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A Dinner Party to Celebrate the Publication of ‘The World of Gloria Vanderbilt’


Occasion: To celebrate the publication of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt by Wendy Goodman.

What do you do when one of your favorite people writes a book about someone you admire? Have a party, of course!

Next question was: How to have one special enough for someone as stylish, gracious and iconic as Gloria Vanderbilt?

First - the guest list!  Those people close to and important to your guest of honor.  Second - an invitation that celebrates the guest of honor, and sets the tone for the evening.   Third - food & wine. A buffet for a large crowd - with wines selected by my husband the connoisseur.  Mark Sanne, our chef for the evening, worked with me on the menu, and Jeanne Cuddy-Peretz assisted him in the kitchen that evening.  Check out Mark's website


Dessert- I knew I had to call Sylvia Weinstock ( to create something very special for Gloria. If you know Sylvia you know that it will be spectacular and the perfect ending to a dinner. Sylvia creates cakes that are fantasies and visual feasts, in addition to being very delicious.


I wanted things incorporated into the cake that one would associate with Gloria: the artist, the author, the businesswoman that inspired me in the 70’s as a young married woman when I was reading her books on collages, patchwork and design. I remembered the tulip fabric she created for Bloomcraft.  The glassware hand-painted with lily of the valley, fabrics with violets and more.  The swan, her iconic logo. I remembered the cotton gingham that she used everywhere and made it look as luxurious as silk. Genius is taking what is simple and making it sublime.  This all came together in one glorious cake, a collage cake, by Sylvia Weinstock!









As each guest departed that evening, they all left with a little velvet bag, something to extend the memory of our gathering.

One day having lunch with Robert Ruffino and Wendy I mentioned I wanted to have something for each guest as they left the dinner.  I always like to send guests home with something to 'extend' the evening and the occasion. What could we do? Recreate one of Gloria’s products? What about a famous quote to, or about her? And with that Wendy shrieked “There’s an incredible description of Gloria written by her husband Wyatt Cooper” Wendy described it as one of the most romantic things she’d ever read. We grabbed the book, read the quote and all three of us swooned “it’s perfect.”


This quote accompanied a tiny statue of an Egyptian cat held in a black velvet bag. Wendy knew I was leaving for Egypt the next week and She said ‘Just bring back 50 cats’…and so I did, all arranged  neatly and safely in my suitcase.

Some things were meant to be… I look back now and think about how perfectly my husband planned that trip , he didn’t know I needed those cats! Here’s to you Gloria, and to Wendy for giving us that beautiful book!

Wendy Goodman's The World of Gloria Vanderbilt is available at Archivia Books. To visit their website or call  212.570.9565.



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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.

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

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