMarket2014_086 And how about the sweeping lines of chrome on this leather arm chair? I also love the detail of the upholstery seams  on the outside arms framed visually by the chrome frame of the chair.LVMarket2014_082 I saw a few sofas with flanges at the seams, like this one in a kind of foggy gray leather. It’s casual and interesting, but still makes quite a statement. Even though it’s very masculine, I can still envision it in several different kinds of spaces.LVMarket2014_081 This outdoor lounge set has a unique, modern organic feel to it while still being suitable to outdoor wear and tear.LVMarket2014_075 LVMarket2014_076 I thought this club chair was interesting. IAlittle industrial, a little art deco. As you can see, this was not the first time I saw chrome being used to make a statement at the Market.LVMarket2014_067 Sometimes it’s the simple things… I thought these patterned cow-hide ottomans were great!LVMarket2014_057What can I say? I’m a sucker for beautiful wood details, curves, and comfort, all three of which this chair has.LVMarket2014_038This side chair might not be the most unique in the world, but I loved the choice of pattern on the upholstery.
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And in a complete style 180, I found this chair charming, especially with the great choice of color. I love coral.LVMarket2014_183 I feel like I see industrial drafting stools just about everywhere these days, so I found this geometric, modern take on them to be very refreshing, and much more unique.LVMarket2014_137Stay tuned next week for more of my favorites from the Las Vegas Market!

Which of these is your favorite? What do you love about it?

The Goat is Back and Blogging

Holy moly, where has the time gone? I’ll admit I’m a bit ashamed of how long it’s been since my last post. But that’s ok, because it is a new year and there’s lots to look forward to this year! I have a better handle on my school/work/life schedules and I’m ready to start fresh. A new year, a new routine. So keep your eye out for new posts once a week on Thursdays. And I’ll try to periodically post some “This Week I Loved” entries. Some forthcoming topics to look forward to:

All sorts of goodies from the Las Vegas Market.

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My favorite shop for eye candy, in SoHo.

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Flea market fun (and finally a post about the flea market on Melrose and Fairfax, a local favorite).

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And more!

So, happy New Year to my faithful readers, and welcome back to anecdotes on design, travel, and life in Los Angeles that I hope will delight your senses.

Cheers!

Fall Time on the Farm

After a couple days in New York City, I had some time to go up to Rhode Island to spend some time with my best friend. Since we don’t have much of a fall in Los Angeles, it was such a treat to get a little taste of the crisp air and changing colors of an East coast Autumn. And nothing says fall time like apple cider, pumpkins, and a corn maze! So we took a trip to her aunt’s and uncle’s farm.

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DSCN3861They don’t have many animals on this farm, but we were sure to say hello to the donkey and the llama that live by the barn.
DSCN3859 DSCN3855 Every fall they sell Indian corn, gourds, pumpkins, and apples.

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DSCN3847The best antique of all is this massive antique cider press, which they use to press fresh cider every year. We missed the last pressing by only a couple of days, but I still got to enjoy some cider and it was delicious! Fresh, perfect apples in liquid form. No added water or sugar or anything else, just pure perfection in a bottle.
DSCN3813 DSCN3812 Next we headed past a small field of sunflowers for a walk through the corn maze, which they create every year. All are welcome, kids and adults alike.DSCN3814 DSCN3815 DSCN3817 DSCN3819 Each intersection was marked with a fun, educational fact about farming and some of the critters who might live on a farm.DSCN3821 DSCN3820 In the center of the maze, we came across this giant, friendly hay-spider.DSCN3825 When you exit the other side of the maze, you are left right in the middle of a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch. If I hadn’t had a flight ahead of me, I certainly would have loved to bring some home and carve them into wonderful jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. DSCN3832 DSCN3833As we left the farm, I tried to imagine what it might be like to run such a place. Undoubtedly it is a tremendous amount of work, but how I would love to spend my fall days surrounded by pumpkins, cider, and maple syrup!

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What’s your favorite part about this time of year?

A Walk Through Central Park

Last week I mentioned my trip to New York City, and this week I thought I’d share some of that trip with you. Most of my time in New York was spent celebrating the union of two dear friends, but a few of us still made time to see some of the sights. I’ve been to New York a few times before, but had always spent my sightseeing excursions going to museums, dining with friends, and doing a little shopping here and there. So this time I made sure to spend some time in Central Park.

The weather there was really quite perfect, so it was a great fall weekend to spend a little time strolling through this amazing park.

DSCN3665 There are some fantastic roads and bike paths all throughout the park, and we saw lots of joggers and bicyclists taking advantage of the beautiful day.DSCN3702This is the mall, which has appeared in many a movie and tv show throughout the years, and being there I could see why. It’s a wonderfully romantic place, covered with a canopy of trees and with plenty of benches to sit and read, take a rest during your walk, or just breath in the fresh air. This place feels very far away from the bustling big city surrounding it.
DSCN3668 DSCN3671 The trees weren’t changing to autumn colors as much as I had hoped, but every once in a while there was one like this to remind me that those fall colors are indeed right around the corner.DSCN3673 At the end of the mall, the Bethesda Fountain almost seemed to pop up out of nowhere. There was lots of activity here, some people just passing through, others enjoying the fountain or taking pictures.DSCN3677 DSCN3684 I love the views from inside the park. There’s something magical about seeing the skyscrapers of New York watching over the park.DSCN3687We came across several refreshing ponds, where life thrived all around them.

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DSCN3686 Since it was right before Halloween, there was even a pumpkin patch right in the middle of the park.DSCN3692 We made sure to visit Strawberry Fields, where dozens of people were gathered to pay tribute to John Lennon. I imagine it is this crowded, or more, all the time. It really says something about the influence the Beatles continue to have, even now.DSCN3696 DSCN3693 DSCN3694I loved coming across this bridge, Oak Bridge.
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DSCN3704 And of course, we had to pay a visit to Belvedere Castle, which provides the highest point from which to view the park from within. (Incidentally, it’s also the point from which the national weather service monitors the temperatures for the city.)DSCN3716 See, look at that view!DSCN3708Central Park is huge, and we really only explored the lower half of it. I hope to explore the rest next time I’m in the city.

Do you have a favorite spot in Central Park?

This Week I Loved… (East Coast Travel Edition)

Of course the thing I loved THE MOST was seeing some amazing friends old and new, and celebrating the union of two very incredible people who I love dearly. But in this anecdote I thought I’d share with you some of the sights I saw while I was in New York (for said friends’ wedding reception) and Rhode Island / Massachusettes (to play for a couple days with my best friend). More posts on my trip coming next week!

This week in New York I loved…

Central Park in the fall.

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This week in New England I loved…

Visiting my best friend’s aunt and uncles’ farm in Rhode Island. Cider, a pumpkin patch, and even a corn maze!

DSCN3834 DSCN3814Touring The Elms, one of Newport’s “cottages.”DSCN3879 The most incredible display of jack-o-lanterns I have ever seen, at the zoo near Providence.(Yes, these are all REAL pumpkins!)DSCN3939 DSCN3917 Ending the trip in Salem, Massachusetts on the perfect fall day. The Witch House is the last remaining structure from the 1692 witch trial era.

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