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"Loulou was in her own category, like no one else."
     -Paloma Picasso
pub. by Rizzoli
Shopping San Francisco…

After the San Francisco antique show I managed to squeeze in a little shopping at some of my usual haunts. With a brief stop on Sacramento Street, I found items waiting for me (imagine that!) at MARCH, SUE FISHER KING, JESSIE BLACK and HUDSON/GRACE.



At MARCH each display is a still life, a study in minimalism with maximum effect.  This visit I was immediately struck by the displays of black and white.

Spatterware, exclusive to March, that I currently own three colors of, is the perfect partner to serious patterns that could use some dressing down and of course, solo. What caught my eye this time, in other words what went home, was a dozen black basalt dinner plates to mix with antique pieces and creamware. I look forward to setting that table. Owner Sam Hamilton is celebrating her 11th anniversary and gearing up for her next venture, a kitchen design division with partner Brian Espinoza, a Chez Panisse alum.



At Sue Fisher King I found Christmas presents and always something for the table. The selection of cashmere throws, including 12 ply, the lightest of tartan cashmere scarves, Venetian tumblers, new embroidered items, Porthault accessories, and bath accessories beautifully packaged are all in abundance for the holidays.



Everything in Jessie Black is tonal, soft and cozy with handmade jackets, pillows, bedding, accessories and some fragrance. What I really loved were the knitted blanket/throws made with the largest needles known to man! The scale of the stitch had a playful Alice in Wonderland quality that begged you to touch it. I think every house from Aspen to New York should have one...




The palette du jour at Hudson | Grace is blanc y blanc. White melon compotes and tureens in various sizes, and the vintage hotel silver are perfect together and each an easy accompaniment for what you already own. Everyone is gearing up for the season.


Do you have your lists ready?

A super lunchtime break when you are gallery shopping or antique shopping around Jackson and Montgomery is ROKA AKOR. Delicious sushi, artfully presented was the perfect note for lunch.


In the evening I finally managed to get a reservation at the Greek restaurant, Kokkari Estatorio. You cannot book more than thirty days in advance, and at 29 days you are too late.  Worth the wait, we enjoyed lamb on the rotisserie and fresh vegetables in their cozy and beautifully designed dining room. Add that one to your list.


And always, I consult my Scout Guides before visiting any city...




3075 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Sue Fisher King

3067 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Jessie Black

3252 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94115

Hudson | Grace

3350 Sacramento Street

San Francisco, CA 94118

Roka Akor

801 Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94133


200 Jackson Street

San Francisco, CA 94111


Color in the Quarter – The French Quarter, New Orleans
Color in the Quarter – The French Quarter, New Orleans













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.

Buy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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In The Press

From the November 2014 issue.

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, and 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.