How I Gather

Is there anything more enjoyable than the sound of clinking glasses, the hum of conversation, and the aroma of a home-cooked meal? We think not. In fact, bringing people together around a table is our greatest passion in life and we believe food is one of the most powerful tools for connection. But what makes a gathering meaningful? In our series, How I Gather we go behind the scenes of our favorite chefs, foodies, and tastemakers to answer that question.  See All

What’s not to love about a gorgeous blonde who also  just so happens to be the brains behind one of our favorite sites? As founder & creative director of the ever-inspiring Glitter Guide, Taylor Sterling has soared to the top of our list as the go-to source for a healthy dose of sparkle. So when we asked Taylor if we could peek into her Northern Cali home and uncover a few of her entertaining secrets, we were thrilled to discover that her style is fresh and totally accessible. Captured beautifully by Delbarr Moradi, the details are simple, yet always infused with major doses of style…and to be honest, we expected nothing less from our leading lady. Without further ado, click through to see how Taylor throws a shindig!

My signature entertaining dish:

I’m still new to entertaining. My husband and I just got married, and are just starting to really entertain guests. We live in a tiny cottage and it can be a challenge, but we’re finding our way. I love to make hearty soups, but for now my signature dish is a mean cheese plate!

 

 


My must-have entertaining tool:

A big wood cutting board. Great for food prep and doubles as a cheese platter!


Click here to get the recipe for Taylor’s Strawberry, Brie & Honey Crostini

*recipe from cookin’ canuck


The restaurant meal I’ll never forget:

That’s tough. I would have to pick a dinner at Dio Deka right after my husband proposed to me. It’s our favorite restaurant, and he even had menus print “Taylor & Joey Forever!” The food is always good, but that night will always have a special place in my heart.


Always in my kitchen:

I always have lemons on hand. A little lemon adds so much to a dish or drink, and they look so pretty on display.


The taste I’m always craving:

Chocolate. I always finish a meal with a piece. I also love pretty much any dish that includes chocolate. I’m pretty addicted.


The perfect dinner party playlist includes:

Soulful indie artists, Frank Sinatra, and Adele. I like to have a playful mix of music.

My dream dinner guests:

All my friends who live far away. I would love a big party with the people we rarely get to see but love so very much!

The kitchen rule I rarely break:
I always drink wine while cooking. It helps me to relax and really enjoy the process.

 


My standard hostess outfit:

I love being comfortable (it’s the California girl in me), so I typically wear a chambray shirt, skinny jeans, and fun jewelry. However, I also love a fancy fete and I own lots of pretty cocktail dresses for those special occasions.


My entertaining style in 5 words or less:

Easy, fun, simple, with a hint of sparkle.


photography by Delbarr Moradi

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Comments (27)
  1. 1
    Olive January 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

    love her fresh California style~

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    • Camille Styles January 3, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      I think that is the PERFECT way to describe Taylor’s style, both fashion-wise and in her home. She’s so refreshing, and even manages to make the most casual looks seem sophisticated and fun!

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    Natasha B January 3, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Love Taylor’s home (and her Chihuahua)! Any idea where the white kitchen table is from? I have been looking for one exactly like that.

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    Lauren Maxwell January 3, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Lemons, yes!

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  4. 4
    Taylor Sterling January 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Natasha! Thanks! It’s really old and from my sister. When I get a chance I can ask her. xx

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    • Natasha B January 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm

      Amazing, thank you! 🙂

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    A Girl, A Style January 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    What a lovely feature! Adore Taylor and her fresh style (she’s one girl I’d love to have a dinner party with).

    Briony xx

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    Carlene Thomas RD (@CarleneRD) January 3, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I am a sucker for a cheese plate with fruit! I love the chill vibe.

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    Jodi N January 3, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Natasha B wanted to know about the table. I got it about 5 years ago at Pier 1.
    Great post here Tay.

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    • NatashaB January 4, 2013 at 8:50 am

      Thank you so much Jodi (and Taylor)! Toronto has a few Pier 1 stores, I will have to check them out.

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    wendy January 3, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    You are so inspirational – a cute little house and simple styling and party ideas – nothing pretentious about your entertaining and outlook! Thank you for this lovely post! (I’d love to see more of your cocktail dresses! )

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    Emily January 4, 2013 at 12:22 am

    What a great little feature! Love the cutting board tip!

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    Desiree {Chic Coastal Living} January 4, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Cute post! Taylor of course is one of my daily must read blogs and I love her ideas in this post! I will have to try the appetizer which looked delicious! XO

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    • Camille Styles January 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Can’t wait to try that crostini, too… it’ll be the perfect fresh appetizer to serve at my first spring dinner party!

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    Alison January 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    This might me one of my favorite “entertaining withs” – love this fresh kitchen and simple entertaining style (also heart the minty blue Kitchen Aid stand mixer). i cannot wait to try the strawberry crostini!

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    erin January 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    taylor is so special – her attainable style is so down-to-earth, and i love how it’s not too “fussy” or staged! x

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    Jennifer Rose Smith January 5, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I love the cute dog!

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    Lauren January 6, 2013 at 6:48 am

    great article. I love camillestyles because you update so frequently! thanks 🙂

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    luvvleighb January 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I love Taylor! Such a perfect summary on entertaining!

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    Claudia January 8, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Hi there! Where is the print above the kitchen table from? Thanks!

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