Tray Chic

IMG_1801Recently, I was approached by One Kings Lane, the online home-décor retailer to participate in their “Tray Chic” campaign by sharing an idea on how I celebrate my personal style using this accessory within the home.

Over the years I have collected many trays for various aesthetic reasons and have placed them strategically throughout house, based on an artistic quality or a need for order. While each has a myriad of uses, such as expressing my desire for organization; a love of home cooking or being able to select a fragrant perfume at the start of the day.

What my “Tray Chic” moment says about me is that I am a hard worker, and when it’s time to relax I relish doing so in style using my elegant tray-tables. They are three lightweight gilt trays that sit by my bedside, instead of a traditional nightstand. Each fit within the other to make one large table and was a gift from my mother many years ago.

My evening ritual is the same every night, starting with a luscious bath and then unwinding in bed using the trays that hold writing utensils, notebooks, an iPad that is my alarm and music, along with a bottle of San Pellegrino. And, when lounging on Sunday mornings the trays are perfect for holding croissants, a pot of coffee, while reading the paper or an assortment of fashion magazines.  

Stay stylish,

Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi

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Our reporters are at the world’s eight largest Mosque that was planned by the late president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure that brought the cultural diversity of Islam with that of art and architecture.

Combining Mamluk, Ottoman and Fatimid styles this Mosque, like the design and construction of the ancient pyramids of Egypt united the world by bringing artisans and materials from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque sits majestically at the entrance to Abu Dhabi City Island and is visible from the three main bridges connecting the island to the mainland.

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Situated within the halls and foyers are seven crystal chandeliers made by Faustig from Munich, Germany. Each is made from gilded stainless steel and brass with glass panels studded with Swarovski crystals.


The interior colors of the walls, columns and carpet are harmonious together transforming the entire Mosque into a work of skilled artistry. The glasswork, mosaics and carvings display traditional Islamic designs of symmetry and repetition. Well recognized by its pure color during the day and at night a unique lighting system was designed to reflect the phases of the moon. As the moon progresses through its rotation of the earth and becomes full so, does the light and its effect on the domes and minarets of the Mosque.