Robert Allen

Last night my Fabrics class went on a field trip to the Robert Allen showroom, where our teacher works.  It was incredible - they have so many beautiful fabrics and my mind started racing with all the projects I would use them in.  The fabric stores in the garment district downtown don't even come close to the offerings at Robert Allen.  I was surprised to learn that they carry Dwell Studio fabrics.  I didn't even know that Dwell Studio had a line of fabrics.  Those patterns were my favourite.  

Our teacher showed us around, highlighting the various fabrics and their applications, explained how their business operates, and then he let us pick out samples for us to use in our final class project.  We'll each be creating a presentation board to illustrate a design concept for a room in our fictitious client's house.  We have several scenarios to chose from, but based on the fabrics I picked out I think I'll end up choosing the "client" who wants a traditional living room.  

Here are all the samples from last night's haul!  By the way, samples were from discontinued and/or overstocked fabrics, so not necessarily what I would have chosen if I had been free to pick anything, but you can believe that I'll pull together an amazing room with the materials I have to work with. :) 

I ♥ NY

I've been so busy traveling and working and going to school that I haven't had much time left for blogging.  It's time to start getting caught up!  

Four weeks ago I (finally) took my first trip to New York City!  It was for business, not pleasure, but I managed to take a few hours one evening to do some quick sightseeing.  Though I don't mind that I was there for work - I got to spend a few days in the NY office of my Canadian company, where they design all the in-house branded home decor products(!).  And anyway, I managed to see a lot more than I would have thought possible in only a few hours.  

I actually saw a lot more than I photographed, but here are some of the moments when I dared to attempt photography with my poor quality blackberry: 

Inside the lobby of the Empire State Building

Empire State Building lit up at night

Art installation at Rockefeller Center - "Human Nature" by Ugo Rondinone (it was put up the day I arrived in NY) 

Radio City Music Hall and NBC Studios

What a complex subway system.  I'm surprised I managed to figure it out and didn't once get on the wrong one!
I couldn't help taking a picture of this sign.  "Please: no smoking, no littering, but especially no boom boxes!"
Ha ha, so 80s :)  

Treated myself to some Magnolia Bakery cupcakes.  That's Peanut Butter and Jam on the right, and the one on the left was something like Triple Chocolate Truffle Fudge.  

Leave it to me to find a speakeasy-style bar that serves over 1000 brown spirits and will probably be a vacant building the next time I try to find it because the bar is magic and it doesn't reveal itself until the clock strikes midnight and oh yeah I happen to be in Paris and also I am in a Woody Allen movie.
(P.S. I ordered the peaty-est scotch on the menu, obviously) 

Okay, so the bar actually exists, it's called The Brandy Library :)

I was staying in Tribeca and was therefore surrounded by tons of fabric shops and I found this black and white striped fabric that I want to use to cover the DIY bench seat that I hope to one day get around to.  I also found the perfect fuchsia-coloured fabric to make pillow covers for those IKEA inserts I bought a couple of months ago.  Even unfinished, the colour looks great against my grey couch! 

I couldn't help posting this photo - I lay my new fabrics on my couch, walk away for 5 seconds and already kitty has curled up on them.  Kitty-approved fabrics, I guess that's a good sign.