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Economy Candy is a downtown staple.

1 Economy Candy is a downtown staple.

Love the cheeky vintage sign - more treats inside!

2 Love the cheeky vintage sign - more treats inside!

Jawbreakers - better known as Everlasting Gobstoppers, for those of you who've read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

3 Jawbreakers - better known as Everlasting Gobstoppers, for those of you who've read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I can always appreciate an

4 I can always appreciate an "Old Time Favorite" in any category - design, music, film... but especially candy.

Pina Colada Jelly Beans?  Where's the Cabernet?

5 Pina Colada Jelly Beans? Where's the Cabernet?

These lollipops are great - but wait until you see what Papabubble has in store...

6 These lollipops are great - but wait until you see what Papabubble has in store...

This sign is just too much!  I had to take a photo.

7 This sign is just too much! I had to take a photo.

Ok, maybe not the

8 Ok, maybe not the "World's Largest Necklace," but certainly the biggest candy necklace I've ever seen.

With a window display like this, Economy Candy is irresistible.

9 With a window display like this, Economy Candy is irresistible.

It was only natural to make a trip to Papabubble next!

10 It was only natural to make a trip to Papabubble next!

Don't mind if I do!

11 Don't mind if I do!

12 "Candy, Candy, Candy..." - it's like they can read my mind.

Lollipops come in small, medium, and large.  I'll take the large, thanks.

13 Lollipops come in small, medium, and large. I'll take the large, thanks.

Papabubble has an impressive line-up of hard candies.  They come in a variation of lollipops, candy sticks, candy rings,

14 Papabubble has an impressive line-up of hard candies. They come in a variation of lollipops, candy sticks, candy rings, "pillows," and "pebbles," a softer crumblier variation of the hard stuff.

Clean, simple, and useful design is the perfect match for a business that takes the art of candy making to the next level.

15 Clean, simple, and useful design is the perfect match for a business that takes the art of candy making to the next level.

Yes, they DO gold leaf candy rings.  Need I say more?

16 Yes, they DO gold leaf candy rings. Need I say more?

Their candy jars are filled with fun mixes, such as: Fruit, Morris (little of everything), I Heart NY (5 borough mix), Acid Drops (sours), Soda Filled (fizzy mix), Heart (fruits + herbal mixes), and Math (1-9 and equation symbols).

17 Their candy jars are filled with fun mixes, such as: Fruit, Morris (little of everything), I Heart NY (5 borough mix), Acid Drops (sours), Soda Filled (fizzy mix), Heart (fruits + herbal mixes), and Math (1-9 and equation symbols).

Lovely candy sculptures.

18 Lovely candy sculptures.

Papabubble will make custom candies with full names upwards of 4 characters in length!

19 Papabubble will make custom candies with full names upwards of 4 characters in length!

Even the lollipops can be personalized with monograms and names.  They also make pops in the shapes of people and numbers.

20 Even the lollipops can be personalized with monograms and names. They also make pops in the shapes of people and numbers.

I have a sneaking suspicion that the fool's gold in my office may soon be replaced with a chunk of Papabubble's rock candy.

21 I have a sneaking suspicion that the fool's gold in my office may soon be replaced with a chunk of Papabubble's rock candy.

The gals who opened the NY shop grow their own rock candy in the basement.  This particular exhibit is the work of New Mexico-based artist Erica Browne.

22 The gals who opened the NY shop grow their own rock candy in the basement. This particular exhibit is the work of New Mexico-based artist Erica Browne.

Fiona, one of Papabubble's NY partners, and Jelly are hard at work making a custom order.

23 Fiona, one of Papabubble's NY partners, and Jelly are hard at work making a custom order.

Every day they put out samples.  I absolutely loved the Mango Chile candies - I've never had anything like it!

24 Every day they put out samples. I absolutely loved the Mango Chile candies - I've never had anything like it!

It's almost too pretty to eat.

25 It's almost too pretty to eat.

I left the shop with a jar of their special

26 I left the shop with a jar of their special "Summer Fun Mix" candies.

It includes a mix of anchors, ships, octupi, and life preservers.

27 It includes a mix of anchors, ships, octupi, and life preservers.

Here's their fruit mix - beautifully detailed.

28 Here's their fruit mix - beautifully detailed.

If you don't already love Papabubble, their special

29 If you don't already love Papabubble, their special "Heart Mix" will do the trick.

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Two things that anyone can appreciate are a good deal and delicious candy.  Enter the very aptly named Economy Candy Market, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.  This shop is overflowing with an extensive variety of candy (both US made and international), and it’s not short on nostalgia, either – Clark bars, Sugar Babies, Jaw Breakers, they have all of the classics!  Make sure your will power is in tact when you visit – trust me, you’ve been warned!

