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October 11, 2013
From editor-approved tabletop vignettes to homeowners' best cocktail recipes, here's a toast to design under the influence.
Modern spacious open kitchen

How to throw a great party in six easy steps, plus, a recipe for a garden-fresh Gimlet from the homeowners of this indoor/outdoor modern abode in Los Angeles.

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Originally appeared in L-Shaped Indoor-Outdoor LA Home
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Host preparing cocktails

This home in Borrego Springs, California, was renowned for parties thrown by the original owner and architect. Get-togethers are slightly more tame these days, but Doug Paton and Stacey Chapman Paton haven't entirely abandoned the canapés, crooners, and cocktails. Here's one of their recipes to consider:

The Borrego Blue
¾ oz. gin
3 tbsp. grapefruit juice 
1 tbsp. Blue Curaçao

In a cocktail shaker, shake with ice, then strain into chilled cocktail glass.

Photo by JUCO.

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Originally appeared in Modern Home in a California Resort Town
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Cocktail Set - Winter Seasonal

Heath Ceramics wades outside of its pottery catalog with this chic, winter-appropriate cocktail set that includes a walnut tray, glasses, napkins, a bottle opener, and more.

Originally appeared in Heath Ceramics Winter 2013 Collection
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Modern barware

No matter your style of drinking (wine, cocktails, tea), we've got the tabletop goods to suit any modern home. 

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Originally appeared in 3 Collections of Modern Barware
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Atlas designed the wet bar to meld seamlessly with the modular shelving that encircles the kitchen.

The owner of this renovated, mid-century home in the Bay Area designed the wet bar to meld seamlessly with the modular shelving that encircles the kitchen. Photo by: Misha Gravenor.

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Gold cocktail jigger for modern home bar

Some of our favorite new barware comes from Provisions, the online shopping offshoot of foodie website Food52. This Japanese-made gold jigger adds a bit of bling to the drink-slinging process.

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James Ransom / Provisions
Originally appeared in Cooking Expert-Approved Kitchenware from Provisions
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Delve into the art of mixing elegant, vintage, and crowd-impressing cocktails. A must to keep behind any bar! From Assouline, $50.

Originally appeared in 6 Modern Host/Hostess Gifts
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Stereo by Achille & Pierre Castiglione

We made this playlist for Labor Day 2012, but its cocktail party vibe still stands today. Turn it up, and get down. Happy weekend!

Originally appeared in Editor-Approved Labor Day Playlist
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Modern spacious open kitchen

How to throw a great party in six easy steps, plus, a recipe for a garden-fresh Gimlet from the homeowners of this indoor/outdoor modern abode in Los Angeles.

Photo by Catherine Ledner.

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