Come on in and meet our lovely friend, Susan Feldman. As smart as she is gorgeous, Susan is the co-founder and chief merchandising officer of One Kings Lane, the chic online source for home and garden treasures. Susan may have the best job in the world. She spends most of her time traveling the world to find one-of-a-kind items of fabulousness that we can add to our party palaces. A sought-after expert on home décor and lifestyle trends, Susan has appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show” and in magazines including House Beautiful, HGTV Magazine and InStyle. She’s also a gracious and creative salonniere who loves hosting al fresco dinner parties at her 1930s home in the Hollywood Hills. Let’s dish, shall we?
Your entertaining style?
Fun, fabulous and creative!!!
Your signature party detail?
I love arranging flowers, so I will typically go to the flower market before a party and go a little crazy doing my own arrangements. I think it adds a special touch to my parties.
Favorite place to entertain?
In my backyard. You can’t beat being outside under the California stars and moonlight.
Al fresco dining at Susan’s Hollywood Hills home
Last party you hosted?
I had a holiday party for women entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. It was a cocktail party for about 70 women catered by Lulu Powers. It was all about networking, shopping and having a great time. I did heavy hors d’oeuvres, a signature cocktail and we made sure that no one had to drive thanks to Uber.
Last party you attended?
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent’s engagement party
Susan with Jeremiah Brent and Nate Berkus in Peru
Party item you’re on the hunt for?
I’m always on the hunt for great napkins and napkin rings. One can never have enough of them. I love to make my table look different every time I entertain.
Most treasured party find?
A vintage punch bowl with lion heads on each side. It is huge and I use it every time I entertain to chill wine, vodka, water and soda.
Susan in India with interior designers, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Mary McDonald
Most memorable party you attended?
The 2013 Vanity Fair Oscar party. I felt like Cinderella.
Most fascinating person you’ve met at a party?
Diane Keaton. I sat next to her at an intimate dinner party. What an icon.
Dream dinner partner (dead or alive)?
Your go-to conversation starter for a shy dinner partner?
I ask where they grew up. I moved eight times before I graduated from high school, so I’m always curious. Often, this leads to a small-world situation where you know someone in common.
Best conversation piece in your home?
A seat from the original Yankee Stadium. I have it hanging on the wall as a piece of art.
Best way to make your home a great entertaining space?
Make sure furniture is arranged so that you have a great flow. Also, have lots of different areas where people can sit and chat. This way, people can move around.
Susan’s dining room
Hostess gift you like to give?
I try to find unique things to give as a hostess gift. A couple of my latest favorites are gorgeous brass bottle openers from Fort Standard and vintage Lassi cups that I brought back from India. I also love to include a lottery ticket with the gift.
Most memorable hostess gift you received?
A beautiful Tammis Keefe vintage hankie that has great pieces of furniture on it. I framed it and have it hanging in my office. I love a hostess gift that is personalized and shows some thought.
Differences between entertaining in NYC and LA?
The number of people you can entertain. There are so many more options in LA.
How have your travels influenced your entertaining style?
I am always bringing back beautiful textiles and vintage serving pieces from my trips that I use when I entertain. They are fun to use and always keep my table looking fresh and unique.
Most interesting entertaining custom that you’ve encountered on your travels?
I was at a party in India during Holi, which is a celebration of spring. Everyone wears white kurtas and throws colored powders on each other.
Celebrating Holi in India
Three party pet peeves?
People who don’t RSVP, people who don’t send a thank you note or email and paper napkins
Three party must-haves?
Great lighting, great music and a group of people that don’t all know each other
First and fifth photos: Domaine Home