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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to venture from HGTV’s headquarters in Knoxville, Tenn. to the Big Apple – and had a wonderful NYC adventure. How did I spend most of my time? Eating my way through the city in one great restaurant after another…of course!

What I love most about NYC dining is that you can be as inspired by the incredible decor you find in a restaurant as you are by the food – and I now want to replicate several of those beautiful interiors in my own home. I was first inspired by Buddakan with its contemporary Asian flair and incredible two-story loungey vibe. You may even remember Buddakan from the Sex & the City movie.

Buddakan, photo from forbestraveler.com

Buddakan, photo from forbestraveler.com

On my second night, I had the pleasure of going to The Stanton Social with its great white brick walls, and incredible chandeliers – not to mention the crab cake corn dogs that still make my mouth water at the mere thought.

The Stanton Social, photo from nymag.com

The Stanton Social, photo from nymag.com

Finally, I went to a casual brunch at Norma’s with amazing food and a cool Art Deco vibe.

Normas at Le Parker Meridien

Normas at Le Parker Meridien

Basically, I found inspiration at every turn. What restaurants have inspired your design aesthetic?  I’d love to know!

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