The weekly round-up of what’s on my radar include a chic hotel in London, a new book from a favorite designer, candlelight updates and a couple of items added to my spring wish list.
1. The new Hemlock Hurricane from Farmhouse Pottery is a simple, pared back option for classic candlelight. Scattered across a table, mantle or individually, they would make a quiet statement in organic minimalism.
2. Trench coats are a key item for spring, and I love Helmut Lang’s fresh interpretation in a crinkled white fabric. It’s both casual and dressy and perfect for transitioning between seasons.
3. I’ve posted numerous times on the work of landscape designer Scott Shrader. His work embodies the California spirit of outdoor living in a non-fussy, elegant way. The balance of color and texture along with scale in any one of his projects draw me in. I didn’t hesitate for a second to pre-order his new book The Art of Outdoor Living: Gardens for Entertaining Family and Friends, available March 19.
4. I was all over the board in selecting a hotel for our upcoming London stay but finally settled on Ham Yard Hotel. Part of the Firmdale Hotel group, the Kit Kemp designed hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden with stores and restaurants creating an urban village feel. I’m still taking notes on restaurants, afternoon teas and shops if you have any to recommend.
5. I’ve been shifting away from tea lights when entertaining and prefer the elegant look of tapers. In pale gray, I think they’re even more beautiful than classic white. This pair, from designer Amy Meier’s online shop, is just one of the many highly covetable items for sale. Be prepared, you’ll want to spend time perusing the portfolio of completed projects on the site. They’ll take your breath away.
6. A thin-strapped sandal is an easy game-changer piece to add to your spring outfits. I’ve posted about them several times. Martiniano’s low-heeled Pavone sandal just made the list of key styles. Also available in red or black.