Friday Fave: Kit Kemp for Wedgwood

Kit Kemp for WedgewoodAbove left: Kit Kemp’s Mythical Creatures pattern for Wedgwood.
Above right: Kit Kemp-designed Number Sixteen Hotel in London.

In case you don’t know this about me, I’m obsessed with fine china–plates, demitasse cups, tea cups, saucers, teapots, etc. My love of pretty painted place settings comes from my mom, who always had to buy Ginori plates every time we traveled to Italy on vacation when I was a kid.

Know what else I’m obsessed with? Firmdale hotels. Yes, all of them. Although the Number Sixteen in London’s South Kensington neighborhood is my absolute favorite out of all of them. My sister lives in London and I’ve stayed there a few times while visiting her. Like the interiors at the other Firmdale hotels, the Number Sixteen’s rooms are characterized by fresh English style with a modern twist. Each one is decorated with a wonderfully unexpected mix of patterns and textures–florals and stripes, velvet and distressed wood, wallpaper and marble. The hotels are all designed by Kit Kemp, the Brit who owns the Firmdale hotel group with her husband, Tim. Every property is conceived with her flawless aesthetic but each one has a distinguishable feel from the rest.

I’ve always wanted to live in a Kit Kemp designed home, but since I can’t afford to live at the Crosby Street Hotel for the rest of my life, I’m going to have to settle for the next best thing: buying her fine china collection by Wedgwood. Called the Mythical Creatures pattern, Kemp’s china is rimmed with gold and decorated with bright pink, blue, green, and yellow birds and land animals of whimsical species.

Why not pour yourself a spot of English Breakfast from a beautifully designed teapot?

From $35, at


Holiday Gifting: The Gracious Hostess

Hostess Gifts

My mom always taught me to never visit someone’s home empty-handed. This sentiment seems to run in my family—my cousin, Juli, gave me the Nest grapefruit candle (above) last time she came over for dinner and each time I light it, I think of her. A bottle of wine or some really nice cheese or chocolates are always appreciated, but it can also be fun to think outside the box. With that in mind, I always try to find the most fun and thoughtful gifts when visiting friends and family, always taking into account my host or hostess’s personality and tastes.

Start giving:

  1. DavidsTea, from left to right: Three Wishes, a black tea; Egyptian Chamomile; the Earl’s Garden.
  2. Sugar Paper Kate Desk Calendar in pink, $52.
  3. Rablabs Pedra Agate Coasters, $68 for a set of 4.
  4. Nest Grapefruit Candle, $34.
  5. The Fashionable Cocktail: 200 Fabulous Drinks for the Fashion Set (Rizzoli), by Jane Rocca and Neryl Walker, $19.95.
  6. Marc by Marc Jacobs Sleeping Bunny Slippers in violet, $198.