As fall deepens and we return to the hearth, there’s a ritual to relish: lighting the season’s first fire. It stokes something primal – a calling to congregate, a kindling of kinship. It gives our home a heartbeat.
Soon we’ll adorn this space with greenery and treasured decorations. Then – and, in fact, year-round – an out-of-the-ordinary fireplace screen adds artistry and intrigue to the hearth.
Maybe your room is best suited for hefty wrought iron, hand-forged by artisans into intricate scrolls. Check out Avignon and Toscana. Or it could be you prefer the dazzle of glass, catching and magnifying the firelight. Ninety pieces of beveled glass grace Victoria’s solid-copper frame. Unique shapes? The Trellis Hinged Screen is burnished in a timeless quatrefoil pattern, and the French-inspired Mirabella screen sweeps into the shape of an ornate harp.
Consider customizing. You can often choose your fire screen’s finish and in many cases customize the dimensions. Do you prefer delicate mesh or open cast-iron curlicues? Hinges? Handles? There are tons of options.
Besides the obvious safety benefits, your new fire screen will stand as a radiant statement piece in your home. It’s time to turn down the thermostat and reunite by the hearth. Warm feelings await.
It’s fab, fetching and feather-soft. It’s our Faux Fur Pet Jacket, which we adore. (You should have heard us fawning at the photo shoot.)
And Oprah loves it too.
She chose the super-cute accessory for her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list, the annual guide of holiday must-haves. It’s the finest in four-legged fashion, irresistibly soft and warm with a look that’s pure Park Avenue – or perhaps Magnificent Mile, in Oprah’s case. There’s no more divine dress for your precious pooch on a crisp afternoon stroll.
Swarovski crystals adorn the Italian full-grain leather of our handcrafted Art Deco Bling Dog Collar. And with the Crystal Necklace Dog Collar, you can customize crystal charms with your canine’s name, or make a sassy statement in dangling letters: “S-P-O-I-L-E-D.”
A classy canine deserves glamorous, gourmet dining. Adorned on four sides with dazzling crystals, our Bling Double Feeder boasts a leather top surface and two ceramic bowls. The Bone Appétit Dog Feeder and companion Treat Jar – topped with a golden bone – add to the five-star dining experience. Don’t forget the Mutt Merlot Pet Treats, with packaging resembling a wine bottle. Dessert? The organic, all-natural Custom Mini Pupcakes or Custom Holiday Cake Pops can be personalized with your pet’s initial.
Then bring bling to bedtime with the glamorous Gigi Crystal Pet Bed, luxurious velvet accented with crystal buttons and tufting – and coordinate with our monogrammed velvet blanket. Or chase away winter’s chill with our irresistibly soft Faux Fur Pet Bed.
See why Oprah raves about our Faux Fur Pet Jacket, and then explore the Park Avenue Pet collection. A certain four-legged friend will thank you.
Want to know why that pet jacket isn’t just for show? In “Keeping Your Dog Warm and Happy,” experts share important safety tips you’ll want to know.
If you’re going to go for the gold, the holidays are the perfect time. That’s what the golden girl of Food Network’s Iron Chef, glamorous restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, plans to do. And she designed her brilliant brand of holiday entertaining and serving pieces for Frontgate, so all of us can shine too.
On her table, everything has a touch of glitz. White linen napkins and table runners are embroidered with golden cording. Metallic rims on her elegant bone china beverage tubs catch the glint of candlelight. And elements from the natural world are the perfect foil—like antler-inspired pedestals on her marble-topped lazy Susans.
Discover more of Donatella’s entertaining tips, and try her delicious Fritto Misto recipe, in “Holiday Glamour Girl: Wine & Dine Like Donatella Arpaia”.
Find more inspiration from Donatella on Pinterest.
The cocktail hour is hot again. Call it the Mad Men effect, a spillover of scintillating style that is fueling nostalgia for the cocktail culture of the 1950s and ’60s.
The art of entertaining is having its own revival, thanks in part to a foundational piece of furniture: a bar cabinet. Whether echoing Midcentury Modern design or Hollywood Regency, a bar cabinet recalls the sophistication of bygone eras.
It’s a refined way to store glasses, bottles and cocktail accessories, and the cabinet top gives you the perfect space to mix drinks. Off duty, it becomes an artful spot for displaying bottles and decanters.
When you are entertaining, a bar cabinet makes a grand, flourishing statement in a living room. It also handsomely outfits a study or den. And it can be the pièce de résistance in a master suite – especially since many cabinets are designed to house a mini-fridge.
We’ve fallen hard for the Serpentine Bar Cabinet, an ebony homage to Regency style. Details set it apart: a gold-leaf pinstripe, a custom-cast brass ormolu, brass escutcheon handles, and soft-close drawers and wine racks.
For true glamour, the Ainsworth Eglomise Bar Cabinet shimmers like a Hollywood starlet. Behind its glass panels backed with silver leaf are roomy shelves and two breakaway side doors, each with shallow shelves for glassware. Pairing with our eglomise chests and vanity, it can elegantly equip a master bedroom or guest suite.
Eglomise also adorns our Regina Bar Cabinet. The Forsyth Bar Cabinet and Forsyth Double Bar Cabinet, along with our Preston Crushed Bamboo Bar Cabinet, boast British Colonial styling and dramatic texture.
After you’ve found your match, it’s time to celebrate with something fizzy, like this lemony New Orleans favorite.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
Makes 1 drink
1½ ounces VSOP cognac
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.
Or if you prefer a dessert-minded drink, consider this recipe from our collaborator, restaurant mogul Donatella Arpaia.
Makes 1 drink
4 ounces Prosecco
1 brown sugar cube
dash of Angostura bitters
Garnish: pinch of cocoa powder
In a champagne glass, place first three ingredients. Stir once, garnish and serve.
Around here, margaritas aren't a cocktail, they're a way of life... Especially thanks to our friends at Margaritaville. ---> bit.ly/MargaritavilleForFrontgate2016