Courtesy of September Elle Decor
I don’t need a vacation. And this is a good thing since my younger daughter refuses to leave her horse for even a day so we can go away. Honestly, I spend so much time at horse shows here and upstate, being home is actually nice.
What I do need is to shake-up my work space. Working from the kitchen table is getting old, fast. So, I am reclaiming our formal dining table that seats 12 (and is currently folded up and being used as a side table) and putting it in the den. It will provide a large surface area to put out all the magazines, news papers, and other bits and bobs that are inspiration for future posts. My scanner can be out and ready too.
In the process I will need to do a major, and long overdue, clean out. And that’s not a bad thing either.
I gave away all my Mies van der Rohe chairs from my office at Harper’s Bazaar, kind of wish I had them now…
Double-breasted wool-blend felt coat
Pierce gold-plated choker
Pierce medium embellished leather shoulder bag
Tie-backgathered stretch-cotton jersey top
open flat ballerina shoes
Ritzy A-line wool-blend skirt
Snake-trimmed intrecciato leather shoulder bag
Grosgrain-trimmed ruffled cotton-velvet jacket
Pleated cotton-velvet culottes
David L. Culp’s cottage and garden © The New York Times
A small, fun fact about yours truly, I don’t have house envy. I have never coveted a friend’s or neighbor’s home and have been fortunate to have rented or owned the perfect apartment or cottage that suited our needs at the time.
But I do have serious garden envy. Our garden is lovingly maintained by my husband (I tend the potted plants), and we grow mostly vegetables and wildflowers. Roses were not a huge success and the ones that remain drowned in the early June rains. David L. Culp, whose garden was featured recently in The New York Times, said that his heirloom roses did not do well in the wet spring either. Despite that, he has over 3,000. varieties of plants at his home in Downington, PA. Along with a 1790s farmhouse, this is worthy of envy.
I keep toying with putting out a bench like the one below.
An early KiC follower and dear friend, interior designer Leta Austin Foster is one of my work ethic idols. Although she founded her eponymous design firm over 35 years ago, Leta is currently busier than ever. With interior design jobs all over the globe, an adorable Palm Beach shop, and a line of custom linens, Leta is constantly on the go. And the best bit? She’s a blogger! Leta’s site Decorating with Sheets is a fun read.
Lucky for me, Leta is up here hosting a linens trunk show tomorrow and Saturday. Beautifully embroidered linens are the ultimate hostess gift, and the fastest way to spruce up a summer rental is gorgeous hand towels and bedding.
96 Forest Avenue, Locust Valley, NY
Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June 22nd, 11 am to 5 pm both days
showcasing beautiful printed and embroidered European linens for the home.
The May issue of Lonny hit my inbox last week and these are my favorite images. The new Lonny team has kept the best of the founders’ ideas and edited the length of the home stories, a huge improvement.
I know that ivy is invasive and destructive, but I still love it. It makes a house look cozy and one with nature.
© T magazine
I am completely besotted with this glorious house in Tangier, it overlooks the Straight of Gibraltar, and belongs to garden designer Madison Cox. T magazine covered Cox’s home and gardens in the men’s fashion issue out last weekend, and both my husband and I fell hard for this idyllic hideaway.
We are especially inspired by the gardens and will research more of Cox’s design work.
It’s magazine launch week. Not just the WSJ. and Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, but T Magazine, newly helmed by Deborah Needleman (formerly of WSJ.), has Lee Radziwill photographed at home in Paris by Francois Halard, on the debut cover.
I am besotted with the botanical prints, chinoiserie fabric and naturally, the gilt mirror. Trés jolie.
Left:Janklow home; Right:Aerin Lauder’s home
Working from home has it’s pros and cons. It’s certainly easy and economical, but it also requires dedicating a space to be an office that still looks good in your home. A beautiful Gracie or de Gournay wallpaper would help bridge the home & office integration.
Every winter I want to paper all of my rooms in an attempt to bring some cheerful color inside. I may start with a panel as Domino recommended.
I have Brooklyn on the brain. Last week we went for lunch and wandered around a bit afterwards. I am toying with getting a place in Brooklyn Heights (reminds me of Beacon Hill in Boston, my hometown) and this story from Vogue may be the thing that sways me.
We lived for years on the Upper East Side, right on the park. My country-loving family needed to see greenery every day and this worked, for a while. Now we live on the water minutes from the city, but the commute is a bore.
So, we have started to rethink our living situation (keep the cottage for weekends) and Brooklyn is on the list. When I saw what my old Vogue colleague, landscape designer and Vogue Contributing Editor Miranda Brooks, did with her Brooklyn brownstone, especially the outdoor spaces, I am seriously hooked on this borough.
