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With this sublime, unseasonably warm weather, I am not sorry we skipped Palm Beach and are happily at home. It’s so nice, that we bailed on skiing too. Every window is open and the dogs come and go freely. The longer days and extra daylight in the evening, courtesy of Daylight Savings, are also welcome.

I pinched the above image from one of my favorite blogs RduJour. The post, aptly entitled “rooms to inspire”, did just that. Here the pink and green is not so much preppy as pretty and fresh. Peonies are my absolute favorite spring flowers.  And the matching Gracie wallpaper panel and seat cushions is something I am seriously considering copying.

 

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Earl Shearling-trimmed suede jacket

GIANVITO ROSSI

Fona boucle-knit over-the-knee sock boots

JOSEPH

Cassidy printed silk-satin midi shirt dress

MR & MRS ITALY

Shearling-lined cotton-canvas parka

THEORY

Genie wool-blend flannel straight-leg pants

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Wool-felt coat

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The Cardigan balloon-sleeved wool cardigan

A.P.C.

Milou roll-neck wool-blend sweater

VANESSA SEWARD

Erith leather midi skirt

VALENTINO

Suede over-the-knee boots

SAINT LAURENT

Contrast-trim shearling jacket

CHLOÉ

Perry patent leather pumps

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Lauren duPont

Lauren photographed at home for KiC by Marko MacPherson

We have known Lauren for years beginning when we were all at Vogue in the 90s. We love Lauren for her irreverence and devil-may-care attitude, her feminine, grown-up style (she loves fashion but is no slave), and her warmth and generosity. These days she juggles being a mother of three, wife of artist Richard duPont, serving as the Creative Director at Jack Rogers and a creative consultant to Aerin Lauder’s soon-to-launch line, AERIN.

We had such a laugh while shooting her picture, reminiscing about the (sometimes) good old days as struggling editors and discussing kids’ camps and other issues that are now forefront on our minds.

Lauren duPont's favorite things

4 Essential wardrobe items: A printed Dries Van Noten I bought at Barneys that I can wear for evening or during the day, a long printed Elizabeth & James skirt that is long and flowy and looks great with a boyish sweater, and two Comptoirs des Cottoniers dresses that look like sweaters with a skirt but are actually one piece–one is black sweater on top with polka-dot skirt, the other all plum. They are great and make getting dressed idiot-proof, great for weekends or work.

Rediscovered in my closet: A Pringle camel hair v-neck sweater that my Dad gave me when he was cleaning out his closet a few years ago. It’s big so it looks good with jeans and long skirts. I’ve also been pulling out my old fishermans sweaters that I used to wear back when I was a teenager. An Ann Demeulemeester black oversized boyfriend jacket that I bought in the late 90s (looks great with skinny pants and jeans). A Martin Margiela denim jacket with knit collar and denim skirt. Both timeless but until recently, shoved to the back of the closet.

What inspires you: Art, interiors, vintage fairs, estate sales and my crazy friends.

Home obsessions: William Morris wallpaper. I just wallpapered two bedrooms in my house in Connecticut in them. I could have done the whole house! I am obsessed with glass wear. I honestly can’t stop myself. The best finds are in Maine at the auction that comes to town and estate sales in Connecticut. Fabric is my other obsession, vintage and current. I buy bolts of things I love, even if I have nowhere to use it. One day I will use them, by then those fabrics will probably be discontinued.

Holiday hostess gift: Sweet Revolution caramels and the Alberto Pinto book on table settings. These are go-to gifts for people who have just about everything.

Holiday hostess outfit: To be honest, I am rarely a hostess. I have three children and entertaining makes me nervous.

Favorite holiday tradition you do with your kids: Opening boxes of ornaments and decorating the tree together. Last year every ornament and garland was felt (last year I went a little bonkers at the gift show).

Where will your next trip take you? Hopefully to the Mayflower Inn in Connecticut for a quiet weekend with my husband.

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For our Library: Rooms by Katie Ridder

An image from Katie’s new book Rooms

Interior designer, KiC Style Setter and dear friend Katie Ridder has a new book Rooms which showcases her impeccable design sensibility and extraordinary use of color. Katie told me “this book shows that decorating can be fun, hard work, but fun.” I especially love the bird prints and bright green in this dining room. I love color in my homes and will follow Katie’s advice “always remember that around the corner there lies another color, more patterns, and design to explore and relish.” Words to live and decorate by!

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Closet Essentials

Aerin Lauder closet

an old picture of Aerin Lauder’s dressing room

I cleaned out my closet. Nothing was spared from my scrutiny and I ruthlessly tossed things that I had been holding onto for far too long. There may be less in there, but I wear everything I have.

Goop has closets on the brain too and posted a great newsletter last week about spring trends and how to organize and maintain your clothes. But what are closet essentials, the things that make a closet fully functional?

Here is my list.

1. A mirror, 3 way would be ideal

2. A chair

3. Good light

4. A rug (so you can try on shoes at home)

5. Hooks or rack to hang outfits being considered

6. A steamer (I have a Rowenta Precision Valet)

7. Padded hangers and skirt hangers with clips (toss or return all wire hangers from the cleaners).

8. Shoe racks. I do not like my shoes in boxes because I forget I have them.

9. A small table to put out accessories being considered

10. Bowls for odds and ends, a trash can and a laundry basket

11. A push-pin board with pictures of inspirational outfits, list of clothing needs, etc.

I love this big mirror leaning against the wall

I like to be able to see what I own and have belts hung on hooks on the wall and handbags are on shelves. My shoes are on open shelves too. The downside to having everything out is you need to dust frequently.

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Katie Ridder

Katie Ridder

Interior Designer Katie Ridder

I’ve known Katie for a few years—she is the sister in law of my dear friend Helen Pennoyer. Before founding her own firm Katie Ridder Interior Design and Decoration in 1995, Katie was an editor at House & Garden and House Beautiful and in the early 1990’s she had a great home furnishings store on the Upper East Side.

Katie Ridder's Rooms

Katie Ridder Interiors

Katie’s work has been featured in all the top shelter magazines and she (herself) has been featured on the cover of House Beautiful and Elle Decor. Not surprisingly, Katie is on the list of “Top 100 designers”  in New York Magazine, Elle Decor and House Beautiful.

I love Katie’s design sensibility and especially her use of color. I also love that she was willing to answer so many of my questions!

Katie Ridder's Favorite Things

Katie and jewelry designer Mish Tworkowski (upper right), Katie and her husband Peter Pennoyer (middle)

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