Entertain: Be the best hostess

It’s almost Easter, and another lovely opportunity to host a few of your most special guests. Playing hostess is such a treat for me, though it can bring on some minor anxieties – What will the menu be? What time? What drinks? What to wear…seriously, am I asking myself this question? Ultimately, I know when it comes down to the end of the evening there is going to be a delightful buzz in my home with full bellies, refilled drinks and laughing guests. I know when the sink is full of dishes, my heart is going to be full of joy, because… playing hostess is such a treat for me!

Drinks, dinner and decor… here’s what I’m loving…

First things first, quench the taste buds with a delicious cocktail. My suggestion is the popular and well-loved cocktail from Mexico, The Paloma. A refreshing alternative to the margarita.

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Reef Highball Glass – Crate&Barrel / S/4 Cocktail Napkins – One Kings Lane

 

The Eats? I love Jenni Kayne’s guide…

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Kiss Dinner Napkins – Kelly Wearstler / Granada Agate Serving Board & Acropolis Platter – Z Gallerie

 

The tablescape? Say no more, Filigree Suppers by Elise Metzger & Brita Olsen have taken the cake with their decor! Oh. My. Goodness.

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Filigree Suppers / Photographer – Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Are you planning on hosting? Have you planned your menu? What’s on your bar cart? And what are you going to wear!? From one hostess to another, do tell!

xo A

Andrea’s Highlights: Meeting Joyce

Last week I attended the bi-annual Desert Design Days in Scottsdale. This wonderful event is hosted by some of the greatest design trade showrooms in the area, it’s pretty much an out of this world field day for designers. I was so excited to don my sundress (because, it’s always sunny in Arizona!) and join in on this fun day. I socialized, soaked up all the latest trends and gained as much inspo as my head could handle, and major highlight of the day… I was so lucky to meet Joyce Romanoff of Maya Romanoff – only one of the best wall covering manufacturers around! She is such a fabulous and inspiring lady. It was such a treat learning about their handmade wall coverings and amazing journey.

Oh, and let me not forget, I won a pillow from their new collection! (*insert fist pump!)

Andrea Wachs and Joyce Romanoff

Designer Tips: 6 Ways to Style a Cocktail Table

Just like a room needs a focal point, every living room needs a cocktail table, and that table is quite literally the center of attention in any living room. Your cocktail table could even be considered the focal point if you so desire, but before we take that leap, we need to consider the attention our table needs before declaring that it deserves the spotlight.

I have compiled a list to get you on the right foot to begin this afternoon project, well, depending on how motivated you are perhaps it won’t be an entire afternoon. Do keep in mind though, no matter how ready you are to start gathering your belongings to toss on your table, this project does require some patience and serious finesse.

Now, let’s get back to that list.

1. Dimension. Just because you have a flat surface does not mean you need to keep it that way. When all items are at the same eye level, your carefully chosen pieces will get lost. So, think high and low.

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2. Decorate in Three’s. You have probably heard this one before? Odd always evens out. Divide your table into three separate spaces, as a center piece or in a row, and work from there. It really helps knowing where to start!

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3. Use a Tray. A tray can act as an anchor, or foundation, for your items. You can get away with using smaller items when they have something to sit in, as opposed to appearing lost amongst larger pieces. Using a tray can also add a little more functionality as it is easy to remove when your table is needed for game night!

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MILIEU – Design Patti Woods / Architects Jeremy Corkern & Paul Bates / Photography Peter Vitale

4. Add some Life. You can never go wrong with adding greenery to any space in your home and the cocktail table is certainly one of those spaces. A tall orchid is a great way to go if you prefer something a little more long lasting, otherwise, a short vase with fresh cut flowers is always a winner. (*whisper: faux plants work too)

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MILIEU – Design SaraStoryDesign / Photography Marco Ricca

5. Personality. Add an object or two of your favorite possessions and give reason to talk more about your new focal point. A decorative book picked up during your favorite vacation, memorable curios or that scented candle you love so much.

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6. Keep it Natural. The perfect way to add a rustic touch to your living room is by adding natural elements – a woven basket, wooden bowls, or even go as far as to add an antler.

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Alfonso Marina

xo A

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2017 Trends: Color

“Keeping up with the Joneses.” Who are they, and why is it that we must keep up with them? There are a few different explanations about the Joneses, one being a well to do family from an old comic strip with neighbors who simply couldn’t keep up with their fabulous lives, and the other being a very wealthy New York family in the 1800’s who loved building immaculate villas.

Let’s bring it back to the present tense, particularly as I write this post – is anyone keeping up with Benjamin Moore? Strange question, right? I have my reason. Every year we, especially us designers, get all excited about the Pantone Color of the Year. What will it be this year, and where can I use it in my next design? This is year, is was Greenery, and what a fresh and juicy color it is. But during all the excitement of Pantone’s decision and grand announcement, we can forget that there are other Colors of the Year being picked and shared. For instance, Sherwin Williams introduced Poised Taupe SW 6039 as their shade (Earthy never looked so good!), while Farrow & Ball had four key colors for the year. Ok, ok… back to Benjamin! I am swooning in all shades of love for this color, Shadow 2117-30. Wow wow and wow! Creative Director, Ellen O’Neill describes it so beautifully;

“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”

I can see this moody color setting the tone in so many different spaces, from a quiet powder bathroom to a grand master bedroom. I am halfway out the door to pick up some samples, so let me leave you with these inspiring images. Also, how gracious of Benjamin to share a palette of complimenting colors to go hand in hand with the drama of Shadow.

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Three of my favorites from the color palette…

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xo A

 

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