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Step Inside a Restauranteur’s Kitchen

Shop the Look: Step inside a Restauranteur's Kitchen in Brooklyn — on @SavvyHome

“We spend an enormous amount of time in our kitchen and include the children in many aspects of food preparation” —Jen Albano

Shop the Look: Step inside a Restauranteur's Kitchen in Brooklyn — on @SavvyHome


Shop the Look: Step inside a Restauranteur's Kitchen in Brooklyn — on @SavvyHome

Shop the Look: Step inside a Restauranteur's Kitchen in Brooklyn — on @SavvyHome


Restauranteurs know a thing or two about kitchens, which is why I’m fascinated by this Brooklyn row house kitchen — whipped into shape by the couple behind restaurant & bar Henry Public. Jen Albano and Matt Dawson renovated the kitchen with architect Nick Robertson of Studio Piano Nobile. It wasn’t gutted, it’s not perfect, but it was renovated in keeping with the charm of the 1880s building: wood beams and original farmhouse sink included. It was updated to today’s taste with simple white marble countertops, muddy green shaker style cabinetry and a patterned tile backsplash. The built-in breakfast nook was built in the 1920s got a fresh coat of paint and a bit of styling. The result: a heart-of-the-home kitchen in it’s purest simplest form. See the full house on Lonny.


Peter Dunham Pillow | John Robshaw Pillow | La Terre Deco Tiles

I’m not much of a summer cook. I whip up the occasional gourmet salad, but my skills come out when I’m making hearty Winter dishes: lasagna, chilli, risotto, chicken cacciatore… There’s just something about cool weather that makes me want to splurge on gourmet ingredients and spend hours in the kitchen with good music, good wine and good friends. Here are my favorite recent cookbooks to get you back into cooking. If a book titled “Thug Kitchen: Cook Like you Give a Fuck” doesn’t convince you, I don’t know what will.


Images: Gieves Anderson for Lonny Magazine.

50 Gifts for Every Woman in your Life

50 Gifts for Every Woman in your Life — on @SavvyHome


Mothers, girlfriends, sisters, best friends, grandmothers…

The women in your life all deserve a little pampering for all they do for you throughout the year. Whether it’s a bottle of glitter nail polish or a cute pair of gloves or an Alexandra Von Furstenberg tray, here are a collection of gifts to delight the women in your life, from the travel bug to the #girlboss. Just click on the + signs to shop products below (on mobile, shop at the bottom of the post).




Even more gift ideas on the Savvy Home Shop & Pinterest.

Image: Daria Werbowy for Mango.

Worthy Links: 21.11.14

Worthy Links: 7 Classic Thanksgiving Classics with a Twist — on @SavvyHome

I’ve got food on the brain these days. Which is perfectly acceptable given that Thanksgiving is around the corner and nobody goes on a juice cleanse in November anyway, right? Case in point—I’m the girl who ordered bocconcini flatbread, butternut squash agnolotti AND fried chicken with a healthy dose of red wine at dinner last Saturday and while watching my girlfriends obediently pick at their white tuna, rapini and salad (editor’s note: we went to Balsam Inn and it was all really delicious)…  So I’m filling up my Pinterest with carb-mania: spaghetti squash fritters, persimmon crepes, cauliflower brie gratin and this celery root purée…

While you’re gearing up for Thanksgiving, set the table with this tabletop, two ways; find the perfect gift to bring your host, gear up for the perfect soirée and shop these pre-Black-Friday sales.


Stock up on winter essentials at Club Monaco with the code OOHSALE. Get an extra 30% off sale items and 50% off clearance items like my favorite sweater, a gorgeous coat, a cute shirtdress, a holiday skirt and calf hair pumps.

J.Crew is jumping on the early sale train with 30% off winter picks and extra 30% off sale items with code SHOPNOW. Great news: their gift guide is filled with discounted picks!

Get 20% off top picks on Madewell with code YOURGIFT. True to form, their git guide is also filled with discounted goodies like this brushweave cocoon coat and this flannel plaid shirt.

C.Wonder is offering 30% off everything during their Friends & Family sale. Time for some Holiday shopping! Here are a few of my favorite C.Wonder holiday picks.

Get your home ready for the Holidays with West Elm! Get 20% off bedding, rugs, pillows and throws.



My talented friend Amy is now selling her beautiful Instagram prints exclusively on Design Darling. I’m torn between the cabana and the pineapple (I’ll just get both).

Forget Kourtney and Klhoe take the Hamptons, I’ll be following #WelcomeToTheShmamptons.

It’s freezing over here. Anybody else want to escape to Tortuga Bay right about now?

12 things you definitely own if you’re never home (this is me to a T).

This winter pasta salad is getting a test-run this weekend!

I loved touring Tamra’s #swoonworthy SoHo loft.

7 classic Thanksgiving classic with a twist!

How everyone should view gift giving.

Creating the perfect cheese board.

This clever carb-infused life hack.

Let’s all get to the happy spot.

Thanksgiving Tabletop, Two Ways

Thanksgiving Tabletop, Two Ways — on @SavvyHome


Thanksgiving is now officially a week away, which means it’s time to get the tabletop ready to avoid last minute stress. Entertaining can be a little overwhelming, so I’ve learned to keep things simple. To come up with the best tablescape, start with basic items that you already own (in this case antique silver flatware and quality wine glasses) and build around them to create the right setting for your Thanksgiving soirée.


Centrepieces can be as simple as pillar candles nestled in a long magnolia garland—or vintage sterling silver candlesticks and seasonal harvest pickings. If you’re budget conscious, search for vintage and antique finds. You’ll be surprised what you can dig up. Once you have your tabletop concept, follow Martha Stewart‘s tips below to be ready come the big day. To shop the Thanksgiving tabletops, just click on the + signs on the graphic above.



Decide how to set your holiday table and label your serving dishes one week before

Note dishes that your guests are bringing to avoid a shortage of room on your table, or a lack of platters

Lay out all of your place settings to ensure that you have ample plates, utensils, and linens

Press your tablecloth and linens beforehand, and set them on the table until the big day



Image via Jewels of New York.

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