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If you are looking for a great spot on Long Island sans the drama and excessiveness of the Hamptons … Greenport is the place for you! Charming and steeped in history, this small town makes for a great weekend getaway.

In the mid 1600s, a group of colonists from New Haven, Connecticut crossed Long Island Sound and settled in the township of Southold, which includes what is now the Village of Greenport. Because of its deep and protected harbor, Greenport became a major whaling port between 1795 and 1859 and enjoyed a bustling shipbuilding industry as well. By the mid 1800s, the menhaden fishing industry was in full swing and employed thousands of people. The Long Island Railroad arrived in 1844 and was a driving force in the development of Greenport and the North Fork as local farmers used the railroad to ship their harvest to markets. Greenport became a huge oystering center during the first half of the 20th century and at one time there were over a dozen oyster processing plants in town. As the oyster industry began to shrink, the Village turned its attention towards tourism and has developed into a vibrant destination for visitors from all over the world. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Greenport one of the prettiest towns in the United States. Check out some of our favorite spots in Greenport…

Places to Eat:

1943 Pizza Bar – 308 Main Street (in Stirling Square)
Located in Stirling Square on Main Street, 1943 Pizza Bar offers delicious brick oven pizza with a variety of toppings available. Innovative combinations and outdoor seating make for a delicious and charming dinner!

Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market – 37 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944
*OUR FAVORITE*
The little shack in the heart of Greenport Village has seen a fair share of time and tides. It began life as the wheelhouse of a great whaling ship until that fishery faded into history. It was cut off and brought ashore in 1880.
Now it houses Little Creek Oyster Farm Market where you can shuck your own oysters (instructions and tools included). The shop also provides picnic supplies, saltwater flies, handmade tackle and other unique durable goods will available to round out the offerings. Due to the inclusive approach, other small growers and farmers will have the opportunity to showcase the fruits of their labor as well.

The Frisky Oyster – 27 Front Street Greenport, NY 11944

Places to Shop:

Lido – 119 Main Street, Greenport, NY 11944
Hand-selected jewelry, home furnishings and one-of-a-kind pieces from artisans around the world, as well as the LIDO capsule resort wear collection.

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Local Knit – 15 Front Street Greenport, NY 11944
For the “not your average” souvenier, try Local Knit. They create shirts featuring local mainstays in distinct towns across the country. From waterside watering holes to salty fishing lodges, these places have real stories and they help build communities of uncommon character.

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Made in New York – 413 Main Street, Greenport, NY 11944
At Made in New York they strive to expand the availability of locally grown, produced & manufactured goods. They have created a retail environment where you can easily access fresh gourmet food, fabulous fiber-art items, and fantastic dry goods. ALL which have been produced in the great State of New York. We loved the waxed canvas totes, perfect for holding all your local treasures!

The Times Vintage
– 429 Main Street, Greenport 11944
Housed in the old Suffolk Times newspaper building, The Times Vintage sells a collection of art, fashion, and furnishings.

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Places to Stay:

The Harborfront Inn – 209 Front Street, Greenport, NY 11944
In the heart of the historic seaside Village of Greenport on Long Island’s North Fork, the Harborfront Inn epitomizes understated luxury and comfort. Designed as a retreat for discerning guests who wish to immerse themselves in the unique rural culture of the North Fork while enjoying the finest of amenities, the Harborfront Inn offers the best of all worlds.

harbor front inn

The Bahamas are home to amazing turquoise waters, inspiring islands, and unlimited adventure.  If you have ever thought about chartering a yacht, the Bahamas is an ideal location! While Design Works is my true passion, I have always had an unwavering love for traveling the world.  Luckily for me I found a job that has allowed me to do both.  For those of you that don’t know, I have been a stewardess on private yachts for the past 6 years.  While the job is not always as glamorous as it sounds, it has afforded me the opportunity to travel to a myriad of places I may never have seen.  Our most recent trip took us to the Bahamas, and I wanted to share it with you!  Check out this itinerary for a glimpse into the wonderful world of yachting!

Day 1

Meet M/Y Double Down at the Atlantis Marina and Resort located on Paradise Island.  Rivaling the legendary Marina of Monte Carlo, The Marina at Atlantis is the premier facility in The Bahamas. This luxury yacht harbor accommodates vessels of up to 240 feet. The Marina also offers a variety of yacht and fishing charter services. Guests of The Marina enjoy all of the features and services of Atlantis.

Spend Saturday night docked at the Marina at Atlantis aboard M/Y Double Down Enjoy a welcome dinner, crew meet and greet, and perhaps a bit of casino action following dessert.

