slumber party weekend

May 21, 2012 |  Category:   friends life

It’s Design Week in NYC, which means a lot of friends are in town! I spent the last 3 days with Lisa, Victoria and Anna, including a girls’ weekend away at Anna and Evan’s beautiful house on the Hudson River – a real slumber party and my first night away from the family in…well, ever. The crazy thing is that it’s my first time meeting Victoria and Lisa, but we’ve been chatting online for awhile and it felt really natural and seamless to hang out in real life. I love when that happens and it’s been happening a lot where my online buddies and the talented people who I’ve admired for awhile are becoming dear friends. We spent the weekend shopping, walking, sitting around, cooking and talking. There was even Manic Panic involved and a way too late viewing of Purple Rain.


This is the first time I have been to Anna’s Newburgh house. See that black Risom Side Chair in the second photo? I saw that chair at the DWR Annex marked down to $99 and was kicking myself the whole car ride home for not buying it (it’s normally, oh, around $600). Of course by pure coincidence Anna takes a trip to the Annex a mere few hours later and snatches the chair up. I thought that was pretty funny when I read that she had scored on that chair. So the chair is nicknamed “Jenna’s chair” and I got to visit it for the first time this weekend. Sigh.

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  • M May 21, 2012 at 8:30 am

    How nice! I’m so glad you had a great time with the girls. Sometimes a nice break is all we need…

  • hollie May 21, 2012 at 9:30 am

    That fireplace makes my heart hurt a little bit.

  • Anni May 21, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Looks like so much fun! Anna’s house is absolutely beautiful.

  • Samantha May 21, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Looks and sounds like a wonderful, relaxing visit. Also, I love that story about the chair, and I especially love that it’s right in the entryway. Must’ve been the second thing you saw when you entered the house!

  • Susan May 21, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I love meeting online friends in person and feeling as if you’ve known each other forever-the best! How crazy about the chair, very cool!

  • lulu May 21, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I am impress!! You are hanging with the queens of the blogging world! I get so thrilled when i see my favorite bloggers not only know about each other but they hang out together!

  • Sandra May 21, 2012 at 10:57 am

    That chair. $99 on sale? Luck, luckity luck.

    And more importantly, aren’t weekends with friends, old and new, just THE best. Especially when it’s with friends who “get” the whole design-y, nice things aesthetic? Just lovely.

    And a holiday house too. We sold out cottage last summer before we moved out west and are SOOO mourning it. This weekend most of all because it is THE weekend in Canada to open up the cottage and get everything ready for the season.

    Lovely photos – felt like I was there. WISH I was there…

  • oilandgarlic May 21, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Love this. Where did they get the credenza??

  • Anna @ D16 May 21, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Jenna, thank you so much for coming up over the weekend. You, Lisa and Victoria were the best houseguests ever, and I’m so glad we had this time together. xoxox

  • Anna @ D16 May 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    @oilandgarlic: The credenza is a ’70s-era Knoll Four-Position.

  • Mo May 21, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    So glad you guys had fun. I love seeing smart, talented, awesome women be friends without any competition. Just loving support and lots of laughter.

  • Stephanie @ Blawsom May 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Looks like a fun weekend 🙂 Nothing like a little girl time away from home & family to reset your balance!

  • Jackie May 21, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Glad you had fun! I miss girl’s nights.

  • kay w. May 21, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    this looks like so much fun. i really miss girls nights – i haven’t had one since junior high (and i’m guessing at that) but it sounds like you guys covered all bases (manic panic!) and then some. it was also really fun seeing the photos in “real” time on instagram, too. glad you could share!

  • Sweet Harvest Moon May 21, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Looks like a lovely time!

  • Sara Jensen May 21, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    oh man i am so jealous of that party! im going to make you all come to the lake.

  • Sally B May 22, 2012 at 11:18 am

    good friends, good food, good design… oh my!
    Your photographs continue to feed my soul.

  • Lindsay May 25, 2012 at 3:01 am

    just stumbled upon your blog… your photos and stories are gorgeous, i’ll be back!! xoxo