Lust List: April 2017

I just got back from High Point and I am currently feeling inspired by the use of color. There were lots of pretty shades of blue, green, and pink all over market. I’ll share some of my favorite finds from market later this week. In the meantime, I am thrilled to have come home to gorgeous weather after the cold and stormy weather in North Carolina. As such, I am thinking about pretty, feminine silhouettes for dresses and blouses, chic sandals, and colorful accessories to add a little punch. I am bookmarking a ton of these items for upcoming speaking engagements, trips, and shoots! What are you lusting after this month?

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2017 Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala

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{Photography by Ricardo Ricci}

During the earlier part of this week, I was in New York for Tuesday’s annual Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala at the beautiful Cipriani 42. The organization provides an extraordinary number of services to New Yorkers in need, so it was an honor to participate in an event benefitting such a worthy cause. This year’s theme was “All that Glitters” which I interpreted through rich, vibrant jewel tones. I love pink and especially love pink flowers, which served as the impetus for the table’s design. I selected one of my very favorite fabrics, Schumacher’s Samarkand Ikat for the tablecloth, then added the rest of the glittering elements. I worked with a fabulously talented floral designer, Tom Borgese who formerly worked as an editor at Martha Stewart Living and the original Domino to create a lush, beautiful centerpiece filled with garden roses, lilacs, ranunculus, tulips, anemones, and red bud to mimic the colors of amethyst, ruby, and rose quartz.

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{Photography by Ricardo Ricci}

A Closer Look at the Details: One of my favorite shops in Houston, A Bientot, created a custom monogram based on my design firm’s logo and executed it on raspberry napkins with elegant gold thread. The Gem Block Napkin Rings from Kim Seybert feature malachite accents to expand on the jewel tone theme. The Faceted Flatware, also from Kim Seybert, mimics the look of crystal. The beautiful china is in the Syracuse and Arc en Ciel patterns from Robert Haviland & C. Parlon through Mottahedeh. The Gold Patina Placemats from Kim Seybert really added the glitter factor to the table, while chic hexagonal Tip Top Tea Lights from Artemest added a chic, modern element to the table. Last, but certainly not least, Addison Weeks provided beautiful and delicious-smelling bejeweled candles with brass lids and rose gold cabochons as a favor for the guests at our table. It was a truly beautiful evening filled with inspiring, inventive designs, fun on the dance floor with friends, and memories I won’t soon forget. Below, you’ll find a few of my favorite tables from the event. 

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{Sweet Peas & Spring Colors by Christopher Spitzmiller who Debuted Beautiful, New Dinnerware for the Evening | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Christopher Spitzmiller | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Chic Simplicity by Villalobos Desio— Sexy and Glamorous! | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Villalobos Desio | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{A Citrus Garden by Cathy Kincaid | Photography by Ricardo Ricci}

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{Cathy Kincaid | Photography by Ricardo Ricci}

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{Lemons & Effortless Style by Grace Rosenstein with Serena & Lily | Photography by Ricardo Ricci}

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{Jared Hughes and Nina Marie Nash created a fun table with a painterly tablecloth and beautiful arrangements with lush peonies and romantic ranunculus. | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Amanda Lindroth brought Bahamas Chic to New York | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Amanda Lindroth | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Lindsey Coral Harper based her table’s design on the fictional book about Truman Capote and his favorite ladies, The Swans of Fifth Avenue. | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Rebecca Vizzard‘s table was very creative featuring Fortuny-swathed eggs and accents. | Photography by Ricardo Ricci}

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{Birds were a popular motif! Montana Timchula‘s interpretation was quite chic. | Photography by Marco Ricca}

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{Sam Allen‘s table smelled divine thanks to bundles of hyacinth in Christopher Spitzmiller cachepots. He also used chic Christopher Spitzmiller plates, which I love. | Photography by Marco Ricca}

For more coverage of the event and to see more beautiful tables, check out these stories on Architectural Digest and Quintessence!

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A Whirlwind Week

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{The Table I Designed for the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala}

If you follow me on Instagram, then you probably know that I was just in New York from Sunday through Wednesday. I spent my time there meeting with my book editor, taking a few business meetings, and getting ready for the annual Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala for which I designed a table. I’ll share all of the details with you along with photos of my favorite tables from the event tomorrow!


I flew home early yesterday morning so that I could have one night at home with Fabian and Tate and also to repack my suitcase for High Point Market, where I am headed this morning. I will be there for the next several days and am looking forward to seeing the new collections and spending time with design friends. I planned to have a more exciting post ready to go for you today, but I have been under the weather for the last 10 days or so and when I got home yesterday, I definitely felt worse and not better. I honestly just needed to get some rest before embarking on more travel and keeping up this frenetic (but exciting and fulfilling) pace. I’ll be back tomorrow with a full blog post and will be posting on Instagram @LaDolceVitaBlog quite a bit as I find chic, new things in High Point. I will also be taking over the @HighPointMarket Instagram on Wednesday, April 26th, so be sure to follow along!

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Instant Inspiration: Alice Naylor-Leyland @aliceinherpalace

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{Alice Naylor-Leyland}

I love scrolling through my feed on Instagram. As a very visual person, it’s a wonderful way to find inspiration and to connect with others. As such, it has become my favorite form of social media. Every now and then, I come across an account that I end up loving. In the case of Alice Naylor-Leyland (@aliceinherpalace), a contributor to and of-the-moment tastemaker and “It” girl in the UK, her Instagram feed is a favorite because it gives her followers a peek into a beautiful, very charmed life in the English countryside. Her mother, Serena Fresson is an interior designer who often helps set beautiful tablescapes for Alice who has a gift for entertaining. Alice chronicles jaunts to the family estate in the Welsh countryside, trips into London, vacations in Italy, and visits to California as well as time with her darling children, Billy and Nancy on her beautifully-curated Instagram account. Who are some of your favorite people to follow on Instagram?

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{Alice’s Darling Daughter, Nancy in front of their Home, Bedecked with Balloons for Alice’s 30th Birthday}

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{Alice and her Sweet Son, Billy}

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{Nancy in a Field of Daffodils in the English Countryside– Can you think of anything more idyllic?}

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{Alice at Home}

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{In London}

Alice in Her Palace Table

{A Beautifully-Set Table}

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{Lettuceware and White Peonies}

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{The Family Estate in Wales}

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{Chic in Wales}

Alice in her Palace Italy

{Living La Dolce Vita in Italy}

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{A Beautiful Baroque Ceiling Detail in Italy}

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{Alice in Italy}

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