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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.
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An English Dream… Part II.

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Virginia born beauty Nancy Lancaster was known for her sense of style, which was evident at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, indoors and out. Her particular flair was comfortable, personal, easy, and always elegant. Many writers succumbed to her creations and described them as “Nancy’s paradise” or “an English dream.” On our recent trip to England, we were lucky enough to explore all the places she called “home.”

The second stop on our trip with Kelmarsh. Shortly after marrying Ronald (Ronnie) Tree in 1920, the two began their first project together, the repair of Kelmarsh Hall in Northamptonshire, which is said to be Nancy’s favorite house. It reminded her of her upbringing in Virginia, and she loved it. Originally designed by James Gibbs, it is a perfect example of English Palladian style, with a central hall and saloon flanked by four rooms. Kelmarsh had the grandeur, formality and symmetry that Ronnie loved, whereas Nancy gravitated towards the shabby-run down state it was in. Kelmarsh was to be a great project, and she was up for the challenge. Paul Phipps assisted Nancy in the repairs. Little did she know then, that Kelmarsh would foreshadow her career and her legacy as having “the finest taste of anyone in the world.”

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Garden

Today, Kelmarsh is renowned for its gardens. Nancy spent many hours and seasons back home with her hands in the dirt, getting up at the wee hours of the morning. Here at Kelmarsh, she did the same. Lady Astor’s garden at Cliveden was a great source of inspiration for her – particularly the herbaceaous borders that Norah Lindsay was responsible for creating. Nancy asked Norah to work at Kelmarsh, and the two became great friends.

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And for the rest, you must make time to visit when you are in England…

Kelmarsh House & Garden
Harborough Rd
Kelmarsh,
Northamptonshire NN6 9LY
United Kingdom

+44 1604 686543

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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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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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