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October 3, 2014
An endless supply of color schemes can be found just by taking a stroll.

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Green…the history of a color

"Green.....has been ambivalent: a symbol of life, luck and hope, but also disorder, greed, poison and the devil." so the book jacket claims.


The Arnolfini Wedding by Jan Van Eyck, 1434

Today, no matter what, when you say GREEN it is almost always viewed as something positive. If you are describing someone's attitude toward the environment, a way of living, your favorite green juice at JUICE PRESS or those fabulous emerald beads you bought in India last year, they are all very good GREEN things.


The Romanian Green Blouse by Henri Matisse, Morgan-le-Fay by Frederick Sandys and Lucretia by Paolo Veronese

This story of a color is a history long on anecdotes.  From prehistoric times to today, we learn why green is associated with Islam, the Bauhaus attitude toward green, and why it was connected to Nero. Just like stock market swings, colors have their high and low periods, and like fashion, one day you're the NEWS, next season a vague memory.

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green: the history of a color
Michel Pastoureau
Princeton University Press, 2014.


Century Furniture and Charlotte are pleased to announce the launch of Charlotte’s furniture line for Century Icons, 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
Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life

Charlotte’s latest book, devoted to gleaning design inspiration from the personal scrapbooks and notebooks of great women of style—including her own. Interior designer Charlotte Moss has spent years collecting as well as creating scrapbooks—a pastime both meditative and instructive about her own ideas regarding design and style. In this unique book, Moss brings together her own scrapbooks along with those of notable women, both contemporary and historical, whose flair for style inspires us, including interior designer Elsie de Wolfe and society doyenne Gloria Vanderbilt—all never before published.

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In The Press

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October 2014
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About Charlotte Moss

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, and 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.

Upcoming Events

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Writer, curator, and man about town Charlie Scheips hosts a panel on the life and influence of Elsie de Wolfe, the woman famously credited by The New Yorker as the "inventor of Interior Design." Elsie de Wolfe's Paris draws upon previously unpublished photographs to create a portrait of the glamorous world of interwar Paris over which de Wolfe presided. We'll be joined by some of the biggest names working in interior design today, including:

-Louis Bofferding, who serves on the Council of Advisors of the Institute of Classical Architecture, and is a private dealer of decorative arts.

-Maureen Footer, author of the monograph George Stacey and the Creation of American Chic. She speaks and writes on cultural and design history and French design and runs a design firm in New York City.

-Charlotte Moss, special projects editor at House Beautiful and winner of Elle Decor’s VISION Award and the Timeless Design Award. She was included in Traditional Home Magazine’s list of Top 20 interior designers worldwide.

A Panel in Honor of Elsie de Wolfe

October 16, 2014

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The Strand Bookstore
828 Broadway
Manhattan, NY 10003-4805


The Show features approximately sixty dealers from across the United States and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts representing all styles and periods including American, English, Continental, and Asian furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, and photographs.

The show runs from October 23 - October 26.
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center

Designer Saturday

Saturday, October 25, 11:00 a.m.
A panel discussion with:
Robert Couturier, Architect and Designer
Charlotte Moss, Interior Designer
Moderated by Suzanne Tucker, Interior Designer


The Royal Oak Foundation will honor David Linley as the 2014 Timeless Design Award Honoree and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art as the 2014 Heritage Award Recipient. The Royal Oak Foundation’s 17th annual Timeless Design Gala will take place on Thursday November 13, 2014 at the Essex House in New York.  Royal Oak will present David Armstrong-Jones, Viscount Linley of Nymans, with the Timeless Design Award, and the Heritage Award to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.



The November 2013 House Beautiful Issue


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.




The 2013 Bone Marrow Foundation Be a Lifeline Gala

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.

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