The holidays are filled with wonderful moments, including those that happen at home. Decorating for the holidays brings out a creative side and festive flair in everyone. It's a time to revisit cherished vintage ornaments, family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation, and start some new traditions. Whether you decide to go with red, white and green or unexpected colors, they all coordinate well with a touch of metallic. This ornamental wreath is so stunning with its brass figurines, flora and fauna. Designed by artist Julie Munafo just for Terrain, and inspired by Victorian era "Dresden Ornament" wreaths made in Germany from antique candy molds, it is an example of a way to add glimmer and gleam in an elegant way. Old world charm and holiday traditions go well together.
Whether you entertain on a regular basis or keep it in the family, I have uncovered some beautiful and unexpected gifts this season, for the hostess and party attendee. From a pretty planter filled with paperwhites to hand-painted glassware, I've selected an assortment of special gifts to give to show your appreciation for the kind gesture of being invited into someone's home. Cheers!
Lettuce ware! Make tea more enjoyable with beautiful presentation. I like the Dodie Thayer re-edition with Tory Burch of lettuce ware in fresh white (in mint condition cause it's new).
One can never own too many trays. Use them on an ottoman, as a makeshift bar, and to serve food. When they look as good as this wicker and cane Bedford Tray from Serena and Lily, it makes me want to have a few extra's as backup.
Sending paperwhites as a thank you is always a good idea. I adore the scent of paperwhites, and this set from Terrain ships with bulbs, soil and planter.
Drinks flow freely when you have a special cocktail on tap. Use this pineapple dispenser from Uncommon Goods to serve up the featured cocktail of the evening.
I am totally taken with the colorful fringe-edge linen cocktail napkins from Kimberly Schlegel Whitman's Halo Home. Available with embroidered monogram and motif, they add a colorful pop to coordinate with your china and flowers.
Freshen up the bar accessories with AERIN's gold Danton bottle opener and corkscrew set that looks like it was inspired by the clean lines of Carl Aubock.
Hand-painted whisper thin Lobmeyer glasses from Austria are the creme de la creme for entertaining beautifully.
Card carrying members of the Preppy Handbook set will rejoice when they see these cut-out acrylic monogram coasters from Mark and Graham, the go-to for monogrammed goods. I mean the blonde tortoise and gold mirror-- so chic!
Everything looks better by candlelight, and wicker adds a bit of natural texture that provides a casualness. Bahamas and Palm Beach-based designer Amanda Lindroth recently introduced a breezy collection of wicker, cane and woven accessories that are great for bringing the casual flair of island living to city and country alike. These pieces always looks gracious, never fussy.
Cheese. Nothing wrong with getting straight to the point with this chic marble with brass inlay cheese plate by West Elm.
Candy as the new amuse bouche? Yes, if Sugarfina has anything to do with it.
Want to really wow? Give the gift of flower arranging for up to ten friends with this over the top but useful gift at The New York Botanical Garden's Midtown Education Center, available through Bergdorf Goodman.
Finding a cooler that looks good is harder than you think. I discovered this blue and white striped canvas version from Pottery Barn Kids, and not only does it look sharp, you can personalize it with a monogram, its spacious, and is easy to carry. All bonuses during the sweltering season when staying cool and hydrating (with Rose or water) is a top priority. Throw it over your shoulder and hit the sand.
Every July, the Hampton Designer Showhouse opens in Long Island, providing designer inspiration benefitting the Southampton Hospital. This years house, presented by Traditional Home, is located in The Fields in Southampton, and Jamie Drake and Alexa Hampton are the Honorary Design Co-Chairmen. Embodying Hamptons style in its many iterations, the spaces, done by 30 designers are often designed to capture a sense of summer and of place. I am excited to share the list of designers, and look forward to seeing the house come together for it's opening party July 22nd.