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MODENUS My City Tour With ABCD DESIGN | travel + decor

I’ve had so many people ask me what the highlight of BlogTourNYC was and I have to say the Modenus My City tour with Amy of ABCD Designs takes the cake.  Amy walked and talked Soho with us as we visited her favorite lifestyle and home furnishings stores.

So let’s talk about Amy for a second.  You might know her fabulous blog ABCD Design where she has over 14,000 twitter followers and die-hard readers scooping up her energy daily.  What is so great about Amy is, what you “read” is what you get!  A lovely, no nonsense gal.  Amy’s career has been a mix of creative endeavors.  She has worked in event planning, interior design, window display, and photo styling and seems to have mastered them all with a smile.  My favorite tip from Amy was her NYC apartment’s Christmas tree… embracing “fake” and going black with MOMA ornaments. Check it out here.

The girl really never stops, recently launching #TWECIPES, a cookbook idea comprised of the very best recipes contributed by Amy’s twitter friends.  If you would like your recipe published in the Twecipe cookbook, go to Amy’s post about it for all the details here.

Her zest for good living is contagious and her Soho tour felt like a VIP pass into the “it” spots of the New York life + style design community.

Over the next few weeks, I will spend time going into more detail about some of the wonderful shops we toured but, just in case you have a trip to the big apple on the horizon, print this walking tour out and go visit these amazing Soho establishments.

Thank you Amy, you’re a gem.



The New Traditionalists The New Traditionalists:  I will be writing a full post on them soon but the photo above is a sneak peek.  Quality craftsmanship and perfection in branding.  A furniture line to watch…

antiques Paula RubensteinPaula Rubenstein:  So if anyone was responsible creating the design trend of mixing and matching old with new, it was probably Paula.  She finds passion in the art of discovery and still works out of the same Soho store where it all began more than 20 years ago.  Paula Rubenstein personally greeted us and talked about her collection of blankets and unreal textiles.  Her magazines from the 1970’s had me drooling and the vintage signs looked like they could be perfect additions to any wall.  With an increased interest in using antiques and “vintage” finds in home design, Paula is now often commissioned to help uncover authentic pieces.  Paula was truly delightful and I look forward to visiting her again soon.

antiques Paula Rubenstein New York Soho



Canvas New York Soho Canvas Home Store:  Cozy blankets, lovely pillows and lots of great tableware.



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Calypso New York Calypso Home:  As you know, Calypso Clothing is one of my favorites and the Calypso Home has that same “non-corporate” feeling because they have unique items in all three of their home boutiques (located in Brentwood, CA, Dallas, TX. and New York, NY).  The buyers purchase based on individual city cultures and vibe making each store very special.  I’m in love with the gold pig!




Clic Gallery:  Clic is a spot dedicated to a wide selection of rare photography, art and books.



Michele Varian Michele Varian:  Okay, this is it.  So versatile.  You need a gift?  Installing an interior design job and you’re missing a few unique pieces?  Need one of a kind wall paper?  Michele can help.  Shop online or go inside.  I like humble, talented people and I think that describes Michele.  She welcomed us, told us her story and enthusiastically invited us back anytime.  My new “go to” for fabulous home accessories. soho new york travel



Ochre Soho New York Ochre:  Whoa Nelly… quality, quality, quality.  OCHRE is a British based furniture, lighting and accessory design company with a showroom (open by appointment) in London plus the retail store we visited in Soho.


Hastens New York Soho Hastens: “Hastens heaven” is what I like to call it.  Just when my feet were starting to hurt and my stomach was talking to me, we popped into Hastens for champagne, snacks and a rest on pure luxury mattresses.  Who knew they have itty-bitty mattresses as well for the kiddos.



Flair New York SohoFlair Home:  Just a quick note on Flair because I will be doing a feature post on this amazing store.  All I will say is… FLAIR candle.  I bought one and it smells so insanely good I’m buying 10 more when I’m back in NYC this summer.


P.S. Famished from shopping?  Amy had this to say… “Lure for the tempura shrimp with red pepper aioli and a glass of pink champagne, Balthazar for the steak tar tar and pomme frite, La Esquina for the Tortilla Soup, or Aroma for the Halumi cheese sandwich!”


{Photo of Amy by Swoon Over It | I used instagram for the rest of the shots}



Share my love of easy elegance and finds from around the globe that are simply fabulous?  Ready to make your place a space that you adore?  I’d love to help make your house a home.  cecy j is currently accepting new interior projects.  Let’s chat