On the corner of rue du Faubourg Montmartre and rue Geoffroy is very vintage hotel, Panache. The artistic, bubbling 9th arrondissement is the perfect setting for this Art Nouveau déco boutique hotel, who has partnered with local artists and suppliers: the hotel is designed by Dorothée Meilichzon; the breakfast and dessert menus are created by NOGLU, the first gluten-free Parisian restaurant (Passage des Panoramas); and the restaurant is designed by Frédérique Jules.
1, rue Geoffroy-Marie
75009 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 47 70 85 87
Danielle Clough is turning vintage tennis racquets into embroidered works of art. ‘What a Racket’ is a series of images documenting Clough’s embellishments of vintage Dunlops and Slazengers. Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Clough features succulents, tulips and roses, and weaves these meticulous flowers not only on old tennis stuff, but also on shoes, badminton racquets, and paintings.
One of my all-time fave spots to stop in Bracebridge is the Girffin Gastro Pub. Tucked away at the end of a cobble stone alley-way off main street, this moss-covered 19th C building is concise and to the point: they offer Canadian ales and delicious foods away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Bracebridge (as such).
9 Chancery Lane
Bracebridge, ON P1L 2E3
There isn't another place in this world as special and memorable as the Chowder House in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. For so many splendid reasons, which I will attempt to describe.
Perched along the harbor, the main building was originally built in the 1800's as a granary where schooners would tie up to load grain and supplies. Some 37 years ago, an innovative couple purchased the building and opened up the CH, a creative locale offering home-cooked meals within a very personalized, kookie interior dining area and bar reminiscent or an old pirate saloon and a haunted house. Think: mannequins, old photos, boat parts everywhere, and lots and lots of hand carved wood.
We happened upon the CH by coincidence on our way home to our hotel. First we entered the outdoor patio which is essentially an old schooner (the bar) with stools around it, overlooking the bay. Not only were Sally and Bob immensely friendly, they immediately welcomed our little Jack Russell to sit with us at the bar. After a drink (or two, or three), I ventured inside in search of the loo and stumbled into their wonderland of pirates and memories. I was initially so overcome by the decor's originality, I thought I had accidentally stepped into a museum. But no, Bob was there to direct me to the lavatories and share a story or two about the CH.
Nowadays the inside is only available for private functions and events. But luckily, Sally and Bob still share their special outside space -- for man and his best friend, alike.
Barcode Monk is an online independent shop with one clear mission: becoming your one-stop shop for PRIDE, gay & lesbian shopping. Self-proclaimed to be "100% gay and operated", the online shop offers everything from shoes to mugs to flags (obvies) and to clothing. These rainbow canvas high-tops are a must and have paid attention to every single detail: tie-dye laces, double top-stitching, and a color code system on the side of the soles. Plus they come with these cute rainbow sockettes.
Available at barcodemonk.com
On the southern east coast of Nova Scotia there is a place called Summerville, known -- as its name might suggest -- for its endless beaches, crystal blue waters and that easy-going East Coast vibe. Opened in 1928 as a road side canteen, The Quarter Deck Beachside Villas and Grill soon built a string of cottages and a modest diner along this most breathtaking of coastal beaches. Over the decades, the QD changed ownership many times however managed to build a strong following of locals and 'out-of-towners' alike who came to rely on their home-cooked family style establishment.
A year ago, things took a somewhat dramatic change. The Whynot family, heralding from Kentville on the eastern cost of the province (aka 'the other side'), reportedly won the lottery and decided to purchase the QD to completely revamp it. Well, this they have done. In spades.
The QD -- as the locals once knew it -- is no more. In its place they have rebuilt a modern Scandi-style structure with greyed wood paneling and a corrugated tin roof. Designed by Nicholas Fudge Architects of Halifax, the interior is a bright white with accents from all colors of the rainbow (a clever move, since this neck of the woods is very LGTB friendly), and nods to their past with déco elements such as lobster traps, surf boards, and fishing ropes, and so many windows you practically feel like you are sitting outside no matter where you are in the restaurant.
The new dinner menu includes many sea-faring items we have come to expect such as scallops, lobster and haddock. The cottages have also undergone a noticeable update. Guests can stay in either a compact 1-room cottage, or a 2-story cottage-villa. All are directly accessible to the Summerville Beach are are equipped with a full kitchen, fireplace, outdoor BBQ, and a large deck.
$199 - $399 / night
This is apparently a DIY thing, which is not usually my thing. But I could not help post it because of the fact that a rainbow is involved. And quite a few balloons. 260+, to be exact. And that it also involves patience, a sense of design, and lotsa tape. Well you can read more about it here.
Truth & Gold. Quality, simplicity and transparency are the 3 cornerstones of Vrai e Oro, L.A. based jewelry design house that was so frustrated with the jewelry industry that they were inspired to create "a design that exudes a certain inexplicable cool." Using luxury, real materials (gold, silver... and diamonds?!), their simple aesthetic is what every modern bride needs.
$90 and up