Writer, editor, television personality, decorator…. there’s not much that Sara Ruffin Costello doesn’t do. And while her name has been sprinkled across mastheads over the years (Domino, Wall Street Journal, Glamour), she’s also pretty recognizable – you may have seen her in Target’s recent print and commercial campaign doling out entertaining tips. Basically, when Costello talks about design, people listen. It’s not only that she has style oozing from her fingertips, she also manages to put it all together in a way that’s completely new and effortless all at once. Whether it’s a prescient knack for forecasting the next big thing, or making a room feel thrown together in just the right way, this lady just knows. But don’t let her relaxed attitude fool you – the Virginia-bred New Orleans resident also has a few things to say on the subject of proper entertaining. Case in point: her favorite hostess gifts from Taigan. Get ready to take some notes.
Berti Knives: Extraordinary house warming gift for someone with a new weekend place.
Maria Evora Soap: Everyone is appreciative of soap. Especially when it’s good looking enough for the powder room.
Brass Box: I love giving a little decorative box to special friends. Especially filled with something meaningful to the recipient like pictures of the great weekend you just had. Or pot.
Tea Towels: Cant go wrong with dish towels. I am keeping a stack of these on hand this summer.
One Man’s Folly: This picture book (photographed by my husband Paul Costello) makes a great hostess gift for the ladies who love to decorate.
Vase: For when you really need to impress. I’d be thrilled if someone gave this to me.
Beach Blanket: This gift is everything. Well…maybe just three things…a tablecloth, a blanket and a beach towel.
Bowl: Attention guests…This is what I would like to receive .
I Married Adventure: Bookshelves belonging to adventurous pals would do well with this classic by Osa Johnson.
Wool Loafers: These are a fun antidote to the usual hostess gift. Just get the size right.
Neriage Bowl: Gorgeousness. I might just “give” this to myself.