Category: Travel

Fallingwater – Fall for it!

What a great mother-daughter trip! Fall is the Season to visit Fallingwater- the iconic, modern and stunningly beautiful house built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Designed in 1935 for the Kaufmann family, the site of the house is Bear Run in the woods of Laurel Highlands, 1.5 Hours southeast of Pittsburgh, in rural Pennsylvania.
It has been called the “best all-time work in American architecture” and “unquestionably the most famous private residence ever built”. A masterwork of Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture, Fallingwater blends harmoniously with its site and promotes the interaction of people with Nature.
The critical element in this setting is the waterfall over which the house is built. The Kaufmanns loved the waterfall and when they commissioned Fran Lloyd Wright with building a vacation home for them, they were expecting to have the house face the waterfall. They were unprepared for Wright’s suggestion raise over the falls rather than face it. Nevertheless, the architect’s original scheme and design was adopted largely without a change.
The outside is invited in! Direct access to the river from the living room combined with a waxed flagstone floor make you experience the river even from the inside.
Interior Photos by ideasqn.com, tophomeideas.com and fallingwaters.org
Built in low seating combined with an ecclectic collection of Asiatica art give this beautiful space an airy and modern feel, very much an open floor plan that we covet today.
Smartly placed windows allow for maximum air circulation keeping the house cool even during hot summer months, while giving wonderful view of the surrounding woods.
Interior Photos by ideasqn.com, tophomeideas.com and fallingwaters.org
If you go -and I hope you will- make sure to plan your visit ahead of time. The website Fallingwater has plenty of information and guided tours- the only way to visit the house- do sell out fast. Lodging is sparse in the area. For an unforgettable experience there is a very limited possibility of staying at one of Frank Lloyd Wrights houses in the area. Three are for rent and sleep between 4-8 people. The most famous one is the Duncan House in Polymath Park, just at a short distance from Fallingwater. Check t out and tell me about your experience. When Elina and I visited over Columbus Day weekend they were all booked, but next time I want to stay there for sure!

Hot in Hoboken

When in Hoboken make sure you stop by the Hoboken Hot House, hands down the coolest place in town! Karen created a fabulous space that spans from eclectic Retail to private events and a coffee shop with killer coffee from Sicily! All spaces are connected, there is even a fabulous patio where you can sip your coffee under Parisian lights.

You have to experience it yourself! 

Here a few impressions of the great Retail space, on the corner of Monroe and 2nd Avenue:

Eclectic furniture and accessories, and yes! – NOYO headboards hung as wall art- pop against a fuchsia back wall.

 

 

The bold NOYO headboard with Black and white tiles – here in the Mega execution – works perfectly in this space.

If eclectic furniture is your think, check out what Karen has in store for you!

 

Make sure you stop by on your next trip to Hoboken!

See you there

 

 

 

Fall for a find at the Brooklyn Flea!

Late summer and Fall is my favorite time to hit the markets….fruit and veggies, flowers, but most definitely flea markets and “Brocantes”. One of my favorites is the Brooklyn Flea, where I can find the most funky accessories, the coolest T-shirts and bags, all while nibbling on a delicious pork bun and sipping a watermelon-basil lemonade.

 

Kent Ave and N7th Street is where it is at! 

 

 

With my head deep in the crates, I do remember to look up and soak in the gorgeous Manhattan skyline and majestic Brooklyn Bridge.

 

I just love these miniature NYC landmarks, my favorite is beautiful Chrysler Building.

 

And I do love taking pictures, but as you can see I am not the only one!

Rummaging through crates and bins, I find letters, knives, brushes…..and old glass transparencies, survivors from the earliest days of photography.

 

 

I totally fell in love with them! Originally produced as a glass transparency in the early 20th century at the dawn of present-day photography, this gorgeous black and white shot of a rice harvest in Japan is both timeless and modern.

Keystone transparency ca 1905Rice Harvest by Keystone

These old transparencies from Keystone Company are a good 100 years old and used to bringing images of faraway places and exotic people into our classrooms. They are still stunningly beautiful and mysterious today. I was inspired to bring these beautiful images to new life and into my bedroom. 

First we scanned with help of a super duper scanner that brought this old transparency into the digital age.

Then we printed it on our headboard, bringing the far away up close and personal. What an homage to   the wonders of travels and exploration. I could not be happier with the result. Have a look yourself!

 

Modern Bedroom with NOYO headboard

 

The headboard brings the far away up close and personal and is an homage to the wonders of travels and exploration. I found so many great transparencies that it triggered a whole mini-collection: images of Old Town Alexandria in Egypt, majestic Victoria Falls or dreamy Loch Katrine in Scotland, check them out on our website and tell me what you think about it.

 

 

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