Savvy Tastemakers: Gabriel Scott

Savvy Tastemakers: Gabriel Scott

“I tend to treat decorating as I do other design problems, which is to say that I like to start with details and turn them into a theme to help inform the rest of the space.”

—Scott Richler, Gabriel Scott


Gabriel Kakon and I share more than just a first name and a hometown. Him and business partner Scott Richler have a keen eye for design and a business sense that quickly propelled them to the top of the world of furniture and lighting. With backgrounds in architecture, industrial and fashion design, these two brothers-in-law launched their contemporary line GABRIEL SCOTT in 2012, and opened their first showroom in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Since then, their pieces have been featured in countless interiors, from the windows of Bergdorf Goodman to high-end residential projects by designers like Amanda Nisbet and ASH NYC—and even in Sarah Jessica Parker’s old townhouse in Greenwich Village. The pair split their time between Montreal and New York, where they know all the best spots, without fail. You’ll want to know exactly where Gabriel eats and Scott shops. From Le Coucou to The Line—these two know where it’s at.



Name  Gabriel Kakon & Scott Richler

Occupation  Co-founders, Gabriel Scott

Lives in  Montreal & New York City



Favorite place in the world Las Brisas, Mexico holds a special place in my heart.

Favorite hotel  Recently stayed at and enjoyed the very charming St Marc Hotel in Paris.

Next destination Absolutely Japan, as I have promised my dear wife Clio too many times.

Best meal you’ve ever had  Recently? Mission Chinese. Incredibly original mix of traditional Chinese and traditional Eastern European. And killer ambiance.

You would travel just to visit  Villa Necchi Campiglio in Milan, without hesitation.



Astrological sign  Sagittarius

Favorite candle Tie: Diptyque OUD & Cire Trudon ‘Roi Soleil’

Book on your nightstand Iq84  by Haruki Murakami

On your Spotify  Chet Faker Radio

Cocktail of choice  Monte Carlo

Who would be on your dream dinner party list  Carlos Scarpa

Share one entertaining secret Always invite at least one new person to the dinner party.

Go-to host gift  Diptyque scents

Bucket list item  Own a piece by Pierre Soulages



Favorite restaurant Le Coucou in NYC by Roman and Williams is romantic & chic.

Sunday brunch Le Parvis in Montreal is one of the cities hidden gems. Great brunch, handsome crowd.

It’s cocktail hour, where are you  Our dear friend Cervantes’ place The Ship, on Lafayette in Lower Manhattan. Great space, and excellent drinks.

Go-to furniture shops  Our very own GABRIEL SCOTT Nolita showroom of course! But we also love dropping by our friends at The Line, who carry an excellent selection of home goods and furniture.

I walk into your closet, I find pieces from… Way too many sneakers. Lots of navy blue clothes. And everything must go to the tailor before it gets to my closet.

Who’s your florist and what do you buy there? Our Nolita showroom buys local at Shu’s Flowers on Mulburry Street. Our go-to are White Orchids, White Peonies, White or Plum Calla Lillies, and Green Dianthus.



Your style in 3 words  Simple space, rich detail (4 words)

Fabric of choice  Dedar velvet

Go-to bedding  Tenfold

Favorite paint color  Farrow & Ball Down Pipe

Go-to trade person  For cabinets: Kastella in Montreal

Lighting source  Ours (as in Gabriel Scott)

Decorating cheap thrill  Obviously lighting.

Savvy Tastemakers: Gabriel Scott

Menu Black Marble Clock | They New York Two-Tone Low Sneakers | Paul Kremer Painting

CC-Tapis Visioni A Rug | Cartier Vermeil Tank Watch | ASH New York Arc Stool

It’s Spring In South Africa—This Is Where You Should Stay

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel


“I was inspired by the local terrain, flora and fauna, so there’s elements of clay, ochre, aloes, the mountains—colors you could be surrounded by whatever the weather, wherever you are.”

