Well, folks, the post-Thanksgiving holiday spirit madness is somehow already in fourth gear. If you happen to work in Manhattan, you are no doubt keenly aware of this as the streets are already completely clogged with frenzied shoppers. My office is on Broadway in Soho, which is second only to Rockefeller Center and Herald Square in terms of being Mayhem Central. Walking to work this time of year is a contact sport.Now I have a confession to make. The past few years, I have struggled to combat an inner-Grinchiness that surfaces in December. The causes of it aren’t unique, so I’ll spare you the psychoanalysis. My loving wife has worked hard to try and turn this Yule-moodiness around by making our apartment a happy, festive environment and, in spite of myself, it’s working. One of her latest favorite decorating sources is this online home & garden store, Terrain, and I know this because there are large boxes with their logo on it arriving at my apartment every day. I have to admit that if you’re going to do some holiday-specific shopping for your home, they have really great stuff. Natural decorations made from plants and organic materials and vaguely rustic, homespun kinds of decor. Much more creative and less lame than the usual cheesy gilded holiday fare. Makes it harder to be a crank when everything is so well put together.The other thing that’s fading my seasonal malaise is watching the wonderment in my two-year-old’s eyes as she experiences some of these things for the first time. It’s a cliché, but through her these things no longer seem contrived. That said, I’m not completely cured: check back with me after I attempt to wrangle a Fraser fir into my living room.
Jesse and I made a run out to Red Hook this morning to get a closing gift for good friends who just bought an apartment with a fantastic terrace through us. Said gift was to be none other than an eight foot tall purple Thundercloud Plum Tree. Amazing! I had seen one a few weeks ago with my wife at a store in Williamsburg and knew it was the perfect gift for our buyers. Well….the place in Red Hook (named after a neighborhood on the west side of downtown Manhattan) was charging $107.50 more for the tree than the place in Williamsburg! So, we jumped in the car and went to….
SPROUT HOME. 44 Grand Street (between Kent & Wythe). They have amazing things that grow, accessories that go with them, reasonable prices, and a super friendly staff. If you are in the market for green things, inside or out, run, don’t walk to Sprout.