To honor the many hours we’ve been pining away at online holiday gift guides this month (you must check out NYMag.com if you’d like to give yourself over to the siren call of online shopping) we at AMMC have decided to put together a holiday gift guide of our own, with home design in mind. In this list you’ll see items that are practical, decadent, traditional and completely off-the-wall, but all are beautiful and fun. We hope you’re inspired, because a beautiful, well-curated home is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. And – please let us know some of the items on your wish-list in the comments!
I just bought a new couch, the mags sofa from Danish furniture company Hay, and I think pillows made with Chella’s Linen Tweed in Argento would make a perfect, almost-monochromatic-but-not-quite complement to the knobby, dark gray of the couch. The couch is simple, so I want the pillows to exude the same high-quality, minimalist look.
If I could have one big room completely papered in York Wallcoverings’ Inner Beauty (literally any color will do), I would – but realistically, I would settle for a powder room, with all white faucets and accessories, and this gorgeous, artistic print on the walls. This pattern makes any space a luxurious jewel box.
Finally, my real splurge would be a knotty bubbles chandelier from designer Lindsey Adelman. I had the good fortune of meeting Lindsey while writing a profile on her for Hospitality Design magazine, and her work is incredibly beautiful, thoughtful, and one-of-a-kind. You can bet any of her lighting pieces would make for a great conversation piece in the home.
Being exposed to lots of gorgeous products makes one fickle, but my favorite York wallpaper hasn’t changed in years: Candice Olson’s metallic white Cork is still “it” for me. I adore artwork in whites, because so many colors go into creating white in, say, an oil painting. A work of art is what this rustic glam wallpaper brings to mind. The layers and layers of texture, color, shading and union of matte and shine are mesmerizing.
I live with four different beautiful Chella fabrics, but the one I still covet is Amazonia Velvet in moss. And what a green! Almost but not quite a bottle green, and such a great color for this lush one-color construction. It feels divine, and suddenly this hue is all the rage. I’d pair it with teal for a real eye-opener.
If I were to sit on Santa’s lap and ask for one thing, it would be the Huckleberry cookbook that I first heard of on a favorite cooking blog, Chocolate and Zucchini. At Thanksgiving dinner a friend in La Jolla lamented her friends who don’t eat bread anymore: “They’re no fun; I want a croissant with my coffee!” I’m with her, and Huckleberry could convert even the staunchest carb-avoider. So sad I missed the SF book signing, but I didn’t miss this savory recipe from the book online: Yes, it is as good as it looks.
Kids – Husband – Pets. Need I say more? The top of my holiday décor wish list is the new Chella fabric Dashing in Passione for my sofa with window sheers in Framework – Moonbeam. The combination of opulent red with the breezy window treatments brings luxury to mind and it’s completely worry-free. Stains and high-traffic beware!
Grand Medallion wallpaper from York Wallcoverings: To me Ronald Redding is an old soul and his wallpaper collections for York are like gems in a jewel box. It’s hard to choose just one but my absolute favorite wallpaper is Grand Medallion. Intricate detailing, sumptuous sheen and the oversized graphic motif make this design perfectly at home in traditional décor or more contemporary settings.
The Santa gift I cherish most is my Kitchen Aid Professional stand mixer. Newly married with ambitions to be a self-taught, from-scratch cook like my Italian grandmother, this mixer has stood the test of time making pasta to struffoli and every delicacy in between. I think it’s a must-have for anyone who enjoys cooking!
I want the beach. In my house. Ok, I’ll take a resort-like atmospshere but it must harken to my favorite pastime: sitting seaside and soaking up the sun. If Santa can’t get me to the beach, then maybe he can bring the beach to me.
The texture and sheen of a beautiful Capiz shell makes me think of a peaceful sea with gentle waves that might rock you to sleep. On a lamp. On a wallpaper (like this one from York Wallcoverings). Or inlaid on a side table. Something about Capiz evokes images of blue seas, captained catamarans and oceanside sunsets.
There are also the unmistakable European beach umbrellas. Fabric rendered in the same stripes that adorn the rows of umbrellas in the Italian seaside town where my father grew up and where I made some of my own childhood memories. Give me those stripes on the cushions of my yet-to-be-purchased barstools or maybe as window treatments in the bathroom. Chella Textiles has endless options to bring the beach back home, like this Tahitian Stripe.
Or, I’ll take tickets to Tahiti and two weeks in an overwater bungalow if it’s all the same to you, Santa.