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January 24, 2015
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I recently read the book Auto Pilot by Andrew Smart.  It gave renewed meaning to daydreaming and 'doing nothing' and how essential it is to our creativity.
Try it, you'll like it.
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Happy Birthday to Edith Wharton

Mount-Overall Many of you know her as a Pulitzer Prize–winning American novelist, short story writer, and designer, but Edith Wharton was also a garden designer, interior designer, and tastemaker - her skills evident in many of the beautiful properties she owned here and abroad. Born January 24, 1862, the books of Edith Wharton are celebrated on a daily basis in classrooms worldwide, and as resources for professionals at the top of their class. Edith-Wharton-the-Mount_Portraits Shortly after marrying Edward Wharton in 1885, the couple purchased a property in Lenox, Massachusetts, called The Mount. Edith worked with Francis V. L. Hoppin, but the design was truly hers. From the interiors to the landscape the two were able to execute her vision and incorporate her style. A lifetime of traveling Europe heavily influenced the creation of the gardens at The Mount, which is maintained today by the Edith Wharton Foundation and open to the public. Edith-wharton-Mount-House Edith-Wharton-the-Mount_Grounds In 1911, Edith purchased the Pavillon Colombe in St.-Brice-sous-Forêt, in a suburb of Paris where she stayed during the winter and spring. Later, she purchased a villa in the hills above Hyères, in Provence, and called it "Sainte-Claire du Château." The property contains ruins of the old city walls and a beautiful garden. Edith-wharton-Plaque A plaque on rue de Varenne in Paris dedicated to the American writer reads: “My years of Paris life were spent entirely in the rue de Varenne – rich years, crowded and happy years.” – Edith Wharton Edith Wharton was an accomplished designer, but her true legacy was a literary one – here is a list of her Novels, short stories, and collections of poems. Edith-Wharton-Works  

Happy Birthday Edith, and Charlotte too!

Xingu January 24, 11:00 AM

The Drawing Room at The Mount

The Mount is partnering with Shakespeare & Company to bring you a special reading of Edith Wharton's Xingu!  The cast, packed full of local talent, has been confirmed. If you're unable to join us for Xingu, or are just looking for more literary fun, don't miss a special staged reading of a play based on Wharton's life on Sunday, January 25!

Visit The Mount at

www.edithwharton.org

The Mount

2 Plunkett Street

Lenox, MA 01240

413-551-5111

Open from May 2 – October 31.

C'EST INSPIRÊ
A Walk Through the Gardens at Prieure d’Orsan
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 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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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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