Twelve Finds: Sarah Novelli
The beautiful thing about being a design-centered company is that our staff is full of thoughtful, nuanced individuals. It seems everyone on our team has such a great eye for finding treasures and making everyday spaces feel really valuable and worthwhile. Over the next few weeks, I'm excited to use this Twelve Finds space to introduce you to our ladies who truly make 12th Table what it is. You'll get a peek behind the scenes and into their design mind, learning all about what they love and invest in. I hope you enjoy it!
Up next: our lovely Special Projects Manager, Sarah Novelli. Shop her picks and read all about her hosting sensibilities below!
What do you think makes a great host?
Thoughtfulness & an open door policy. I think Shauna Niequest says it best: "The heart of hospitality is about creating space for someone to feel seen and heard and loved. It's about declaring your table a safe zone, a place of warmth and nourishment.” (Bread and Wine)
Out of the products you recommended, which do you love most and why?
Can I say the twinkle lights? I'm convinced they're magic.
What's your favorite time of year to host people, and why?
Summertime! I'm such a sucker for backyard alfresco dining. Summer days are long and full and the lightening bugs come out to greet you at the end of the night.
What is your go-to beverage or dish to prepare for guests? If you want to include a recipe, feel free!
Spicy margaritas and my grandmother Lulu's tomato pie (gotta keep that one in the family).
What's on your home playlist when guests are over?
Totally depends on the mood. I'm generally somewhere between Bon Iver, John Mayer, and Usher (duh). Anthropologie has great spotify playlists for hosting and themed dinners (Passport to Paris? Yessssss please.)
What is your best piece of advice for hosting newbies?
I'm not sure I'm qualified to give advice - I'm more of the numbers / spreadsheet girl here at 12th Table. But, one thing that's essential to remember is that perfect is overrated.
I'll close by handing off again to my girl, Shauna Neiquest, for some of my favorite hosting advice:
"What people are craving isn't Perfection. People aren't longing to be impressed; their longing to feel like their home." (Bread and Wine)
"Entertaining isn't a sport or a competition. It's an act of love, if you let it be. You can twist it and turn it into anything you want—a way to show off your house, a way to compete with your friends, a way to earn love and approval. Or you can decide that every time you open your door, it's an act of love, not performance or competition or striving.” (Bread and Wine)