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by Abigail Vogel

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A Walk Through Madoo

My recent visit to Italy for some R & R also included a few garden visits, naturally, but more on that in a later post. Two days after I returned I had a house full of girls in East Hampton for the weekend. Amid the chill time and a couple parties, we started our Saturday morning with a private tour of our own local celebrated garden, MADOO, the creation and passion of the late artist, Robert Dash. Bob, as we all knew him, created a very special and personal vision of a garden on two acres. Walking around the property you would swear it was double that, and I was delighted to share it with my friends.

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Our early morning tour was led by Alejandro Saralegui, executive director, and Madoo's champion on all fronts.

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Here, everyone was being briefed on the history as well as the background on some of the specimen trees.

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As an artist, Bob brought color into the garden. He painted a pavilion in yellow and mauve, and carried that scheme into the flower beds. The garden was another palette to him.

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As we strolled, the various patterns of the paths did not go unnoticed. In fact, what I love is the reminder that to vary their design is just as critical as the beds and borders. Different patterns and materials blended together seamlessly and all with the obvious hand of an artist.

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Now Deb, were you listening to Alejandro wax on about water features... Viscaya, Gamberaia, Lante, Farnese the Alhambra and on...

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"Maturity is in the green frame of the garden and work is entirely custodial in nature…rather like housekeeping, a matter of spit and polish and the higher your standards the more minute the work."
-Robert Dash

Paths, pavilions, soft colors and ornaments await at Madoo, and will amuse you. If you are out east, MADOO should be on your list. The garden closes in September for the season. Hurry on by...this is just a sampling of what you can expect.

Madoo Conservancy
The garden is open every Friday and Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. from May 15th until September 15th.
618 Sagg Main Street
Sagaponack, NY 11962
www.madoo.org

After touring the gardens, stop by the Parrish Art Museum to view Robert Dash's work on exhibition...
Parrish Art Museum

Open Monday through Sunday 10am-5pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Friday open 'til 8pm.
279 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill, NY 11976
www.parrishart.org

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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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In The Press

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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, 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.

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