All posts filed under: Tastemakers

Zola Townhouse: Meet Our LA Host, Parachute Founder + CEO Ariel Kaye

Starting January 24 thru February 4, our West Coast friends can get the full Zola experience at the new Zola Townhouse popping up in The Parachute Hotel in Venice. If you’re in LA, stop by or make an appointment to shop hundreds of registry items and get inspired to build your newlywed home. Or just hang. You can always do that, too. Because, #humblebrag, the place is oh-so-cozy and we’re so happy with how it turned out. And a lot of that is due to our host and city guide, Ariel Kaye, Founder and CEO of Parachute. We chatted with the LA native about her recent engagement(!), her brand, bedding tips for couples, and The Parachute Hotel’s neighborhood. ZOLA: Congrats on your engagement! Tell us how it went down. And we have to know… anything you or your husband-to-be are excited to register for? AK: Thank you so much! My fiancé proposed on Christmas while we were walking our puppy by the beach in Santa Monica—just a few blocks away from where we grew up and used to hang out …

New Beginnings, Newly Decorated with Homepolish

Whether you’re moving in for the first time or are just rearranging things a bit after your big day, we are big believers in fresh décor for newly married couples. To help you turn your newlywed home into your ultimate sanctuary, we’ve teamed up with the interior designers at Homepolish. Here’s how it works… What is Homepolish? Homepolish is an interior design service that is doing away with the traditional interior design model, skipping the commissions and product markups, and transforming homes and offices across the country. Their mission? To help you live and work in a beautiful space. Homepolish brings you you interior design consultations for an affordable, flat hourly rate. How does it work? It’s easy. The process starts with a one hour consultation where you get to know your designer and fall in love with their ideas. You will discuss goals, needs, and wants. From there, you can decide to purchase additional design time to fit the size and bandwidth of your project. What Cities does Homepolish work in? With Zola, you can …

Baking with Love: Kitchen Must-Haves from Molly Yeh

Looking to capture whimsical perfection and a bit of fairytale living? Follow in the footsteps of Molly Yeh. Molly is a food blogger, farmer’s wife, and a Zola bride! Oh, and she was professionally trained in percussion instruments at Juilliard. When we saw her blog we were a bit tortured; our mouths watered, and we were starved for the delicious food she pictured. We knew we had to ask her to build a collection around her registry picks because, let’s be honest, we could all learn a little something about kitchen equipment and accessories from a baker extraordinaire who moved from Brooklyn, NY to North Dakota in the name of love! When we spoke to Molly, we were inspired by her passionate spirit and imaginative mind. We asked her to put together a Tastemaker Collection with her favorite registry gifts themed around afternoon snacks with her husband. She took her favorite wedding gifts from her Zola registry and made a delicious looking peanut butter snack cake, a treat she experienced on her honeymoon in Austria. Check out the …

A Lesson on Hospitality from Celebrity Planner Lisa Vorce

Escaping New York during dreary November days is always a blessing, but when you get to be a guest at Lisa Vorce’s loft, it’s in another league of comfort.  The creative team at Zola lugged our bags towards Lisa’s Santa Ana home, not knowing what to expect from the woman who’s first event was for George Clooney’s mother, Rosemary, and her most recent for Chrissy Tiegen and John Legend.   We were in for quite a hospitality tutorial from our November tastemaker. Welcome Kit First on the list? Lisa recommends providing your guests with a welcome kit, full of your favorite products. Display them at the foot of the bed and your guests are sure to feel pampered as soon as they walk in the door. Guest-Friendly Food As for the food, an easy yet elegant go-to for brunch is a variety of quiches. “I’m all about quiches since you can prepare them ahead of time. I prefer to get the work and the mess out of the way before my guests arrive. Typically I prepare a couple of quiches …

Talking Wedding & Registry Tips with Jen Campbell of Green Wedding Shoes

Wedding guru and founder of Green Wedding Shoes Jen Campbell met her husband at work where they quickly became friends, and then more. The two started Green Wedding Shoes together when they noticed an opportunity in the wedding blog world for couples with a more alternative take on weddings. We were lucky enough to take a moment with Jen to chat about her experience and hear her insightful tips on creating a well-rounded registry. Take a look at our interview with the lovely Jen below and check out her top registry picks! Zola: You’ve seen your fair share of weddings. What’s the one wedding tradition you hope sticks around? Jen: I’m a big fan of doing your own thing, so I love when couples really make their day their own and don’t follow traditions. Zola: What’s your favorite new trend? Jen: Couples doing a First Look before the ceremony. It’s a seriously magical moment…Jason and I did a First Look, and it was one of my favorite parts of the day (along with walking down the aisle and …

Tips for Colorful Entertaining from Lonny’s Style Editor

When I first met Sarah Storms, Style Editor of Lonny Magazine, on a chilly and hectic Tuesday night, she was clad in coral and smiles.  So its no surprise that when she hosted a cocktail hour with her favorite Zola products in her home in Fort Greene, she created an oasis of color and warmth. Sarah’s style is crisp whites with bold pops of color, reminiscent of our Georgetown collection. As she assembled her tastemaker collection, launching today on Zola, she leaned toward textured whites mixed with patterned bold blues and violets.  She rounded out the collection with clean, modern interpretations of old world pieces like these Maldon Water Goblets from Canvas Home. Sarah, raised in part in France and on a farm in New Jersey, knows how to mix livable with elevated design. Over French 77s and a spread of patê sand canapés (lucky us! recipes to come…), she shared her tips on style and entertaining. Z: What can newlyweds who love to entertain, consider when designing their space? SS: We moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn for more space, with an eye towards entertaining—then …

In the Studio with Lisa Vorce

While we are on the west coast, Lisa Vorce, our tastemaker for December, invited us into her design studio. Lisa, the creative force behind the unforgettable wedding weekend of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, let us into a whole different world of weddings full of soul and story.