From Santa Cruz to NYC

As The Penny Rose gets under way, one of the key components of this blog is to talk about the creative innovations coming out of Santa Cruz, San Francisco and New York. As a nod to this idea, I found a charming book at Stripe, a boutique-lover's paradise in Santa Cruz. The tome, "The Stylist's Guide to NYC" by interior stylist Sibella Court, offers New York visitors (and residents) a tour of Manhattan that's focused on where to shop and what to do, and it will inspire your design palette. From the Chelsea Antiques Garage to the garden wares at American Foliage, to the Paula Rubenstein store, this book highlights the best that New York has to offer. With a pullout map and inspired photography, "The Stylist's Guide to NYC" is a must-have for anyone who has the notion to redecorate her home, office, or even set up a photo shoot.

The book retails for $25 and if you visit Stripe on a Tuesday and say, "I heart downtown Santa Cruz," you'll get 20 percent off. Stripe, owned by Suna Lock and Dana Norrell, specializes in vintage furniture, hand-made jewelry, woven rugs, fragrant bath products and much more. If you're planning a trip to New York, be sure to grab this book.

"The Stylist's Guide to NYC," sells for $25 at Stripe, 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, stripedesigngroup.com.