Week in Review, Vol. 2

I can’t believe it’s time for another week in review! I don’t know if I’m on the verge of getting sick (hopefully not the flu!!!) or if I’m just exhausted, but I have barely been able to stay awake in the mornings. I know it’s not a lack of caffeine, as I rarely indulge in caffeinated beverages, minus the occasional Coke and my morning cup of tea. Anyway, I’ve just been completely wiped out lately, and I’ve never been happier to be able to work from home so that I can take a brief break in the mornings or the afternoon! It could also be due to the weather as well. The days that are warm always seem to be days with major thunderstorms, and clear days have been very cold and windy.

Anyway, needless to say, I’ve been spending a bit too much time online this week. Here are a few of my favorite links from the week!

Scully & Scully Redefines Registry on the Upper East Side
Scully & Scully has always been one of my favorite stores–getting their catalog in the mail makes me smile! While we didn’t register for gifts when we got married, if we had we would have registered at Scully & Scully. Their staff are among the most gracious and helpful people I’ve ever met, and everything inside is just so beautiful. I love the way their registry system works–essentially, when someone purchases something from your registry, the cost of the item is credited to you, so you can choose to apply the credit to something else if you prefer!

I know that everyone has already talked about this, but LL Bean just changed their return policy from a lifetime return to one year. I’m torn about this–on the one hand, I hate that people had been taking advantage of such a generous policy and an honest company, but on the other I’m so sad that the company decided to change the policy to returns only within the year. Of course it is still a generous policy, but it feels like the end of an era. If you’re interested in reading more, there are some very thoughtful discussions from both points of view in the comments section at Salt Water New England and Ivy Style. Personally, I think that they should still offer a lifetime return policy with the receipt, or at least with the record of your purchase from your account. That would cut down on people taking advantage of the company, but still ensure that your purchased items meet LL Bean’s traditionally high standards.

I’m a huge fan of chintz thanks to my grandmother and my mother, and when I saw this article on Facebook, I immediately had to click. House & Garden posted some beautiful photographs from their archives on ways to incorporate chintz into your home. Looking at my “dream home” Pinterest board, there are quite a few chintz photos I’ve saved! The picture in this post, above, is of my grandparents’ former living room in their house Thimble Hall in Locust Valley. I loved how beautifully decorated it was!

For a special Valentine’s Day dinner, I ended up going not with a New York strip but with filet mignon instead. I found this recipe online and the filets came out perfectly! I don’t think I’ve ever cooked filet on a stovetop before–just on the grill–and I was so glad to find this recipe. I think it turned out pretty well!

Jo Rodgers’ Instagram account is one of my favorites, and I love all of her updates on renovating her Georgian home in London! She just uploaded her newest story. I can’t wait to read part 3!

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