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May 23, 2016
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Washington, Monticello and New York




The weekend was one of celebration. The restoration of the wine cellar at Monticello has been completed and to commemorate the occasion patrons, trustees, vintners etc were entertained at the French Embassy in Washington on Friday evening. Ambassador Vimont our gracious host of the evening welcomed all in his engaging and humorous style about the history of the embassy residence, and French American relations before we sat down do a beautiful meal accompanied by some extraordinary wines.  I had two marvelous dinner partners that evening, one the owner of a vineyard in Bordeaux, and the other a young wine enthusiast.  I say enthusiast because critic sounds so negative to me and as wines are meant to be savored and enjoyed, commenting on wines, rendering an opinion sounds infinitely more palatable, if you will. The running commentary all evening was about the wines and all things related to wines and discussions about adjectives describing wines, like leather, smoke, graphite, etc.  It was a delicious, enjoyable, funny and informative evening.


Before checking into Keswick - to get ready for the party there were still a few daylight hours left, of course, so off to Kenny Ball,  for antiques;  to And George, where I picked up some, porcelain, a mirrored tray, candles, a fab bamboo and silver candle snuffer. Then ordered six more (the cat’s out of the bag now…somebody's getting those for Christmas), I always find things there.  I love their mix of old and new, their displays, all very enticing. To Joseph, Joseph, and Joseph...a great mix of antiques. I had my eyes on the stone columns in the back room…but for where?  And to Mirabelle Antiques a new shop since my last visit. Add that one to your list. Great mix of furniture all beautifully upholstered, accessories well chosen and good value...a must do for my next trip. And yours too.  For other shopping ideas in Charlottesville see my previous post about shopping in Charlottesville or see  Dinner at Monticello that evening can be described in a word…SUBLIME…


And prepared by Daniel Boloud.....who had flown in for the evening from Miami where he is opening a new restaurant.  Let's just say we honored Mr. Jefferson in an appropriate and elegant manner.

The next morning we went back up to the mountain with a group who were visiting Monticello for the first time. Susan Stein, head curator, met the group for a special tour. From there we took them to UVA to the Rotunda and the Lawn for another history lesson.


A dash back to the hotel to grab bags, to the plane and back to New York.



Tuesday night was a presentation by Michael Bruno, founder of 1st Dibs, for patrons of the Costume Institute of the Met Museum.

Michael is a walking talking case study…if you do not know the story of his company, take another look at, or go hear him speak, next chance. In today's Wall Street Journal there is a great article on Michael and his latest venture into the fine art world. Pick up a copy and head for the 'Off Duty' section. (Nearby to my article on Cecil Beaton's scrapbooks.) While I know Michael well, and know his story it always reinforces some of the golden rules of success in business.

  • You must be willing to take risks.
  • Understand that the contrarian view is not a negative view, but it could be the most profitable.
  • Timing is everything...seize the moment.
  • Believe…believe in yourself…believe in your idea…believe in your dream.
  • You are IT kid.  Nobody can make it happen but you.




I had been to see the Chaos and Classicism exhibition at the Guggenheim on a Sunday morning, but when the opportunity came up through the Couture Council at FIT to have a private tour with Ken Silver the curator of the show- I jumped at the chance.

It is only on the rare occasion that I am in the museum on a week day, and I must say I was thrilled to see the crowds of people and lines to buy tickets. There was quite a buzz in the air.  We had a small group of six, and each of us hung on Ken's words as we worked our way up the ramp.  Ken is a like a human catalog, with an animated and humorous delivery.  He filled in the gaps, connected the dots between all the pieces in the exhibition.  What I also enjoyed was seeing the banter between Ken and Valerie Steele, Director of the Museum at FIT.  When the two of them talked you could see sparks of enthusiasm fly.

The Chaos and Classicism exhibition explores the classicizing aesthetic that followed the immense destruction of World War I.  It examines the interwar period in its key artistic manifestations: the poetic dream of antiquity in the Parisian avant-garde of Pablo Picasso; the politicized revival of the Roman Empire by artists such as Giorgio de Chirico and Mario Sironi; and the functionalist utopianism at the Bauhaus.

Chaos and Classicism runs until January 9, 2011.  For more information please visit The Guggenheim's website.


I attended a lecture at the New York School of Interior Design by Edwin Schlossberg of ESI Design.  ESI Design is one of the world's foremost design firms, bringing the missions of world-class institutions to life by inspiring people to discover, engage, participate and learn.


In 2010, the city of Shanghai hosted the World Expo, a major exposition of culture and innovation from around the world.  ESI Design collaborated with the Shanghai Corporate Community and a group of world-renown architects and artists to design the World Expo's "Dream Cube," a 40,000 square foot pavilion that encourages visitors to participate in an impressive multimedia experience comprised of cutting-edge technology, dreamlike environments, collaborative social spaces and sustainably designed materials.

Visit the Dream Cube Website.




I hosted a dinner Party at home for Wendy Goodman and Gloria Vanderbilt to celebrate Wendy's latest book, The World of Gloria Vanderbilt (published by Abrams). Copies are available through Archivia Books.  A good time was had by all, and some photos were featured on the New York Social Diary.




Back to Virginia for board meetings at Monticello....


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
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.

$2,700.00 (includes S/H)

Buy a personalized signed book here:



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.