Whatever you and your family celebrate this time of year, chances are you’ll be having at least one dinner party. And even if you’re not, ’tis the season to put your imagination to work and create the dining table of your wintery dreams to enjoy every day this season. Add accessories that will pick up light like mercury glass, hang pretty things from the ceiling and ribbons from the chandelier, layer different size candles in pretty containers on the buffet, and keep the flowers fresh. Even try a fun idea like sprinkling a little fake snow on the table before putting the plates down. Remember to keep it simple, and try not to block any conversational views across the table. Happy December!
Quilting is a fun contemporary textile both in home décor and fashion that goes well with everyday basics. I love how this Ruché Armchair by Inga Sempé has thick quilting draped over a minimalist frame and contrasting colors just as the sweater has patches to break up the cool texture.
The Gatto Lamp was designed in 1960 by Italian brothers Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni. The iconic hot-air balloon shape is made of powder-coated steel sprayed with a diffusing “cocoon” resin and then clear coated. The result is really beautiful: a curved sculptural silhouette that looks like a piece of art when it’s off, and a great source of ambient light when it’s on.
Two weeks ago, my husband and I decided to spend a long weekend in San Francisco to celebrate my birthday. We thought it would be fun to stay in one of the big touristy hotels right downtown, and we ended up choosing the Sir Francis Drake on Powell Street. We had walked by it hundreds of times in the past, but had never been inside. Turns out it was just what we wanted for our 4-day stay: great location, quintessential San Francisco architecture, and over-the-top design. The locally famous doormen dress in Beefeater costume, and the interior design is perfectly dramatic.
Pros: Our corner room on the 19th floor offered unstoppable views to the south and east (above pic!).
Cons: The noise from the Starlight Room nightclub on the 21st floor until 2am every night was awful. If you book a room here, I would recommend something below the 18th floor.
(Images via Sir Francis Drake, my own)
The holidays are a great time to break out cozy knits & rich orange palettes, to get crafty and make pumpkin and gourd candle holders, and to feast on delicious fall harvests.
Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
(Images via Pinterest.)
Designed in 1999 by Ron Arad, the Tom Vac, or T. Vac chair is a versatile indoor/outdoor chair with a modern, comfortable shape. I love how they look almost like petals on the ground. The large seat is plastic and features a corrugated texture and wide base, and its steel legs provide enduring stability. These stacking chairs are right at home in any space from conference rooms to restaurants. Manufactured in Germany by Vitra.
Jaujac is a picturesque village located in southern France. The river Lignon flows through the middle, with ancient stone houses on one side and a public square with cafes and shops on the other. In 2011, Marseille-based visual artist Gaëlle Villedary installed an amazing grass carpet that winds through the streets of the village. Tapis Rouge is just under 1,400 feet long and travels through the village, leading residents to the city center. Its intent was to connect those who live in Juajac with the surrounding volcanic valley.
(Images via Gaëlle Villedary)