Entertaining With :: House of Brinson

I first met William and Susan Brinson last year when I was in NYC with Caitlin and Erin, and they hosted a little cocktail party for us at their loft in Manhattan. I remember thinking when I walked in that I hadn’t ever seen a home quite like it – a live/work space that’s a total study in contrasts with dark walls amidst light and airy spaces; rustic shelving next to modern classics. As she gave us the tour, Susan pointed out countless projects that they’d DIY’d together, giving the entire loft a completely original feel. I’ve gotten to know William and Susan better over the last year and am continually wow’d by their talent – both grads of Savannah College of Art & Design, William is a commercial photographer who shoots for the likes of Architectural Digest, House Beautiful and Martha Stewart Living (as well as the photos in this gallery), and Susan is an art director and all-around creative genius who continually blows me away with her styling prowess on their shared blog House of Brinson. Bet you’re dying to know how this couple entertains in their off-hours, aren’t you? You’re in luck! Click through for scenes from a recent dinner party, a few of their secrets to entertaining success and some recipes I’m dying to make (including a yogurt and beets appetizer inspired by my fave at ABC Kitchen.)

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Entertaining With House of Brinson | Camille Styles
Yogurt and Beets
This light appetizer is perfect for a fall morning. It has the lightness of the yogurt and the seasonal beets. The recipe is inspired by one of our favorite New York City restaurants, ABC Kitchen. 
  • small red and golden beets, about 5 per person
  • plain yoghurt, about 1/2 cup per person
  • balsamic vinegar
  • marjoram
  • salt and pepper
Prepare beets. Wash and trim greens from beets. Be sure to keep a little bit of the greens (half inch or so) and roots to prevent bleeding. Roast in a foil covered pan for 30 minutes. Let cool and peel skin after trimming ends. Assemble the dish: Place 1/4 cup of yogurt in the bowl and layer half of the beets. Place the remaining 1/4 cup of yogurt and the remaining beets. Drizzle balsamic vinegar and sprinkle with marjoram. Salt and pepper generously.
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12 Responses to “Entertaining With :: House of Brinson”

  1. Uncle Beefy

    Love Susan and William and, admittedly, am rather jealous that all y’all got to break bread together. Happy for y’all, Camille… but jealous. ;)

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  2. kyle

    Just spent 20 minutes searching for those utensils. Where on earth did you find such fantastic items?

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    • Susan Brinson

      @kyle I have seen that set pop up on Ebay or Etsy. Search gold or brass wood or teak and Thailand. They are stamped with Thailand on the back, and I think they were popular imports in the 1950s. I bought the whole set super cheap at a thrift store – a real lucky find. :)

      Camille – thanks so much for having us on your blog. An honor!

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  3. Chelsea

    Image 5 of 14 is fantastic. It makes me want a big glass of cider.

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