Wonderful West Village

I think everyone needs a good dose of New York City every so often. There is something about its vibrancy that is good for the soul. My very quick trip basically revolved around good food, fabulous friends, and amazing art.

If you are heading there soon, I highly recommend visiting The Whitney Museum to see Toyin Ojih Odutola’s amazing exhibit. Beautiful pastels create a poetic story of the juxtaposition of wealth, progression, and culture. It is truly spectacular and I am so proud of my college roommate, Melinda Lang, for curating such phenomenal work.  It is also worth checking out all the amazing talent in Laura Owens‘ new exhibit there. If you want a great treat, go to David Zwirner’s gallery to see Yayoi Kusama’s new exhibit. Beware: the line wait is over 2 hours most days! I was not willing to brave the 30 degree weather for it, but many did!

If you can’t get to NYC soon, I hope you enjoy some wonderful West Village townhouses that I captured this weekend! XO

NYC art photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood

Toyin Ojih Odutola is masterful in her use of color. This piece was my favorite.

Laura Owens Art 2

Laura Owens‘ work on display is invigorating and eye-catching.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 5 I wish the light was friendlier to catch this amazing high gloss door.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 8

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 2 NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 3 I love the navy painted doors and windows. It really adds a chic pop.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 6

Bold and very beautiful.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood This photo doesn’t even do it justice. It was so lovely to walk around West Village in the evening.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 4 A great townhouse and courtyard in West Chelsea.

NYC townhouse photo by Christina Dandar for The Potted Boxwood 7

More beautiful architecture and classic door in West Chelsea.

Perfectly Petite

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine living in New York City, asked me for some advice on decorating her small SoHo apartment. As many of you have heard me say here before, a space does not have to be large to be effective. In fact, I prefer a small space since it can make a bigger impact. While I have done posts on small jewel box spaces before, this apartment by interior designer Lilly Bunn caught my eye. Her ability to be bold, fresh, and playful while designing this petite space is truly remarkable.

This apartment by Lilly Bunn was photographed by Maura McEvoy in House Beautiful.

Phillip Jeffries Jute wallpaper by Lilly Bunn in House Beautiful

A jewel tone and feminine ambience in this entry covered in Phillip Jefferies jute wallpaper.

Living room of Manhattan Apartment by House Beautiful

The dark chocolate colored walls are effective in showcasing the white curtains and accents. Bunn notes that sometimes if a space is dark, you just have to embrace it.

Dining area by Lilly Bunn in House Beautiful

A bar tray sits to the side of this acrylic table in the living room. I also live in a small space, and I must admit I use my dining table as a display of coffee table books. Why bother making it the focal point?   Just make it a fun accessory!

Kitchen by Lilly Bunn in House Beautiful

A window shade of black and white fabric, as well as a pop of blue and white, brighten this small kitchen.

Manhattan Bedroom by Lilly Bunn in House Beautiful

I adore the use of green lamps in this bedroom of luxe blue and white Matouk linens. Green, Blue, and White- a phenomenal combination!

Bedroom chair by Lilly Bunn in House Beautiful

The softer blue and white print shades tie the room together, while the vibrant orange print pillows add an element of the unexpected.

N Y Chic

Do you ever have grand plans for a trip? Restaurants you must go to and places you must see? I think when you travel somewhere you can get “eyes bigger than your stomach,” and not only for fabulous food. I was constantly on the go and unable to take as many chic in NYC pictures as I would have liked, but on my non-uber driven routes I was able to snap some everyday upper east side images that have the ultimate curb appeal.

As you will see, many of these NYC townhouse entries were in the halloween spirit and welcoming of the cool fall weather. Most of all, the city-lined hedges and potted boxwoods by the doorman’s post are almost enough to make me stop using “y’all” and start taking the subway. Enjoy this small selection of photos and note that these are from the iphone (apologies for any poor clarity/editing).


Mirrored potted spiraling topiaries showcase a classic black door. I love the iron work against the windows.


A beautiful topiary flanked entry at night.


A flawless and intimate green garden courtyard.


A mix of height and hedge. Why don’t more places (besides cities) line their hedges with petite open iron fences??


Green that is abundantly round and full of dimension.


Perfect sidewalk pots arranged for fall.


Incredible lighting and landscaping in front of this building with central park views.


The divine corner of boxwood and boxwood.


This potted boxwood with ornamental cabbage lining is slighting overlooked with the copious amounts of halloween decor. How fun to do this in the city?! My only concern is, wouldn’t people steal these things?


A sweet brick townhouse courtyard. I wish I would have captured the beautiful hedges within.


A townhouse of an interior designer that has been featured on the blog. A perfect mix of mums and pumpkins. I wish you could see the entire building with boxwoods lining each window sill!


Sadly, I got the cars in this picture. How fun is this exterior decoration with the birds and purple webbing!?


My favorite block of potted glory.


At first I was convinced that this older gentleman was in the way, but it is very clear he made the picture wonderfully classic, against a beautifully classic city home.


Architecturally significant, stately, and stunning.


The iron work on the windows is fantastically finished. I also admire the framework detail around the door.


This picture does not do this oversized potted boxwood justice. Large in size and superbly scaled against the large columns and stairways.


Hope your Tuesday is as sweet as a rose macaroon.