Monday, September 9, 2013

mansion planter

There can't be anything more adorable than letting your plant grow in its own little house. Hand made in Tokyo by Pull+Push products, the Mansion Planter is made of sturdy cement with tiny glass windows, and has a hole on the bottom for drainage. Designer Nobuhiro Sato is inspired by building materials, and the way they weather and age in our urban environments. He creates his miniature structures using the same materials used in construction- cement, stone, steel and glass. As all of his products are functional, each one will develop a gentle patina when used.

The Mansion Planter is now 30% off at Everbrite Mercantile Co.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

reasons to love the red ranch

Bryan and I have been doing a lot of traveling in the past month, and as such have searched for the best places to stay on our tight budget. Red Ranch on Route 32 in Catskill gets high marks on many counts. The Catskills of Ulster/Greene Counties where we've been staying is dotted with many mid-century motor lodges, in various states of repair. Some look okay from the road, but show their wear and tear when you get up close. Others are too nice for us, catering to the wealthier retiree crowd. Red Ranch is owned by a family who lives right on the property, the dad being a second-generation caretaker of the motel. It fits the bill for those of us who don't have a ton of money to spend, but want a clean and quiet environment to rest and relax. Here is what sets Red Ranch apart:

•low rates: $68 weekday, $80 weekend, during the season. $58/$68 off-season.
•spotlessly clean
•strong internet connection. this is a rarity in the region.
•swimming pool is large and rectangular, perfect for doing laps.
•soda machine and ice- not always a given.
•angela's restaurant next door- pizza, pasta, etc. but also some options if you're gluten-free like me. their antipasto is great and they have a few dinner entrees like chicken and fish. their breakfast is supposed to be good.
•playground and game room! table tennis!
•the owners live there, so they are always around to take care of your needs
•quiet. did I mention quiet?

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