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photo-3NYC is still one of my favorite cities in the world. I just got back from a 5 day adventure in the big apple and my goal was to see NY from a new perspective. I was also there to catch up with my good friends from Mexico. We’ve now all moved away from San Miguel de Allende but we meet up once a year in a different city to explore and enjoy each others company.

On this trip I used a wonderful book that I found called the Stylists Guide to NYC by Sibella Court. It is a behind the scenes guide book for those out of the way places that only a fellow interior designer or stylist might know about.


Our first stop was ABC Carpet and Home at 888 Broadway. I swear I could live in this store which we just about accomplished. I think we were there for almost 4 hours or more. It is a treasure trove of beautiful, well edited items for the home.

ABC Home

Next we visited Tinsel Trading Co at 1 W 37th Street. This store has every type of ribbon, button, tassel, feather, card, garland, fringe, or old fashioned notion that you could imagine.



Then off to visit a perfumery that I had heard about some time ago and when I found it again in Sibella’s book I knew that this was a must see on this trip. This custom perfumery, called Le Labo, is located at 233 Elizabeth St. It is indeed lab like. Long rows of beakers and vials line the walls. They have perfumes that are a part of their own line but they will also mix you your own custom blend if you desire.


Time for a quick cocktail at Freemans which was right around the corner at the end of Freemans alley. Not an easy place to find, but worth the hunt. This place was enchanting. It felt a bit like you had stepped into a small alley in Amsterdam and had by serendipity come across this little gem of a restaurant/bar.


We moved on to dinner at Smith and Mills at 71 N. Moore St. It again was a bit of a challenge to find but our cabbie was patient and we were rewarded again with great service, and good food and wine. It’s a small place so the lines can be long to get in but if you come early you can usually find a place. It also seemed to clear out again at around 7. Be sure to check out the bathroom while you are there. Its quite memorable.

dining_bars_smithandmillsFor a final cocktail I would suggest the Crosby St. Hotel at 79 Crosby St. The interiors are quite amazing.

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Next time we go I want to go in the summer time as their outdoor patio area is the perfect place for a cocktail on a warm summer evening.

crosby st courtyard

There were many other insider places we explored that weekend but these were some of my favorites. My list of where I want to go the next time I visit NY is long since finding Sibella’s book. She was spot on with her suggestions and she managed to give the reader a wide enough selection that they are bound to find something that will wow them. You can find her book on Amazon.com.


Photos by Holland Stephens, thedistrictsleepsdc.com, the coolhunter.net, david takes photos (flikr.com)