VALENTINE’S DAY ENTERTAINING
Interior designer Danielle Fennoy, founder of New York’s Revamp Interior Design, shares insightful Valentine’s Day entertaining tips that will set the tone for an intimate at-home celebration.
WHAT DREW YOU TO INTERIOR DESIGN?
Fennoy: I’m Danielle Fennoy, owner of Revamp Interior Design. I grew up in a family of fixer uppers, so renovation has been my life since before I can remember. I didn’t know that design could be a career until later in high school and even still I didn’t think it would be my profession until I entered into my senior year of college. Once I enrolled in the Masters of Interior Design Program at Pratt Institute it was an intense deep dive into the world of design, and I’ve been hooked ever since.
WHAT IS YOUR #1 DESIGN TIP TO REFRESH THE HOME?
Fennoy: I’ve always adopted the K.I.S.S theory when it comes to design and decorating. Keep It Simple Stupid. This year is no different. Less in my opinion is always more. Especially when welcoming in a new year or season, I think it’s especially important to design with intention, to prepare your space for your goals for what’s to come. It’s about getting rid of the items (and maybe some people) that don’t bring you joy and making space for whatever it is you need.
WHAT IS YOUR #1 VALENTINE’S DAY ENTERTAINING TIP?
Fennoy: A collection of beautiful candles on a mantle or dining table is a really beautiful, simple, and affordable statement that sets the mood for at home Valentine's Day entertaining. Don’t bite off more than you can chew and be authentic in your efforts. Don’t forget to chill the beverages well ahead of time. Clean up your clutter. Turn on the music. Light a few candles. And have some tasty bites ready to eat before your guest(s) arrive. Having those things done already will give you a little extra time to finish whatever else needs doing and BE with your guest(s).
Fennoy: For gifting, there are so many great products to choose from. I’m a basket lover and ceramic lover so the signature Zimbabwe ceramic tableware collection is a favorite of mine! With all the hand washing and sanitizing, practical gifts like the Shea Butter Gift Set make perfect sense as well.