Tips for Colorful Entertaining from Lonny’s Style Editor

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When I first met Sarah Storms, Style Editor of Lonny Magazine, on a chilly and hectic Tuesday night, she was clad in coral and smiles.  So its no surprise that when she hosted a cocktail hour with her favorite Zola products in her home in Fort Greene, she created an oasis of color and warmth.

Sarah’s style is crisp whites with bold pops of color, reminiscent of our Georgetown collection. As she assembled her tastemaker collection, launching today on Zola, she leaned toward textured whites mixed with patterned bold blues and violets.  She rounded out the collection with clean, modern interpretations of old world pieces like these Maldon Water Goblets from Canvas Home.

Featured: Kate Spade Fair Harbor pitcher, Canvas Home Maldon Goblet, Rosanna White Leaves 4-piece Set

Featured: Kate Spade Fair Harbor pitcher, Canvas Home Maldon Goblet, Rosanna White Leaves 4-piece Set

Sarah, raised in part in France and on a farm in New Jersey, knows how to mix livable with elevated design. Over French 77s and a spread of patê sand canapés (lucky us! recipes to come…), she shared her tips on style and entertaining.

Z: What can newlyweds who love to entertain, consider when designing their space?

SS: We moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn for more space, with an eye towards entertaining—then filled our living room with serving surfaces to make for easy cocktail get-togethers and impromptu meals.

Featured: Billy Cotton Stoneware Pitcher, Iittala Taika Serving Bowl and Platter, Billy Cotton Stoneware French Bowl

Featured: Billy Cotton Stoneware Pitcher, Iittala Taika Serving Bowl and Platter, Billy Cotton Stoneware French Bowl

Z: We love that you’re one of the few people in New York who opts for mustard pants and blue shoes in the fall. Whats the key to adding color to your home?

SS: Using classic white pieces as the foundation, layer in color and print in small doses—allow a statement platter or bowl in an eye-catching pattern to stand out amongst the otherwise clean palette.

Featured: Iittala Taika Serving Platter, Rosanna Cake Stand, Billy Cotton Stoneware French Bowl

Featured: Iittala Taika Serving Platter, Rosanna Cake Stand, Billy Cotton Stoneware French Bowl

Z: How do you add interest to whites?

SS: With a mostly-white palette, the focus should be on texture and shape—a short hobnail vase and a sinuous matte-finish pitcher, while the same color, contrast beautifully when displayed together.

Featured: Denby Malmo Felt Round Placemat, Canvas Home Maldon All Purpose Goblet, Kate Spade New York Charlotte Street Tid-Bit Plates, Billy Cotton Stoneware Charger/Serving Platter, Rosanna White Leaves 4-piece Set

Featured: Denby Malmo Felt Round Placemat, Canvas Home Maldon All Purpose Goblet, Kate Spade New York Charlotte Street Tid-Bit Plates, Billy Cotton Stoneware Charger/Serving Platter, Rosanna White Leaves 4-piece Set

Z: Must-have for a welcoming home?

SS: My interiors sensibility is all about bringing the outdoors in—I love to fill my home with flowers and greenery, and am constantly switching out the branches and buds in the various urns and vessels throughout my apartment. I love having a selection of vases on hand, from glass shapes in jewel tones to classic white ceramics.

Featured: Canvas Home Marconti Tall Glass Vase

Featured: Canvas Home Marconti Tall Glass Vase

Sarah is going to be married next year and my favorite part of the day was hearing how she’s bringing her love for color and texture into her special day. I wanted to do my wedding all over again.  We, at Zola, can’t wait to see details from the wonderful weekend she and her dashing groom will undoubtedly create.

In the meantime, get inspired to embrace color and pay a visit to her charming collection.

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A special thank you:

Its always fascinating to see our products come to life with the help of personalities we admire.  For our cocktail hour with Sarah, we got to work with incredible talent including floral design by Liza from Peartree Flowers, make-up and hair by the innovators at GlamSquad, food styling by Lindsey Bramell and Calla Johnson, and photography from the lovely Bridget Kenny.

 

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