Elizabeth Mollen began developing her eye for design from a young age. Inspired by her grandmother’s success as an artist and antique dealer, Elizabeth knew she was destined to pursue a career in the arts, and eventually, interiors design. Today, Elizabeth has a lot to be excited about: a thriving textile and interior design studio, a baby on the way, and a gorgeous new home in South Austin. As long time fans of Stone Textile, we were thrilled to step into Elizabeth’s home to see her personal style firsthand, and take a sneak peak at her covetable entertaining style. Click through to experience a summer dinner party at the home of one of Austin’s favorite designers, and learn a little bit about what makes her creative heart tick…

photography by chelsea fullerton


Your must-have entertaining tools:

Staying organized and good cookware.


Colored pencil favor place cards from Anthropologie; napkins from Stone Textiles

 


Your current favorite color palter for parties:

Since it’s summer time, I love using bright colors and bold patterns when entertaining, and I especially love mixing prints and textures. I usually like to use pieces from the Stone Textile tabletop collection mixed with vintage pieces I have collected over the years.

Elizabeth’s textile tip: When combining multiple prints, layer in order of boldness. Set more subtle patterns on larger base pieces, then layer upwards with smaller pieces and bolder prints.


Always in your refrigerator:

Greek yogurt, sparkling water, cold brew coffee, dark chocolate


Your perfect dinner party playlist: 

I enlist the help of a close friend who is the master at creating playlists. I basically tell him what the vibe of a party is, and he sends over the perfect mix. You also can’t go wrong with using the dinner party playlists on Spotify.


On the menu tonight:

A gourmet taco bar including…

  • Smoky Lentil Tacos
  • Short Rib Tacos
  • Three Bean Salad
  • Chopped Kale + Brussels Sprout Salad
  • Limoncello + Coconut Cupcakes


What (if anything) scares you about entertaining:

Weather! I’m always worried about rain if we are entertaining outside.


Get the recipe for Elizabeth’s favorite Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita recipe here

 


Your most memorable night of entertaining:

When we had family and friends over for the first time in our new house. It was a special night.


The best meal of your life: 

I absolutely love Thai food. Last year on our trip to Thailand we ate at a local lunch spot where we were the only American’s there. Everything — the Pad Thai, Mango Salad and Lettuce Cups — was so authentic and amazing.  

The entertaining rule you never break:

I always make sure to have more then enough food and drink! You cannot have your guests leave hungry.


Your signature entertaining dish:

I enjoy making appetizers. A favorite is my mom’s caramelized onion and goat cheese tart.

Pictured here: Smoky Lentil Tacos — but instead of spiced squash, Elizabeth subbed with sweet potatoes.


The taste you’re always craving:

I’ve lived in Texas for almost ten years now, so I can always go for something Tex-Mex. I’ll never turn down chips and guacamole!


Your usual party guests:

We love having our friends over, and most nights turn into game nights. My new favorite dinner party game is Cards Against Humanity.


Your standard hosting outfit:

I like being comfortable, especially while entertaining at home. I often wear a long dress or a flowy top with jeans.


Your dream dinner party guests:

Kristen Wiig, Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan, and maybe Giada de Laurentiis can help me with the cooking!  

Your entertaining style in five words or less:
Laughter should always be involved.


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14 comments
  1. 1
    Jennifer Rose Smith | August 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Wow! Loving this home — great light fixture and chairs.

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  2. 2
    celine @aquahaus | August 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hostess with the mostest! Such a great feature on such a lovely person- inside and out. xo

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  3. 3
    Teresa Gonzalez | August 14, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    I’m loving the anthro colors to give as a party favor. I think guests would be very happy to go home with those!

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  4. 4
    Elizabeth | August 15, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Thank you for the feature! We had such a fun time — love how the photos turned out!

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    • Chanel Dror | August 19, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      The pleasure was ours! Such a fun afternoon!

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  5. 5
    Kim West | August 16, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Whoop whoop! Adorable gals!

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  6. 6
    Judith | August 16, 2014 at 11:36 am

    gorgeous home and woman! loved this piece!

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  7. 7
    Traci | August 16, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Smoky lentil tacos? Yummm! I want that recipe!

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    • Chanel Dror | August 17, 2014 at 11:42 pm

      Hi Traci — there’s a link on slide 11! 🙂

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    inagraj | August 21, 2014 at 6:19 am

    Cards Against Humanity! Oh, one can learn a lot about their friends when playing this game, I love it.

    Reply
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