C'est Inspiré is simply that - what is inspiring. Where the words end, images continue to speak. Seeing all that is around us, we seek some aspect of something that is life enhancing... something that you would like to be reminded of - to revisit. Something to capture and bring into your world, not leave behind... . That is why I take a camera everywhere; have spent countless hours organizing images in scrapbooks and pouring over them later to revisit the place, the people, the memory.
So, C'est Inspiré may be a single photo - or it may be 50, it may mean one thing to me, another to you - the meaning isn't important. Did it inspire? Did it make you smile? Did it bring back a pleasant memory? One or all of the above will do.
During a brief period of his life, the legendary art historian Bernard Berenson kept diaries where he wrote about how to see - and what he saw. These diaries were published under the title The Passionate Sightseer and edited by Raymund Mortimer.
Anyone, anywhere, anytime can be a passionate sightseer - just look.
The designers and their respective charities are as follows:
Charlotte Moss – The Bone Marrow Foundation
Rachel Zoe – Save the Children
Rachel Roy – OrphanAid Africa
Stacy Bendet – Girls Who Code
Simon Doonan – The Lower East Side Girls Club
Lela Rose – Edible Schoolyard
Katie Lee – Feeding America
Shop the gift wrap sale, and Charlotte’s scrapbook inspired wrapping paper on November 19 at
November 14, 2012
A Studio Bedroom…In Pink Ribbon Pink
With a palette of pink and blue punctuated with shots of red, we have used THE CAUSE as our color guide. We have created a fabric design based on the pink ribbon and have used it to create accessories for the room and the showhouse boutique. The proceeds from those sales will benefit the Evelyn Lauder Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A four-poster Bed may be the focal point, but our studio bedroom is a hub of activity. A round table at the entry acts as an entry hall table, a place for favorite objects, a piece of art and a welcoming plant. All are easily removable for an impromptu dinner party. A modern black parchment desk with a floating brass base, a pair of 19th century figural lamps paired with a French caned tub chair provide a generous place to write.
The room sized sisal rug, SHANGRI-LA, is a pattern I designed for STARK CARPET. It is topped with a smaller faded antique pale pink Oushak that anchors the bed area. Our SCRAPBOOKING table, the latest from our collection at Century Furniture is covered in glazed linen making it modern and practical for projects, or alternatively as a buffet table. The drawers serving as storage for flatware and linens or as a center hall table filled with gloves, and scarves ready to grab and go. A large bulletin board full of my inspirations for this room acts as a personal art canvas that can change as frequently as you are moved to do so!
As our room has abundant light, five generous windows, we have placed a reading chair in front of one window and created the reading corner. A guest could use the built in window seats. Niches under the window seats hold baskets of newspapers and magazines. Fashion, always an influence, inspired us to make euro squares for the bed from vintage Gucci scarves…how many can one wear, really??? So we thought, let’s look at them everyday….The photo on the mantel by Louise Dahl-Wolfe is part of the Condé Nast archive collection now available thru SoicherMarin.com, so you can have one too.
A place to have tea in another sunlit corner is anchored by a Swedish tiled table an armchair and again, another window seat. Our ‘studio resident’ has begun collections of fashion photos, miniature chairs and books on fashion. The notebook on her desk says she keeps track of, FASHIONISTAS I HAVE LIKED…that’s our girl!
October 24, 2012
Each year in Central Park, thousands of daffodils and tulips mark the arrival of spring, while mums herald the beginning of autumn. What better gift than to have flowers planted in someone’s honor in Central Park? With a minimum donation of $50, the Central Park Conservancy will plant your daffodils, tulips or mums in the Park. For your donation the individual you are honoring or t
heir family will receive a certificate indicating the flowers planted and the date of the gift.
I recently received a beautiful gift from friends. I can’t think of a better way to honor and enjoy the city I live in.
Next time you want to do something special for someone….take a peak at your options, and spread some beauty.
For ways to give go to: www.centralparknyc.org
June 26, 2012
At the New York City Ballet’s Spring Gala, co-chaired by Charlotte Moss and Barry Friedberg, Emily and Leo Blavatnik and Marie Nugent-Head and James C. Martins and honorary chair Natalie Portman on Thursday May 10th, the company gave audiences two premieres and a re-costumed Balanchine work. In all there was a sense of renewal and freshness from the three pieces, and further reinforced by the decoration “À La Française.” It was quite an event, with so much work going into the preparations, made so in part from the skill of DeJuan Stroud from DeJuan Stroud Inc. (www.dejuanstroud.com) Large reproduction prints for French Gardens created from photos by Charlotte Moss and printed by Soicher Marin were placed behind the Elie Nadelman sculptures, Circus Women and Two Nudes, giving the sense of being in a well manicured French garden.
Precisely trimmed topiaries used as a backdrop sit behind the famous Nadelman sculptures at The Promenade of the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. Charlotte said, ” My vision: to give the impression that the Nadelmans were in a verdant and fragrant French formal garden just steps away from the château.”
June 8, 2012