We're having so much fun looking through all of your Modern Thanksgiving boards on Pinterest! (have you entered yet?) For this year's contest we asked 3 of our favorite bloggers to pick 3 different winners! So this week we're introducing our lovely judges to you. First up is Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane. We love his everyday musings about the design elements that are often right in front of our eyes. We also asked our judges to design their own Modern Thanksgiving boards to give you all a little inspiration. You can see Jonathan's board here > and make sure to check out all of his impecable curations on Pinterest—we're obsessed!
Without further ado... Meet Jonathan!
What’s your 9-to-5?
Where are you from originally?
I was born in New York, but grew up in Orange County, California.
Where do you live now?
What’s your decorating style?
One part graphic/modern, add a dash of mid-century vintage, and filter it all through the playful and relaxed Southern California lifestyle.
Tell us about your Modern Thanksgiving board.
Thanksgiving for me is all about feeling warm and cozy. I was imagining a home filled with rustic charm, but accented with modern pieces. The color palette is a mix of deep prussian blues, rich shades of green glass, rust oranges, and little hits of black and walnut wood tones. Thanksgiving is also all about the food, so I definitely included some yummy recipes!
Any tips for holiday entertaining?
Don't get too stressed out about needing to have everything perfect. The holidays are all about enjoying time with friends and family, so don't be afraid to use a little help! Ask friends and guests to help set the table, or utilizing some pre-made goodies from the store instead of having to make everything from scratch. It's important to stay relaxed so you can enjoy the moment!
What’s your favorite DwellStudio product? How does it fit into your décor plan?
I really love all the decorative accessories that DwellStudio has right now. The Tubular burst objet is such a statement piece and very glamorous and chic. However, it's the new Art Shop that really has my attention. I find that I usually use a piece of artwork as the starting point when I start to decorate a space. I love all the colors in any of the abstract watercolor pieces (peach pink, citrine green, black orange). They would totally be the crown jewel of a room.
How about styling the holiday table? Any good tricks?
I like to keep things simple. The food should be the star, so you don't really need much on the table. A small cluster of votive candles in clear glasses can give just enough of a glow and give the table some sparkle. Also, don't forget about varying the heights of items on a table. Use cake stands or other items underneath plates to not only add visual interest, but maximize table space.
We love this Fall centerpiece by Jonathan that carries from Halloween through Thanksgiving!
Any go-to host gifts?
I usually grab some yummy cookies and goodies from a local bakery. If you don't end up eating them at the party, then it becomes a nice "thank you" treat that the host can enjoy afterwards.
What are the 3 things you cannot live without?
My iphone, yummy food, and music that has a good beat.
I'm currently obsessed with a lot of design and craft books from the 1970s. Even though I lived through most of it, I don't think I was old enough to really appreciate what was happening. I'm finding so many of the ideas and concepts that were being explored then stll so relevant to the times we live in today.
We're in love with this look from our Fall Catalog. We call this spread "Decorator Gone Rogue" because it rebels against decorating standards: Matching floor-to-ceiling drapery and wallpaper in our favorite new Snake Trellis motif (so daring, don't you think?), glamours metallic details like our Brass Dome Pendant
Our designers find inspiration everywhere—from the font on a menu to a graphic Andy Warhol floral spotted in a gallery. This season our team was enamored by the fashion world's "borrowed from the boys" instincts. The mix of menswear basics and feminine flourishes has a sophisticated edge that was begging to to be translated for the home this fall. This chic trend is illustrated handsomely in our new Fall Catalog on page 3. We love this look so much, we decided to deconstruct if for you... Here's how to Get the Look!
We started by pairing tailored accents like the fitted pleat at the corner of our Sabine Ottoman with the sharp suiting of our Hatta Flannel upholstery on our Bancroft Sofa. We softened the masculine tone with the painterly botanicals of our Vintage Aviary artwork and flanked our Bancroft sofa with gilded pieces—our Franklin Side Cabinet with a Gold Leaf finish on one side and our Gazelle Table in Antique Gold on the other—for a touch of graceful gilt. To polish the look we added the shapely silhouettes of our decorative vases and pulled the room together with our Mini Stripe Rug. We adore this menswear-inspired room... what do you think?
Browse our new Fall Catalog for more interior design inspiration!
We love the curvy lines and lavish comfort of our Mallory Chair. Our designers were inspired by opulent boudoir seating made famous by the baroque lifestyles of 18th Century Versailles. We dressed Mallory in our graphic Casablanca Geo Citrine but dressed in any fabric, our favorite chair adds a dash of glamour to the everyday.
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