WELCOME to Nest by Tamara blog

WELCOME to Nest by Tamara blog
Hi- It's Tamara. I'm happy you've stopped by the blog, and since 2010 I've been sharing my passion for interior design, travel, entertaining & fashion. I am an interior designer, textile designer and writer living and working in New York City and East Hampton, Long Island. My blog musings have taken me to international design, art, antique and epicurean events and I have lots to share. I'm grateful to have been listed as the #1 top design blog, blogs to watch, top design blogs and in 2019 named and awarded Rising Star of Design by the IFDA NY industry organization. Please feel free to reach out to our team for an interior design consultation or to see our collection of wallpaper and fabric sold to the designer trade, rootcellardesigns@gmail.com. Happy Nesting, XO Tamara

Six Spots To Drink Or Dine Fireside in New York City

With Autumn in the Air, 
Let's Dish About Our Favorite Spots to 
Drink & Dine Fireside in New York City!
I love Summer.  It's bittersweet to see the beautiful, sunny days wane when the days become shorter. But, then the leaves turn color and it's a beautiful sea of hues. Let's Face it, Summer is not the city's shining moment- the sidewalks are hot and with the high temperatures by the end of August, everyone seems a little bit cranky. There is something exciting about Fall in New York City, and the Big Apple truly beams during the season! Today, we name just a few of our favorite spots with fireplaces in various neighborhoods throughout the city...
photo via Emily Gilbert Photography 
1.  The Writing Room on the Upper East Side.  If you are a true New Yorker, you remember Elaine's as it was the spot to see and be seen in the neighborhood.  It closed in 2011, and the Writing Room is the newest restaurant in its place with a literary-inspired theme and paying homage to the many artists who had frequented the place over the years.  In the back, "The Study" is the perfect spot to dine fireside.  The photographs of Elaine and her former patrons dot the walls alongside a sea of books and a roaring fire, and creates quite a cozy ambiance. The fireplace is by HearthCabinet, and it's a ventless fireplace which can be used both indoors and out- we love that!
photo via the Jane Hotel
2. The Jane Hotel & Bar in the Meatpacking District is the "hot" spot for the millennial crowd to dine and party.  Near the Whitney museum and a wide array of other neighborhood haunts, it offers a club, a restaurant, a hotel with a swanky rooftop bar to boot.  The cocktail room downstairs is smartly appointed with a fireplace and it turns into a club late at night.
3. The Library Bar at Hudson Hotel in Midtown West feels like an Stately English club with an antique Billiards table, leather upholstered sofas and antique Bergeres.  An added feature is the new Assouline Book Collection at the Library Bar- How cool?  Guests can peruse art & design photography books from around the world- a perfect place to saddle up and read by the fire. 
photo via Town & Country
4. Nomad Hotel in NOMAD (just north of Madison Square Park) is a  stunning hotel and bar/restaurant with interiors by Jacques Garcia and food by Chef Daniel Humm.  The stunning historic, marble French fireplace in the library is worth a visit just by itself, but sometimes it's reserved for private events or guests of the hotel.  However, the NoMad Bar next door has a fireplace too and it's a perfect spot after dinner at their swanky restaurant.  
photo via Emily Gilbert Photography 
5. The Rooftop Bar at The James in SOHO (South of Houston Street) offers a stunning 360-degree view of Manhattan, and then add the fireplace- we are smitten.  Another indoor/outdoor fireplace from HearthCabinet, this makes the perfect stop in Fall for cocktails before heading out to dinner.  
photograph via Tiny's Instagram
6. For a complete full-range of New York experiences, we suggest you head to drinks at the James (mentioned above), then off to a cozy dinner in this charming, historic townhouse (dates to 1810) turned restaurant and pub, Tiny's and the Bar Upstairs in Tribeca.  There are three floors, but the first floor back room has a roaring fireplace.  Alejandro Bonilla's comfort food is divine!
Happy Nesting
XO Tamara