We all have our favorite linen napkins and hand painted dinnerware. But sometimes you have a lot of guests or a crowd shows up for a last-minute pool party (hey, we live in L.A.), and it’s gracious to never fuss when you entertain.
Those are perfect times to use paper napkins and acrylic. The good news is that you can still do it stylishly. We love making our friends feel special, so here are a few of our tried-and-true tips for entertaining with paper:
Keeps things simple, and get to work on that new drink you are dying to try out. Let’s get the party started.Read more
We hear you … it takes effort to cook meal after meal while quarantining, so why not take the whole family outdoors and do a seaside escape?Read more
We love working with coffee tables, as they are both beautiful and infinitely practical. Here are some of our best design tips.
1. Generally, your coffee table should be about two-thirds the length of your sofa.
2. A coffee table should either align with the seat of the sofa or be about one to two inches lower.
3. Place your coffee table 18 inches away from your sofa, or any other seating in the room. If it faces a TV stand or fireplace, leave at least 30 inches from the edge of the coffee table for walking around.
4. In oversized rooms, you can often combine coffee tables to create what you need. For a large square, place two rectangular ones side by side. Or get creative and join three triangular ones to form a neat whimsical shape.
Red rooms make a statement. In deep red, they are rich, elegant, refined, sumptuous, and dramatic. Brick reds are more earthy, so they’re evocative of country interiors. And bright reds – like lipsticks – are passionate, powerful, and stimulating. Here are some of our favorite red rooms.
Red Library: Assouline Paris
Details: Here, the strong orange-red details are lightened by warm beige (in the rug and the limestone walls), but then given a graphic punch by the dark wood cabinetry. This is a perfect way to balance two dominant colors (red and black).
When Yves Saint Laurent visited Marrakesh for the first time in 1966, it transformed him forever. The strong sun, lush colors, and intricate patterns you see everywhere left an indelible mark in his mind. “Marrakech taught me color,” he said. “Before Marrakech, everything was black.”
Indeed, one of the most important parts of Saint Laurent’s legacy has been the Jardin Majorelle, the garden he restored with Pierre Berge and a must-see on any trip to Marrakesh. (Tip for visitors: they don’t take credit cards, so bring plenty of dirhams to cover your entry fees.) The original garden has been joined by the Musee Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech, and plans are now being made to open up Saint Laurent and Berge’s private home (Villa Oasis) to the public.
When it opens, you should think about going to Marrakesh just to see this. Not only is the house itself spectacular, it captures all the iconic elements of Moorish and Arabesque design, which then fed our favorite Mediterranean, Tuscan, Spanish Revival, and Southwestern styles of architecture and design. Indeed, there’s literally so much to see at Villa Oasis, it could be hard to absorb in one visit.
Starting from the outdoors, this space is surrounded by a riot of warm weather plants. Here, fuchsia bougainvillea creates a vibrant canopy in the outdoor patio:
Pink against cool turquoise. Maybe not a combination you’d naturally pick out in the morning, but it works so well here. Read more
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