Monday, May 11, 2009

domino sale, ny trip

I spent the weekend in NY and had a wonderful time. The first item of business was the much talked about Domino 'tag' sale which was really exciting: talk about a crowd, though! I was lucky to get there early enough thanks to Heather, David Jiminez and some other friends who are morning people: AND Heather brought her famous cookies wrapped with an orange ribbon! I have to admit I ate 3 bags of them over 24 hours. They're addictive!
You can read what the Habitually Chic Heather bought HERE. Pictured below are my finds but I can't help kicking myself over what I did NOT buy: a bolt of gray rough silk fabric that would have been perfect for a table cloth (or 4 or 5 really) for $3, 2 big boxes of gray waterworks subway tiles for $20, 2 totally chic waterworks nickel sconces with black shades for $100 - ARGH -the ones that got away!
What I did get was this tortoiseshell and silver teacaddy and charming antique photo montage of children cooking. What i most liked about the picture (which Heather thrust at me telling me I must buy it!!) was the unusual size and BEAUTIFUL wood frame. It was a bit dusty and sad looking, but nothing some wood soap and orange oil can't fix! Now it's really cute and going onto the gallery wall!
I convinced my friend Eric to get this lovely plaster corbel with greek key design on the side. I should have saved it for myself though, haha!While walking from the Kips Bay Showhouse on Sunday down to see the exhibit of important jewels at Cartier (you have to go, it's amazing with 100s of items - 2nd floor, don't miss it!), I was passing Bergdorf Goodman, trying to be good and not go in when I saw the windows.I recognized the staging of the famous Cecil Beaton photograph of Charles James dresses from the 50s (my favorite image in the world) out of the corner of my eye. My heart stopped - I turned and saw these creative windows devoted to 'the model as muse' and ran across the street to get a closer look. The sun was just right to get the ultimate amount of glare unfortunately, but you can still make out whats going on.

These were well known images of fashionable models and actresses right at the corner near the Plaza. Everyone was stopping to look (hard to get a photo with no people walking by!).Erte inspired, perhaps? I'm sure this is based off a famous image as well - anyone know?

It was a great trip and I have my friends to thank for that. Hope you all had fantastic weekends! Head to NY to see Kips Bay and the Cartier exhibit immediately!

19 comments:

pve design said...

Wishing that we could have had the chance to visit, but the weekend was full of "boo boos and things breaking"....your weekend seemed like way more fun.:)
I have a new fridge and new brakes... woo hoo!
pve

Renee Finberg said...

S-
these are just the images i needed to see this morning.
you are right....YOU should have bought the corbel. !!
xx

allie in g'town said...

Bergdorf's, choc chip cookies, Domino sale, ahhh...sounds magnificent. What indeed happened to Domino? It was my absolute favorite magazine and everyone I knew loved it as well. I got more ideas from that mag than any other. Ohhh I truely miss it...pass the cookies please.

Habitually Chic said...

I'm so glad you had a fun trip and you enjoyed your purchases...and my cookies!

The window is based on Richard Avedon's Dovima and the Elephants from 1955. I guess giraffes fit a little better in the window. I can't wait to see Models as Muse at the Met. Looks like a good show!

Style Redux 2 said...

Stefan-What a fun weekend you had. We were just missing each other all weekend-I was in the West Village Saturday and Bergdorf's Sunday. The weather was even lovely. I love NYC, but the first thing I did yesterday was to take everything I wore to the dry cleaners and myself to my hair salon for a shampoo and blow dry. D.C. is so clean compared to NYC!!! That's the real reason everyone in New York wears black. ;)

maison21 said...

good finds! sounds like you and heather had a blast. and if that corbel was a pair, i would ahve klonked your friend over the head with one and snatched 'em!

Pigtown-Design said...

That tea caddy is fabulous!!!!

thomas said...

sounds like a great nyc trip! i love that place!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Pve, it was mother's day and you're a mom! I totally understand :-) A new fridge sounds great!

Renee, I know! But it was also cash only and I had forgotten to go to an ATM and had limited funds!

Allie, it was a weird day! Watching the former staff of domino sell off their posessions in a yard sale!

HC, as soon as I read your comment I thought OF COURSE! The giraffes are more window display friendly :-)

SR, I know - I commented on that a few times. Everything went straight into the laundry and I was taking 3 showers a day! HC says you get used to it!

Maison, If it had been a pair I would have been more agressive and kept them for myself for sure!

PD, thanks! I really like it -it's so HEAVY!

Thomas it was a lot of fun! I thought of you while at the domino tag sale -I know it was your favorite magazine!

Habitually Chic said...

What's funny is that I almost never wear black in NYC! And what's even crazier is that I wear white all summer! But only items that can be thrown in the washer. I like to live dangerously!

My Notting Hill said...

Sounds like a great trip. It must have been strange to see them doing a yard sale. Great purchases.

Cote de Texas said...

Wow - that tea caddy!! omg!!!

little augury said...

great finds and I love seeing the BG windows- thanks for sharing-and for the umth time-you shoulda bought the corbel. G

C.T. said...

I'm green of envy right now!! You lucky one!!

Janet said...

oooooh, fab finds! I am jealous. And I sort of love the reflections on the wondows!

Paul Pincus said...

that tortoiseshell and silver tea caddy is insane! i'm very jealous!!! LOVE it!

Laura Casey Interiors. said...

This makes me miss my nyc days! great recap, looks like you had a great trip.

Eric H said...

This was a great day in NYC! Thanks Stefan. I will treasure the corbel. The sale was really a madhouse. The people there got so competitive I'm glad I made out with anything at all.

sophiedahydesigns said...

Seeing your Bergdorf windows makes me long for a New York trip. Love, Love Bergdorfs-especially the 7th floor!