Inspiration Spots: Lauren Moffatt Finds Quirky Antiques, Eataly Treats

Designer Lauren Moffatt takes us for a stroll around her favorite spots in Chelsea and the Flatiron District.

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Catherine Blair Pfander
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Knowing one of her first New York residences was a sail boat, we already had designer Lauren Moffatt pegged as the adventurous type. Accordingly, the first place Moffatt guided us to on our sunny Chelsea jaunt was Olde Good Things, a sprawling antique shop teeming with quirky gear and unusual finds.
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Moffatt was immediately drawn to a heavy marble table and carved bust. "I have a little bit of a white Cararra marble obsession," she says.
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"Somehow, there's something sort of funny about this pairing, even though it's elegant," the designer explains of her inspiration snap. "Funny versus elegant is one of my favorite juxtapositions."
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Moffatt let out a gasp of delight upon discovering these painted tin cowboy boots in an old cabinet. "We have a collection of vintage cowboy boots that my daughter has either grown out of, or is waiting to grow into," she explains. "I'd have to display these with those -- just cause."
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With so many strange objects (including custom brass door knobs from an old New York school house), it's easy to see how a creative mind like Lauren's can thrive in a shop like Olde Goode Antiques. Here, she scopes out a peculiar pair of sconces.
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"Again, it's just that 'funny' element," Moffatt says of these (faintly spooky) "hand" lights. "I'd have to change the shades, but I can think of at least three places I need hand-lamps in my apartment!"
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A quick stroll down 23rd street and we found ourselves at Eataly, Mario Batali's bustling Italian grocery and restaurant super-store.
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A colorful counter stuffed with tantalizing Italian pastries -- from dainty panna cotta cups to tiny sponge cakes -- catches Moffatt's eye.
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"I could eat my way through this mecca of tastiness," Lauren exclaims. "Basically everything is the prettiest thing you've ever seen." Here, a bounty of "semifreddo" and "diabella" cakes.
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Charles Long's new installation of strange, amorphous animal sculptures in Madison Square Park beckons across the street from Eataly.
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"When I bring my dog to work, we'll bring her to the dog run on the way to the subway," says Moffattt. "The park's rotating installations are always fun. I'll have to bring my daughter back to see this one, she'll love the 'arabesque-ing' bird."
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