Day 2

Depart Atlantis around 9am and begin your week long journey aboard the M/Y Double Down.  Enjoy lunch underway as you cruise the beautiful waters of the Bahamas en-route to Staniel Cay.  Later that afternoon you will arrive and dock at the Staniel Cay Yacht Club. Their newly renovated marina will be your home for the next 2 days.  Enjoy dinner aboard the M/Y Double Down followed by a cocktail at The Clubhouse Bar.  Said to be one of Jimmy Buffets favorite bars in the Caribbean!

 

Day 3

Enjoy all of the wonderful activities Staniel Cay has to offer.  In the morning check out the world famous swimming pigs, followed by lunch back onboard the M/Y Double Down.  After lunch enjoy the white sand beaches and discover the breathtaking Thunderball Grotto, a hollowed-out island where thousands of colorful fish will eat from your hand.  That evening dine aboard the M/Y Double Down and be delighted by a delicious meal prepared by our chef.

Day 4

After breakfast depart Staniel Cay for a short trip to the neighboring island of Compass Cay, where you will dock at Compass Cay Marina for one night.  Compass Cay is said to be a place where you take a step back in time to a simpler, gentler way of life.  Enjoy lunch aboard the M/Y Double Down, followed by an afternoon exploring some of the most pristine and beautiful beaches in the world.  Dinner onboard the M/Y Double Down is sure to end your day on a high note.

Day 5

After breakfast depart Compass Cay for the neighboring island of Highbourne Cay, known worldwide as the gateway to the ultimate ephemeral islands – The Exuma Cays.  Enjoy lunch aboard the M/Y Double Down followed by an afternoon of leisure. For those of you who want some activity, Highbourne offers hiking, sailing, paddle boarding, and so much more.  Dinner that evening will be served aboard the M/Y Double Down.

Day 6

After breakfast, depart Highbourne Cay for the one and only Harbour Island.  Known as “Briland” by its inhabitants, Harbour Island is approximately 3.5 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. Once the capital of the Bahamas and the second largest city to Nassau in the 1900s, Harbour Island will not disappoint!  Lunch will be served underway as you navigate the shallow and stunning waters of the Bahamas.  Later that afternoon you will dock at Valentine’s Marina, a state of the art facility located on Harbour Island.  With some of the best restaurants in the Bahamas at your fingertips, the crew has arranged for a shore dinner at The Rock House.

 

Day 7

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty that Harbour Island has to offer.  Take a walk on one of the magnificent pink sand beaches, a golf cart tour around the island, shop at one of the unique boutiques, or try your hand at a little bone-fishing.  Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to be back on the yacht for lunch and dinner.

 

Day 8

Depart Harbour Island early for your trip back to the Atlantis Marina and Resort.  Arrive Paradise Island around noon where you will enjoy a farewell lunch aboard the M/Y Double Down.

 

Cape Cod: Surviving the winter blues

We can all identify with the winter blues.  The long days and weeks when the sun doesn’t shine and we are desperately seeking a little vitamin C.  Cape Cod can be a tough place to live come January, February, and March.  The memories from the previous summer have faded, the excitement of the holidays has come and gone, and the first day of Spring seems like it will never arrive.

You start to wonder if your neighbors really still live next door, you haven’t seen them in weeks.  An occasional trip over the bridge begins to look like a vacation.  You think to yourself where has everyone gone and why didn’t they take me with them?  And for a brief moment you ponder the decision you made to live on Cape Cod year round.

Those days are over! During the past couple years there has been a great local movement happening on Cape Cod.  From community-supported agriculture to festivals promoting local artisans, musicians, and shops, the Cape has become a “happening” place to be no matter what time of love live local cape codyear.  Even better than that is the creation of a phenomenal new resource called “Love, Live, Local” which offers a comprehensive marketplace of ideas, events, businesses, restaurants, and inspiration from all over the Cape.  Founded by 3 local girls, Jen, Kate and Amanda, Love.Live.Local highlights all of the wonderful things that are happening on Cape Cod, and inspires people of all ages to explore what it is that makes the Cape such an ideal place to live, work, and play.  Through newsletters, social media, and events, the girls are providing cape residents and tourists alike with a unique look at what it’s really like to live and love locally!

This month they have some great ideas for field trips and events, all sure to pull you out of your winter slump.  Some of our favorites include; a trip to Chequessett Chocolates, a performance by the girls of Brazen Belles Burlesque, or one of the many great exhibits at the Cape Cod Maritime Museum.  So if you haven’t been to their website, attended one of their events, explored one of the many local businesses featured in their newsletter, get going! The time to enjoy, contribute, and take advantage of this great place is now!

Design: Going Gaga for Graffiti – Finding beauty in unexpected places

Graffiti is writing or drawings that have been scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. It ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and it has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.

