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Pilar Guzmán, the former editor-in-chief of Condé Nast Traveler, and her husband, Chris Mitchell, the former publisher of Vanity Fair, are no strangers to living in style. Together, the New York power couple has transformed six run-down properties into warm, timeless homes, which provided the inspiration for their most recent undertaking: Patina Modern, a step-by-step design guide for creating intimate interiors that only get more beautiful with age. Here, Guzmán and Mitchell share their favorite finds of the moment.

Ginori 1735

$575

Empire-Style Coffee Cups & Saucers, Set of 2

“This exuberantly colored porcelain is well outside our normally restrained palette, but I adore my afternoon tea from these lidded cups.” —P.G.

Food52 x Dansk

From $48

Købenstyle Saucepan & Butter Warmer

“As the last holdouts in America for a no-microwave kitchen, we use this tiny stovetop pot with its genius wooden handle to steam milk and melt butter.” —P.G. and C.M.

Diptyque

$400

Feu De Bois Candle

“Our favorite scented candles evoke the smell of a wood fire. This one also has the good fortune of coming in a handmade porcelain pot.” —P.G. and C.M.

Khaite

$2,300

The Klimpt Sweater

“Between November and March, there is scarcely a day when I’m not wearing a chunky Khaite knit. Like a winter-long hug, their oversized triple-ply cashmere sweaters got me through the darkest days of Covid.” —P.G.

Anya Hindmarch

$1,450

Return to Nature Tote

“We are forever suckers for a well-made, saddle leather accessory. Anya Hindmarch’s specially formulated, compostable tote—with just the right number and placement of pockets—might be the only one that is saving both the planet and my sanity in the perennial midlife search for my cell phone.” —P.G.

Chris Mitchell & Pilar Guzmán

$40

Patina Modern: A Guide to Designing Warm, Timeless Interiors

“Holed up as we were during the pandemic, we decided to commit our hard-won renovation lessons, collecting tips, and general design playbook to paper. The result, from Artisan Books, was released this month.” —P.G. and C.M.

Drake’s

$225

Brown Knitted Silk Tie

“One of our go-to clothing combos (a shared one, since we tend to dress alike) is brown and cream. This knit tie looks as great with a pair of Levi cords as with a Tom Wolfe-inspired suit. —C.M.

Jenni Kayne

$325

Shearling Slide Sandal

“As a native Angeleno, I’m drawn to Jenni Kayne’s ‘meet-me-at-the-Brentwood-Country-Mart-in-five’ breezy vibe I can only dream about while padding around Brooklyn in these shearling slides.” —P.G.

Rimowa

$1,475

Classic Cabin

“The Classic Cabin in silver—with its signature channeled anodized aluminum, riveted corners, and all-wheel drive—practically carries you from that endless stretch between Shake Shack and B36 in JFK’s T2. I think I’d go for the leather-trimmed handles next time around—though, with the lifetime guarantee, I’ll probably never need to.” —C.M.

Smythson

$335

Slim Coat Wallet in Panama

“Nothing beats a billfold wallet, even if they seem totally old-fashioned to the millennials. They’re an elegant alternative to the bulging rear pockets most guys are walking around with. And while the world is increasingly cashless, it’s nice to pull out a crisp, unfolded bill for a tip.” —C.M.

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