Monday, October 20, 2014

Ms. Moss' Musings

One of the many highlights of the Antiques and Garden Show was the lecture given by designer Charlotte Moss. After only a few sentences, we were again reminded why she is one of our favorite designers. With her quick wit and straight forward manner of speaking, she is a woman we can really appreciate. She centered most of her thoughts around the topic of "decorating", but her lecture was far from a formulaic "how to" speech. Instead, Charlotte gave us an intimate, inside view in her intricately detailed scrapbooks, which reveal so much about the breathtaking spaces that she creates.
photo courtesy of Charlotte Moss
The lecture began with a visual feast of photographs from Moss' extensive travels. She has carefully and beautifully documented those unique things that caught her eye or spoke to her heart on various trips around the world. From the Potage in Versailles, to the door knobs in Italy she sees beyond the obvious beauty of a place to the often overlooked small treasures many miss on first glance. "Seeing" was a major theme that ran throughout the lecture. Charlotte shared a favorite quote that we found most moving from Rohald Dahl, which says: "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
photo courtesy of Charlotte Moss
Her travel to destinations both near and far gave us the travel bug and reminded us the importance of documenting the beauty we have the privilege to see. It is time to get out those scissors and glue sticks to start some long over due scrap-booking. When one woman asked Charlotte how she stays on top of her impeccably detailed scrapbooks, she candidly answered, "staff." We loved her pithy response! Too bad there isn't any "staff" around here.
Gloria Vanderbilt- Vogue 1966
From travel, Moss moved on to the women of grace and charm that have inspired her own way of living. Her list included included her Mother, a true Southern home-maker, Gloria Vanderbilt who represented the epitome of style when Moss was a young married woman, Elsie de Wolfe the first American interior decorator, Fleur Cowles who edited the short lived but dazzling, Flair magazine, and writer and fashion designer Pauline de Rothschild, just to name a few. Her candid admiration for these women re-emphasized the importance of camaraderie and history in the design process, and in all of life for that matter.
Elsie de Wolfe's Villa Trainon at Versailles
Fleur Cowles in Vanity Fair
Pauline de Rothschild
Finally she challenged us all to take more risks. "Why Not?" she asked? Why not float your bed in the middle of the room? Why not display that framed photograph on an easel in the living room to give it more importance? After all, what do we have to lose?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

stripe me sideways

If you haven't noticed yet, I am a big fan of stripes. They are handsome, timeless and add a dramatic punch to an interior. Since I don't often gravitate towards florals, I often turn to stripes to add depth, interest and texture to a room. Lately, I have been taking note of rooms with horizontal stripes. Vertical stripes are much more traditional and tailored. Rooms with vertical stripes tend to look elongated and tall, so for spaces with lower ceilings, they are best. Horizontal stripes, on the other hand, gives a space a more relaxed and casual air and are often associated with more contemporary or transitional interiors. Horizontal stripes make a space feel open and wide so they are great to use in narrow hallways and small rooms.
One can see how small narrow spaces benefit greatly from the use of horizontal stripes, in the picture of the butler's pantry above and the entry hall below. In the top image, Paula Caravelli uses a bold chocolate and off white stripe to tie her butler's pantry into her contemporary, dark brown dining room.
This hall would feel claustrophobic without the horizontally striped Osborne and Little wallpaper. I love the juxtaposition of the more contemporary wallpaper with the traditional antique furniture. Sara Gilbane opens up this small entry way with a single horizontal stripe using a custom embroidered Holland and Sherry Fabric. It's simply gorgeous!
The bold striped walls take center stage in this contemporary beach house living room designed by Mary McDonald.
Miled Redd uses horizontal stripes in this more subtle seaside living room. The stripes serve to widen the small sitting are and bring a contemporary, nautical feel to the space.
I came across this fabulous water-stained blue striped Larsen wallpaper on a recent trip to ADAC. It would make a gorgeous, modern statement in a small powder room.
This cozy but quite formal sitting area can be found in the famous London antique store, Guinevere. I included this image to show that horizontal stripes can be used beautifully in a traditional manner as well.
This entryway, by Amanda Nisbet, is simple yet stunning. Without the horizontal stripes the space would fall flat.
So tell me are you a fan? Is there a nook in your home that is calling to be striped sideways?
{images: 1- via elle decor photographed by simon upton; 2- via house to home uk; 3- via sara gilbane interiors; 4- via hygge nook; 5- via alicia b.designs 6- author's own; 7- via all the best; 8- via la dolce vita}

Friday, October 17, 2014

cheap and chic

West Elm has recently given their ever popular Parson's Table a makeover with a chic dose of rattan. Its clean lines, chic woven texture, and unmatchable versatility has won me over.

Doesn't it remind you of the console that graced one of the most popular covers of Elle Decor?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

50's fashion feature

I am dying over the Peter Lindberg photos in the July 2010 issue of Vogue featuring Ewan McGregor and Natalia Vodianova. Styled by the amazing Grace Coddington, the images depict a 1950's domestic drama and give us a first editorial look at the fall collections. The results are a stunning! I for one am welcoming the lady-like glamour coming our way. To see more click here or pick up the new issue of Vogue.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

forever young

I will be spending the next few days enjoying the simple pleasures of summer with my family. I anticipate lots of popsicles, swinging and sunshine. I hope you have a beautiful weekend, everyone!
{image via flora and henri catalog}

Monday, October 13, 2014

tory's new digs

Tory Burch is foraging into the Asian markets, opening a flagship boutique and Seoul Korea. The shop evokes the feeling of a private home, filled with her signature pieces such as orange lacquer walls, fabulously trimmed out sofas, parsons tables and brightly colored x- benches. According to Women's Wear Daily, the boutique features a lifestyle section with rooms swathed in signature prints from Burch's clothing line. Can you say gorgeous?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

baby it's cold outside

Truth be told, I am a warm weather girl. Give me sunshine and warm temperatures and I am loving life. But if it's going to be cold, and boy it it cold here, I would prefer to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a good book and listen to the fire roar. Doing so in any of these beautiful, cozy spaces would be divine...

{images: 1- via elle decor, 2,3,4 via house beautiful; 5 via architectural digest}