We got our first snow this morning! Although I got my winter tires installed yesterday, I wasn’t mentally prepared for the snow yet. It’s been so unseasonably warm this year, I feel like the temperature dropped by twenty degrees overnight. Thank goodness for Christmas music, because it instantly put me in holiday mode. I’m ready to tackle Black Friday like a champ and get all my Holiday shopping done. Bring it on! And happy Thanksgiving to everyone who’s taking off early!
Better late than never, right? I had a really busy week last week, so the weekender post is coming to you just in time for Sunday night reading. I decided to unplug a little this weekend, and enjoy dinners, cocktails and brunches with friends. I’m refreshed and ready to tackle the week now!
The modern gentleman has many interests, from wine, to traveling, to music or art. He takes good care of his appearance, from his shoes to his beard. He appreciates the finer things in life: whiskey, backgammon, champagne. He takes pride in his home. We might think he’s hard to buy for, but it’s not the case. Just pick a gift that reflects one of his interests, upgrade his everyday essentials, get him a thoughtful home gift, or treat him to a classic (a bottle of scotch accompanied by clever whiskey stones never fails).
“I don’t have a background in design, but I do know what I like.”
For Haven’s Kitchen‘s Ali Cayne, mother of five, creating this inviting family home close to her restaurant was the key ingredient to a healthy work-life balance. After moving from the Upper East Side to a townhouse in the West Village, Cayne underwent extensive renovations with the help of her architect, but tackled all the décor, and finishes herself. Talk about over-achiever.
Ali Cayne’s strong sense of style comes through in her bold choices: floor-to-ceiling subway tiles with dark grout, monochrome gallery walls, yellow George Smith sofas, and wide collection of vintage Moroccan rugs, to name just a few. “I always love black and white with a splash of color” she says. The icing on the cake? A rooftop garden where she grows lettuce, berries, and sunflowers alike. Positively dreamy.