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Trunks can be a great way to add a special look to many areas of your home. At the foot of the bed is a great way to add to the bedroom’s theme. The right size trunk is the best alternative option to a coffee table and could add all the charm. If you’re lucky to have a trunk that’s not only interesting to look at, but tall enough to act as a buffet-style table, then you must use it in your home’s decor! Whether in the foyer, hallway or in the living room, a trunk brings the nooks and crannies of your house to life. Think creative when you find a trunk you love.

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18th century Italian antique storage trunk made of wood and chinghiale fur (wild boar of Tuscany). Very primitive looking, rustic and unique, it was originally used for traveling.

Large Early American Trunk

Large Italian Country Trunk

Large French Steamer Trunk

Antique Woven Rattan & Leather Travel Trunk

 

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Autumn Bounty ~ New Listings

Botanicals

Preserved botanicals are a wonderful way to bring the outside in all year around. The bright green color of our preserved artichokes are lively and induces happiness immediately.

Wall Cabinet

Antique pine wall cabinet has two sliding glass doors and 3 shelves of varying width with plate grooves. The simple design at the top of the cabinet and the extensions at the bottom add just the right amount of adornment to this humble piece.

Breadboards and Pizza Boards

Antique French Breadboard with perfectly worn wood and handle. Stunning piece to add to a kitchen display and to serve from.

Italian Dinnerware

 

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Perfect Weekend in Munich

Despite the popularity of the annual Oktoberfest celebration, Munich isn’t all beer gardens and lederhosen. The Bavarian capital is also home to palatial parks, internationally lauded fine dining, and a budding art scene.

Courtesy Pinakothek der Moderne - In Pinakotheks der Moderne's collection of 20th and 21st century art, design, graphic, and architecture works, you can find masterworks of German expressionism, modernism, and surrealism from artists like László Moholy-Nagy, Otto Dix, and Max Ernst.

Day 1: Art & History

For your morning caffeine fix, head to Man Versus Machine, Munich’s best, uber-modern coffee shop (think baristas that take 10 minutes to froth the perfect milk for your latte). Using single-source beans roasted on site, they serve up perfectly balanced espressos in a modern Scandinavian interior.

Spend the rest of the morning museum-hopping in the Lehel district. For modern art, head to Pinakothek der Moderne. For contemporary, the nearby Haus der Kunst houses the city’s largest collection, in addition to regularly hosting parties for the art-world elite. Pop in for a lunch of filling salads and light dishes at Nage and Sauge and, in the evening, check out a burlesque show at the Theater Drehleier, featuring local talent and international stars. But be warned! In this intimate, underground theater, the audience is often pulled into the act.
Day 2: Shopping & Nightlife

Start the day with a trip to the Viktualienmarkt, a large farmers' market in the center of the city. Stalls are laden with fresh produce, flowers, and every type of Bavarian cheese. Graze through the market, trying local specialties like Weißwurst with sweet mustard, hot pretzels, and chilled glasses of foamy Pilsner. You can also stock up on local delicacies like wild mushrooms and Bavarian jams—the latter make perfect gifts.

For more contemporary finds, check out uber-hip Cheers From Downtown, which stocks the latest in apparel and accessories from independent German designers, like wooden sunglasses from Cheesy as well as cheeky tanks from FYFY. The nearby shop Soda is a magazine-lover’s paradise, with an extensive collection of fashion, design, and lifestyle magazine, ‘zines, journals, and paper crafts.

Courtesy Kismet - Vegetarian-friendly North African and Middle Eastern fare meets inventive cocktails and an impressive wine selection at the modern and chic Kismet.

Getty - Get lost exploring the extensive grounds of the enchanting Englischer Garten, one of the largest urban parks in the world.

Day 3: Englischer Garten & Beer Halls

Start the day off early at the Englischer Garten, Munich’s largest public park, which is equal parts beautifully manicured lawns and curated wilderness. Without leaving the park, you may take tea at the authentic Japanese tea house, surf the waves on Eisbach, the park’s artificial river, or sunbathe the local way (completely au naturel) on the Schönfeld meadow.

Laze away the rest of the afternoon at one of the dozens of beer gardens, like Zum Flaucher, along the Isar River. Sidle up to one of the long tables and chat with the locals while gripping a glass stein of one of the legendary local brews.

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Simple Autumn Delights
Each new season holds anticipation of experiences we want to have. Keeping that in mind is helpful and certainly take some planning. Though it’s the simple delights of the season that we can enjoy all season long any day of the week. I hope you have fun and this year make time to do them all!

Visiting farmers markets, preparing meals, baking and gathering with family and friends,

My design tip: Use what’s in season for cooking, keep it casual and most of all savor the time with those you love to be with.

