Attending elaborate parties thrown by her legendary grandmother, Estée Lauder, certainly influenced Aerin Lauder’s entertaining style. And tempered by her mother’s less is more sensibility, Aerin has developed her own take on her family’s holiday traditions. The January/February issue of Veranda featured a festive New Year’s lunch at the family’s Long Island compound, where, in an old barn on the property, Aerin prepared a rustic chic Austrian-inspired affair. I’m delighted to be able to share with you a sneak peek.
2013 was a big year for Aerin. Launching furniture, lighting and fabric collections, she also recently collaborated with Lenox on a stylish
tabletop collection, perfect for the occasion.
With her usual effortless flair, she mixes timeless tradition with contemporary glamour, including antique Austrian carved wooden chairs and
stoneware pitchers updated with new pieces from her lines.
Aerin favors round tables for entertaining and a palette of one or two colors carried throughout the linens, flatware and accessories. Here
her Hither fabric for Lee Jofa sets
a neutral patterned background for her woodland chic wooden chargers and plates
for Lenox, recalling the charm of winter white fisherman knit sweaters. At each
place rests a gift of an elegant wine stopper Aerin designed, a gesture
borrowed from her grandmother who always included a little something for each
guest at her table.
Aerin honed her style through her family’s own celebrations and travels, including a stint in Vienna when her father was ambassador. It’s a
magical place at the holidays and Aerin’s memories are translated with her own
brand of modern casual chic. Hints of gold, Aerin’s favorite neutral,
appear here in versatile bowls, decorative antlers, match striker and tray, all
from her collection. It’s all about entertaining with ease. As Aerin says
in her book, “I
want people to walk in and feel that this is a warm house. Classic, but not
uptight. It’s about heritage, but with a twist. And that twist reflects me.”