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What Gardening Women Wear

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Bunny Mellon, Oak Spring, Virginia

There are certain women that carry on each day with an easy, effortless style no matter what they are doing, where they are, and most importantly even when they are sitting at home - alone. With Summer upon us, we’re looking back at some of those women who taught us, its not what you wear its how you wear it... that and good posture and good grooming.

Who wears Schlumberger in the greenhouse? Bunny Mellon. Why? Because that was what she had.

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Audrey Hepburn, La Paisible in Switzerland

Cherries as accessories? Few people could get away with the humor and playfulness in an endearing way like Audrey.

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Babe Paley, Kiluna Farm, Long Island

What’s the song? Is that the smile you wear? But really, isn’t it every last thing, simple thing, head to toe; the hat, the type (probably purchased for a couple dollars at a market in Lyford), the angle, always lipstick, the scarf, the dolman sleeve stripe shirt, slim cropped pants – the UNpose? Head to toe. Period.

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Greta Garbo, Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills

Bold gold… that makes sense, no? No silly diamond pave here.

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Mona Bismarck, Il Fortino in Capri

Bermuda shorts, de riguer on the links of country clubs around the world, well, they rarely looked this crisp and chic. Linen and creased, paired with a jewel neck, three-quarter sleeve, thin sweater and flats. This is a Bermuda shorts of a different order. I see a garden trug between those pups, which means she was either coming or going from the garden at Il Fortino. At another time, reclining a twin set of another sort, bermudas, side buttoned with matching bolero, shirt and ascot, flats with anklets. Best part of all was not part of the outfit, but Mona - her fabulous icy eyes and silvery streaked hair.

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Vita Sackville West – Sissinghurst

Vita Sackville-West lived her life in tweeds, jodphurs and a single strand of pearls.

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Design

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

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Charlotte Moss Books
The Nancy Lancaster Vase

Based on the three tiered balustraded vase in Nancy Lancaster’s writing room at Ditchley Park. A limited number are now available for purchase.

16″w x 10″d x 18″h. Includes the vase, glass tubes and two spare tubes.

$2,500.00

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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 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.

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