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And Now For Something Refined

rcny1.jpgThe Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is nothing if not fancy. But crystal chandeliers and triple-shined marble floors aside, the property is as cozy as it is refined. In fact, I spent most of my time perched on one of those glorious velvet armchairs in the Star Lounge, nursing an $18 cocktail as slowly as possible. Some hotels are definitely out of my league, but the best ones make it easy to forget that. more»

Something Unexpected

kf1_1.jpgA few weeks before Christmas, I got a call from an old graphic design chum for a job that was definitely a first for me—photographing billboard ads at JFK. Not one to turn down work, both for experiential and rent-paying reasons, I headed out to the airport and shot away. Though the assignment was to capture the ads, I couldn’t help but don my creative cap, and this shot, I must say, turned out quite nicely. Anybody can take a pretty photo of something gorgeous—say, the new Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto for example (stay tuned for that one!)—but it’s shoots like this that I enjoy most.

Bright Sunshiny Day

lakeplacid1.jpgUnintentional blogging hiatus continues, thanks to post-wedding make-up work and pre-honeymoon preparation (yellow fever vaccinations and gaiter purchases are next on the to-do list!). But thought I’d post a quick shot of my favorite place in the world, Lake Placid Lodge. John and I woke to this stunning view the morning after our wedding last week. So, you know, married life is looking pretty sweet so far.

North by Northwest

nomad1.jpgStill trying to decide how I feel about the new NoMad designation of the tiny, previously unnamed neighborhood (which is really less of a ‘hood and much more of an enclave) just above Madison Square Park. Consequently, I’m trying the notion on for size throughout the City. In our immediate vicinity, I’ve come up with SoHa (south Harlem), CoCi (Columbus Circle), and, my favorite, MoSiHei (Morningside Heights). Like it or not, the new NoMad Hotel is a sort of pillar in the new district, and its velvet-clad, draped-from-top-to-bottom Parlour restaurant is so swanky, it easily deserves an acronym all of its own. Perhaps NoMaPaRes? I could do this all day.

Structured Procrastination

ngtskilodges.jpgngtcapewinelands1.jpgngtcapewinelands2.jpgI wish I could recommend running out to pick up the January/February issue of National Geographic Traveler to check out my articles on Northeast ski lodges and the South African Cape winelands, but alas, I’d imagine that it’s surely on its way off of newsstands to make way for March/April. I’d like to blame my tardy posting of these stories on the following: 20-plus hours of flying in order to move just two time zones, hikes that last long enough to make your kneecaps shake, my annual harrowing battle with influenza, alternating successful and failed attempts at “tumbling,” and, oh yes, wedding planning. And speaking of that last one—we’re getting married at one of the properties mentioned in these two articles. Here’s a not-so-subtle hint.

Architecture is Fun!

nycguide.jpgI’d recommend John Hill’s new Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture even if my photography wasn’t in it. A thorough walking guide of virtually every modern structure worth seeing in the city, it’s also wonderfully written, provides the ever-important public transportation directions, and—oh yeah—features some pretty amazing photos (Amy Barkow’s dusk shot of the Sperone Westwater Gallery is absolute perfection!). Can’t wait to work my way from cover to cover!

New York Minute

nychotels.jpgAnother quickie post! Shot a couple of New York City hotels last week—the sexy Mark Hotel and the spacey Yotel—and the two properties couldn’t be more different. In one corner, we have the cool-as-ice Mark Bar filled with low-slung animal-skin chairs and sparkly glowing orbs. On the other end of the spectrum, Yotel’s Dohyo restaurant serves up punchy colors, pop art murals, and minimalist furniture. Take your pick—either way, a cocktail is certainly in order!

Pancakes in Bed

lpl_whiteface7.jpgAs promised, a break from island photography—and what a break indeed. I’ve always been a lake girl, perhaps due to my Texan roots (no matter how much Austin calls itself “The Third Coast,” the cruel truth is a lack of any substantial body of water beyond the gem that is Lake Travis), and now I have a new favorite in Lake Placid. More specifically: Lake Placid Lodge. You’d never know the property was ravaged by a fire in 2005: an extensive Hudson River School art collection, rustic twig-and-branch beds (each handcrafted by a different local woodworker), and dark wood plank floorboards that creak just the right amount all suggest a family camp that has grown more and more refined over the last century. Throw in the country’s best pancakes (no, really) and s’mores on Placid’s edge, and I’ve officially found my new favorite destination. more»

Upping the Dosage

580carroll2.jpgAnother of my projects for Archidose blogger John Hill’s new book. This is 580 Carroll, a super-sexy residential building in Park Slope by Enrique Norton. Being that it comprises an entire block, I had two facades to shoot and I still can’t decide which is more fun. Although, granted, one facade is open to the street and another is blocked by an imposing (yet ultra-modern and well-designed) fence that required acrobatics rivaling my cheerleading days to get a decent angle.

There will eventually be a good number of these Archidose projects on here. Consequently, I’m curious to see how long I will continue to work the word “dose” into the headline. I’m willing to put an ungodly amount of time into googling words like “dose,” “dosing,” and “dosage” so it’s fair to say I will likely succeed in going the distance. more»

Upstate Great

glenmerearticle.jpgGlenmere Mansion, whose photos I posted here in May and are now in the July issue of Robb Report, is one of few properties that has really stuck with me over time. If there’s one thing I love about a resort, it’s the feeling that each space is unique and has something special to offer. Glenmere accomplishes that in spades. The property also won me over with 24/7 snacking stations (there’s always room for scones!), a gorgeous library stocked with art books ranging from the Impressionist greats to Jeff Koons, and bottomless brunch Bellinis using—and this is important!—real peach purĂ©e. So, apparently, the way to my heart is no secret: endless proportions of food, booze, and art!

We Were Spring Chickens

glenmere_garden1.jpgJohn and I took a mini-holiday last month to check out a new resort upstate called Glenmere Mansion. The owners discovered a rundown Tuscan-style mansion in Chester, NY, about four years ago and have now turned it into a classical-meets-modern resort, complete with a Miami-inspired pool, authentic Italianate cortile, and an enviable display of their own art collections (hello, Rauschenberg lithograph!). Admittedly, we brought the average guest age down by about 20 years. (At one point we felt so out of place that John likened us to Mac and Dee in the country-club-Vicodin-selling episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.) more»

The Highline

highlinesl1c.jpgWe’ve changed a few of our categories to reflect the kind of work we’ve been doing over the past year. Obviously school has been a huge part of John’s life so that was long overdue. I’ve also recently become a tiny bit of a writer, and so thought it might be a good idea to add a written work section as well. Here’s an article that I wrote for the February issue of Vacation Homes magazine about some of the new developments going up along the High Line in West Chelsea (Section One opening in June!). more»

The Caledonia

lounge4.jpgI recently shot the Caledonia, a luxury condo development designed by Clodagh that is located along West Chelsea’s High Line. The area is really fascinating, having taken an unused, unwanted elevated railroad and turning it into one hell of a money maker. For the time being it has become my favorite neighborhood in Manhattan. I went back the day after the shoot to take photos of the general area and, I’ve gotta say, shooting in the winter will be much more challenging here than in LA. more»