Under $50 Gifts for the Modern Host

Athena Calderone, Eye-Swoon, Gifts for the Hostess on @SavvyHome

Photo: Sarah Elliott for EyeSwoon

BRING MORE THAN A BOTTLE OF WINE THIS YEAR.

I’m all for bringing a bottle of wine at dinner—my mother always taught me never to show up empty handed. But since we bring wine at every dinner throughout the year, shouldn’t holiday dinners be extra special? Most hosts will go the extra mile to make a holiday dinner unforgettable, so it seems only fitting that we would follow suit with a great gift. Why not show up with a great bottle of olive oil, an ultra-luxe shower gel, or a great coffee table book? Here are a few of my favorite gifts for the host.

 

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Goop Enriching Face Oil ($110) | Normann Copenhagen Floe Tealight Holder ($18)

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

 

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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

Peek Inside a Layered Santa Monica Bungalow

Peek inside a Layered Santa Monica Bungalow by David Netto • on @SavvyHome

Right off the Santa Monica boardwalk is this charming beach house. While unassuming in appearance, the interior is beautifully layered for an unpretentious but comfortable life. Interior designer David Netto, who grew up in New York, infused the Santa Monica bungalow with gray, blue and yellow tones—mimicking the sand and surf outside—and a California ease with just a touch of east coast New England nods. Stripes, oils paintings and rattan is woven in with midcentury classics and African accents to perfect that boho nautical vibe. But perhaps the best part of this expertly executed interior in is the colors and contrasts: the bright yellow desk against the soft perinwinkle drapery; the blood red leather chairs against a blue and yellow striped rug. One thing’s for sure: the space is perfectly adapted to easy living: the type that exists only on the coasts.

 

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Peek inside a Layered Santa Monica Bungalow by David Netto • on @SavvyHome

Peek inside a Layered Santa Monica Bungalow by David Netto • on @SavvyHome

Peek inside a Layered Santa Monica Bungalow by David Netto • on @SavvyHome

Peek inside a Layered Santa Monica Bungalow by David Netto • on @SavvyHome

Photos: Courtesy of David Netto

How to Decorate a Rental Studio in 6 Weeks—One Room Challenge: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

 

Dear future me,

Have we finally learned not to take on too much at once? Do we live in a fabulous studio in New York City? If you’ve answered yes to both those questions, it means the One Room Challenge was a success!

If you follow Savvy Home, you already know that I moved to New York City last week—and the only thing that is currently different in my new studio apartment from the “before” pictures above, is that my furniture and boxes got delivered from Montreal a few days ago—minus my beloved marble bistro table—which got spectacularly smashed in the move. SO this One Room Struggle is REAL you guys. And yes, I know, I move too much. Sue me.

For those who don’t know me yet: hi, welcome! I’m Gabrielle, founder and (sometimes) blogger at Savvy Home. In my daytime life, I also work as a home décor/market editor for MyDomaine. I am a aspiring cocktail reviewer, food enthusiast, wannabe tennis pro (“wannabe” being the key word here), home stylist, competitive domino player, and serial wanderluster.

So thus far there is no plan (other than a plan of attack I wrote for MyDomaine, as a sort of cathartic way to make me feel better about not having a plan). At least you know where to go if you need a game plan for your own makeover. BUT—I’ve been known to tackle great projects under pressure, and this is not my first rodeo, so let’s do this!

 

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

 

This time around, we’re taking the One Room Challenge quite literally, because my new living quarters consist of exactly that: one room. Plus a really average bathroom, which I’ll spare you. Welcome to New York City! The good news is: my studio is clean, it’s renovated, it’s in a great area, and it gets a ton of really beautiful natural light. And if I ever decide to move out of this city, and buy a three-bedroom house literally anywhere else in the country, my mortgage will be half the cost of my current rent—so that’ll be a piece of cake.

Shall we look at some inspiration?

Essentially, I’m going for a look that’s both minimal and textured, monochrome and cheerful, old and new. Let’s make this Union Square studio look like a five-star hotel guest room, shall we? Follow along each Wednesday!

 

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

One Room Challenge Spring 2016: Week 1

Of course, I’m not alone participating, so follow along everyone’s progress below. The group is seriously SO talented this round, I can’t wait to see some of these reveals!

 

FOLLOW THE ONE ROOM CHALLENGE

Claire Brody | The Curated House | Design Manifest | Driven by Decor | Honey We’re Home | Hunted Interior | The Makerista  | Making it Lovely | My Sweet Savannah | Pencil and Paper Co. | The Pink Clutch | Savvy Home | Simplified Bee | Sketch 42 | Jill Sorensen | Orlando Soria | Thou Swell | The Vault Files | Waiting on Martha | The Zhush | Media Partner House Beautiful | TM by CIH

 

Photos: JJ Locations | Felix ForestPia Ulin, design by Joseph Dirant