Thomas Keller. Among all the celebrity chefs, he is known as the ultimate perfectionist: The best ingredients. Flawless technique. Perfect finish. This is probably why he has won numerous James Beard awards and is the only American chef with two top-rated Michelin 3-star restaurants: The French Laundry in Napa Valley, which revolutionized fine dining, and Per Se in New York, which took it to a new level.
The secret of his success, though, is not just great cooking. Keller also knows how to make his culinary creations look like art. He’s such an expert on presenting food, he even designed his own Limoges porcelain dinnerware.
After some studying, we uncovered some of his secrets for showcasing food as art. Whether you’re a star chef or rely on uberEats, we hope these techniques will take your meals to new levels of sophistication:
Considering that we use our beds and pillows every day, very few of us think about properly protecting them. But between the inevitable accidents, allergies, and concerns over dust mites and bed bugs, it’s a good idea to be proactive. Here are a few simple solutions to keeping your bedrooms clean.
Late last year, we traveled to Marrakech, and it was a revelation. Behind dusty doors, we got to peek inside lavishly planted courtyards full of bright pink bougainvillea, olive groves, and lemon trees. Imagine waking up to this after hours and hours of flying:
There’s an old Scandinavian tradition that when a woman got married, her parents would give the couple a new down duvet and pillows made by her mother, with a coin sewn into the duvet for good luck. At St. Gèneve, this charming tradition continues. All St. Gèneve down duvets have a coin sewn in, with the same spirit of good wishes.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR DUVET
Higher quality duvets are more versatile: they will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer than lower quality duvets. This is because higher quality down is better at insulation, lightness, and breathability than lower quality down. The table below illustrates how this works.
You’d be surprised how often we are asked this question. And we are happy to say that you can get Thomas Keller’s dinnerware here at Gracious Style.
Eating at one of Thomas Keller’s fine restaurants – like The French Laundry in Napa or per se in New York – is truly a magnificent experience. People have flown half way across the world just for that experience. But he has created a set of dinnerware that lets you re-create the experience at home — if you’ll do the cooking.
If you live with pets, we bet you’ve had to part with a rug or two after the why-didn’t-I-see-this-coming happens. But you’re not alone, and we promise you there’s a way to keep both your adorable pets happy and your home looking stylish.
Here’s our primer on how to pick the perfect pet-friendly rug.
1. Indoor/outdoor rugs are the best choice. They’re virtually chew- and scratch-proof, can handle lots of foot traffic, and easily wash up with a little detergent and water. And don’t worry, the new ones are so soft, you could easily walk on them with bare feet.
My den had a problem.
Even though it had gorgeous views and comfortable furniture, everybody just walked right past it. This seemed like a great place to spend an afternoon, but nobody — not even I — was tempted to do that:
Fortunately, there’s an easy, step-by-step process to turning a den or family room into an inviting, stay-for-a-while space. Here’s the recipe:
Did you know that Neville Jacobs (yeah, the dog) has his own book and over 200,000 Instagram (@nevillejacobs) followers? Talk about overachiever! How many of us could say that?
So I was thinking: what if I were a smart pup like that? Surely, I could get my paws on a platinum card! Everybody knows that’s easier than writing a book.
And then, I’d surprise all my friends with something cool. So these are what I’d get, if I were a world-famous model dog.
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