When good friend Cordelia Lawton asked me to help bring a little holiday to their Lawton Mull 1stdibs showroom at the NYDC, I knew it would be a magical experience. Theirs is a thoughtful and meticulously curated showroom. As writers, an object’s history plays a paramount role in the selection and display of their pieces, “Things have a way of communicating the history of their creation and ownership, and this narrative converses with that of other objects. What we live with is one way we tell the story of our lives.”
Cordelia came to me with inspiration pictures and a clear map of just where the finished holiday embellishments would live. A wreath to live behind an 18th Century French Processional Santo, and a branch arrangement for display in a large, hand-blown Murano Vase. We shopped at the New York Flower Market early in the week and picked out the organic ingredients: bundles of fragrant Bay leaf and fresh moss for the wreath, red Ilex Winterberry and Scotch Broom Pine for the large vase.
Dream project, check. Holiday magic, check. And as Cordelia summed it up on her Lawton Mull Instagram feed last night, “#friendsinart.” The honor is all mine.
Photography Beth Horta for Sweet Sabelle.