It's Wednesday morning and I am back in my favorite spot in the lobby of my hotel. I am so thankful for my experience working on a trading floor in NYC in the 80s because trying to write here would be a challenge otherwise. The loud pulsating beat of the club music is a bit of a shock to the system first thing in the morning but nothing that my tall soy latte can't fix. There is a constant stream of people coming and going and because this is South Beach, it is an interesting show.
Yesterday, the sun was hiding behind a wall of dark slow moving clouds and the wind was blowing something fierce. After much discussion, Hilary and Emmy agreed to come along with me to the Design District since tanning was not going to be productive. But wouldn't you know, about 10 minutes into the 20 minute ride from the hotel to the district, the clouds miraculously parted and the sun shone brightly in the clear blue sky. So my shopping partners bailed out, with my blessing, ubering back to the hotel and back to the beach.
My first visit to the Design District here, I was happy to find that it is not in a large building with the showrooms on different floors as it is in most cities. Rather, the showrooms are located along several blocks and you walk along tree lined sidewalks between them.
I love the tile from Ann Sacks so I was excited to see what is new there. Here are a few things that caught my eye:
The color of this tile is amazing. It would be fantastic in a beach house bathroom.
I was really drawn to all of the pattern on the tile. After so many years of white subways tile, porcelain tile, limestone and marble, the artistry of the patterned cement and ceramic tile is so refreshing.
That said, nothing like the impact of a sold marble sink for a wow factor!
I loved the lines of this Philippe Starck chair at Kartell. They would look amazing with a drifted oak Parsons table or in gold with my white Saarinen table.
I also popped into the Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams showroom and was excited about a few things that I saw there.
Aren't these chairs fabulous? I love the matte gold finish and the fabric! I could see using one in a chic master bedroom for a staging project.
I'm sorry this isn't a better photo but I was trying to capture the birds eye maple curved front on this chest of drawers. The top and sides are high gloss white - love this combination along with the gold hardware.
I was also excited to see their great selection of carpets. Several caught my eye and the price point is very reasonable.
I also discovered a company that makes custom hand blown glass light fixtures. They were very beautiful, in clear glass and a range of colors, too. A bit too modern for most of the clients I work with, but beautiful nonetheless.
I ended the day with an early birthday celebratory dinner at Katsuya And dessert afterwards at Bazaar with the girls. Charlotte, we missed you!!!!
It was a great day! Until tomorrow....