I love how inspiration can strike at any moment, place or time; it keeps my momentum going and sparks ideas that I can use on future designs. When traveling for business, I like to use my time to explore the area for unexpected inspirations to implement into my classically current projects for my clients and, and I recently had the chance to visit New York City where inspiration abounds!

See what unique and fab places I spotted during my Big Apple getaway. Have you had a chance to check out these hot spots?

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The Plaza

I made my first stop at The Plaza. This timeless classic sparked some serious inspiration on my first day in New York. Comprised of elaborate mosaics, the floors were almost too lovely to walk on and the marble and gold floor-to-ceiling detailing left me in awe. The best word to describe the ambience? Surreal.

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I was in town for a client’s install at the Plaza, so most afternoons we grabbed a bite downstairs at the over-the-top and not-so-typical food hall. From delectable sushi, to lobster rolls, pastries and decadent chocolates, it quickly became a favorite spot to catch a breath between furniture deliveries!

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The Surrey

We stayed at this absolute gem just off Madison Avenue, The Surrey. The interiors – by Houston’s own Lauren Rottet – encompassed a sophisticated and refined vibe and the attached restaurant, created by Chef Daniel Boulud, enhanced the entire experience. Together the two made such a wonderful pair that it made it difficult to leave!

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The layout of the lobby set the tone with a monochromatic color palette and a striking image at the end of a long hall. The image covering the wall was soul stirring.

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If you get the chance to visit The Surrey, head up to the rooftop terrace. More than just a breath of fresh air (literally and figuratively), the rooftop’s location gives a fabulous view to New York’s skyline and the décor serves as the perfect escape from the fast-paced lifestyle associated with New York.

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The Met

Next up, the fashion world introduced me to some incredible, futuristic technology! Design and fashion have always gone hand in hand to me. I couldn’t help but stop by The Met to check out the Manus X Machina exhibit, which explored the art of fusing fashion and technology.

The exhibit highlighted amazing dresses that were created both by human hand and technology, using a 3D printer. You could say it’s the perfect example of a classically current design!

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Central Park

We walked through Central Park every afternoon around a few popular spots, like Jackie O Lake and the Belvedere Castle. Central Park is both a beautiful and inspiring oasis in the heart of the buzzing city where people can escape to unwind and play.

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After grabbing a mini baguette and a macaron to-go from Bel Ami Café, we headed to a quaint area where we enjoyed watching mini sailboats in the park. Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of work and travel, I crave some simplicity. Relaxing in the park gave me the perfect dose of down-time I needed.

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High Line

On my final day, I went to the High Line to gather some last-minute inspiration and it surely did not disappoint! Surrounded by one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants and beautiful scenery, this area had tons of inspiration to offer.

Outdoor patio

I enjoyed an afternoon bite at Santina, which provided a similar atmosphere as the rooftop at The Surrey. Just try not to smile while dining here, the adorable and eclectic décor makes it impossible not to, and the food left me pleasantly indulged- win, win!

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Additionally, their interiors showcased multiple statement chandeliers made of colorful blown glass.

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From the fabulous, classic styles to the extraordinary, unique stops along the way, New York sends a rush of inspiration, all while enjoying some delectable bites overlooking stunning views.

If you’re thinking of where to take your next trip, New York is always a good idea. Just from my short time there, I left overflowing with inspiration and I can’t wait until next time! To see where I store my inspirations and designs, head over to my Pinterest and Instagram pages.