At The Table with Cathrine Donohue
VOCATION: Founder, Smiling Knots
TELL US IN A FEW WORDS ABOUT SMILING KNOTS:
INSPIRED BY LATELY...
Lately, I am inspired by giving new life to old materials. I love working with recycled sari silk ribbons. I enjoy hand dyeing them with different colors to give them a brand new "coat". I also use a recycled braided cotton rope from Poland that is super soft and comfortable to touch. Another element I use are beautiful glass beads made from recycled glass by women in Ghana. I love their artisanal look and stunning array of colors.
PERSONAL STYLE FOR SETTING A TABLE:
I usually like my table to be simple, but chic. I am always attracted to natural fiber placemats that let the wood of my dining table shine through. I love a nice linen napkin to add some color. My dinnerware is usually neutral. Some greenery or fresh flowers are always present to bring Mother Earth to the setting. The ONE thing I cannot live without are candles. There is something about the warmth, color, and movement of a flame that brings such a beautiful light and life to any table.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT ENTERTAINING:
Spending time with people I care about. We all live such busy lives and taking the time to sit down, share a meal, listen to one another, laugh, and enjoy a moment around the table with good friends and wine is a gift to me. Nothing is more previous than creating memories with family and friends, both old and new.
A good glass of Prosecco is always in my house. I also like dry sake -- not only with sushi:)!
For entertaining, I love French classics from the 60's and 70's. Paris was my stomping ground for much of my 20's and I always remember the fun times we had entertaining in the tiniest of aparrtments.
For creating, I love an array of genres. It depends on my mood and the rhythm/movement of what I am working on. I love desert music. I also like Jazz, Classical, 90's hip-hop, Brazilian Bossa Nova, and other instrumental Chill Out music.
My best frends Karina and Maurice Freedman--we have kown one another for 23 years. Having them for dinner is always joyful. There is no pressure to impress--everybody is at ease and we always share so much laughter. Another guest I would like to invite is Imran Amred, the founder of BOF. I absolutely love his podcast and from my perspecrtive, he is one of the most interesting and insightful people in the fashion instudstry. I am not sure what I would serve him...maybe a good Roeschti, a simple and traditional Swiss dish from my home country.