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Holiday party decor ideas to steal from a designer’s studio

Simple wares with a design-forward touch

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Overhead view of a wooden table with colorful plates.

For this week’s special holiday hosting edition of House Calls, we head to Red Hook, Brooklyn, where we feasted with Jean Lee and Dylan Davis, co-founders of the inventive design practice Ladies and Gentlemen Studio.

The couple’s studio, situated in a pre-Civil War building just a few short blocks from their apartment, features two distinct spaces, which are perfect for hosting workshops and holiday gatherings with their fellow creatives. The original fireplace—both a centerpiece and an easy way to grill party-friendly kebabs—creates a “cozy campfire feeling”, while plants, art, and dinnerware displayed on open shelving give guests a sense of warmth and intimacy.

With the holidays upon us, we sourced a few products from the space—or similar finds—to get you fully inspired to host your own picture-perfect gathering this season.