Of course, I hadn’t had my fill when I left Economy, so I decided to swing by Papabubble, a lovely specialty candy shop also located in downtown New York.  Papabubble’s history is almost as sweet as their candies.  In 2003, founders Tommy Tang and Chris King opened their first location in Barcelona, and have since spread their art of candy making internationally – opening additional locations in Amsterdam, Tokyo, and New York.  Walking into their New York location, I was immediately swept off my feet by the intoxicating smell of sugar.  After regaining all of my other senses, I noticed their incredible décor.  The shop is reminiscent of a classic, tidy apothecary, with simple white tiles and science beakers lining the back wall.  It is a perfect backdrop for their playful and vibrant candies – which are truly stunning works of art.  Something about this place really sparks the imagination.  Yes, their candies are a delight – but the real treat is in seeing and experiencing the great pride and care that goes into their candy-making trade.

Economy Candy Market
108 Rivington St
(between Essex St & Ludlow St)
New York, NY 10002

(800) 352-4544

http://www.economycandy.com/

Hours:

Mon-Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Sun. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Papabubble

380 Broome St
(between Mott St & Mulberry St)
New York, NY 10013

(212) 966-2599

www.papabubble.com

Hours:

Tue-Sat. 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sun. 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Fabric Shopping at the D&D Building

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I love the door pulls on the entrance to the Design and Decorating Building.

1 I love the door pulls on the entrance to the Design and Decorating Building.

Rogers & Goffigon - a study in sophistication.

2 Rogers & Goffigon - a study in sophistication.

R&G's fabrics are milled in Europe.

3 R&G's fabrics are milled in Europe.

They come in a variety of luxurious textures in refined, muted tones.

4 They come in a variety of luxurious textures in refined, muted tones.

Loving these colorways and the brocade pattern.

5 Loving these colorways and the brocade pattern.

Warm hues and cool tones.

6 Warm hues and cool tones.

Considering all of my options.

7 Considering all of my options.

I love a neat desk!  And that bowl of candy...!

8 I love a neat desk! And that bowl of candy...!

Maharam - a New York original.

9 Maharam - a New York original.

Maharam's collection is boundless...

10 Maharam's collection is boundless...

Their style ranges from classic twentieth century designs...

11 Their style ranges from classic twentieth century designs...

...to textiles with more contemporary twists.

12 ...to textiles with more contemporary twists.

I want to just snatch all of them up!

13 I want to just snatch all of them up!

Check out that mod print to my right.

14 Check out that mod print to my right.

Larsen was founded in 1952 by Jack Lenor Larsen, the internationally celebrated textile designer.

15 Larsen was founded in 1952 by Jack Lenor Larsen, the internationally celebrated textile designer.

In the fifty plus years since its inception, Larsens fabrics have become a go-to for designers seeking innovative, sophisticated textiles.

16 In the fifty plus years since its inception, Larsens fabrics have become a go-to for designers seeking innovative, sophisticated textiles.

Such as myself!

17 Such as myself!

They are revered for their weaving techniques - a mix between classic and modern.

18 They are revered for their weaving techniques - a mix between classic and modern.

And their multicultural style, which is inspired by every corner of the world.

19 And their multicultural style, which is inspired by every corner of the world.

Hinson, founded in 1972 by Harry Hinson, is dedicated to timeless classics.

20 Hinson, founded in 1972 by Harry Hinson, is dedicated to timeless classics.

Their textiles are largely inspired by historical patterns and classic forms.

21 Their textiles are largely inspired by historical patterns and classic forms.

You won't find any fads or trends here, only time-honored classics.

22 You won't find any fads or trends here, only time-honored classics.

And superb design that welcomes comfort and good taste.

23 And superb design that welcomes comfort and good taste.

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I know, I know - my floors have just been completed, but when you are renovating your home it is never too early to start thinking about decorating. Hence my recent trip to the Design & Decoration Building in Manhattan - or D&D as the insiders call it!  With over 120 showrooms and 3,000 manufacturers, it is an emporium of resources for designers and tradespeople like myself. I could easily spend an entire afternoon there, as I very nearly did! To streamline the visit, I decided to focus on 4 showrooms only.

First up: Rogers and Goffigon.  Their fabrics are milled in Europe and come in a variety of luxurious textures in refined, muted tones. Curran Online is a great online distributor - check out their selection of Rogers & Goffigon here.

Next, I stopped by Maharam's showroom.  I forgot how boundless their collection always seems - ranging from classic twentieth century designs to textiles with more contemporary  twists.

A trip to the D&D wouldn't be complete without checking out Larsen's fabrics.  Larsen was founded in 1952 by Jack Lenor Larsen, the internationally celebrated textile designer. In the fifty-plus years since it's inception, Larsen's fabrics have become a go-to for designers seeking innovative, sophisticated textiles that celebrate both classic and modern weaving techniques, and a multitude of style inspired by every corner of the world.  Their website, www.larsenfabrics.com, has lovely photos of their current and past collections.

