I first came across Dana and Daniel’s beautiful products when I was at Time Inc. / Real Simple Magazine as the Style Director, probably way back in 2006. We bought a whole batch of DBO for our prop cupboard that we stocked especially for photo shoots. The Prop Cupboard was my pride and joy and we tried to stock it with the latest in American Design to represent in the magazine. DBO fits really well into the magazines aesthetic and was used regularly on our food and lifestyle shoots. It was a joy to use their carefully crafted pieces.
When Dana asked me to contribute to their Tastemakers' Table series I was thrilled. How great to spend a couple of days working with such beautiful pieces and also a joy to work with long time friend and collaborator, photographer Hallie Burton. We now both live back on the Upper West Side in Manhattan after a recent move for me from California where I spent a quasi sabbatical for a few years, and we are making it our mission to bring creatives in the neighborhood together, especially in this day and age where the creative industry, like many, is challenged with current circumstances. Hallie has an amazing Instagram account titled @foodmakersny, where she shoots local UWS restaurants and beyond. Her aim is to bring awareness and support for food industry and support local business. We love what Dana and Daniel are doing by supporting amazing industry talent out there by showcasing their work with this series. Supporting each other in the creative community is so important.
My Friday evenings at home are spent with a good bottle of wine, some sketching and old LPs. I have a huge collection of classic and contemporary vinyl, which is a constant source of joy. Sometimes dinner is too hard end of week, so it’s a good excuse to nibble on cheese, Italian salami and sardines on crackers, followed by a good dessert wine and sweet treat.
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You can make your own artful vignettes with a curated selection of pieces, available at a special price for a limited time.