We headed down to NYC last weekend to attend the NYIGF. It was my first time attending and let me just say this—you have to give yourself a few days to make any headway at this show.

Hello Time Square

We arrived on Saturday around noon. Not all of the exhibit halls were even open yet. Some were opening the next day.

I found some great ideas for Craft as we think about what some of the housewares will be to complement our vintage furniture inventory.

Day two at the show was pretty much spent looking at the furniture vendors. I could have spent all day at the Jonathan Adler and Dwell Studio booths.

Dwell Studio

They don’t encourage you to take photos inside the show (okay, they have signage that explicitly says “no photo taking!”)  so all of mine are of the down-low, odd-angled, thumb-covered variety.

On our way back to our hotel we spent some time in SOHO at the Room & Board store where I wanted to sit on our already ordered new sofa, but yet to have actually tested it out. So we did that and I decided I made the right online purchase. (It arrives Feb 8). Have to say, I am really loving Room & Board. Especially loved this hanging light which I think I’m going to get to go over our dining table.

Room & Board Hanging Light

Before we wrapped up our quick 26-hour visit to NYC, we also made our way to the new Marimekko store at 200 Fifth Avenue (and 23rd). I am going to write more about my love of all things Marimekko in another post soon.

NYC Marimekko Store

But since we have been looking for some new fabric to have curtains made for our upstairs living room, as I looked over the racks of inspiring Marimekko fabrics, this fabric below jumped out at me immediately. It’s called “Tunturipollo”. And as I waited for them to find a full bolt for us, two of the sales girls came by to tell me it’s their store’s most coveted fabric and I had very good taste. Well, howdayalikethat.

The new fabric is already in the hands of our very capable curtainmaker Melinda and hopefully in about a month’s time we’ll have new living room drapes and some roman shades for the kitchen.

We also bought a new shower curtain in a classic Unikko pattern. It’s blue and makes our blue bathroom even more blue.

We stayed in Times Square at the Westin instead of our usual Crosby Street Hotel in SOHO. But we had a beautiful corner room that looked down onto the New York Times headquarter building. Here’s a shot of the top of their building and what I can only imagine is their executive terrace. Nice!

NY Times Headquarters

All in all, we had a fun-filled weekend in NYC. And I can’t wait to go back soon.