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J+G Design Takes a Trip to the New York Public Library

We took a break in between client meetings today to visit one of our favorite NYC landmarks, the New York Public Library. It’s understandable why it’s featured in many famous films, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Thomas Crown Affair, and Sex and City: The Movie. You can’t help but stand in awe of its impressive architecture and grand lion statues- nothing quite says NYC like the NYPL!

Following an open competition among scores of the city’s most prominent architects, the relatively unknown firm of Carrère and Hastings was selected to design and construct the new library. It took 9 years, $9 million dollars,  and 75 miles of shelving until the library was deemed complete in 1911. At the time, it was the largest marble building ever attempted in the U.S. and possessed the most rapid book delivery system in the world. Fun fact: the very first reader turned in his book request at 9:08a.m. and received his book six minutes later!

In the summertime, it is the perfect place to sit on the steps, eat lunch and people watch. In the wintertime, we love to view the beautiful Christmas wreaths that are hung from the lions’ necks, then scurry over to Bryant Park for some hot chocolate and cozy moments by the fire pit watching the ice skaters fly by.

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 Bekka Palmer Photography

Get our look: J.Crew cocoon coat // Scarf // Rag & Bone high rise skinny jeans // Cole Haan booties 

Get the look for your home:  Gideon library table // Set of poetry books // Personal embosser // Gilded magnifying glass // Lion figurine //

J+G Design Visits Dempsey & Carroll

Is there anything better than a handwritten note? We don’t think so, especially if it’s on fine stationery from Dempsey and Carroll. We had such a wonderful time visiting their UES store and learning more about the company’s craftsmanship and history. Dempsey & Carroll has long been considered the finest purveyor of elegant engraved social stationery. In 1878, John Dempsey, a talented engraver, and George Carroll, a savvy businessman, collaborated in the founding of a company that would not only provide its customers with luxury writing papers, but also offer advice on etiquette and proper decorum in a variety of social settings.

This winning business combination is carried on through the company’s stylish collaborations with the brands such as Milly, J.McLaughlin, Schumacher and, most recently, Inslee by Design.

As designers, our obvious favorite is the custom Schumacher envelope inserts and notecards. You can pick any pattern from the iconic fabric house’s line to create a custom set – how neat is that?

We also got a glimpse into one of the old design archives – such a treat! This one contained a collection of antique custom yacht stationery, used to cordially invite one’s friends to join you aboard, of course. The modern day version is now personalized private jet stationery- my have times changed!

Big thanks to Remo at Dempsey and Carroll for the lovely tour!



Bekka Palmer Photography 

Outfits courtesy of JMcLaughlin

Get our look: The Saturday Shirt // Breck Reversible Vest // Becca Legging // Sigrid Fair Isle Sweater (Similar)