Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas with Aerin Lauder

I have always been mesmerized by Aerin Lauder's exquisite taste and completely in awe of all of her incredible homes. From her New York apartment to homes in Long Island, Aspen, and Palm Beach, this style icon truly lives an enchanted life. If you haven't yet purchased her recently released book Beauty at Home, I highly recommend that you add it to your Christmas wish list. I can't keep my hands off of it, as it is packed full of pure gorgeousness! Since Christmas is just around the corner, let's take a look at how Aerin decorates and entertains at the holidays...  

Aerin says via, "I love holiday parties—going to them, hosting them—it is such a fun time of year. I especially like how holiday gatherings span generations. From grandparents to little ones, everyone is together having a great time. With so many different ages at my own parties, I like to offer food that appeals to everyone whether they are 5 or 85.  I always serve pigs in blankets, smoked salmon on toast, cheese puffs, and crab cakes. Desserts like Christmas and gingerbread cookies, peppermint ice cream and brownies are impossible to resist. Vintage cocktail napkins in red and green embroidered with holly, Santas, or initials are stacked on tables. I always place treats like chocolate balls, peppermint sticks, ribbon candy, nuts and popcorn in gold nesting bowls around the apartment. I love how gold accents make everything feel more festive."

"I decorate my apartment with lots of red everywhere during the holidays—peonies, dahlias, and berries. I’ll wrap garlands around the stairs and over the fireplace mantle. In the den, I play Christmas movies like Miracle on 34th Street or Rudolph on the TV.   When it is time to leave, I have small gifts like scented candles wrapped in gold paper and ribbon waiting at the door a custom my grandmother taught me many years ago," said Aerin.

Reprinted from BEAUTY AT HOME Copyright (c) 2013 by AERIN LAUDER. Published by Potter Style, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, LLC, a Penguin Random House Company. 
"My family liked to make a big deal out of holidays. I remember Christmas Eve dinners at my grandmother's townhouse, with Champagne, caviar, roast beef, and her favorite desert - bûche de Noël. The table was always beautifully set. There would be a fire crackling, and piles of presents, and she would have the Salvation Army come over and sing carols with us. It was warm and generous, and I've tried to re-create that same feeling for my own children. I grew up in houses that were always full of friends and family, and that impulse to bring people together is part of my DNA," Aerin Lauder -  Beauty at Home.
You may recall this fabulous feature in the December 2007 issue of House & Garden magazine...   
Every Christmas Eve, Aerin sets the table with Estée's silver and tableware, and she cooks a big holiday dinner using old family recipes.

In Aerin's elegant dining room, the Indian marble table is ready for Christmas. It is set with her grandmother Estée's English cut crystal, gold flatware, and vintage lace napkins.  

Vintage Chinese urns line the mantle in the living room.

Aerin always gets a gingerbread house from William Poll, in NYC.

Aerin in her kitchen posed with Christmas gifts. The lights are from Ann Morris Antiques, NYC.

Aerin's Thanksgiving table set with her grandmother's dishes, as photographed by Claiborne Swanson Frank, for Vogue.

Aerin loves cut flowers, branches, pinecones, and plants.

On Christmas morning, Aerin makes a special breakfast for her husband and boys. Click here for her holiday eggnog French toast...
and here for more on Aerin's tips for holiday entertaining.
Last but not least, here are a few holiday snapshots Aerin shared via Instagram... Side note, do you Instagram? I finally broke down and joined last week, and I'm totally hooked! You can follow me here.

Through her career, her homes, her entertaining, and her traditions, Aerin has pays homage to her grandmother, all while adding her new, fresh perspective. To learn more about Aerin's impeccable sense of style, click here to read more about Beauty at Home. Want to bring a touch of Aerin style to your home for the holidays? Here are a few suggestions from her incredible AERIN line!
Aerin has partnered with Lenox to create this Deep Sea Ikat Dinnerware, with a pattern reminiscent of the Toiles de Nantes from Estée's bedroom.

1) AERIN Bird Bottle Opener; 2) AERIN Sphere Nesting Bowls; 3) AERIN Fireside and Fir candle; 4) AERIN Spherical Match Striker
Click here for more of Aerin's home collection... I would like one of everything please, Santa! 


  1. I'm not Aerin and don't have her budget but I'm having a big Christmas Party Sunday night. This was the perfect post to read, right her on The GlamPad. Merry Christmas, darling.

  2. I love Aerin's style! I've got to get her book. Please tell Santa that I would like the match striker!

  3. Hi Andrea! Just read your comment on Design Chic! I have a limited amount of my bottle collections left. Please e-mail me for pictures. I would love for you to have one for Christmas and yes, I could ship one out today! Pleae e-mail me at and I will send you pictures. Depending on where you live, it may have to be shipped 2nd day air but I will do my best. The ones that I have left are priced from 150.00 - 425.00. Most of them are in the 225.00 range. Please contact me asap!!! many thanks!!! kendall boggs

  4. It really is all too beautiful, i would love that match striker, i wonder if they mail overseas.

  5. Great post. She has fabulous style..and love that she incorporates our beloved blue and white into the mix!!

  6. Hi Andrea.
    Gorgeousness to the nth degree.
    Have a happy holiday time.

  7. Me too!!!!!! Love that Aerin, though born in a very privilaged household, is still all fuss about Christmas and all the little details that go along with it! Love her style and her I-don't-care-what-you-think approach in decor!

  8. Aerin has truly glamorous taste. Her style is so old fashioned and proper, yet totally modern. Fantastic post!

  9. Her book is definitely on my list. Can you imagine attend one of her decadent parties? I imagine it would be something not soon forgotten!

  10. Oooh, this was such a treat to look at! Aerin has exquisite taste in everything I think, jealous!

  11. Aerin is sooo good + love her taste.

  12. I love Aerin's style too! I am most certain we would be good friends! :) Her book may be one of my most favoirtie design books ever.
    Thanks for a great article!! xx

  13. I love her. She is one of those amazing women who just do it perfectly and with style. I'm following you on Insatgram.

  14. Wow--this post is jam-packed with info (and gorgeousness, of course!)--thank you! I love her style, and your great gift guide--how clever! Annnd I am so glad The Glam Pad is on Instagram--isn't it so much fun? That wreath from Aerin's account is perfection! Actually, I love it all!!!

  15. Wow--this post is jam-packed with info (and gorgeousness, of course!)--thank you, Andrea! I love her style...and your gift guide--how clever! So glad The Glam Pad is on Instagram! Aerin's wreath is perfection! As a matter of fact, it's all perfection!

  16. I love her, she is one of my favorites and a true Style icon of today!!

  17. Thank you for your kind words on my blog the other day! This book looks excellent - I must go take a peek at it. Great post! I also just started following you on Instagram - loving your kitchen! Happy Holidays!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

  18. WOW!! What a delightful treat! She's amazing!


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