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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.
Happy Fourth of July!


The fourth of July signifies summer is in full swing – and you can kick back and relax – that is, until Labor Day. So as we celebrate The Declaration of Independence and our country’s birthday, whether relaxing poolside, picnicking in the park, or dining al fresco, it’s important to remember to celebrate in style! With a little table inspiration and Vintage House & Garden recipes, you’ll be well on your way to a successful holiday with family and friends.


At the Table…
Who said setting a table had to be “work”? Have fun! Don’t be afraid to mix and match, use splashes of color, or take risks. There are only two “rules” to consider when preparing your table: make sure your guests can see each other and don’t use something so fragrant it will interfere with the aroma of the food. Above, a country bouquet serves as a centerpiece, and the heads of the table are accented with three single roses in a vase.


Nothing says Fourth of July quite like red, white, and blue! But if you don’t want to go crazy with the colors of old glory at the table, you can accent with them.


Use white flowers in a blue container or on blue fabric to show your patriotism!

Recipes...What to Serve


We love looking to vintage House and Garden for recipes and inspiration of any – and every – kind. This “On-the-move Cook Book” is perfect for any occasion, indoors or out. Barbecued chicken, roast corn, fruit mélange, and lobster tails with cognac butter…. You had me at lobster!


Red, White & Blue desserts...


If you don’t want to go crazy with patriotic colors on the table, make festive desserts! Strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries will do.4th-of-July_9

Dessert ideas from Better Homes & Gardens

And some of our favorite table settings from Roberta Freeman and Roberta Roller Rabbit to to inspire your holiday weekend:



Happy Fourth of July!

A Walk Through the Gardens at Prieure d’Orsan

There is much to inspire at La Prieure Notre Dame D'Orsan.  Before I even entered the gate I knew that what was beyond was extraordinary.  What I didn't know is how it would alter my views on gardening, and on life.  Here are some photos selected from the hundreds I took on my visit this fall.

















Read Charlotte's article on La Prieure d'Orsan in the Wall Street Journal Magazine available on newsstands December 4th.

Please visit La Prieure d'Orsan's website for more information or to plan your visit to this beautiful garden.


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.

Available Now!

Buy a personalized signed book here:


Garden Inspirations Book 1
Garden Inspirations Book 2

 As Featured In…

 House Beautiful-April 2015


 Country Living-April 2015


 NYC&G-April 2015


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, 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.