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Centuries apart, but all the same craftsmanship and artistry; the simplicity of a willow and bamboo wall and the grandeur of Jean Bullant's architecture at the Chateau at Chantilly in the distance.
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An English Dream…Part I

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Ditchley Park

When you think of “garden style” a handful of women come to mind, and Nancy Lancaster is at the top of the list. From Mirador to Colefax and Fowler and her beautiful homes in England, Nancy Lancaster translated Southern gentility and comfort to the grandeur of English architecture to create the places she called “home.” A long admirer of Nancy, I decided to put a group together with Margot Shaw of Flower Magazine to visit England and see all of her homes. Ditchley was our first stop, and it truly is an English dream.

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The Virginia born beauty married her second husband, Ronald Tree, in 1920. Thirteen years later they saw Ditchley for the very first time. Nancy and Ronnie were both lured by the vast landscape, and once inside, it was as if “everything we saw… gave us the impression of a Sleeping Beauty waiting to be called back to life.” The two purchased the property and never looked back.

Nancy initially felt the grandeur of the house was heavy and wasn’t “quite so liveable.” Paul Phipps helped with the architecture, and Lady Colefax, Syrie Maugham and Stèphan Boudin all had a hand in the interior design. Although, Nancy and Ronnie had a complimentary aesthetic: Ronnie bought the furniture and the paintings while the arrangement of those pieces, and the fabrics and accessories, was all Nancy.

Nancy had a knack for creating ease and comfort, for respecting the past but also allowing for reinterpretation. With the grand came simplicity, comfort and a relaxed atmosphere.

Interiors

Nancy had seven rules to follow to help create the look she is known for:

  1. In restoring a house, one must first realize its period, feel its personality, and try to bring out its good points.
  2. Decorating must be appropriate.
  3. Scale is of prime importance, and I think that oversized scale is better than undersized scale.
  4. In choosing a color, one must remember that it changes in different aspects.
  5. Understatement is extremely important, and crossing too many t's and dotting too many i's make a room look overdone and tiresome. One should create something that fires the imagination without overemphasis.
  6. I never think that sticking slavishly to one period is successful; a touch of nostalgia adds charm. One needs light and shade, because if every piece is perfect, the room becomes a museum and lifeless.
  7. A gentle mixture of furniture expresses life and continuity, but it must be a delicious mixture that flows and mixes well. It is a bit like mixing a salad. I am better at mixing rooms than salads.

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The Saloon

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The Great Hall

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The great hall was a dull grey until Nancy found what was behind it – a sort of grey blue - confederate, how appropriate.

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In Detail…

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“Room essentials: Real candlelight…

Wood fires…

And lovely flowers…”

–Nancy Lancaster

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The Garden

The landscape at Ditchley had been untouched and unloved before the Trees got there. They asked Geoffrey Jellicoe to reinterpret the lines of James Gibbs original plans. The final design, although influenced by Nancy and Ronnie, has been suggested that Villa Gamberaia in Florence provided some inspiration.

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View to the West Wing from the Portico

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Some more snapshots from our recent trip!

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Next stop... Kelmarsh!

John Cantrell from Indagare made all of our seamless arrangements!

Indagare Travel
950 3rd Ave #1600
New York, NY 10022

C'EST INSPIRÊ
Design

Century Furniture and Charlotte launched her second collection of furniture for Century Icons in April of 2014, available in Century showrooms throughout the country. Creating this collection for Century Furniture was one of those opportunities to sit back, close eyes and imagine how we live NOW.

Today we communicate differently, we entertain differently, we even think differently about how we use our space than we did just a few years ago. So you may notice some unexpected details in this collection, and here's to hoping you do….

Through more than 20 years decorating, no matter the project – large or small – it always seems to come down to the same basic elements – livability, practicality and, of course, wanting it to look good.

The great thing about furniture is it moves! You can play with a floor plan, try different alternatives, and even have two or three plans for a room using the same pieces. Flexibility in decorating keeps it fresh – and always evolving.

Having worked with Century and their stellar team to put together Charlotte's first collection, they had the benefit of experience, and have made upholstered pieces that are luxurious, but welcoming and hospitable. The wood finishes are elegant, sophisticated and modern.

It’s a collection for how we live today.

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Charlotte Moss Books
Garden Inspirations

Charlotte turns her eye to the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining, and good living. This book shows the myriad ways the garden provides inspiration every day —indoors and outdoors. Touring readers through her own garden, she offers insights on how to bring the garden into home life. Garden Inspirations also features additional web content accessed by scanning watermarked pages in the book with the Digimarc Discover App.

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About Charlotte Moss
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Since opening her business in 1985, Charlotte has designed private residences and executive suites all over the United States and the Caribbean. In addition to designing interiors, Charlotte Moss’ career has included retail stores, celebrated for Charlotte’s unique blend of American, European and Classical influences.

