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A Walk Through The Virginia Robinson Gardens

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While New York lay under yet another layer of snow early one February morning I was delighted to be high in the sun kissed Beverly Hills touring the Virginia Robinson Gardens. During my visit, Director, Tim Lindsay, President, Kerstin Royce, along with Ellen Levitt and Nicole Antoine were my gracious hosts and tour guides as we walked the entire property and toured the house, grounds and pool house. I do not believe we missed an inch, including a new kitchen recently installed in the pool pavilion to support the many events and classes that take place there. Anyone that knows historic preservation understands the fundraising required and the sensitive consideration that all factor into these projects.

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The gardens were the life long love of Virginia Robinson who spent 66 years as champion and steward of the five gardens there. (For the complete history and description of the garden I advise viewing the website and/or buying the book, The House and Gardens of Virginia & Harry Robinson.) 

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While touring the front garden, the great lawn, the kitchen garden, the cut garden, the Italian terrace garden and the cool shaded Palm Forest I swooned over plants and blossoms that in the chilly zones of the Northeast are impossible to cultivate. I am resigned to grow some as annuals, and some in pots, like my American agave and olive trees - all spend the winter in the greenhouse. The book generously shares the plant lists for each garden.

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What is important to remember as one explores the lushness that surrounds you during these walks is that this part of Beverly Hills was a barren hillside. With the foresight of true visionaries, Virginia and Harry Robinson selected one of the highest sites above Sunset Blvd, and built one of the 20th century's finest gardens.

It is always worth reminding ourselves that many of the historic and significant gardens we tour around the world started out looking like a wasteland. (See below)  The stories of the people that created them have intrigued me even more. The vision, the stamina, the curiosity the stick-to-it never say die attitudes have given us great beauty to feed our eyes and souls and peaceful havens inviting us to stroll and collect our thoughts.

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After my delightful morning walking the grounds I was treated to a petite dejuener on the veranda. Fresh squeezed orange juice from the property, coffee and croissants on a table set with beautiful linens and flowers.

Then…I had to leave to attend a meeting.

Trust me, it was all down the proverbial hill from there.

So, do yourself a favor, if you have not visited these gardens, make an appointment on one of your next visits to Los Angeles.

I look forward to my NEXT visit.

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Virginia Robinson Gardens

www.robinsongardens.org
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, California 90210

The Virginia Robinson Gardens and home are available for docent led tours Tuesday through Friday at 10 AM and 1 PM by appointment only.

To make a reservation, please call
(310) 550-2087 
or email Robinson Gardens HERE preferably two weeks in advance.

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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.

Buy at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Buy a personalized signed book here:

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In The Press

Charlotte's "Thalien" pattern by Fabricut.

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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.

Events
Upcoming Events

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The Royal Oak Foundation
Seeds for Thought Garden Lecture
A Time to Plant: Life & Gardening at Holker

A Lecture to Benefit the 2014 Stourhead Appeal. Stourhead in Wiltshire is foremost among the most beautiful and historically significant landscape gardens in the world. In 2014, Royal Oak will be supporting the National Trust's conservation priorities for the gardens at this important property. In this illustrated lecture, Lord Cavendish, Baron Cavendish of Furness, reflects on his forty years at Holker and the people and experiences that have influenced his passion for horticulture and his gardening ideas. This lecture, which is based on his book A Time to Plant: Life and Gardening at Holker, explores the history and evolution not only of an incredible garden but also the vision and legacy of its owners. Lecture followed by a cocktail reception. Tickets are $125 for members and $140 for nonmembers. Reservations must be made by April 7. Formal business attire is required.

The Cosmopolitan Club
122 East 66th Street
New York, NY
April 15, 2014
www.royal-oak.org

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From April 24 - 26, Housing Works will celebrate the 10th anniversary of New York City’s most popular interior design benefit, Design on a Dime. Held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, the 3-day event features more than 50 of the world’s top interior designers, who create unforgettable room vignettes with new merchandise.

This year's honorary chair is actress Rosario Dawson, and co-chairs are Michael Boodro, Kevin Harter, George Oliphant and Sabrina Soto.

Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY
www.housingworks.org

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Each year, celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology. This all began in 1973 when several dedicated supporters of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club launched the Kips Bay Decorator Show House to raise critical funds for much needed after school and enrichment programs for New York City children. Over the course of four decades, this project has grown into a must-see event for thousands of design enthusiasts and is renowned for sparking interior design trends throughout the world. All proceeds from the Show House benefit the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club. Donate now and touch thousands of young lives.

Show House Dates
Open to the public
May 1 – May 29, 2014
Sun. - 12pm - 5pm
Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat
11am - 5pm
Tues. & Thurs.
11am - 8pm

www.kipsbaydecoratorshowhouse.org

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The November 2013 House Beautiful Issue

In the fall of 2013, Charlotte guest edited the House Beautiful November issue.  In working with Newell Turner and House Beautiful Executive Editor Shax Riegler, she developed content ranging from product coverage to design features. The theme of the November entertaining issue was “The Arts of Living,” which included special sections on home fragrance, books, music, wine and more.

“Everyone loves the special, curated and one-of-a-kind feeling of a pop-up boutique and this series will have a similar effect—it is a fun, new way to collaborate with great talent, each with a unique personality and point of view, to give our readers something special and unexpected,” Riegler said.

Editor in Chief, Newell Turner noted that, “these issues will truly be collector’s editions, with the great American design that is House Beautiful’s hallmark and the distinctive imprint of the guest editor. We have some extraordinary projects in the works and we can’t wait to share them.”

“When Newell and Shax proposed this idea, I immediately and instinctively seized the theme of volupté—sensuality—for the home,” Moss said. “As designers, we go far beyond how rooms look and feel: we create atmosphere and that means creating beauty that affects all of our senses. I’m focusing on the arts of living, being surrounded by beauty, enveloped in fragrance, listening to good music, reading good books, enjoying good food and wine with friends. Basically, what we DO at home, how we LIVE.”
Additional “pop-up” guest editors will be announced in the coming months.

 

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The 2013 Bone Marrow Foundation Be a Lifeline Gala

The 2013 gala was hosted by Sam Champion and Josh Elliott of ABC’s Good Morning America. They honored three very special individuals who have made a tremendous difference in the lives of children and adults with cancer, Seun Adebiyi, Dr. Sergio Giralt and Charlotte. In addition to helping so many others going through the transplant process, Charlotte has been incredible in building and broadening the Foundation’s community and will be receiving the Brandon Tartikoff Award. The monies raised directly support the Foundation’s patient programs. The Bone Marrow Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, educational information, and emotional support programs.

For more information and other ways to give, please go to bonemarrow.org