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The Chloe Hotel in New Orleans offers southern charm
The culture of the south porch is alive and well in the Chloe, a new 14 room hotel nestled in the mansions on Saint Charles Avenue in Uptown New Orleans. It’s the first hotel project by local restaurateur Robert LeBlanc, and the sprawling, Thomas Sully-designed Victorian doesn’t disappoint with an inviting porch with rocking chairs, pendant lights, and lush potted plants, all offset by original 19th-century Mexican tiles. It’s a luscious perch from which to explore the city, sip a sazerac, or eat a shrimp etouffée dumpling made by the hotel’s chef, Todd Pulsinelli. The interior designed by Sara Ruffin Costello is a filigree jewelry box with spacious salons and hidden corners with a versatile variety of works of art. In addition to flea market treasures, there are works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Cindy Sherman as well as works by local artists such as the photographer Akasha Rabut and the wall painter Ann Marie Auricchio. Each room is equipped with amenities from local manufacturers and companies: there are robes by Trish Bhansali from Lekha, body scrubs and oils from Oxalis Apothecary, and vinyl from Peaches Records with musicians from New Orleans from Louis Armstrong to Lil Wayne. Finally, the less formal porch overlooks a narrow lap pool and cocktail bar, which are great for relaxing. Room rates start at $ 176 per night, 4125 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, thechloenola.com.
Watermelon and CBD-infused “Turkish Delights”
Verena von Pfetten and David Weiner, former colleagues at the Huffington Post, started Gossamer as a print journal for cannabis three years ago – but the brand has recently expanded into clinically compounded CBD oils, tinctures, and now food. This month heralds the arrival of Gossamer’s CBD Delights (a riff about the Turkish candy), the result of a partnership with Los Angeles-based Rose, which, von Pfetten said, “is one of the few places that are Approaching cannabis foods as food – as something you actually want to eat. “This new edible product combines rosin (a solvent-free ingredient extracted from whole flowers for a purer plant experience) with seasonal, organic ingredients to deliver a vegan-friendly watermelon flavor with hints of tomato and green tea – the fruit of nearly twenty different recipes tested by Tara Thomas, the cook at Brooklyn’s Sincerely, Tommy: Eat x Stay. For those more interested in tinctures, Gossamer continues to offer its signature Twilight, designed to help improve your sleep, as well as the recently launched Dawn that is fortified with THCV to give you a morning boost. “Especially in the Covid era,” said von Pfetten, “our days all look the same – we work from home and look for new routines and new rhythms. Dawn can give people a little more energy whether they are starting the day or instead of a coffee in the late afternoon. “Five percent of all Gossamer sales go to the Women’s Prison Association, National Bailout, and Equity Alliance. gossamer.co.
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A new wellness center combines art with healing
“After working in art and design for most of my life, I discovered that there is a void in wellness that overlaps with the arts,” interior designer and philanthropist Megan Tagliaferri explains why she created Compound – one outdoor art and community space in Long Beach, California. The 15,000 square meter complex of renovated Art Deco buildings in the Zaferia district opened this month and bears his mission statement on the facade. The words “You Belong Here”, rendered in neon by New York and Bahamas artist Tavares Strachan, decorate the entrance. “It’s about holding space – not in a physical form, but in an energetic sense – so that you feel welcome,” says Tagliaferri, who hopes to have conversations through community programming. That could mean a flower mandala and a meditation ceremony, a bilingual reading or the first gallery exhibition “Radical Empathy” in which artists like the sculptor Mildred Howard explore the intersection of art and activism. Anna Sew Hoy, whose installation “Slow Moon’s Rose” (2020) will inhabit the inner courtyard of the complex, sees Compound as a reinterpretation of how people share space. “We all went through so much in 2020,” says the artist. “I hope it provides much-needed healing and relief to the people of Long Beach.” Compoundlb.com.
Take a seat in Batsheva’s new furniture
In 2016, designer Batsheva Hay launched a collection of conservative dresses inspired by both Hasidic and Amish clothing, as well as the floral womenswear popularized by Laura Ashley and Ralph Lauren in the 1980s. Hay’s eye-catching designs soon became part of the popular “prairie dress” trend, and her pieces – all made from vintage fabrics – became iconic, and her namesake label grew quickly to include coats, accessories and items. While she was in quarantine with nothing to dress up, she incorporated her personal style into her interiors. “I wanted to make my home as exciting as my clothes and make my entire universe more a part of my home life,” she explained. This week, Hay is launching a small collection of chairs and cushions that reflect the same sensibility – Vintage Made Contemporary – as their clothing. All pieces are handcrafted from brightly printed fabrics either padded onto items she sourced from an antique dealer or sewn onto pillows by her local modeler. But that’s not all – in the near future, Hay plans to expand the line to include curtains, wallpaper and tableware. From $ 155; batsheva.com.
A relaxing retreat in upstate New York
If, like me, you have dreamed of a weekend of massages, yoga classes, meals that you don’t cook and beds that you don’t make (and maybe the family you don’t see) then Troutbeck, the country inn, is Positioned on 250 acres of wilderness and trout-filled streams in Amenia, NY is the perfect respite. The hotel, with 36 cozy rooms and three stand-alone cottages, all furnished by New York-based Champalimaud Design, has just opened the Barns, a range of newly built replacement wellness cabins made from recycled larch wood and equipped with HEPA air filter systems. In the Long Barn you can experience a massage, facial acupuncture with the specialist FonLin Nyeu and a personal training session in the gym. Meanwhile, private yoga, tai chi, and guided meditation sessions, as well as classes in kinesoma, a mix of Qi Gong, dance, and Feldenkrais to lighten your mood and calm your nerves, are offered in the 1,250-square-foot whitewashed Tall Barn. From $ 240 per night; 515 Leedsville Road, Amenia, NY; troutbeck.com.