Having launched her career on Wall Street, Charlotte has a keen sense for the shifting sands of change, amid all her decorating prowess. Widening her reach in recent years, Charlotte Moss, LLC now brings her signature Flair for Living to consumers worldwide with collections available under license. She has designed fabric and trim for Fabricut, carpeting, sisals and soon-to-be scenic mural wallpapers for Stark Carpet, and china for Pickard. Most recently, Charlotte has used her experience culled from twenty-five years of decorating couture homes to design a collection of furniture and upholstery with Century Furniture. Charlotte’s collection of framed decorative art for Soicher-Marin, which launched at the High Point Market, is based in-part on her own photography.

Charlotte is a sought-after speaker, lecturing widely on all the arts of living. Recent lecture titles include:

  • “Where Ideas Come From”
  • “A Flair for Living”
  • “Having a Visual Life”
  • “Living Well: The Key to an Enduring Style”
  • “Age Defying Decorating”
  • “What Sparks Your Creativity?”
  • “Show Me the Content: Design Blogging Today”
  • “Design Muse: Great Women of Style”

She has written eight books to date. Her most recent title, A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations, was released by Rizzoli in the fall of 2012. In addition to writing books, she frequently contributes to The Wall Street Journal.

Charlotte’s work has been published in shelter magazines worldwide and she has received numerous awards, including The Timeless Design Award, given by the Royal Oak Foundation, Elle Décor’s VISION AWARD and Traditional Home magazine’s list of the worlds’ Top 20 interior designers. Last May, Charlotte was honored with the Circle of Excellence Award from the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) for the field of interior design.

Charlotte considers her most important work to be her community service and philanthropy. She serves on the Boards of The Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, The Bone Marrow Foundation, The Elsie de Wolfe Foundation and the Advisory Board of The New York School of Interior Design, where she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Charlotte is also a member of the Executive Cabinet of The Leaders of Design Council, and sits on the Acquisitions Committee at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. On May 16, 2013, Charlotte was honored by the Bone Marrow Foundation with the Brandon Tartikoff Award at the ‘Be A Lifeline’ benefit gala.

Events
Upcoming Events

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ADAC in Bloom sponsored by Flower

July 15, 2015
9:30am - 4:30pm
ADAC
351 Peachtree Hills Avenue, N.E.
Atlanta, GA

Charlotte will participate in a panel discussion titled "Women of Style." A book signing will follow.

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A benefit for the Nantucket Historical Association, the Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket show celebrates the synergy of antiques and design. One of the most highly regarded antiques shows on the east coast, the show attracts collectors and enthusiasts to the forty distinguished exhibitors who present American and European art and antique furniture, accessories, nautical items, garden and architectural ornament, and folk art.

Charlotte will be participating in a panel and book signing.

More details to follow.

August 1, 2015

The Antiques & Design Show of Nantucket

Bartlett's Farm
33 Bartlett Farm Road
Nantucket, MA 02554

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Charlotte will be participating in the East Hampton Library's 11th Annual Authors Night. Please come out to this great event that benefits the East Hampton Library. All proceeds go directly to the library with over 100 authors taking part and more than 1,000 in attendance.

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Location TBD
East Hampton Village
August 8, 2015
5 p.m.

More details to follow...

For information about the event or past events please go to www.authorsnight.org

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The November 2013 House Beautiful Issue

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In the fall of 2013, Charlotte guest edited the House Beautiful November issue.  In working with Newell Turner and House Beautiful Executive Editor Shax Riegler, she developed content ranging from product coverage to design features. The theme of the November entertaining issue was “The Arts of Living,” which included special sections on home fragrance, books, music, wine and more.

“Everyone loves the special, curated and one-of-a-kind feeling of a pop-up boutique and this series will have a similar effect—it is a fun, new way to collaborate with great talent, each with a unique personality and point of view, to give our readers something special and unexpected,” Riegler said.

Editor in Chief, Newell Turner noted that, “these issues will truly be collector’s editions, with the great American design that is House Beautiful’s hallmark and the distinctive imprint of the guest editor. We have some extraordinary projects in the works and we can’t wait to share them.”

“When Newell and Shax proposed this idea, I immediately and instinctively seized the theme of volupté—sensuality—for the home,” Moss said. “As designers, we go far beyond how rooms look and feel: we create atmosphere and that means creating beauty that affects all of our senses. I’m focusing on the arts of living, being surrounded by beauty, enveloped in fragrance, listening to good music, reading good books, enjoying good food and wine with friends. Basically, what we DO at home, how we LIVE.”
Additional “pop-up” guest editors will be announced in the coming months.

 

10/24/2013

The 2013 Bone Marrow Foundation Be a Lifeline Gala

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The 2013 gala was hosted by Sam Champion and Josh Elliott of ABC’s Good Morning America. They honored three very special individuals who have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children and adults with cancer, Seun Adebiyi, Dr. Sergio Giralt and Charlotte. In addition to helping so many others going through the transplant process, Charlotte has been incredible in building and broadening the Foundation’s community and will be receiving the Brandon Tartikoff Award. The monies raised directly support the Foundation’s patient programs. The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, educational information, and emotional support programs.

For more information and other ways to give, please go to bonemarrow.org