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Experience
Life is about the experience. At Eleven, they custom-design unique global adventures for family, friends and business associates. Whether heli-skiing near the Arctic Circle in Iceland or casting for bonefish on a remote island in the Bahamas, Eleven experiences are a different kind of escape. We are not found in traditional destinations. Our lodges, chalets and beach houses are miles from the main road - in a historic farming village high along the French-Italian border, on a rugged river in Patagonia, off the coast of Eastern Long Island, and in other unique locations away from the crowd.

In each destination, world-class food and lodging are combined with rigorous guided outdoor activities on mountains, in the backcountry, and on the water for guests of all ages and all skill levels. In urban locations our guides gracefully introduce guests to local culture, knowledge and places known only to native insiders. No matter where in the world they may be, every facility has five star accommodations, award-winning chefs, extensive wine cellars, saunas, steam rooms, spas, and friendly, expert guides who will show you new dimensions of life, friendship, family and adventure.

Their goal is to provide guests with their most unforgettable life experiences. In a world increasingly cluttered by material possessions, our trophies are exceptional and enduring memories of life well-spent. Eleven Experience appeals to highly accomplished and respectful people who love the outdoors and are curious about the world, who appreciate the local environments in which we operate and are eager to live unobtrusively in them during their stay with us.

Check Eleven Experience npw, it's the perfect adventure for living...

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Oktoberfests to Visit If You Can't Make it To Munich

As throngs of thirsty folk head to the halls for Oktoberfest 2015, we round up our favorite Oktoberfests around the country.

Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Texas

Texas has strong ties to Germany—Texas German, a dialect, is still used amongst the city's older population. It makes sense then, that towns like Fredericksburg (named after the Ping of Prussia) know how to throw down for Oktoberfest (nearby Addison's Oktoberfest pulls in over 70,000 visitors each September). Fritztown's Oktoberfest is smaller, but just as Germanic. Plus, there's a tuba festival, lovingly called OkTubaFest. (October 2-4)

Harpoon Octoberfest, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's biggest Oktoberfest celebration takes place in Harpoon Brewery. The brewery showcases its fall beers, and a local German restaurant brings in the festival's fare. And don't worry, there will be chicken dance. (October 2-3)

Acadia's Oktoberfest, Southwest Harbor, Maine

More than 20 breweries take part in this picture-perfect Oktoberfest, which nods to the Bavarian beerfest without getting too verrückt (that would be crazy). While Saturday is for beer and brats, Friday night is for wine and cheese. (October 9-11)

Soulard Oktoberfest, Soulard, Missouri

The Soulard Oktoberfest has all the standard Bavarian food (plus tacos and doughnuts) and festivities, and proceeds benefit St. Louis-area non-profits and German cultural organizations. So you can pat yourself on the back for paying the $5 admission fee, or wear your lederhosen and get in for free. (October 9-11)

New Ulm Oktoberfest, New Ulm, Minnesota

New Ulm was founded by German immigrants in 1854, and is still the sister city to Germany's Ulm. The city's history and rich brewing culture makes for a boisterous Oktoberfest with all the usual draws, plus a 45-foot glockenspiel. (October 3 & 10)

Leavenworth Oktoberfest, Leavenworth, Washington

This Washington mountain town was modeled after a Bavarian village, and so Leavenworth definitely lends itself well to Oktoberfest. Granted, the menu offerings skew more American than authentic—brats on buns are accompanied with cole slaw and baked beans. (Weekends from October 2-17)

Oktoberfest at the Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Gaithersburg's Oktoberfest stretches across the picturesque Kentland Village Green, Kentlands Mansion, Main Street, and Market Square—plenty of room for the horse-drawn wagon rides, apple-cider pressing, artists, a cappella groups, and more traditional performers like the Alte Kameraden German Band and the Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers. (October 11)

Linde Oktoberfest, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bon Appetit considers this to be one of the best German food festivals in the country, and sponsor Lufthansa is responsible for importing in its Bavarian talent. Needless to say, Tulsa's Oktoberfest is legit. (October 22-25)

 

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, California

The spawning San Bernadino festival is one of the most revered Oktoberfests in the United States, and extensive to say the least—there are three sponsored biergartens (Shock Top, Spaten, and Warsteiner), as well as a variety of bars inside the main tent. We suggest making time to watch the Polka Tots, a group of two- to 12-year-olds that serve as the fest's official dance group. (Weekends until October 31)

Bear Mountain Oktoberfest, Bear Mountain, New York

This Oktoberfest makes up in scenery what it lacks in size—enjoy your pretzel and polka music while sneaking in some Hudson Valley leaf peeping. Some packages include a cruise up the scenic Hudson River. (Weekends until October 31, plus Columbus Day)

 

Blog: Conde Nast Traveler

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Oktoberfests to Visit If You Can't Make it To Munich

As throngs of thirsty folk head to the halls for Oktoberfest 2015, we round up our favorite Oktoberfests around the country.

