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“He would pick a flower for her, lend her his books. But could he believe that Minta read them? She dragged them about the garden, sticking in leaves to mark the place.” – Virginia Woolf
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July Birthdays… Babe Paley

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"I never saw her not grab anyone's attention, the hair, the makeup, the crispness. You were never conscious of what she was wearing; you noticed Babe and nothing else."
– Bill Blass

We’ve made a habit of honoring iconic women each month on their birthdays, and while the list is vast, each has left an undeniable impression that carries on with their legacy. Such is true for Babe Paley. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in July of 1915, Barbara "Babe" Cushing Mortimer Paley was an American socialite and style icon, known by the popular nickname "Babe."

Babe studied at the Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut, and at 19 made her debut in Boston, marking the beginning of her social career.
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Soon after graduating, Babe began working as a fashion editor for Vogue in New York City. She was young, glamorous, and here she had access to all the designer clothes (which were usually given in exchange for her high profile image.) It was hard not to notice Babe. Time magazine voted her the world's second best dressed woman after Wallis Simpson in 1941 and she was on the Best-Dressed list fourteen times being inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame in 1958.

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Babe and her second husband, William Paley, took an elegant apartment at the St. Regis in New York where they hired noted interior designer Billy Baldwin to decorate. (Above: Babe shown in their St. Regis apartment.) The couple also spent time at their 80- acre property on Long Island, Kiluna Farm. There, many landscape architects and garden designers helped to beautify the grounds.

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Babe loved gardens, and had a very specific idea of what she wanted at Kiluna Farm. Initially, she felt the garden “lacked mystery” and was too “constricted and enclosed.” She wanted a secret garden feeling to the space, and with the help of Russell-Page, the garden she had imagined was created. Henry Francis du Pont and Thomas Church also had a hand in the design.

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The architecture of Babe’s “Secret Garden” featured oak trees, dogwoods, rhododendrons, and tulip poplars. One of the first things they did was clear out a dell and plant a “punch bowl” (an oval pond surrounded with grass) in order to create a focal point. The outer frame was then planted with groundcovers, flowering trees, and shrubs. The previous garden had beautiful Japanese azaleas that were replanted nearby.

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Babe Paley was on the best-dressed list fourteen times before being inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame in 1958. She remains a fashion icon with impeccable style and a lasting legacy. In the words of her friend Truman Capote, "She was perfect. Otherwise, she was perfect."

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Happy Birthday, Babe!

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