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My Favorite Things

Athena Calderone—known by her nearly one million Instagram followers as @EyeSwoon—has established herself as one of today’s leading taste-makers, thanks to her simple, sophisticated, and unusually striking aesthetic leanings, which can be seen in everything the interior designer and James Beard award–winning Cook Beautiful author touches, from her wardrobe of timeless-with-a-twist staples and the carefully curated arrangements in her Brooklyn brownstone to her countless collaborations with the likes of Beni Rugs, The Wooden Palate, and, most recently, Crate & Barrel. Here, Calderone shares her must-haves of the moment.

Bottega Veneta


Arco Medium Canvas Tote Bag

“I’m always looking for a bag to take to meetings in the city or use to carry my laptop while traveling. I love the simplicity of this canvas tote, while the woven detailing and black piping make it super elegant and refined. A timeless classic.”



The Octavia Dress in Bone

“Everyone talks about the little black dress, but I’m always wearing a white dress; I love the contrast of the lighter shade against my dark hair. This dress, in particular, feels so elegant and timeless while also being sexy and playful.”



Set of Two Nini Hexagon Glass Tumblers

“I adore anything that has a hexagonal shape, and I also have an unhealthy slash very healthy obsession with thin, dainty glassware. I first stumbled upon these in Venice and fell in love with their delicate yet refined design. When you sip anything out of thin glassware it just hits differently.”

Dinosaur Designs


Earth Medium Marbled Resin Bowl

“When I moved to New York City in my 20s, I would always go in the Dinosaur Designs store, hoping I would one day be able to afford their designs, which are so elegant and unique in their materiality. While made from resin, they have an organic shape and a varied color that is reminiscent of nature. A Flintstone vibe.”



Hinoki Lavender Liquid Soap

“Is there anything better than the scent of hinoki? I just love its rich, smoky, earthy notes—and it feels so appropriate for the fall and winter months ahead.”

Nicolas Schuybroek


Selected Works Volume One

“I often turn to the work of fellow interior designers and architects to foster my imagination and build on my design education. Nicolas’s architecture is warm minimalism at its finest, and I’m very smitten with the clean lines featured throughout his work. I love that this book serves as inspiration on both the inside and outside—the most beautiful, decorative object for any coffee table or shelf.”



Vinoclean Instant Foaming Cleanser

“This natural, soap- and sulfate-free cleanser is my daily hero. You might think a foam cleanser would be too drying, but, thanks to the antioxidant-packed ingredient list, it gently cleans and softens your skin. I’ve been using it for years. It’s just so good!”



34 Scented Candle

“The matte, porcelain texture and tone of this candle is so beautiful, but then you light it up and suddenly you’re transported by some of my favorite notes—damp moss, crumpled blackcurrant leaves, and sun-dried fig leaves—which are perfect for the cooler months. It’s such a timeless scent.”

Crate & Barrel x Athena Calderone


L’Enchere Square Wool Ottoman

“Oh, how I love a mini stool. Perfect to nestle under a console or to pull up as an added seat or surface, it offers a multitude of décor options. This li’l cutie was inspired by the French 50s stools I purchased at auction and acts as a statement piece in any space, bringing texture and stylish comfort.”



Striped Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater

“I am obsessed with Totême and can’t wait to wear this cozy, chunky turtleneck sweater in the cooler months. I’m always looking for pieces that feel really timeless—something that could have been worn in the 50s or 60s—and, for me, that is a nautical stripe. It’s just so elegant.”

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