—Sophie Ashby, Interior Designer


When South Africa native, interior designer Sophie Ashby, was asked to renovate a petite boutique South Africa hotel in the town of Robertston on the Western Cape, she drew inspiration from her own South African roots nestled in the region’s wine country. With only 10 rooms, a restaurant and a bar, the Robertson Small Hotel is what you might call a micro-hotel—but it’s no less personality than the newest and greatest. Working only with local designers, Ashby managed to infused the local landscape and tradition into a fresh and modern design to rival the most cutting edge establishments. Yet the small hotel retains all the charm of a Victorian private residence.

With the weather getting cooler up north and only warming up in the southern hemisphere, we couldn’t think of a better time to visit this new South Africa hotel, and explore the local wine country. Who’s in?

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel




South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

South Africa Hotel — The Robertson Small Hotel

Photos: Courtesy of The Robertson Small Hotel

Gab Loves: Winterizing

Gab Loves: Winterizing



Glossier Set of Three Balm Dotcom ($44) | GOOP Enriching Face Oil ($110) | Soho House Morning Noon Night ($38) | Ban.Do Rose Gold Leaf Earrings ($48) | T by Alexander Wang Notched Lapel Car Coat ($950) | Noir Hiver Floor Lamp ($580) | ASOS Midi Swing Trapeze Coat ($121) | Fernando Mastrangelo Fade Series Cement Side Table ($5500) | At Home Hexagon Ottoman ($90) | Kate Spade Syrie Coffee Table ($5615) | Vintage Oushak Rug ($284)

The Weekender: Goodbye October

The Weekender: Lucy Williams on @SavvyHome

Is it really already November next month? I can’t believe how fast fall has flown so far. It’s officially getting chilly in New York and we’re getting a little taste of what winter will be like. I’m bundling up and stocking up on winter clothing like a crazy person. In other uninteresting (and slightly creepy) news—it’s Halloween, after all: I had my first real New York experience this week. The kind of event that breaks you down and toughens you up, the type of experience that you see in movies and think—yeah right, New York isn’t so bad. It is. Disclaimer: don’t read this while eating.

Picture this: I was walking down my block at night, in pitch black darkness and pouring rain, trying to text a friend while holding my umbrella and trying to keep my new suede boots from getting completely soaked, when suddenly, the ground felt uneven under my foot—and it cracked and squeeled—and it ran. Away. And I screamed and jumped what felt like 4 feet high. Yep—I stepped on a rodent this week—and I’m not sure what kind. In fact, I’d rather not know. But just like getting pooped on by a bird is considered to be good luck, I’m taking this as my rite of passage to become a real New Yorker. For better, or in this case, for worse.


Weekend Sales

Save up to 40% off on furniture at West Elm. Want. Everything.

Shop Bloomingdales One Day Home Sale and save 20%-75%!

Serena & Lily is offering an extra 20% off sale styles with the code PLUS20.

Take 30% off all shirts and blouses at Mango. I’m getting this poplin blouse and this printed flowy shirt.

Get an extra 30% off outerwear and sale styles at J.Crew with the code SALETREAT. I’m grabbing these shoes.


Weekend Reading

Gel peels are the masks that you can see working—have you tried them? —Man Repeller

Tour a textile maven’s chic and airy Brooklyn townhouse. —One Kings Lane

Erin’s guest bedroom reveal is simply stunning. —Architectural Digest

What Lori Leven of Love Adorned can’t live without. —EyeSwoon

The essentials for building your first home bar. —Man Repeller

How to clean your closet in less than 30 minutes. —Bloglovin

Jacey revealed Polly’s Piano Room. —Damsel in Dior

At home with Mr. Barnaba Fornasetti. —Mr. Porter

I want to go to: Mauritzhof Münster. —AMM


ICYMI: On MyDomaine

Jenni Kayne throws the most stunning fall bash—step inside.

This is how you decorate a high-end home without going broke.

The brutalist trend will awaken the rebel in you.

Small-space hacks New Yorkers know (and love).

The new IKEA hacks that will change your life.

The decorating hacks every single girl should know.

9 décor mistakes you can quickly fix.


Photo: Lucy Williams

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