Sunday, April 18, 2010

Excursion: Portsmouth, NH

This weekend we jetted up to Portsmouth, N.H. for some shopping and relaxing in the unseasonably cold and rainy New England spring weather.  Despite that misery, we had a great time and discovered some super shops and restaurants in this little city, less than an hour from Boston.  Some favorites:

This beautiful store for bedding, bath and other home accessories was a favorite of my husband's, after he rolled in from the local bowling alley. He switched gears aptly, and we walked out with a few goodies.
How cute are these candles, by Bliss Living Home?
And who could leave these foo dog candles in the store? 

They came right home with me, in orange, and found a new home in my great-grandfather's secretary.

Somina has a diverse and beautiful selection of bedding for the little ones, and their parents, too.


Serena and Lily

Lulu DK Matouk
Lulu DK Matouk

Lastly, we came home with three plaster tiles from Canadia artist Sid Dickens:
The three we chose:

Each is inscribed on the back with a beautiful message relating to the design.

Gus and Ruby Letterpress offers a fun collection of stationery, invitations, calendars and art:

Gus and Ruby also carries the lines of two designers I love:  Dabney Lee and Jonathan Adler, who both use bright colors and bold designs in their stationery, trays, calendars and the like:
City and Country is a cute little Portsmouth shop on Daniel Street that deserves mention.  It carries kitchen goods, and accessories including picture frames, Dash and Albert rugs, lamps and the like.  I picked up this vintage knob ($2.95) for the aforementioned secretary in my living room:

The weekend ended with an amazing stuff-yourself-silly breakfast at Friendly Toast.  My home-made 3-inch thick french toast was well worth the 25 minute wait, and the kitchy fun 1950s decor only sweeted the deal.


Have you explored any fun spots lately?

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