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A Tale of Trims


“A collection is a visual narrative of sorts. It is a way a designer is able to tell a story. This story is a tale of trims, and the details that create the ambiance in a room. Every chair needs the perfect trim, the right curtain needs enhancing and so on. Select, select, select. As designers, that is what we do. Get inspired, listen to the story unfold and allow yourself to be guided by it. Let the colors, the patterns, the textures speak – create your own fantasy. Here are some ideas to get you started, and there will always be more. Try something new… WHY NOT?”


“Piping or cord is one of the simplest trimmings and serves to outline and emphasize the overall shape of the piece. By using contrasting piping or cord you can further emphasize the configuration of your chair” or headboard.


Southampton Showhouse


Tassels, large or small, add flair to strategic points of upholstery, cushions, and bolsters, serving no other function than to decorate and entertain.


The Kips Bay Designer Showhouse


Why not wrap a cord necklace around the corner of your dressing table?

Or put two frogs on the face of a pillow that give the suggestion of a great silk evening jacket?


The French Designer Showhouse


A billiard room with all the details one might expect in a proper gentlemen’s club


In a library, cascading bullion fringe enhances the swag and jabot on the curtains. “Fringe can be simple, or ornately tasseled and made from a wide variety of fibers, multiple lengths and woven headings.”


Knotted ropes in the corners of pillows, tape trim on the edge of a chair secured with nail heads. A textured tape outlining an Italian chair where buttons are replaced by crosses of fabric, and a pinked leather trim with nailheads.


A serene city bedroom


“Gimps are flat woven trims, and braids are tightly woven flat bands that can also be used for accentuation of shape” and provide a soft contrast transition between upholstery and wooden frames.

Why Not?!


Why not take a fragment of leather and cover the arm of a chair?


Pearls… A girl can’t have enough…


Why not take a pair of tiebacks and embellish them with beads and medallions?


Why not build your scheme around your trim; a Fortuny tassel combined with double oak leaves intended for jewelry, an embroidered band removed from a Chinese robe, and gold metallic acorns found in a Paris market.


Why not use two rows of tape on a seat cushion and connect them with cord?


More is more. Velvet crisscrossed with open weave passementerie, leopard with a simple knotted cord and fragments of Chinese embroidery picture framed on a bolster and a square pillow.


Clockwise from Left: A loop trim sewn in the seam; A wide ribbon tape that looks like petit point, but its not; Glass bead trim in the seam of a curtain panel reflect the snow outdoors; And antique tiebacks found in England find a home years later on a bed in Aspen.


The same cascading bullion fringe gives a relaxed ambiance in a guest bedroom.


When selecting a fabric with a border, trim the selvage and apply accordingly; down the leading edge of a curtain and on the bottom of the valance.


Scrolling tape on the edge of a bed curtain…


In a living room tassel tiebacks on the main curtain and an open work braid on the inner curtain…

Fabricut, frogs, fringe, and more...


In my second collection for Fabricut fabrics, we have introduced a whole new collection of versatile trims; embroidered and woven tapes, narrow and wide, frogs, fringe and more.




From the first collection…




How will you use your trim?

To see the full Charlotte Moss Collection, go to or click here.

Photographs from A Flair for LivingCharlotte Moss Decorates, Winter House and Design Inspirations. 


The Charlotte Moss collection of fabrics and trims for Fabricut includes over 100 new items, including prints, wovens, and trimmings.  “Charlotte Moss is highly regarded in the industry as a powerful marketer and informed designer,” says David Finer, CEO of Fabricut.  Charlotte’s inspiration for the collection is drawn from antiques and vintage documents from her personal collection.  Other inspirations include architectural themes and, of course, her garden. Collaborating with the designers at Fabricut, direction and inspiration for the collection was found within her immense anthology of textile documents, items acquired during her travels and images she's captured behind her camera. Adding to her vision and attention to detail for this collection, each pattern name has its own story. Fabrics are named in honor of her muses – women travelers and explorers who pushed boundaries in many ways. Charlotte explains, "you knew what these women stood for, they had a mission, and as a result, left us legacies that inspire. They are like guiding lights."

Charlotte's second collection of fabrics and trims debuting in the 2015 features luscious wovens, fresh prints and stunning trimmings in three color stories - Canvas, Deep Coral and Watercolor.

“Bits of inspiration find you along your path or you find them. However the story goes, there was an attraction, an emotional reaction that caused the two of you to go home together. A tile, a turtle shell, a vintage scarf; a few of the things that inspired this collection...” -Charlotte Moss



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.

Available Now!

Buy a personalized signed book here:


Garden Inspirations Book 1
Garden Inspirations Book 2

 As Featured In…

 House Beautiful-April 2015


 Country Living-April 2015


 NYC&G-April 2015


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, 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 nine books to date. Her most recent title, Garden Inspirations was published by Rizzoli in April of 2015. 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 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.

Upcoming Events

Decorative Arts

Charlotte will be discussing her muses, inspirations in the garden and the arts of living at the Decorative Arts Society on February 9, 2016. More details to follow.

For more information regarding membership to the Decorative Arts Society please click here.



As part of Hillwood's "Great Homes and Gardens Series," Charlotte will be speaking on the garden as a resource for interiors, entertaining and good living.

February 18, 2016


Visitor Center Theater
Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens
4155 Linnean Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

For more information follow the link.


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.



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