We took off toward the sea last weekend, no plans in mind except stepping out of reality for the day. We ended up in Newburyport for lunch, and we’ll definitely be back to explore further. The town was settled in 1635 and there are still gorgeous 1700’s buildings standing, giving it an English feel. Old New England seaside port towns – like Wiscasset or Portsmouth – feel like time traveling to me. I love exploring them and it was amazing to stumble on this one. Next time we’ll do this historic house tour, and do more research on thrift and antique shops in the area.
Our house trim is getting super shabby, so it’s time for a major update! I spent some time in the paint store today, matching swatches until I came up with the perfect color set for our brick house. Now I just need to figure out WHERE each color goes.
Color #1: Benjamin Moore Carter Gray. This color is perfect for the clapboard siding on the house extensions and the garage / carriage house. We’d also use it for all of the porch, window, and door trim, including the porch and entry floors.
Can Beverly Hills be done on a quasi-budget? We keep ending up there for a day or two when we stop in LA to visit family and friends, and I feel too old for Venice, Santa Monica, or Los Feliz. So, here’s the mini-guide to 90210 without breaking the bank. Too much.
We use HotelTonight (use code TFERRO for $25 off your first booking) and have ended up at The Crescent, Maison 140, & the Mosaic Hotel. Maison 140 smelled so badly that I couldn’t stay there for fear of losing my lunch (to be fair, I was pregnant at the time) but Hotel Tonight refunded our money and we booked into the Mosaic, which was recommended by my aunt. The bed was insanely comfy, but the decor is basically half Charleston and half Venice, Italy. If they’d only lean in to the Charleston side, they’d be great. They’re redoing the pool and if the prices stay low once they’re done, this will be a great value hotel in walking distance to everything. The Crescent is cute too, but no pool. Sure, I’d rather stay in the Beverly Hills Hotel bungalows, but I forgot to marry rich.
There are actually quite a few free parks in Beverly Hills, but the absolute best is the stunning Greystone Park & Mansions. After spending the morning there (bring a picnic breakfast?) do some winding throughout the hills for the most insane housepeeping ever, including the Spadena House.
Thrifts weren’t super great – we checked out a few but the prices were high and they felt very, very dirty.
I always find it worthwhile (even if I’m not doing major shopping) to browse better shops to check out construction, fabrics, fit, and style. Learning what makes clothes fit well, what’s in style now, which fabrics feel absolutely impeccable, and how to spot fakes will only help in your search when thrifting, buying on eBay, shopping sales, or taking a side trip to the Cabazon Outlets.
Don’t miss the trifecta of Neiman Marcus, Saks, and Barney’s in a row on Wilshire. I find the sales assistants to be nicer here than in San Francisco, as well. But NYC sales assistants are usually the nicest. Go figure.