When Tom Delavan, creative director of home at Gilt.com, asked us to curate a Remodelista Picks sale of 100 essential everyday objects, we said yes, of course. First, though, we subjected the dashing Delavan (he's a former editor at large for Domino and a current contributor to T Magazine) to a few questions:
RM: If you had to grab three favorite objects from your house, what would they be?
TD: Only three? It would have to be a little box that John Derian made for my birthday 20 years ago, a handmade vase by Hugo Guinness, and my Macbook Air (now I'm being practical).
RM: Where are you spending Thanksgiving?
TD: We do a family meal, but not at home. This year we're going to the Carlyle. I love that dining room designed by Thierry Despont.
RM: What was thee inspiration for your new collection for Gilt Home?
TD: I took some of my favorite vintage finds, from sources ranging from eBay to Wyeth, and used them as inspiration for some of the furniture. The Alex sofa is my favorite. I'm also happy about our new bedding; it's in beautiful rich colors that'll never get old or outmoded.
RM: Okay, we have to ask, have you had a chance to page through our new book?
TD: Obsessed with it. I pretty much have it committed to memory. I think Julianne Moore's kitchen is perfection—Oliver Freundlich is very talented.
Remodelista Picks: Design Essentials is live at noon today through noon on Monday, November 25, at Gilt.com and offers discounts on some of our favorite designs—plus autographed copies of our book at a great price. Here's a sampling from the sale—to see the full range, go to Gilt Remodelista Picks.
Top Row (L to R): Remodelista, A Manual for the Considered Home, signed by Julie Carlson; $24 (marked down from $37.50). The essential circular file, Design Ideas' Cabo Waste Can, handwoven from rust-proof steel wire; $35. Zentique's French Round Market Basket, made of willow, 17 inches in diameter and 15 inches tall; $39 (marked down from $95).
Bottom Row (L to R): From Remodelista favorite (and occasional contributor) Diane Keaton, the K by Keaton Stripe Throw, made of a wool blend, 72 inches long and 54 inches wide; $99 (marked down from $139). The Gilt Home Collection Ultra Soft Quilted Throw in steel gray, made of 100 percent cotton, 70 inches long and 50 inches wide, $119 (marked down from $245). The countertop workhorse, KitchenAid's 5.5 QT Professional 550 Stand Mixer in black; $299 (marked down from $440).
Read Gilt's interview with Julie in which she singles out her three favorite items in the sale, talks about worthwhile investment pieces, and reveals the Remodelista way to instantly—and inexpensively—pull together a room (hint: painter's drop cloths are involved).