What makes the perfect registry? Our Dream Registry series answers just that, providing an endless source of inspiration for those putting together their own Over The Moon registries. We enlisted the help of some of our most stylish and in-the-know friends—whether they’re single, engaged, or already married. (Because we’re taking a page from Carrie Bradshaw’s playbook and saying one should be able to register for Manolos no matter what their relationship status!) Peek inside the registries of tastemakers, from editors and stylists to wedding planners and beyond. Your dream registry is just a click away.
Emily Hammer, the founder of one of our favorite sleep and loungewear brands Edith Hour, got married to her husband Mike last year at Tiny Boxwoods in Houston, Texas. A few months later, they purchased their first home, so Emily is super familiar with the wedding registry process and how it actually applies to a new space.
When Emily was creating her real registry, the bride-to-be looked to Martha Stewart and a few close friends for help. However, she wishes she “would’ve registered for more fun things—unique glassware, linens, and such!”
For her Dream Registry, Emily focused on china and classic accent decor pieces that can be passed down to their future kids. “If I were to go back in time, I would register with OTM and register for amazing personalized embroidered linens and the Tricia Lowenfield ice bucket,” she states. The Edith Hour founder describes her personal aesthetic as “timeless with a bit of color, a splash of Palm Springs, a hint of Southern Belle, and a little what the kids call ‘grandmillennial.’”
Aside from Instagram, Pinterest, and her close friends, Emily takes design inspiration from coffee table books like Mark Sike’s Beautiful: All-American Decorating and Timeless Style and Ashley Wittaker’s The Well-Loved House: Creating Homes with Color, Comfort, and Drama. “I love spaces that use great antiques, but I think the best designs mix antiques with new furniture for the perfect mix,” Emily says.
Putting together her new home has been one of her favorite projects as of late. “My husband has to remind me daily that ‘you build a home, you don’t buy a home,’ meaning that it will take time to create a space that feels like ours and that we should enjoy the process,” Emily shares. “In contrast, I am not great at the ‘room by room’ decorating school of thought and often wish I could do it all at once.”
On the subject of merging styles with her husband, Emily says, “He would tell you this himself, but Mike didn’t have much of a defined style when I met him. He thankfully liked my style and has gotten more into it over the years.”
For their tabletop, Emily added lot of Cabana pieces to her Dream Registry. “I love that the lines between ‘china’ and ‘every day’ are blurring,” she says. “If the plates are not too fragile, why not use them every day? You can use boring white plates when you have kids, for now, I am all about using the beautiful china!”
She also highlighted the Cursive dinner napkins, which come in an array of whimsical colors and can be personalized with custom embroidery. “I only [added] classic white dinner napkins, and I wish I had registered for more because you can never have too many linens, and it’s a great time to get specialty linens,” she says.
Emily leaves us with her key advice for couples creating their registries for the first time: “Register for things that will serve different phases of your life. Right now you may not be hosting more than six people, but one day, you likely will, so get the serving pieces and things in a set of eight or 12!”
Shop Emily Hammer’s Dream Registry below!