How do you like to set your table?
I'll combine old family heirlooms and things I've bought while traveling. The pieces are pretty eclectic and usually don't match. l like using antique plates that were a Christmas gift from my husband's family. Underneath those, I often add traditional cream chargers, which have a more rustic look, from Astier de Villatte. I buy the company's tableware every time I go to Paris (from $60; 173 Rue St-Honoré; 011-33-1-42-60-74-13). Now Astier is mixing metals in with its white potteryI'm obsessed with its bowls lined in gold. I got my silverware, Ricci's "Ascot," when I got married. The silver-plated version that I have is discontinued, but you can still find the pattern in stainless steel or sterling ($60 for a five-piece place setting in stainless and $500 in sterling silver from Fortunoff; 800-FORTUNOFF).
What's the best souvenir you've ever brought back from a trip?
In London, I found teapots by Lisa Whatmough at Plinth (Core 1, The Gasworks, 2 Michael Rd.; 011-44-207-371-7402); now we're selling them at Anthropologie ($128; 800-309-2500). They're wrapped so tightly in Liberty print fabric that the material doesn't look like fabric anymoreit looks more like papier-mâché. And I really like these English Chesterfield-style library chairs in distressed leather with a button-tufted back and nail-head trim. I got them in London at John Nicholas Antiques as a present for my husband (533 Kings Rd.; 011-44-207-352-2046).
How would you describe your style?
I love the contrast of old and new, grand and rustic, formal and informal. I get a lot of fresh ideas when I travel. Last year I went on a trip to Marrakech and was taken by the use of color there. I found a gorgeous green-and-white antique fabric that I use as a tablecloth. At Anthropologie, we're reproducing the pattern and making it into curtains ("Marrakech"; from $180 a panel).