The Tastemaker's Table - Christina Lane: Hot Chocolate
Winter. Short days and cold long nights. A time for reflection and remembering how in our youth we made snowmen out of snowfall and never seemed bothered by the idea of a snow day. This season’s Tastemakers’ Table was created by stylist Christina Lane and photographer William Geddes. I’ll let Christina tell the story…
Christina mixed just a few pieces to create this cozy yet light table including Pinch Serving Bowl, Pinch Bud George, Battuto Dessert Bowls and our Limited Edition Bronze Stake Candlesticks along with one of a kind bronze spoons. The softness of the linen and the light William captured and those lovely petals just make us feel wrapped in warmth.
I grew up in Montreal. I loved the cold winters and every snowfall. My growth was recorded by new boots and winter coats, and the years by the changing wool hats. Pompoms and fur.
Everything was black and white. The sky and snow. The street lamps and trees. The long shadows and white breath.
I walked to school and home in the almost dark. Through the silent cold. Through a landscape of glitter and ice where nothing stood but a painted wooden fence surrounding a rink.
I skated there every night, in circles, until my mother turned the porch light on and off signaling my time to come home. I never wanted to stop so I would go around a few more times looking up at the stars following me.
She signaled again. Then I pulled off my skates, tied them together and carried them home.
My mother waited at the door, greeting me with a kiss and laughing as she helped me off with my jacket. She smoothed my hair and held my face in her warm hands, "Are you ready for your hot chocolate?"
She made this for me every night. It was rich and sweet and I will never forget it. The scalding milk and the tablespoons of cocoa and sugar swirling around in a cup while I drank it close to her. We did nothing else. I sipped and she watched and we were happy, together, in a moment now gone with time.
Except when I make it for my daughters.
Battuto Mugs are the perfect vessel for this yummy hot chocolate. And our Bare plates are just right for the cookies.
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons sugar
Add a couple drops of water and stir into a mud
1 cup whole milk
More sugar and cocoa can be added depending on desired sweetness... The important thing is to stir the cocoa and sugar into a mud using a few drops of water otherwise it will become lumpy and not work
About Christina: Christina Lane is NYC based Prop Stylist. Originally from Montreal, she studied art, then moved to New York to pursue a career as a painter. Inspired by ordinary beauty she began collecting objects and composing them into a simple life, gathering plates, glass, linens and art. Her interest in this lead her to the world of prop styling where she now both lives and works.
Her clients include Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, Garnet Hill, Weiman, DwellStudio, J.W. Hulme, Perfumania, Starbucks, SmartWater, Keurig, Fresh Direct, Pepperidge Farm, Real Simple, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Martha Stewart, InStyle, Country Living, Surface, Weight Watchers, Everyday With Rachael Ray, Food Network, Dr. Oz, Men's Journal, & People
About William: William Geddes’s interest in the visual arts began at an early age when he became involved in photography and lighting design for school theater productions. A versatile photographer, he enjoys working with a wide range of subject matter, from intimate still life and interiors to lifestyle assignments for the editorial, advertising and publishing industries. Clients include the Meredith Corporation, Southern Progress, JCPenney, LG Electronics, Samsung, Mannington Flooring, and Stewart, Tabori & Chang. Recent awards include the 2009 recipient of Canada’s Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism and Photography. In addition to his commercial work, Geddes holds an MFA in Photography and Related Media from Parsons – The New School for Design. He lives with his wife and two daughters in New York City.
See more of his work at www.williamgeddes.com and follow on Instagram @wgeddes