Personally, I have always been fascinated by graffiti.  Living in New York City after college I often found beauty in unexpected things, one of which was graffiti.  It’s colors, shapes, and agendas have intrigued and captivated me.  So, on a recent trip to Miami I was dying to check out Wynwood Walls, an art installation conceived by Tony Goldman in 2009.

Originally intended to transform the run down warehouse district of Wynwood, the Wynwood Walls art installation initially consisted of six buildings.  These six windowless warehouses served as giant canvases for the under-appreciated and misinterpreted street art known as graffiti.  From inception, the Wynwood Arts District has grown to become a mecca for great street artists from all over the world, and is now also home to numerous galleries, restaurants, and an unlimited amount of inspiration.

Check out some of the amazing work featured in this unique area!

For more information you can also visit www. thewynwoodwalls.com

graffiti woman

 

graffiti wall

graffiti wynwood

miami graffiti

traditional graffiti

 

Travel : Design Works goes to Atlanta

We had a great time in Atlanta…the gift show was full of great new products and we are excited to say that over the coming months you will see tons of new pieces arriving daily!  While we were in Atlanta to work, we also managed to sneak away and visit some of our favorite shops and restaurants! Below is a recap of some of the great destinations Atlanta has to offer! Do you have a favorite shop, restaurant, or spot that you love in Atlanta??? If so, be sure to let us know in the comment section so we can stop there on our next visit!

WESTSIDE PROVISIONS DISTRICT – 1100-1210 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Westside Provisions District offers unique retail with Atlanta’s finest furnishings, fashions, and fun. Their destination dining experiences are celebrated across the city.  With monthly events ranging from cheese courses at Star Provisions to artist talks at Brendan Carroll, Westside Provisions District is a must visit! While at Westside make sure to stop at the following:

#1 JCT Kitchen

Award-winning Southern style farm-to-table cooking by chef/owner Ford Fry.  JCT. Kitchen offers an unbelievably delicious modern twist on old style southern food.

#2 JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAMS

Handmade American ice cream = Bliss with a big B. Every single thing they put in their ice cream is legit. They build every recipe from the ground up with luscious, Snowville milk and cream from cows that eat grass. With that exquisite base, they explore pure flavor in whatever direction moves them at any moment, every day, all year.

#3 ANN MASHBURN

Inspired by women young and old, ANN MASHBURN is less about fashion and more about style: With an eye towards a thoughtfully curated collection of Ann’s own designs (most notably her perfectly tailored shirts) and a mix of accessories and extras from around the globe, the goal is always to make women feel beautiful, interesting-and like themselves.

#4 BILLY REID

A designer brand fashioned around owner Billy Reid’s authentic lifestyle, upbringing, personality and aesthetic.

#5 STAR PROVISIONS

Star Provisions is the culinary dream shop for the gourmet expert and novice alike, featuring individual markets for cheese, wine, beer meats, seafood and other gourmet food items, gifts, cookware, freshly baked breads and sweets. Expect the highest level of service and knowledge.

WEST BUCKHEAD

#6 PIECES 3234-A Roswell Road · Atlanta, GA 30305

Founded in 2004, Pieces brought to the area a forward-thinking aesthetic—Hampton’s low-key luxury with a mid-century Palm Beach punch— and a sustainable approach to achieving it. Lee revives well-crafted vintage furniture with contemporary textiles and reimagines one-of-a-kind finds to give them new function. The continually changing selection and Lee’s eye for the unexpected has earned a reputation as stylemaker-to-watch by the top design and fashion magazines in the country. At ease in the pages of Elle Décor as she is behind her Twitter handle, Lee continues to blur the boundaries of her brand’s vision and voice.

Gift Guide: Gifts for the world traveler

Here are some of our favorite ideas for the traveler on your list this holiday season!  All items are available in our shop in Yarmouthport.  Happy Holidays!

sticky notes

Sticky Notes from Cavallini and Co. These delightful sticky note pads feature vintage travel images in bold colors. Perfect for writing lists, reminders and sweet notes for someone special. Sticky backing makes them extra handy.

erasers

Keep your favorite destinations close at hand with these fabulous erasers by Cavallini & Co.

scarf

Chevron map scarf by The Printed Image.

journal

Record all of your global adventures in style with the Bon Voyage Journal! This journal features a soft linen cover printed with an illustrated map of the world, smythe sewn binding for durability, and luxurious interior pages printed with metallic gold lines and accents. By Rifle Paper Co.

coaster

Hotel D’angleterre 6″ Coaster by John Derian
Handmade in his New York studio using reproduced imagery from John Derian’s vast collection of antique and vintage prints. Trained artisans cut and collage the designs onto handblown glass.