How do you like to personalize a dinner party?
I always make my own place cards. I write each name with a felt-tip pen and include a little doodlesomething seasonal, like an acorn in autumn. I've started papering a dining room wall with them.
Where did you find your dining room furniture?
My "Tulip" chairs from Baker are really hall chairs ($623 each; 800-592-2537), so I glued red-and-white floral-patterned cushions to them. They're very curvy and quite sturdy, which is essentialI've been to parties where the chairs are about to cave in. I have a new dining table from ABC Carpet & Home (212-473-3000) that seats 14 and is sort of 1940s French.
What do you like to collect?
I'm a china nutI have eight sets, most of them vintage or antique. Swid Powell, which no longer exists, is my favorite modern china maker. They had Charles Masson [the owner of the Manhattan restaurant La Grenouille] design plates with a pink pattern, a white border and a little black band that are really chic. I like china that has white on it somewhere, whether it's the pattern or the border.