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The International Garden Festival at Chateau de Chaumont

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Since 1992, every year from April to November Chateau de Chaumont-sur-Loire becomes an international garden festival showcasing the skill and creativity of landscape designers, architects, and artists inspiring its 150,000 annual visitors. Furthering the concept of garden as art begun by Le Vau at Vaux le Vicomte and the 400 year old legacy of Le Notre, Chaumont prides itself on the successful interaction of the past and the future, tradition and technology and the resulting pleasure at the hand of labor.

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During the past 22 seasons approximately 580 gardens have been installed on the Jacques Wirtz designed grounds. Garden 'rooms' with walls of high hornbeam separate each exhibition garden creating a sense of anticipation and discovery.  Each garden interprets the theme selected for the year and the resulting executions range in style from an avant-garde spin on a classic to an utterly mad high maintenance plot. On my first visit to Chaumont in 1997, I delightedly found water to be the theme.  Fifteen gardens ranging from a mini hanging gardens of Babylon to the ethereal "Willows in the Mist" it was a visit that altered my thinking about gardens. Letting the imagination go, is, more often than not, easier said than done, as moving trees and hedges is far more labor intensive and costly than rearranging the furniture in your living room. Exploring the opportunities in the landscape, moving the earth, selecting material, and creating a story is the challenge faced every year at Chaumont.

The theme of the 2014 garden festival, "Gardens of the Deadly Sins," awaited those who ventured to this UNESCO world heritage site once the home of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici. Lust, avarice, gluttony and greed played out through plants and trees will make you scratch your head, puzzle the best of gardeners and at the same time delight all.

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A garden makes complete sense as a medium for interpreting temptation, after all, isn't that where it all began?

For a visual tour of Chaumont view the C'est Inspire.

For further reading on Chaumont, and other botanically themed destinations in Paris and beyond read Charlotte's post on the NYTimes blog here...

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Through November 2, 2014.
International Garden Festival: Gardens of the Deadly Sins
Domaine Régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire
41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire
www.domaine-chaumont.fr

C'EST INSPIRÊ
A Tour Through Chateau de Chaumont

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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

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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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Join Charlotte, Frances Schultz & Chesie Breen at Mecox Gardens on July 11th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at a book signing for Jane Scott Hodges new book, "Linens."

66 Newtown Lane
East Hampton, NY

RSVP at www.linensense.com

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The November 2013 House Beautiful Issue

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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.

 

10/24/2013

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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