Last but not least was Hinson.  Harry Hinson's company, founded in 1972, is dedicated to timeless classics, inspired by historical patterns and classic forms.  Their fabrics are truly time-honored - you won't see any fad or trend here, only superb design with a proclivity towards comfort and good taste.

If you are in New York and in need of a interior designer, whether it be for a small space or entire home renovation, let me suggest setting up an appointment through D&D's Designer Referral Program. Not only does this service allow you access to the D&D Building, you are also invited to peruse through a variety of designer's portfolios, while a representative from their service helps you locate someone who fits your individual style and budget.  Of course, you can always check back here for tips!

D&D Building

979 Third Ave

New York, NY 10022

212.759.5408

*Designer Referral Program, 212.759.5408, x.204

Q&A with Kevin

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Italy, London, France but nothing from Canada yet.  I think I need to plan a trip to Canada just to get some candy.

1 Italy, London, France but nothing from Canada yet. I think I need to plan a trip to Canada just to get some candy.

Lobster rolls from Down East Lobster Company in Trenton, Maine. I could eat one right now.

2 Lobster rolls from Down East Lobster Company in Trenton, Maine. I could eat one right now.

We used MS153 Sharkey Gray and MS236 Cinders from the Martha Stewart Colors paint line at Lowe's to create the faux bois finish on these magazine holders from IKEA.

3 We used MS153 Sharkey Gray and MS236 Cinders from the Martha Stewart Colors paint line at Lowe's to create the faux bois finish on these magazine holders from IKEA.

Listen to my radio show every Thursday at 3:30 on Sirius 112 or XM 157!

4 Listen to my radio show every Thursday at 3:30 on Sirius 112 or XM 157!

I have been thinking about installing a mirror at the end of the hallway and possibly on the wall behind the two figures.

5 I have been thinking about installing a mirror at the end of the hallway and possibly on the wall behind the two figures.

I'm also thinking about what pieces to choose for my living room to fill the space.  I'm currently living with the furniture that I had in my last apartment .

6 I'm also thinking about what pieces to choose for my living room to fill the space. I'm currently living with the furniture that I had in my last apartment .

The

7 The "Renwick Bench," a lovely piece from the Martha Stewart Furniture with Bernhardt Collection (go to www.bernhardt.com/marthastewartfurniture for more details)

I love the simplicity of the

8 I love the simplicity of the "Darin Bench," made by Desiron (www.desiron.com)

The

9 The "Trestle Bench," from Hickory Chair, is a more traditional design with a lovely nailhead trim (www.hickorychair.com)

Last but not least, is the

10 Last but not least, is the "Hubert Bench" from Duane Modern (www.duanemodern.com)

Thank you so much to all of you for following my blog! It has been such a pleasure reading your comments and questions - so I thought, what better way to spend my afternoon than answering some of the questions I have received. Hope you find my answers useful and inspiring and, please, keep the questions coming!

Q: Does the Secret International Candy Drawer have anything from Canada? - Kimberly

A: Hi Kimberly. As of now, there is no Canadian candy in my drawer, but there's plenty room for more! Let me know what your favorite candies are and I will be sure to keep an eye out for them on my next visit to Canada.

Q: Just wondering where you purchased those lobster rolls? - Julie

A: Down East Lobster Company. You must try them if you're in the area, Julie! Simply the best. (Down East Lobster Co., 1192 Bar Harbor Rd, Trenton, ME‎, (207) 667-8589)

Q: What paint colors did you use on the faux bois magazine holders? - Melisa

A: Thanks for your interest, Melisa! It's a really fun project. We used "Sharkey Gray (MS153)" and "Cinders (MS236)" from the Martha Stewart Colors for Valspar Paint Collection at Lowe's. Visit http://www.valsparatlowes.com/explore-colors/signature-colors-by-designer/Martha%20Stewart%20Colors.html

Q: Do you now have a regular radio show and if so, when is it? - Laurie

A: Hi Laurie. Be sure to listen every Thursday at 3:30 on Sirius 112 or XM 157. You can get a free 3 day trial at  www.sirius.com/freetrial/register. More info on the channel is available here: http://www.marthastewart.com/radio.

Q: Are you going to put a mirror in the entry hall to your apartment? - Melisa

A: I'm still contemplating several ideas for the entrance hallway. I'll be sure to keep all of you in the loop once I make the decision!

Q: I have a very large living room...and I need to fill up the front area near the windows with a piece of furniture. Please help me think of some ideas to accent this room! - Roz

A: It's always a daunting task deciding how to fill a space in a useful and aesthetically pleasing way! One suggestion is to find a very long, wide bench (or maybe a pair) in a simple and clean design (think metal legs), and have it upholstered with a beautiful fabric. See the photos in the slide show above for some examples.