Home Decor

Top gift ideas for the consummate party host

Raul Rodriguez of 2R Creative. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.
Raul Rodriguez of 2R Creative. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.

Former Belén Jesuit boy Raul Rodriguez, founder of 2R Creative, has earned an international reputation for, in his words, “taking something that only exists as an idea and making it real.” His latest project, Accent Luxury Rental, rents designer tableware to high-end caterers and home entertainers throughout the country, all shipped in sturdy, handcrafted crates. And because no creative type can go too long without a home renovation, Rodriguez just served as his own architect and decorator for his newly purchased pad, which is now ready for guests.

Here, he shares his six top gift ideas for party hosts and home decorators. Click here to see all of our experts’ suggestions.

1. Tom Ford Backpack  

Tom Ford back pack
Tom Ford.

“I have the original version of this Tom Ford backpack. The newer version is a bit more understated with vintage hardware: still amazing and durable, and helps you stay organized.”

$2,950. Tom Ford at Miami Design District, 103 Northeast 39th Street, Miami; 786-749-2600; tomford.com. 

2. Santa Maria Novella

Santa Maria Novella pomegranate
Santa Maria Novella.

Santa Maria Novella is the oldest apothecary in Italy, founded in 1612, and has a unique collection of fragrances. My personal faves: rose water spray, pomegranate room fragrance and pomegranate soap.”

Prices vary. Santa Maria Novella at Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Avenue, Bal Harbour; 305-865-3334; buy.smnovella.com.

3. Baccarat Héritage Sun Mirror


“The Baccarat Héritage Sun Mirror, designed by George Chevalier, is a limited edition of 99. Classic and elegant, it would turn heads in anyone’s home.”

$66,000. baccarat.com.

4. Gucci Home Furnishings


Gucci has just introduced its home furnishings line under creative director Alessandro Michele, as rich and eclectic as his clothing designs.”

Chair, $2,500. gucci.com.

5. Hermès Tableware


“I love the new Hermès “Tie Set” Tableware, available at Barney’s.”

Dinner plates, $150. barneys.com.

6. Alessi Vacuum

Alessi vacuum cleaner

“The Alessi Vacuum designed by architect Stefano Giovannoni is the perfect fusion of household appliance and art: functional style.”

$210. Luminaire, 2331 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Coral Gables; 305-448-7367; alessi.com.

The Expert: Raul Rodriguez

Raul Rodriguez. Photograph by Felipe Cuevas.