In his new book, interior designer and Provincetown celeb Ken Fulk shares the secrets to happy hosting.
“I have a love affair with this heartbreakingly beautiful sliver of sand at the tip of Cape Cod,” says celebrity interior designer Ken Fulk of Provincetown, where he owns a pied-à-terre (seen here) in addition to his San Francisco home.
Celebrity interior designer and bon vivant Ken Fulk, 51, has spent the past 15 years creating gorgeous spaces and lavish parties—featuring performers such as Dita Von Teese and Sting—for clients ranging from designer Jean Paul Gaultier to social media titan Sean Parker. His new book, Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World (Abrams, $75), showcases his interior design expertise, architectural knowhow, and party-throwing sass. We asked Fulk, who often jets to Provincetown from his San Francisco home, to give us the lowdown on throwing a smashing holiday event.
Why Provincetown? I first visited Provincetown in my early twenties, and I have continued my love affair with this heartbreakingly beautiful sliver of sand at the tip of Cape Cod ever since.
How do you approach throwing parties? I design a party in the same way I design a home or restaurant— both are truly about the experience more than the aesthetic. I consider the “moments” that happen as you walk through a space and encounter different rooms and areas. There should be no shortage of places where you stop and take in a perfect vignette or the breathtaking view or a clever work of art—whether that’s from a chair in your living room or the line at the bar.
In 2013, Silicon Valley superstar Sean Parker enjoyed a majestic, Ken Fulk–orchestrated wedding among the Big Sur redwoods.
Any pro tips? Spend time crafting your guest list—and, if it’s a seated dinner, your seating arrangement. Every party should be festive, but a holiday celebration practically begs for a little nostalgia, too. Your holiday menu needn’t be fancy; it just has to be delicious. Create a beautiful food station, one signature cocktail, in addition to wine and champagne, and have a tray of drinks ready for guests as they arrive. True hospitality is all about making someone feel loved and welcomed.
Tell us about your new book, Mr. Ken Fulk’s Magical World I wanted it to be more personal—almost like a scrapbook—and to share the story of how my life and my business evolved from something that I simply loved to do into a magical world in which we get to create everything from restaurant identities and hotel lobbies to incredible estates and extraordinary wedding weekends. And I am most proud of the fact that I wrote every word myself!