If this is what we decide to do, Miranda will have a new project and neighbor.
Amanda and her adorable husband, architect Bastien Halard.
Priscilla Woolworth photographed at home by Agnes Baddoo for Keep it Chic
It is no secret that I am focused on creating a more eco-friendly home. So, when my friend (and Style Setter) Agnes Baddoo suggested we cover her friend Priscilla Woolworth, I jumped at the chance. Although born in New York City, Priscilla spent much of her childhood in the south of France. It was there that she developed a deep appreciation for a simple, eco-centric, yet stylish lifestyle. Summers in Maine at her storied family’s retreat, Clearview Farm, (Priscilla is a descendant of one of the founders of F.W.Woolworth of the “five and dime” stores), solidified her commitment to the environment. These days, Priscilla lives in Los Angeles where she runs priscillawoolworth.com, an online general store and monthly almanac she founded that offers eco-friendly and socially responsible products, and advice and information about living a sustainable lifestyle. It’s a truly modern version of the famed Woolworth stores and legacy.
The mother of two daughters with Cassian Elwes, Arielle, 22, and Lucie, 20, Priscilla is an inspiring KiC profile.
Photographed by Agnes Baddoo for Keep it Chic
How did your childhood help form your dedication to the environment? Growing up in the south of France exposed me to such a gorgeous way of living by my French family who really knew how to create a lovely quality of life by making a simple yet beautiful environment at home. We all enjoyed what nature brought during the different seasons, the foods and flowers in particular. Spending my summers in Maine opened up my eyes to the beauty of trees, dragonflies and wildflowers and it was there that I realized how vital it is to protect nature. Living in California made it all come together; the indoor life and the outdoor life. They can be lived in a way that is environmentally responsible. All you need to know is how easy it is to do.
What are 3 things everyone could do easily to help the environment?
1) Buy food packaged in glass jars you can reuse for food storage or other uses, reducing the amount of trash you make and saving money on buying food storage containers. 2) Buy school or office supplies made from recycled paper or materials. 3) Use non-toxic suntan lotion at the beach, which is better for you and also for the water you swim in to cool off. Suntan oils and lotions pollute the water and endanger the sea creatures.
Tell me about composting… Composting rocks! I keep a compost pail, one from my store, by my kitchen sink and fill it up with veggie kitchen scraps. I empty the pail into my Valentina composter. After a few months, it breaks down into nutritious compost material, which I add to my vegetable garden, where I grow the vegetables that I pick, etc. The cycle comes full circle and starts up again. I love that.
Whose style do you admire? Jane Goodall for her kindness towards animals and her simple chic.
Which eco-friendly designers do you like? Stella McCartney for her all around earth friendliness and Liya Kebede for her activism and humanitarian work with her brand LemLem.
Favorite books and movies: Books: Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck; Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder; Interpreter of the Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, … Movies: My Man Godfrey; Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring; Seraphine; Nowhere in Africa; Whale Rider; The Chorus.
Summer essentials: Ray-Ban Sunglasses , Odacite moisturizer, handcrafted Barbara Shaum sandals, white shirts by Ronaldus Shamask, jeans by J. Brand…and my reusable glass water bottle goes with me whenever I go.
Favorite summer dish: Salad Niçoise in a bowl or stuffed inside a crusty piece of bread like they do in the south of France, called a Pan Bagnat.
A day with your daughters is…Doing a project together that involves us staying home and having a great time, then cooking dinner together, eating it by candlelight in the kitchen, sharing stories and laughing the night away.
A perfect day alone is…Not being in a hurry and staying in my pajamas until mid-morning, having breakfast and pottering around the garden, going for a swim, lunch out somewhere yummy and beautiful, taking photos while I’m out and about, catching up on my New Yorkers, The Week and English Elle Decoration back at home while drinking a cup of tea…
Keeps me sane…My cameras because I love shooting images every day and then sharing all my news in my monthly Almanac blog.
A few of my favorite products from Priscilla’s online store: Outdoor wooden compost bin- the Valentina, Priscilla Woolworth Market Bag in cotton- blue, Stainless steel compost pail, Reusable organic produce bag, Reusable glass bottle, Olive soap, Paine’s Balsam Fir incense cones, Odacite Organic skin care products, Home garden Bee House, Stainless steel lunch box, Natural moth repellant sachets, Long wooden matches.
I have always wanted beautiful monogrammed bed linens. So, when I got an invitation from Mark Badgley and James Mischka to meet Leontine Linens owner, Jane Scott Hodges, at interior designer (and KiC profile) Meg Braff’s shop, I went right over. The quality and craftsmanship is extraordinary. And I confess that I am a bit of a monogram nut. Whether your taste is traditional or modern, I think these linens would personalize any home.