Oktoberfest, Fredericksburg, Texas

Texas has strong ties to Germany—Texas German, a dialect, is still used amongst the city's older population. It makes sense then, that towns like Fredericksburg (named after the Ping of Prussia) know how to throw down for Oktoberfest (nearby Addison's Oktoberfest pulls in over 70,000 visitors each September). Fritztown's Oktoberfest is smaller, but just as Germanic. Plus, there's a tuba festival, lovingly called OkTubaFest. (October 2-4)

Harpoon Octoberfest, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston's biggest Oktoberfest celebration takes place in Harpoon Brewery. The brewery showcases its fall beers, and a local German restaurant brings in the festival's fare. And don't worry, there will be chicken dance. (October 2-3)

Acadia's Oktoberfest, Southwest Harbor, Maine

More than 20 breweries take part in this picture-perfect Oktoberfest, which nods to the Bavarian beerfest without getting too verrückt (that would be crazy). While Saturday is for beer and brats, Friday night is for wine and cheese. (October 9-11)

Soulard Oktoberfest, Soulard, Missouri

The Soulard Oktoberfest has all the standard Bavarian food (plus tacos and doughnuts) and festivities, and proceeds benefit St. Louis-area non-profits and German cultural organizations. So you can pat yourself on the back for paying the $5 admission fee, or wear your lederhosen and get in for free. (October 9-11)

New Ulm Oktoberfest, New Ulm, Minnesota

New Ulm was founded by German immigrants in 1854, and is still the sister city to Germany's Ulm. The city's history and rich brewing culture makes for a boisterous Oktoberfest with all the usual draws, plus a 45-foot glockenspiel. (October 3 & 10)

Leavenworth Oktoberfest, Leavenworth, Washington

This Washington mountain town was modeled after a Bavarian village, and so Leavenworth definitely lends itself well to Oktoberfest. Granted, the menu offerings skew more American than authentic—brats on buns are accompanied with cole slaw and baked beans. (Weekends from October 2-17)

Oktoberfest at the Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland

Gaithersburg's Oktoberfest stretches across the picturesque Kentland Village Green, Kentlands Mansion, Main Street, and Market Square—plenty of room for the horse-drawn wagon rides, apple-cider pressing, artists, a cappella groups, and more traditional performers like the Alte Kameraden German Band and the Alt-Washingtonia Bavarian Dancers. (October 11)

Linde Oktoberfest, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Bon Appetit considers this to be one of the best German food festivals in the country, and sponsor Lufthansa is responsible for importing in its Bavarian talent. Needless to say, Tulsa's Oktoberfest is legit. (October 22-25)

 

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest, Big Bear Lake, California

The spawning San Bernadino festival is one of the most revered Oktoberfests in the United States, and extensive to say the least—there are three sponsored biergartens (Shock Top, Spaten, and Warsteiner), as well as a variety of bars inside the main tent. We suggest making time to watch the Polka Tots, a group of two- to 12-year-olds that serve as the fest's official dance group. (Weekends until October 31)

Bear Mountain Oktoberfest, Bear Mountain, New York

This Oktoberfest makes up in scenery what it lacks in size—enjoy your pretzel and polka music while sneaking in some Hudson Valley leaf peeping. Some packages include a cruise up the scenic Hudson River. (Weekends until October 31, plus Columbus Day)

 

Blog: Conde Nast Traveler

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Barber Shops
Have you recently noticed the cool gentlemen’s barber - shaving shops popping up? It’s a reflection of the past that I hope really takes off again.  A cool way for our guys to sit in the barber chair and have a connection to their Pops!  Showcasing vintage barber pieces can be a artful statement in a gentlemen's bath.

This old vintage Barber Pole light is found at Omero Home

My design tip: Framing your Grandfathers shaving tools in a shadow box or old cabinet would be artful.

Enjoy this lovely weekend.

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The longest season: New Hampshire's Lakes Region

When to go: Late September through late October

Why go: The secret to finding a lingering foliage season is steering clear of the weather that knocks leaves from their branches. "I would choose those locations away from the wind of the coast and at higher elevations," says Jerry Monkman, co-author of The Colors of Fall Road Trip Guide. This New Hampshire region—which encompasses Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, Lake Ossipee, Mirror Lake, Newfound Lake and Lake Winnisquam—is protected from the harsh winds of the coast and doesn’t rise more than 600 feet above sea level, giving you the best chance for a long leaf season.

