Princeton in the Spring

After a very long cold winter, Spring is finally here. I thought I’d share the beauty of Princeton, New Jersey with you (my home) during this much-anticipated time of year!

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Witherspoon Street leads directly up to Princeton University. If you visit, make sure to grab lunch at Olives deli. It features wonderful Greek dishes! One of my favorite restaurants for dinner is The Ferry House. It is a bit pricey, but well worth it. Both are on Witherspoon.

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At the end of Witherspoon is one of the entrances to Princeton University. The first building you will see is Nassau Hall, the oldest building at the university, built in 1756.

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Make sure to visit the shops on Palmer Square. It features wonderful shops and restaurants. My favorites shops are The Famhouse Store which specializes in home décor, and Kitchen Kapers – a specialty kitchen store with all kinds of unique gadgets and accessories. I also love Carter & Cavero – old world olive oil company. You can sample a bountiful of tasty olive oil varieties. And, stop by Indigo by Shannon Connor Interiors. They have elegant and unique home décor.

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Make sure and drop in to the Princeton University Chapel. Its beautiful tudor Gothic architecture is worth seeing!

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I also love visiting the Yankee Doodle Tap Room in the basement of The Nassau Inn. It is a great place for a casual dinner or warm spirits beside a warm stone fireplace. You can also sit outside during the warmer months and watch passerby’s while you eat.

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There’s more to Princeton than the picturesque downtown and University. Some other sites I would highly recommend are…

  • a 15 minute walk to Princeton Battlefield State Park and The Thomas Clark house (1772) on Mercer Street
  • a walking tour of the town’s historical sites that begins at the Bainbridge House – Historical Society of Princeton
  • a visit to Terhune Orchards where you can go pumpkin picking in the Fall and visit their country store to purchase their homemade pies, cookies, and cider
  • a visit to Princeton University’s Art Museum
  • a 35-40 minute drive to New Hope and Lambertville (beautiful artsy towns on the Delaware that are separated by the New Hope/Lambertville bridge)
  • dinner at The Blue Point Grill (wonderful seafood) on Nassau Street
  • a visit to Nassau Street Seafood & Produce Co. (very fresh!)
  • coffee at Small World Coffee (on Witherspoon Street)
  • dinner at Camillo’s Italian Restaurant (in the North Harrison Shopping Center in Princeton)
  • window shopping at Design Within Reach on Nassau
  • ice cream at Halo Pub
  • gelato at The Bent Spoon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children’s Art… the international way!

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I just love it when a child’s room is unique and expressive of who they are! What better way to celebrate a child’s uniqueness by celebrating his or her heritage. Here in the United States, we have a cornucopia of nationalities. It’s so wonderful to celebrate our diversity but also our uniqueness. Giving our children a strong sense of identity is so important. Here are some samples of what I think are unique and colorful expressions of just that!

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You can utilize the vibrant colors in these prints as inspiration for the colors you select for your child’s room. The Chinese Girl with Spring Flowers above, from Anna See at storeenvy.com would be perfect in a little girl’s room whose heritage derives from China.

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Celebrate your Mexican heritage with this beautiful painting called Mexican Sunflower by Oopsy Daisy. It would look fantastic in a kid’s bathroom. It would definitely work as a springboard in choosing a bathroom’s wall color, a shower curtain, mats, etc.

Here are some other great examples…