Monday, June 8, 2015

Whaling City Cottage

A quick note of thanks to the amazing Erin over at Whaling City Cottage for featuring my newest endeavor, seasalt interieurs, on her fabulous blog.

{photos courtesy of Whaling City Cottage}

Our shop features a curated blend of antique and vintage pieces from England, France & America, custom overstuffed pillows sewn from vintage textiles & French ticking, hand-painted work from Mary Maguire and Margot Lar, plus a select group of wonderful items from Faribault, Found My Animal, Hedgehouse, Kolene Spicher, Tinsel Trading, & Thomas Paul, among others.

We're now open at 35 Franklin Street in Newport, Rhode Island, and have a large space at Armory Antique Markeplace at 365 Thames Street as well.  If you're on the island, we'd love to see you!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

hunting & gathering

Brought home wonderful finds today ~ all eventually will appear shortly after at The Armory.  Here's the first 3, unpacked and tidied up...  a set of 10 perfect 1920's French champagne coupes, a wonderful book on the people who forged the way West, and a pair of simple ceramic flower frogs with beautiful hand-painted detail. So much more to come.

Friday, December 26, 2014


G. S. Sprague & Co., Boston, Massachusetts, was an esteemed supplier to New England outdoorsmen at the turn of the century.  The shop was located (according to a mention in the November 1921 issue of Outing Magazine) at 138 Federal Street.  Crafted in the United States of rawhide, leather, and ash (and originally purveyed by Sprague & Co. in the early 20th c.), this pair of snowshoes is an enduring piece of Americana and tribute to New England's outdoor sporting tradition.

Friday, December 19, 2014


Amazing vintage pond boat from Newport, Rhode Island estate, in as-found condition with original paint, mast & beam. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas in Newport

If you've been spending the last few weekends laying by the fire watching football, wrapping presents & drinking eggnog lattes / whiskey sours until afternoon nap-time, this is a a much needed wake up call to put on your boots and enjoy the ridiculously full calendar that is Christmas in Newport. Strolling carolers, candlelit house tours, Nutcracker in a Mansion, Craft Fairs, and the only Messiah I'm aware of followed by a "festive Wassail Bowl reception" are all yours for the taking.

So get out there - only 7 shopping days left!

Monday, December 15, 2014


One mitten for two hands, they come in awfully handy when walking down a snowy lane.  Hand-knit in red, hot pink, or charcoal, a wonderful gift for your favorite pair.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

old beach journal

OBJ is a sassy little publication that keeps chic natives & tourists alike up-to-date on the most witty happenings and clever retailers in town. Grab one at the Clarke Cooke House and give it a read over cocktails. We think you'll like.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

seasalt @ The Armory

Stop by seasalt interieurs @ Armory Antique Marketplace this weekend for some holiday cheer.  Find wonderful items to feather your nest or put under the tree - we're open late with live music Friday through Sunday.

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Queen's Cup Steeplechase

The Queen’s Cup is like no other sporting event in or around Charlotte. Each year, on the last Saturday in April, thousands head down to Mineral Springs (45 minutes south of Uptown) to watch jockeys in bright silks & their sleek thoroughbreds clear 4+ foot jumps over a beautiful rolling course. And they come prepared -- with their big hats, loud prints, folding chairs, badminton sets, nerf footballs, and coolers packed with 6 hours worth of liquid sustenance. 

This is no place for amateurs.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hey, Rain. Skedaddle.

It's raining here. Still.  It was supposed to be gone by now, but it's not. I have a zebra umbrella like Kelly Wearstler's. And I think it's really fun. But I like the sun more. So rain, get lost.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Grenson Brogues

Grenson Shoes are quintessentially British -- the company was founded in Northamptonshire in the 1800's by William Green (originally "Green & Son"), and the Grenson factory remains there to this day. Mr. Green's was the first factory in the world to use the Goodyear welt construction method for manufacturing gentlemen‘s shoes. These supremely traditional shoemakers are as well known for their classic brogues as they are for their bespoke shoemaking services. Their painstaking process underscores over a century of amazing craftsmanship. A single pair, made from the finest leathers known to shoe making, can take up to 6 weeks to complete.

Recently, Grenson developed a women’s collection -- in large part based upon its traditional designs for men (we love the Rose, Martha & Grace.)  Although I found their stock situation in London wanting, most styles are readily available (if significantly more expensive) via Grenson's U.S. website.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Tom's Kitchen, SW3


A few blocks away from hoards of shoppers crowding the King's Road, and just a wee bit down from The Markham Inn, you'll find my favorite outpost of Tom's Kitchen.

Located in a townhouse on the site of a former pub, the bistro and a small bar are on the ground floor, a larger bar one floor up. The menus at Tom's -- chock full of amazing comfort foods crafted from local ingredients -- cover breakfast through dinner.  And everything is served in a deliciously relaxed, vintage environment. Perfect for one of those nights when it's all you can do to reapply the lipstick.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Hats Hats Hats

While living in London, I developed a huge millinery crush. And when I returned to the city a few weeks ago, I absolutely loved revisiting a few of my favorite hat haunts.

At the V&A, although most of its collection is currently in storage while Room 40 is under renovation, I managed to view a few pieces crafted by the incomparable Philip Treacy -- part of the much-lauded 2009 Hats exhibition (thankfully documented for posterity in this fabulous book)

The salon upstairs at Lock & Co. in St. James is a favorite with the Duchess of Cambridge.  While there, I was fitted by Sylvia Fletcher herself for one of her Hat-a-porter designs.

And Atelier Millinery is a wonderful little haven just off Carnaby Street, a stone's throw from Liberty. Though a tiny space, it is full of wonderful sinamays, embellishments, and other millinery supplies. But Atelier is also chock full of hats for immediate purchase. Tina Giuntini, one of Atelier's instructors, was helping a pair of costumers seeking the perfect period toppers for a movie currently shooting near London when I arrived. She's an absolute font of information. Whether you're looking for help finding the perfect feather or crafting an amazing pillbox, she's the girl!