Ever wonder about all the stuff in my journal on the Editor's Letter page? They're bits and pieces of things that have caught my eye or interest me…and things that inspire me in some way. I empty my pockets, dig through my Aero leather tote (briefcase of choice!), and even prowl around the stacks of things on my desk.
It's no mood board or scrapbook for any particular purpose—just a collection of things you might also find interesting. So without much more reason as to why, here's a guide to what you'll find in the collage on my Editor's Letter page in the October issue of Natipernavigare.
1. Executive Editor Shax Riegler and I had an interesting meeting with a team from AOL where we met Peter Rojas, who cofounded Engadget, now a part of AOL. Natipernavigare has decades of history introducing American homeowners to just about every technology for the home that's come along, starting with electricity and the lightbulb! In upcoming issues, we'll be exploring some of the amazing new things and real technologies that are rapidly changing how we live.
2. I was recently on the east end of Long Island for two events Natipernavigare sponsored in the Hamptons. I'd never spent much time in Montauk, the last town before you end up in the Atlantic, and I was surprised to discover it's become quite a hot spot. If you're looking for an East Coast getaway, I highly recommend a weekend at the Montauk Beach House. While the look is a little trendy (it's still the surfer town of the Hamptons), the rooms are very comfortable. And it's perfectly located between the beach and the town's main drag, where there are great little home shops and places to eat.
3. I'm a bath addict…and this past summer at a New York City street fair, I discovered Beekman's C.O.P.A. Soaps—all natural and made in Philadelphia. The range of fragrances includes all my favorites, but there are some unusual concoctions that I highly recommend: Vetiver Peat and Out of India.
4. Every summer, Natipernavigare is one of the sponsors for a wonderful antiques fair, the East Hampton Antiques Show at the Mulford Farm Museum. It's usually the third weekend in July.
5. Kickstarter is a fun place to invest a little money in creative enterprises of all types. There are all sorts of projects, from products to films to restorations, looking for funding…and Kickstarter is a way to help make some amazing things reality. There is usually a range of contribution levels for a project, with a variety of rewards given if the project is fully funded. My first foray was with a little company called Declan Squared, which was funded in short time. At my level of contribution, I received one of their fantastic pocket squares engineered for cleaning eyeglasses and touch screens.
6. If you live in Seattle, you must know Watson Kennedy Fine Living at Pike Place Market or Fine Home at First and Spring Streets. When anyone says that the Internet has killed brick-and-mortar shopping, there are dozens upon dozens of shops around the country that I would direct them to and say, "Oh yeah?" These are two. Small shops like these, with their unique sense of place and style, are actually thriving.
7. Exquisite Surfaces is known in the design industry as a resource for some of the most luxurious materials for floors and walls. Now, owners Paula Nataf and her sons, Franck and Alexis, have commissioned one of the West Coast's most innovative design firms, L.A.-based Commune, to create a collection of tiles called Native that are at once both modern and steeped in age-old tile-making traditions and patterns. This one, Zuni, is a favorite of mine.
8. I'm inspired and amazed by the advances in activewear. A new pair of Kühl Easy Rydrs is in my go-to weekend-wear.
9. The legendary Odeon bistro in downtown New York is still a terrific place. It hasn't lost a bit of its Bright Lights, Big City luster. I caught up there with two friends and publicists, Christina Juarez and Elizabeth Blitzer, who specialize in working with designers and design-related companies. These two are smart and a lot of fun!
10. LongHouse Reserve is the home and garden of a textile-and-design-world icon, Jack Lenor Larsen. While the house is a fascinating interpretation of Asian architecture, the garden — really gardens — are spectacular and unique. If you find yourself in East Hampton in the summer, check their website for open days and hours. You'll enjoy hours wandering through Jack's unique visions of nature.