How I Host: Hannah Crowell
You know when you walk into a room and, quite automatically, you feel comfortable and intrigued and like you never, ever want to leave? That happens all the time in Hannah Crowell’s spaces. A Nashville-based interior designer, Hannah has an impossibly brilliant eye that makes the eclectic and imperfect feel polished and just so. Her vision is enchanting and memorable and always, always livable. Hannah and her sister, Carrie, were kind enough to share their design skills and hosting tips at White Ave Studio with a Frida Kahlo and Marie Antoinette inspired party for the ages. Dive right in; you won’t regret it.
How would you describe your hostess style? 5 words or less!
Laid back, whimsical, welcoming, imperfect
Environment is key. What is your favorite space to host a party?
I LOVE having parties. I think Easter in my favorite because the weather is perfect and the flowers are blooming. I love having a ton of people… adults and kids... floating in and out of my home, eating and drinking and just having a lovely time.
Do you have a signature dish or drink you like to serve?
As a southern woman, I never have a summer party without deviled eggs. In the winter, I love to make this amazing beef tenderloin with a port wine reduction.
What's your go-to color palette for design?
White and minimal with pops of color found in the flowers.
With events, it's important to touch all the senses. The perfect playlist includes…?
Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt and Patsy Cline
Who are your dream dinner guests?
My sisters. They are my favorite people on earth.
What inspired your design for "How I Host”?
My sister Carrie Crowell of Crowell Floral did all the flowers and we called it “ladies lunch with Frida Kahlo and Marie Antoinette." I don’t know that that makes any sense at all, but that’s how we saw it. I wanted to include the things I love most like my grandma’s champagne flutes and then mix that with material from my studio. Fabrics from my library that I love turned into runners, left over bits of linen that I stamped with my thumb prints became napkins, and wallpaper memos I calligraphed created place cards. Then, of course, Carrie and her floral designs ALWAYS inspire me!
What pieces did you choose and why?
I chose clean and minimal pieces because I wanted to offset the pinks and blushes of the flowers, fruits and accessories. I actually use these chairs and table in my projects, and I have these dishes in my own home…. so it was a pretty easy choice for me!
What's your best "hosting" tip for beginners?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you can’t cook or don’t feel particularly comfortable doing so, make comfort food that people love like chicken and dumplings or let people make their own pizzas. As long as you have wine and music and you are relaxed and happy, everyone else will be too.
Photography by Cassidy Carson Photography