Where to get the best view: Obviously, from the middle of a lake (pick one). Bring a kayak and tone your paddling arms. "You can see red maples along the waterways showing their bright colors on the trees, and then reflected down into the water as well," says Tai Freligh, communications manager for New Hampshire's Division of Travel and Tourism Development.

The most variety: New York's Adirondack Mountains

When to go: Late September through mid October

Why go: To get the most variety, you need to go where there is geographic diversity, and contained within the Adirondacks you'll find marshes, river valleys, hardwood forests and high-elevation alpine environments. "These areas have a good population of sugar maple trees which, in my opinion, are the most attractive in the fall," Rzonca says. "Other popular species include birch, aspen, oak and silver maple, all of which turn yellow. These trees are then complimented with the brilliant crimson of the red maple. When you put all these trees together, it provides a fantastic contrast and variety of color."

Where to get the best view: "One of my favorite locations is John Boyd Thacher State Park, located on the Helderberg escarpment in Voorheesville," says Eric Scheffel, Senior Public Information Specialist for Empire State Development. "It not only has great fall foliage, but also offers amazing views of the Hudson-Mohawk lowlands—including the City of Albany—and the southern Adirondacks. While it’s known to many Albany-area residents, I’ve found that most visitors from outside the area have never heard of it."

 

The least crowded: Southern Wisconsin

When to go: Second week of October

Why go: In general, leaf-peepers in the Midwest don't have to contend with the same kinds of crowds that they do in the Northeast. "I tend to think that the entire region is rather underrated," says Marek D. Rzonca of the Foliage Network. "Historically, when people think of fall foliage, they think of the Northeast and New England. That thinking is not without merit, as the displays in much of the Northeast are spectacular, but the Midwest has its gems as well. Wisconsin has grown in popularity, at least on our site." Danielle Johnson, from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, calls the small resort town of Lake Geneva a "hidden gem for fall color" in Wisconsin. "Crowds die down in the fall," she says, "making it the perfect time to visit."

Where to get the best view: The Lake Geneva Shorepath Walk. The 21-mile trek gives you plenty of opportunities to see the fall colors set against the lake—and, as a bonus, it'll also take you through the backyards of historic mansions. Johnson says the town owes its popularity to the Chicago fire. "Wealthy Chicagoans fled to their second homes in Lake Geneva after the fire and made them their new homes," she says. This includes a number of properties that once belonged to the prominent Wrigley family. (Black Point Estate is the only one currently open to tours.)

 

The latest season: Southern Ohio

When to go: Late October

Why go:  Procrastinating? Better head south. "Typically, the foliage progression moves from north to south," Rzonca says, "so areas in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois tend to change later than the more northern states." In southern Ohio, leaves will still be hitting their peak in late October.

Where to get the best view: According to Ohio's Fall Color Report, you'll need to stretch your legs in order to get the best view. Throughout the state's parks, you can still find seven historic fire watchtowers—most of the others were dismantled from scrap—including one in the Tar Hollow State Forest in the southern part of the state. It's a long climb to get to the top, but you'll be able to get a panoramic view with autumn leaves stretching for miles in every direction.

 

The most dramatic: Glacier National Park, Montana

When to go: Early October

Why go: Timing is everything at Montana's rugged northern park, where the window between the summer rush and winter snows is razor thin, and it varies every year. The bright yellow larch and aspen and red maples aren't overshadowed by the area's jagged peaks and vertigo-inducing big sky—but it's close.

Where to get the best view: The Going-to-the-Sun Road over Logan Pass is not only poetically named, it's the park's most popular driving route.

Insider tip: If Glacier's blockbuster road is closed, nearby Flathead Lake offers scenic vistas and plentiful huckleberry picking.

 

The least crowded: Western Maine

When to go: Late September through early October

Why go: The season here might be short, the weather chilled and the location remote, but if it were easy, everybody would be doing it. Secondary bonus: Lodging is often not as expensive as it might be in showier areas better known for their leaf season.

Where to get the best view: Most Maine visitors are familiar with Acadia National Park, but Grafton Notch State Park, one of Maine's biggest, is where you should go for day hikes that won't put you in the path of other tourists. See the leaves as you hike your way to Screw Auger Falls, which was impressively carved out by a glacier.

Credit: Conde Nast Traveler

 

 

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Game Time and Tailgating
A fun tradition that everyone can participate in. Maybe you already have an “A” game tailgate ceremony that you can’t wait to roll out. You’ve got the lucky thermoses, your famous game chili, secret spiced popcorn and your touchdown cookies. All you need is the perfect backdrop and accoutrements to add the winning touch.

Tailgating has been a beloved fan tradition for many years.

My design tip: Have fun looking for vintage banners of your team, hang them with vintage clothes pins.

A beautiful weekend to you,

xo,
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Team & Lifestyle Vintage Contributor
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