How I Host: Brooke Morgan

 

More than anyone I know, Brooke Morgan is a connoisseur of details. Via her company, Nomad Collective, she’s constantly sourcing pieces from around the world that are equal parts beauty and functionality. Her collection is truly one-of-a-kind—each item hand selected and meaningful. But her premise is so much more than just adding refined details to your home; it’’s about creating a lifestyle that’s warm and livable. When we started working on this “How I Host” series, Brooke was a natural and immediate choice. Who better to show our readers how to make people feel at home?

How would you describe your hostess style? 5 words or less!

Simple. Intimate. Warm. Easy. Personal.

Environment is key. What is your favorite space to host a dinner party?

My home, of course : )

Do you have a signature dish or drink you like to serve?

Always a cheese board and a good French red.

What's your go-to color palette for design?

Easy, earthy tones. My home is my sanctuary, so peaceful and tranquil colors that bring the outside in and bring the energy down.

With events, it's important to touch all the senses. The perfect playlist includes...?

Jazz on vinyl … Miles Davis “Kind of Blue,” and some other timeless classics like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Helen Humes, and Louis Armstrong on rotation.

Who are your dream dinner guests?

My close friends and family - ones who know me best.

What inspired your design for "How I Host"?

Nomad - primitive, familial, community vibe. I wanted to create an easy, intimate atmosphere, so floor seating seemed appropriate. There's something about lounge style dining that is grounding and puts people at ease — not so formal … I also love to mix old and new textiles—textures within a neutral palette to create tranquility and soft lighting with candles and the overhead lantern.

What pieces did you choose and why?

12th Table’s pieces —  I chose a white, informal coffee table for dining, white organic plate ware, and gold flatware as a warm contrast to the light, natural textures and a way to connect to the gold side table. I also love the marble candle holders and thought they were a nice modern complement to some personal vintage brass ones. I wanted to mix in some Nomad pieces as well to complement 12th Table’s modern aesthetic — I chose a neutral Turkish Kilim to ground the space, creamy mudcloth to dress the table, our tribal floor pillows for the perfect comfy seating, and a few African footstools for warmth and functionality.

What's your best "hosting" tip for beginners?

Well I'm not sure I'm a veteran, but I'd say authenticity and details are key. Close attention to the senses — scent, sound, lighting, and aesthetics really go a long way. It's about creating a feeling, a vibe - not just a look.

Remember the goal is community, so don't get too wrapped up making everything perfect. A few details go a long way and having positive energy and a warm spirit is the most important detail of all : )