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Curiosities: Viktor Wynd’s Cabinet of Wonders

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Viktor Wynd is a collector, but he sees it as an enjoyable burden and a sickness. His book is a look into his home, his shop, and a peek into a few other collections. There is a chaos in these images, but at the same time it feels cozy and homey. If curiosities are not your thing, then your skin would probably crawl. In addition to the book, his Little Shop of Horrors was transformed into a Museum, with the help of Kickstarter. It’s on my must see list, for London.

I took the photographs of the book that you see here, but the book itself was photographed by Oskar Proctor and illustrated by Theater of Dolls

This Week in Boston (Road Trip)

We just got back from a nine day road trip around New England and Canada. We have been meaning to do this for a long time, and the perfect opportunity came up so we took it! We drove through Portland, Montreal, Toronto, NYC, Westport, and then back to Boston. We have an unofficial tradition of finding a photo booth in each city, and we were successful everywhere except Portland. We got back to Boston on Wednesday, pretty exhausted. It goes without saying that we had a very needy kitten, and that “needy” turned into cranky (for leaving her that long). Don’t worry though, we had a very capable and great kittysitter while we were gone. Eames is actually in Houston, and we are joining him soon (more on that later). For now, some photos from the road trip.

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We started out in Maine. Unfortunately, we didn’t have much luck in Portland. Most of the shops we wanted to visit closed early; it was a Monday after all. We started out the next day with coffee and donuts from Holy Donut. They make delicious potato donuts; we highly recommend them. Spent the rest of the day in Acadia National Park hiking around. It was a little foggy, but very beautiful. Finished the day right with some lobster rolls from Thurston’s Lobster Pound (thanks Rachel for the recommendation).

Montreal

Besides being a French-speaking city, we had no idea what to expect from Montreal. After a cash only fail/a guy poking fun at Boston accents (we didn’t tell him we were originally from Houston), we lucked into a really great place called Art Cafe. We had our fill of really great cappuccinos, and spent the rest of the day wandering around a part of the city called Mile End. They had a ton of great shops we wanted to check out including Style Labo, Drawn and Quarterly, and Phonopolis. We did make a couple stops in downtown too: A Table Tout Le Monde and Rooney. Montreal would have definitely exceeded our expectations, if we had any.

Toronto

Toronto was probably our favorite part of the trip. We love big cities, and it is the largest in Canada. We arrived on Friday and headed to the Royal Ontario Museum for a relaxing evening. The ROM not only stays open late on Friday, it’s only $10! We had a late dinner at 7 West before heading back to the hotel. The next morning we had brunch at The Drake Hotel and then spent the rest of the day walking up an down Dundas and Queen stopping in at a bunch of great shops. We made a point to stop by Mjolk and Bookhou, a couple my favorite online stores. We also stopped in Magic Pony and Cosmos West Records. If you are in to Brazillian Jazz, you need to go to that record shop. The owner Aki, was super helpful. He made me a list of artists to check out. Really nice guy! Actually, everyone we chatted with in Toronto was really nice. We had a great experience in the city, if you ever get the chance, go!

NYC/Westport

We spent the last leg of our trip back in NY with our friend Jeremy. He had work, so we entertained ourselves most of the time. The first day, we slept. The second day we casually headed into town for some donuts, and the spent a little time in the lobby of the Ace Hotel. A couple of shops in Manhattan later, we headed back to Brooklyn where we parked and walked around Williamsburg. Catbird and Mast Brother’s Chocolate were among our stops. The next day, we started our drive back to Boston, making a stop in Westport to see Terrain. It was amazing. We aimlessly walked around with our coffee and soaked it all in. The store is huge, and quite beautiful. After that it was home to our kitty, and now we have to get back to packing up the house.

Boston City Guide: Mahoney’s Garden Center

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Normally, we just pick up plants from Lowe’s or Home Depot, but we were searching for something more specific when we stopped by Mahoney’s Garden Center. It was incredible! Mahoney’s has been around since 1959, and is still a family owned and operated business. We went to the Brighton location, but they have seven others around Massachusetts. The variety of plants they had seemed endless, and I don’t think even one of them looked sad. In addition to the plants and trees, they had a ton of planters (in color coded stacks) and gardening tools. The place was beautiful, the staff was knowledgeable, and prices were very affordable. We highly recommend it!

Boston City Guide: The Fireplace

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Steven and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary last Saturday. We walked down the street to get dinner at The Fireplace, and it was so delicious. We didn’t realize it at the time, but they use local farmers and resources for their ingredients, and are also a certified green restaurant. The ambiance inside was beautiful—a roarring fire and string lights hanging everywhere. Don’t even get me started on the cocktail I had that night. I didn’t get the name, but it was some combination of rum and bourbon. I think it is my new favorite. Dinner was amazing, pre-dinner bread included. Steven had the north atlantic cod, and I had lobster mac and cheese. We even had dessert which is something we never do. It was the perfect way to spend our anniversary, and we highly recommend it!

Boston City Guide: Pod

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We finally made the (3 mile round-trip) walk to Pod this past weekend. Worth it! It was gorgeous, and perfectly curated. Fresh flowers, books, soap (you know I’m a sucker), and a little bit of everything else. If you’re in Boston, I definitely recommend heading to Brookline Village for this shop. Don’t worry, if your not in town, they have an online store too.