3 Interior Designers Share the Items They’re Coveting This Holiday Season

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With Thanksgiving nearly upon us, gift giving (and receiving) is inevitably at the forefront of our brains. While we typically consult our network to offer gift suggestions for the holidays, this year we thought it would be fun to reverse the question and ask them what they themselves want. Sometimes it’s fun to relish in a moment of self-indulgence and curate the perfect wish list (for whomever needs to see it).

For this segment, we’ve tapped three interior designers to divulge the material items they’re coveting this season across the board (interiors included, of course). They’re each dishing on their most swoon-worthy gifts, ranging from divine leather handbags to flatware to candles under $100. So get your pen and paper ready, and we promise we won’t tell if you borrow a few of their ideas to add to your own wish list—they’re that good.

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“When it comes to gifts, we (my partner Duncan and I and my family) have always operated on a less-is-more kind of basis. My parents tend to give me one present—an old, rare book that I’ve asked for, for example. Duncan might give me a picture, or more often than not we’ll spend money on a trip together—most Decembers we visit Venice just before Christmas and spend three days eating, drinking, and shopping for knickknacks, though not this year (sadly!). I like to give and receive meaningful presents, and this year it’s going to be all about things we can enjoy at home—a truffle to grate over scrambled eggs, perhaps, or a piece of old china for a mantelpiece. I particularly like buying old things. We all need less stuff, and buying antique or vintage feels like a sustainable choice.”

Christian Bérard, (French 1902-1949), Figures Studies

“I’m a big fan of the French artist and designer Christian Bérard. I love these bold, graphic figure studies by him—they’d make an excellent addition to my small collection of drawings and photographs from the 1930s and ’40s.”


Tinsmiths French Country Pottery Hexagonal Platter

“How beautiful is this traditional French country platter? The hexagonal shape is fabulous, as are the colors. It was made in Burgundy and is available via Tinsmiths, a favorite interiors shop of mine.”


D.S. & Durga Burning Barbershop

“D.S. & Durga makes some of my favorite fragrances. Burning Barbershop is all charred mint, vanilla, and smoky lime. It’s a perfect deep, dark perfume for winter.”


Dries Van Noten Crushed Velvet Turtleneck

“I’m very much into Dries Van Noten’s winter collection. I’m also having a real crushed velvet phase at the moment, so this turtleneck would be ideal. I love the dusty pale pink color, too.”


Ebury Trading Large English Doulton Urn

“I’ve been keeping an eye on this English Doulton urn for months. I love its unusual shape and design. It’d look great on top of an old column or plinth in our dining room.”

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“This year my wish list is all about cozy things that I can enjoy at home. We normally go away to a beach destination or to Napa Valley between Christmas and the new year, but we are staying close to home this year in light of the pandemic.”

Sleeper Black Tie PJ Set with Feathers

“Glam pajamas can make a night in more fun.”


Ginori 1735 Oriente Italiano Ming Porcelain Dinner Plate

“Since we aren’t going out to restaurants, chic dishes make take-out feel a little more festive.”


Bottega Veneta The Mini Pouch

“The perfect crossbody adds a bit of polish while I’m running errands.”


Soh Melbourne Green House Candle

“My favorite candle immediately adds ambiance to my office.”


Ashley McCormick Trio 18K Gold and Diamond Necklace

“A chic necklace ensures that I am always ready for my close-up on Zoom!”

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“The best approach is to give gifts that are heartfelt and meaningful versus gimmicky items that someone might throw away later.”

Bottega Veneta The Chain Pouch

“I’ve always been a purse person. Even before clothes, I liked bags. I think this is one will be a new classic.”


Fitbit Charge 4

“I want this to keep track of myself! I love that you can see all your daily steps and even track how well you sleep.”

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Cassina 528 Indochine Charlotte Perriand Chair

“I’m in need of a new desk chair and I’ve always dreamt of one of these. They make any desk look better and more sophisticated.”

Mr. Bowl Winterish Large Serving Plate

“Mr. Bowl is owned by these two women I think are so clever! Their ceramic pieces have beautiful organic shapes that I love, and food looks simply amazing when served on their dishware.”


Ted Muehling Biedermeier Candlestick Collection in Oxidized Bronze

“I’ve wanted these candlesticks for so long. They’re not inexpensive, but I definitely would want a grouping of them. Three-to-five of these on a table and around my house would be beautiful.”

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