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“You haven’t really experienced a garden until you have slept in it, seen it, that is, in light fading to extinction, explored it at night with hesitant steps, and watched it come awake to birdsong at dawn.” - Hugh Johnson
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Garden Inspirations

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Having A Visual Life is about appreciating your surroundings, opening your eyes, noticing infinite possibilities and details, and curating inspiration. Every once in a while we need to stop, look, and really see what is around us. Whether we are visiting somewhere or in our own backyard it is important to be aware. Some places have an allure about them, some you will inevitably return to and some you will only see once and you have to take it all in. The journey is just as important as the destination.

After every trip I catalogue my photographs, print, edit, and make my selections. Eventually, they find their way in to one of my scrapbooks. My love of gardens and travel is undoubtedly infused with many things that I do personally and in my business. Whether it is relevant, important, or simply inspiring, it becomes a part of our visual memory.

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Garden Inspirations is a continuation of each garden I have visited, from France to England, Russia, Spain, and Italy. Whether an allee that caught my eye, a sculpted hedge that changed my point of view, or a particular vista that held me captivated, it has been photographed, recorded, and eventually cut and pasted into a scrapbook.

My garden in East Hampton has also been a constant source of inspiration – for over twenty-five years I have recorded the changes, transitions, processes, and pleasures with the help of Lisa Stamm and Dale Booher. It may be a photograph of a certain arrangement in the perfect natural light, or the way the sun pierces through the sky at dawn with the silhouette of the trees as its backdrop, whatever it is – I have captured it, behind my lens and onto paper.

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European Influences…

The European gardens I have visited – and long admired – have left their indelible mark. Postcards from various garden shows are saved along with plane tickets and categorized memory cards. The outcome is a complete record of a trip and all of the visual inspiration that could be culled from it. These are just a few that have lured me time and time again.

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Chateau de Versailles

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The journey is always, to be continued...

C'EST INSPIRÊ
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.

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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.

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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 As Featured In…

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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.

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