A garden oasis and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River

In The Shop: Summer Hostess Gifts

The Shop at Wave Hill prides itself on its gracious, attentive staff. Shop clerk Aldina Kennedy’s  creative sensibilities are at home here at Wave Hill. Enjoy her musings and favorite “staff picks” for summer.

Celebrate life this summer. Enjoy good food and spirit. Party with friends. But what do you bring your host and hostess? We have some suggestions.

Bronx artist Brenda Spooner creates lovely, celadon ceramic bowls and plates perfect for summer parties. Spooner works mostly in brown ware and porcelain. Much of her stoneware is wheel-thrown and fired at high temperatures, resulting in rich, earth-toned colors.Spooner-Ceramics

Hand-painted botanicals shimmer through the rich glaze. Her art is surprisingly affordable, and will delight any dinner party host or collector of fine objects.

Hand-crafted, sustainably-made table linens make lovely and socially-uplifting gifts for any occasion. Sustainable Threads works with more than 10 artisan groups in India, with whom it makes a significant investment in design and product development, based on the skill set of each group. Starting with crisp, unbleached cotton or sumptuous, cruelty-free silk,  vibrant block patterns are expertly applied by hand. The result: table art fit for a royal host.Linens-small

We also recommend a hand-poured candle elegantly encased in antique, galvanized tin with a lacquered lid. Luxurious Himalayan Handmade Candles come in several exotic scents: night-blooming jasmine, sacred temple garden, moonlight, ancient philosophy, and sugared lemon.candles-for-web-2

Each candle is hand-poured using a natural, soy-wax blend and high-quality essential and fragrance oils that burn cleanly, leaving minimal residue. Once the candle has burned, repurpose the pretty tins to hold your treasures and trinkets.

For readers, we suggest The New American Herbal, a new treasure by Stephen Orr. A masterful and thorough introduction to the full spectrum of herbal plants, this book contains high-contrast, intensely-hued photographs that pique the appetite.

Book-about-herbsOrr seasons his pages with fascinating insights into herbs’ myriad culinary, medicinal, and decorative uses. This is the perfect pick-up gift after browsing the beautiful herb garden adjacent to The Shop.

And of course, there’s always the cheese board, the classic hostess gift. Our cheese boards, however, are anything but conventional. American Stonecraft gathers fieldstones from Massachusetts family farms. Then artisans shape the stones into tabletop displays, with every piece unique. The surface is hand-polished and stain-resistant. Cheese (or sushi!) never looked so good!

Happy summer!


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