We have three Basset Hounds and one cat at the Urban Oasis. The dogs and cats are not allowed in the bedrooms and because the loft is so big ( 30 foot ceilings) without a lot of upholstery, most people with allergies are pretty much okay. But one thing we always tell people is, “Don’t pet the cat”. The thing is, Shelly is a big tease. She will come around and rub up against your leg and look at you very seductively, but start petting her and she will yowl at you and tell you in no uncertain terms that you are not to pet her. Her behavior is confusing and I have tried to tell her that it is not very nice to tease the guests but I guess you can’t teach an old cat new tricks.
I guess you could call the design style here at the Urban Oasis, retro-modern. We have pieces by Heywood Wakefield, Sarinen, Herman Miller, Eames, Naguchi and Mies van der Rohe to name a few. But, I love to mix these pieces with things I find at flea markets or our big old farm table that was at our beach house before we sold it.
I have always wanted an Eames Clock and a few years back I bought one but there was a perfect place for it in my Mom’s new house so I gave it to her. Finally, this year I got one for my birthday and found the perfect place for it at the Urban Oasis.
You can’t really tell that this photoshoot was done here at the Urban Oasis unless you see the Modrian style wall of many shades of blue.
Our neighbor, renowned chef Kevin Rathbun has three restaurants on either side of our building here on Krog Street, Rathbun’s, Kevin Rathbun Steaks and The Krog Bar. Each year in the Spring and Fall Kevin sponsors a charity barbecue. This year the food was from Fox Brother’s one of our local Barbecue greats and music was by local band, Snapperhead.
Fritti is a great wood fired pizza and small plate Italian restaurant with a terrific patio. It is walking distance in the neighborhood, just on the corner of North Highland and Elizabeth Streets. I love their charcuterie platter and their arugula and beet salad. And it is a fun place to sit and people watch with a nice glass of Prosecco.
Craig Longfellow on the rug in my office. Sometimes, when he is lying down I can’t see him at all.