Jolie Berndt is legendary for her creative and high-spirited parties. The love and thoughtful attention to detail that go into the planning are palpable. Everybody feels like the guest of honor at a Berndt party- the vibe is upbeat and there is usually a surprise injection of humor somewhere along the way. The food and drink are as flawless as the execution of her parties, leaving guests discussing her events long after they have ended. Jolie will modestly admit that she grew up in a family that entertained often, and believe me when I say she got the hostess gene in spades. As a child, she watched her mother throw seated dinners for 200 without batting an eyelash, always setting elegant tables. Jolie and her sisters Jenifer Gutmann and Judy Barnes carry forward their mother’s creative hospitality, joining forces in their company Central Productions to create themes, design clever invitations, share dishes, and make that next party as uniques and fun as the last. These ladies are a force of talent, style and fun. Today Jolie is sharing entertaining tips you won’t want to miss:
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THE RICHARDS GROUP has a new headquarters – and it is not your everyday office building – but more like a concept car. Prominently located near Dallas’ West Village area, the innovative design of the nation’s largest independent advertising agency rivals Silicon Valley empires like Google with thoughtful customization for a unique work culture. These creative giants seem to intuitively understand the power of the workplace environment, and the wisdom of investing in innovative ways to inspire creativity.
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You may recall the piece I photographed and wrote for Traditional Home’s Great Kitchens Issue earlier this year, featuring tablescapes of the legendary Texas entertainer Jolie Berndt. Not one, but two table themes Berndt concocted. No two parties are alike for Berndt. Each one has a way of outdoing the last. She is always dreaming, conspiring and stocking up for the next party. This is why people hire Berndt and her sisters– to help them to dream, purchase and execute the details of memorable entertaining. [Read more…] about How to Set an Artful Table- Entertaining Advice From An Expert
You may recall Clair Tompkins and Julie Lloyd, the talented duo of Tompkins Lloyd Interiors, from my Huffington Post piece earlier this year. Recently I sat down with these two stylish designers for an interview about their interior design work. If you have seen their work you will be all eyes and ears as to what inspires them. The projects of Tompkins Lloyd Interiors are interwoven with mystery, discovery and contradiction- as you walk through any home that they have designed, you might find yourself stopping to slowly take in and deconstruct the room in which you stand. Their design vibe is reflective of their upbeat panache – their willingness to take risks is a refreshing rebellion against convention. The best way I can describe their look is to compare it to Lenny Kravitz’s design. I mean that as high praise. Their look is always fresh, inspired, and promises to surprise in some unexpected way… [Read more…] about Inspired By: Tompkins Lloyd Interiors
All I have to say is, Garden Glory should have been at New York Fashion Week. “For glamorous people with dirty nails” is how Garden Glory embraces its fashionista, garden savvy, outdoor life-stylish client base – offering couture hose and rack options to suit any color palette. After seeing these, one can’t help but wonder how aesthetic options didn’t happen ages ago. I discovered Garden Glory at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York (they were a favorite find of the show, mentioned in Huffington Post) – and have not stopped thinking about their products since. Every time I look at a “normal” hose (the only other kind available), I think of how brilliant the Garden Glory founder is to have thought of this idea. How overlooked this one item has been all these years… Outdoor design just got soooo much better. [Read more…] about Garden Glory Will Glamorize Your Yard