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our new house

On January 16th, 2018 Elliott and I became homeowners!   After 10 years in our condo it was time... we wanted more space, a yard and no HOA.   We were looking  for years but nothing was right.  A friend of mine made us aware that this house had a for-sale-by-owner sign and in the process found out that my dads co-worker was the owner... lucky for us he recently acquired it with the purchase of a different house (in order to get the house he wanted this house he had to purchase this house as part of the deal) and he wanted nothing to do with this one so we jumped at it!  as is. with no inspection. eek!   The house was built in 1910 and was vacant for 7 years before we got it.  Ive been wanting to document this process all along (which i do on instagram @: ggpiccini) but life happens and i get busy... We had to get our condo ready to hit the market (two mortgages is no fun), which we did (and it sold in 3 days!) and we had to get this house livable.   So far we'v
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The Whitby Hotel

My love for hotels started when I was 11.   My family moved overseas and I was lucky enough to stay at some amazing hotels in London, Oman and Dubai.    Recently I discovered Firmadel Hotels on Instagram (@firmdale_hotels) and I have since become OBSESSED.  They have hotels in New York and London and today I want to share photos of one of their New York Locations.  The Whitby Hotel.   Located at: 18 W 56th Street New York, NY 10019                                                                   exterior  Below are photos of Lobby:  The lobby is light and bring with soaring glass windows and striking artwork.                                                                                       lobby                                                                                       lobby The Drawing Room: The drawing room is a sumptuous and  colorful residents lounge with an elegant fireplace, bespoke library collection, original artwork a