Delicious, Delectable Dining Rooms

Like most Americans today, we’ve got our mind on turkey. And since we’re in the business of bringing beauty to your home, we couldn’t help but think past the brining or basting of a holiday bird. We have our minds wondering where to put it!

A delicious meal deserves to be served in an equally gorgeous setting, so we’d thought we’d share some of our favorite dining rooms. From a modern rustic table for 12, or a colorful update on a traditional dining room, we hope you find as much inspiration from these images as we did!  
Happy Thanksgiving!

Dining by Design with Lonny Magazine

This past Saturday, we braved the blizzardly weather to attend the Dining by Design styling event hosted by Lonny Magazine at The Conran Shop in ABC Home. Led by Lonny Editor-in-Chief, Michelle Adams, and Associate Style Editor, Victoria, the event was full of design-savvy styling tips for decorating the table. Here were some of the helpful highlights:

1. Pick a theme and go with it. They chose a black and white theme with pops of yellow, inspired by art deco, art nouveau and Alice in Wonderland.

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Decor from across the pond: Eccleston Square Hotel, London. Loved the grey and white chevron flooring.

Decor from across the pond: Eccleston Square Hotel, London. Loved the grey and white chevron flooring.

Love the chevron flooring…

Love the chevron flooring…

Weekend Getaway – Anguilla

As luck would have it, the hubby and I unknowingly planned the perfect escape from Hurricane Irene - a weekend getaway to Anguilla. A hop, skip and a jump away (or a 4-hour plane ride from NYC to St. Maarten + a 45-minute speed boat ride), Anguilla can be characterized by its long stretches of serene white sandy beaches and its yet-to-be-discovered feel.

We stayed at the Viceroy Anguilla, which was decorated by none other than the inimitable Kelly Wearstler. The rooms have a beachy presence, with elements of nature intertwined into the design, yet still feel incredibly sophisticated and glam. To create this layered oasis, Wearstler juxtaposes natural textures, like one-of-a-kind lamps made out of twisted branches, with modern statement pieces made of cool-toned stone, gold and antique mirrored glass.

Comfort can often be lost in design, but not here - the room is warmed up by an ultra-comfy bed outfitted in - you guessed it - Kelly Wearstler for Sferra egyptian cotton embroidered sheets. The result is a luxurious and textured homage to the incredible surroundings of the island that is Anguilla.

In case I’ve inspired you to head straight to the Viceroy Anguilla, you should know that the hotel is about to head into 2 months of renovation to make this incredible resort that much more incredible (think additional sundecks and amenities, upping the luxury quotient even more).

While I like to completely veg out on vacation, it doesn’t mean there isn’t room for some inspiration. And the Viceroy Anguilla and Kelly Wearstler’s decor provide just that – some R&R + inspiration for the design-conscious.

Inspiration in gray. Love the height on those doors.

Inspiration in gray. Love the height on those doors.

Spotlight on Canvas

We have a complete design crush on Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie, the owners of Manhattan-based home stores Ochre and Canvas. To fully understand why we are in awe of their aesthetic, check out this spread of their Soho loft in Remodelista. It’s no wonder why the Canvas line is such a favorite amongst design-savvy celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow.

What makes us like the couple even more is that they believe not just in style, but in sustainable style. They are in constant pursuit of trying to make beautiful products that are created under fair trade and green principles. Just look at the Canvas linen pillows and tote bags that we carry at Histoire. The pillows and bags are hand-woven and hand-dyed by an artisan cooperative in India that the designers work with to train and create this proprietary weaving pattern. The pieces are as versatile as they are chic, with the round pillow working triple duty as a throw pillow, seat cushion and dog bed.

It’s also worth noting that Andrew sits on the board of Aid to Artisans (yes, a common thread amongst a few of our designers and for good reason!), lending his expertise to the greater socially-conscious design community. Are you as awe-struck as we are? Here’s to sustainable style.

Spotlight on Jonathan Adler’s Peruvian Pottery

Jonathan Adler has come a long way since getting his first order from Barneys 17 years ago. Now a household name in interior design, his Happy Chic decor is utterly contagious  - we certainly can’t get enough!

What a lot of people don’t know about Jonathan Adler though is that many of his most coveted pieces are handmade by Peruvian artisans whom he found through Aid to Artisans, an international nonprofit organization that links artisans in developing countries to new markets, helping these artisans to build profitable craft businesses. Yet these artisans have helped Jonathan Adler as much as he has supported them. He credits this partnership as one of the most significant steps he took to build his business.

The pottery begins its life in Jonathan Adler’s Soho studio, where Jonathan and his team design and sculpt every prototype. The product is then produced by skilled artisans at their main workshop in Peru. The artisans make molds from the prototypes and then hand craft each piece from high-fired stoneware or porcelain. Then it’s off to its new home!

Not sure how to spot these unique Peruvian pieces? Not to worry - we’ve already done the digging for you. All of the pieces that we’ve selected for Histoire are handmade in Jonathan’s Peruvian workshop. Happy Chic indeed!