We invited two of Stacey's longtime friends, Christine Lennon and Anamaria Wilson, to design their own tablescapes with our new summer tabletop collection. Learn more about them and check out their stunning creations below!
"I am a freelance magazine journalist, contributing home & design editor at Sunset magazine, a novelist, and a mom. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, Andrew, and our 16-year-old twins."
"I am a former magazine editor and now work at a fashion brand. I live in Manhattan with my husband Peter and our 11-year-old daughter, Tess."
1. How do you know Stacey?
Christine: Stacey and I have known each other since the mid-90s, back in those pre-kid days when we’d stay out too late and host very crowded, very fun apartment parties. When we met (through Anamaria!), I remember thinking that she had incredible style and the best, infectious laugh. We would spend the summers together out at the beach with friends, swimming in the ocean or playing badminton during the day, having drinks on the porch at sunset followed by a big, fun, very casual dinner. When I think of classic summer memories, those days stand out. I moved to California 20 years ago and thankfully, we’ve stayed in touch.
Anamaria: Stacey and I met in our early 20s in New York City. She was literally one of my first friends and we’ve remained close since. I actually set her up, along with my husband, with her husband!
2. How would you describe your style/aesthetic for both fashion and home decor?
Christine: I am a tomboy who loves dresses. Very much no-fuss, and most days I find myself in Birkenstocks, Nili Lotan pants, a men’s oxford and a quilted jacket. Or I’ll wear a summery dress with sneakers and a sweater layered over it if it’s chilly. At home, I love a mash-up, letting mid-century chairs share a space with Art Deco pieces, vintage watercolors with more contemporary photography, a little old and a little new. Mixing pattern and color in a collected, eclectic way is my jam.
Anamaria: My wardrobe skews more toward the classic and monochromatic. Summer does find me in more color and prints, however. My home décor is much more bohemian and eclectic. Lots of textiles, color, printed wallpapers, chinoiserie panels and John Derian decoupage set against a white backdrop with traditional New York City townhouse moldings. I wanted to create an environment that was both soothing but sparked joy.
3. Tell us about your gorgeous tablescape design with PC printed table decor?
Christine: I was so excited to get back outside and set the first table of the summer! I have a folding bamboo table that I set up on the back patio for casual lunches and dinners, which transforms a seating area into a snug dining nook. I started setting the table with these PC quilted placemats, which I am obsessed with. They’re fantastically reversible, with a lilac block print on one side and a blue floral on the other. I paired them with the PC blue striped napkins, which remind me of a great men’s shirt. It’s very me to throw an oxford over a floral sundress, and this is the tablescape equivalent. The dishes I used are hand-painted terracotta from Portugal. For serving, I grabbed some vintage Mexican bowls that I snagged at a tag sale (possibly the Rose Bowl flea market?) years ago, and Italian plates with a pomegranate motif from Etsy. I put some farmer’s market greenery and flowers in a couple of vintage vases, including a Rosenthal Pucci beauty that I never get tired of.
Anamaria: It was so fun to have all of these boho elements to layer and play with. The floral tablecloth and napkins, the micro-print quilted placemats and the added bonus of the rattan chargers—all threaded together by pink made it a super joyful table top! Very girly, but my husband is used to living in an apartment that’s hyper feminine.
4. What inspires you?
Christine: Travel tops the list. We love exploring the world with our kids, from Cambodia to Portugal to rural Japan. Also—books and music are essential. Great novels and live shows are kind of like my oxygen.
Anamaria: Great books and great travel.
5. What is your go-to hostess gift or item to bring when attending a summer dinner party?
Christine: I’ve started keeping big, beautiful jars of Italian Amareno cherries in my pantry as a go-to gift. They are great in cocktails, or poured over vanilla ice cream. They pair well with cheese. You can even toss a spoonful into a pitcher of lemonade. And when the gorgeous jar is empty, you can pop some fresh cut flowers in it.
Anamaria: Anything from Santa Maria Novella. Based in Florence, their scents and their packaging are just lovely. I have their rose room fragrance and spritz my pillow every night before bed.