Thursday, August 20, 2009

My Weekend at Deb's



Hi everyone, this is Aran from Cannelle Et Vanille. I am so excited to be here today in Deb's little corner of the world. I met Deb through blogging a little bit over a year ago and through emails, I came to adore her. One of those special blogging friendships that I never thought I would have.

This past weekend, I spent three amazing days in NYC to attend Sunday Suppers where I was invited as a guest chef. When she found out I would be in NYC, she called and said "if you want, my home can be yours for those three days". And so I accepted and I'm so happy I did.




When Deb asked me if I could write a guest post, I immediately thought how great it would be if I could take some photos of her home to share with you. She lives on the most beautiful and quaint street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. So quiet and peaceful that I kept forgetting I was even in NYC.




She has the most amazing garden where she grows herbs, tomatoes, flowers and I think I even saw some peas. I had coffee there every morning and I would sit outside right before bedtime at night.





Her two adorable kitties, Icky and Max kept me company and even slept with me at night. They followed me around and sat with me in the mornings while I checked the news and my emails. I appreciated the peace and quiet so much.

I love how her apartment is an extension of herself, full of memories, photos, travel mementos. It's full of character. I love her work room of Bonbon Oiseau pieces, photos and perfectly organized beads. I even spotted some pieces I had never seen before, which was a treat.




Thank you so much Deb. It was the perfect New York weekend. I miss the kitties already!

32 comments:

Simply Mel said...

Those kitties are so cute! And Deb's apartment is absolute perfection! Every bright and happy detail made me smile.

cindy said...

your photos of deb's apartment are really wonderful, aran! especially the two kitties. deb will be thrilled to have your photographs of her lovely home, who wouldn't be? i'm sure she will also be very happy when she sees all the wonderful guest posts that went up during her time away.

Michelle said...

Her cat is so beautiful! I'm so glad I found her blog through yours. Thanks, Aran!

Off to read through the archives...

Anja said...

This house and garden is full of character and light. I love the detailes, especially the old wooden shaver on the rack on the third picture. great...

vintage simple said...

Aran..! What a perfect post! I loved getting little peeks of Deb's place - the photographs are beautiful. Thank you!
-maria

peachey said...

aran,
your time in nyc sounds wonderful, and it's no surprise that deb's home greeted you as warmly as she would have if there. what a pretty pad!

Marie said...

Thank you Aran!

Greenpoint's now on my list of Places to Look for an Apartment (with terrace or little garden!)...lovely pictures of a lovely place.

Vana said...

Amazing pictures! Deb's place has so much character and it tells you so much about her. Loved it:) Thanks Aran:)

rachelwoodmassey said...

aran! those pics of icky and maxine make my head hurt. (the rest are awesome as well) sorry we never go to meet!

cindy* said...

love your view of deb's apartment! so bright and fresh!

nadia said...

How wonderful it all sounds! she is such a lovely person and how great for her to come home to this home and your pictures!

Aran said...

Thanks guys. It is so lovely and Deb was so kind to let me stay there...

simplesong said...

gorgeous photos, aran! looks like you had a wonderful time. thanks for sharing!

Tartelette said...

What a perfect place! I can imagine the feeling of peace and relaxation! Gorgeous apartment!

Kara {Must-Have Boutique} said...

Cute kitties! They like the camera!

The Lil Bee said...

What a treat for you--and US--to be able to see Deb's home. It is just as cute as I'd expect it to be. And your photos are beautiful!

erin said...

such sweet photos! glad you got to visit in deb's lovely spot! thanks for sharing, both of you!

molly said...

i know deb has shown shots of her apt before, but seeing it thru someone else's eyes is where it really comes out that she DOES have an enviable little life there. i told her as much when we lunched in nyc!! the garden, the kitties, the color, the light...you're lucky!!!

Aran said...

thanks guys! the light was gorgeous in her apartment and that helped too. the windows are so tall... i love old buildings. the kitties were so loving... i miss nyc already!

Taypee said...

Oh! My! Golly! These pictures are simply amazing!!!! You've made the cats look like both works or art and soulful critters! Terrific!

melissa loves said...

Oh! How wonderful! What a lovely thing, the two of you connected even though you weren't together! Such a sweet post as well...thanks for sharing and congrats on being a guest chef hun! :)
xo
Melis

Jennifer said...

Greetings Aran! Thanks for linking us to Deb's blog. It's simply lovely. I adore discovering new blogs to follow, especially those that are as eye-catching and inspirational as Deb's. Cheers!

My Castle in Spain said...

and the cats are so cute ! such a sweet and luminous apartment...just like Deb really..
you're lucky !
:-)

My Castle in Spain said...

oh...i'ts just now i see you have the followers widget...great!

nurseknitsalot said...

I love, love, love NYC!!! Great pictures..especially love the black kitty with the white background..just stunning!!

The Royal Me said...

i love seeing Chateux Bonbon through someone else's eyes! EVEN ICKY AND MAXINE!!! Tremendous!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

aran, this brought a little tear to my eye. i am so moved. than you friend, you are amazing. i am exited for you to come back when i am actually here but i am so glad you found a peaceful place to relax in these days.
these pictures are like looking at another world (and you found cookie road huh?)
thank you again for taking such good care of icky and maxine...more tomorrow.

Aran said...

Welcome back Deb! Thank you once again for opening your home to me. I will never forget it. The weekend was extra special because of it and that Saturday evening at home with the kitties will stay in my mind for years to come. Thank you a million times over Deb!

heidi said...

WOW! Aran, you showed us some Deb we haven't seen before! That pic of Maxine is GORGEOUS. Love that the little colored beads are next to her. I've said this before... the light in Brooklyn is somethin'. Welcome back Deb!!!! Can't wait to see pics! xoh

Sunday Suppers said...

Deb - your place is just lovely ! we are so sad that we missed you but thank you for taking care of our lovely aran! the photos are gorgeous aran ! what a sweet post. xoxo

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Uh Oh..I have a new favorite blog. I love NYC, but I am far away in San Luis Obispo, California on the Central Coast. BUT, I can get that "New York Happy Feeling" by visiting your blog.

And your kittys are just adorable ! I have 4 myself :-)

I'll check back daily..cause it makes me HAPPY !

Best,
Kary and the kittys

Elaine said...

OMG great photos! I know all those spots well (I live around the corner), and they look so different through your lens. So very nice.

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