No matter the weather, fall officially in the season of comfort food. Gone are the lingering days of summer, meals taken outside, and berries eaten by hand. They're rep-laced instead by brilliant sunsets, autumn harvest, and a bounty of foods fit for the oven. So often, guets commune in the warmth of the kitchen. I think it's a fine place to start a meal, sipping on cocktails while the main even gets underway. But after that, it's all about the dining room. Indeed, this menu is prepared with sharing in mind.
I’ll be the first to admit that my talent for growing robust houseplants is not the best. While garden plants generally thrive under my care, my green thumb doesn’t always transcend the challenges of indirect lighting, lack of humidity, and maintaining consistent temperature and soil moisture—conditions that often work against my success indoors. If this sounds familiar, don’t despair. Instead, shift your focus to the undemanding group of plants called succulents, and your luck is likely to change.
Though Laura Stein, principal and CEO of Toronto-based Laura Stein Interiors, designed the entire first floor of this home and more, there was one exception: the living room, which is on hold until the kids get older. But because the living room, which serves as a temporary play space, is the first room that people see upon entering the home and “is filled with toys,” explains Stein, “they wanted the dining room to be a grown-up space that could seat a large number of guests.”
To say that Marysia Rybock and her colleagues think outside the box when approaching a project is an understatement. The senior designer at San Francisco–based ScavulloDesign and her crew created a showstopper of a dining room for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase, which acts as a fundraiser for the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program.