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California Stripes

I have a bunch of Oriental rugs that I inherited from my mother and the one in the kitchen has seen better days. So, when my friend Mark D. Sikes offered me a rug from his new collection with Merida, I didn’t hesitate. A modern take on vintage dhurries, the California Stripes line is completely fab. I chose the one in red and natural and it instantly updated my kitchen–thanks, Mark!

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Pleated checked wool midi skirt

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

Checked wool blazer

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

High-rise straight-leg jeans

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Blanche leather ankle boots

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Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag

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Double breasted coat

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Flared corduroy trousers

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Square belt bag

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Flared corduroy trousers

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Off-the-shoulder smocked satin top

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Tie-waist cotton-corduroy coat

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Siria suede mid-calf boots

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My Music

Double Roses

I’m looking forward to Karen Elson’s new album Double Roses. She released her fantastic first album The Ghost Who Walks, which was produced by her then-husband Jack White, in 2010. I read in W that Double Roses is “inspired by sounds of 1970s Laurel Canyon.” Can’t wait.

Architectural Digest, now AD, photographed Karen in her English-inspired Nashville home, below.

On My Mind

March To-Do List

March = spring break and this year we are doing college tours. I’ve already booked a hotel in Boston for the first leg of the trip and we will stay with family for the second leg.

Before we get on the road, I’m eager to see the Julian Schnabel exhibition at Pace Gallery, which features paintings of the garden at Auvers-sur-oise, France. The two books that I’ll tuck into my suitcase are Joan Didion’s “South and West: From a Notebook”  and “The Drifter” by my one-time Harper’s Bazaar colleague, Christine Lennon. And to try some new recipes–my husband made this cod casserole last night–it was unusual and delicious.

Vogue

‘Divine Understatement’

Rose Uniacke's townhouse

Vogue photographed interior designer Rose Uniacke in her stunning London town house. Decorated with antiques and furniture from Uniacke’s own line, the house is a study in “restrained elegance.”

Sittings Editor Hamish Bowles     Photography by Francois Halard

Rose Uniacke's townhouse

Rose Uniacke's townhouse

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Architectural Digest

‘Ode to Beauty’

The Paris pied-à-terre of the late Vogue Italia editor Franca Sozzani is in the March issue of Architectural Digest. The 17th-century prints in gilded frames and black floors are beyond chic.

Text by J.J. Martin    Photography by Matthieu Salvaing

The Wall Street Journal

‘Mad Maximalism’

Last weekend The Wall Street Journal ran the story, ‘Mad Maximalism’, in the Off Duty section and it confirmed something that I’d already suspected–I may wear minimalism-leaning clothing, but my house is decorated in a riot of patterned fabrics–and I’m not alone.  No concrete floors, raw wood beams, or steel (except in the kitchen) here. I’m so obsessed that I bought the URL Palais-Home with thoughts of starting another blog.

But, there are a daunting number of great sites, magazines, and Instagram feeds already dedicated to “old-world sumptuousness.” @cabanamagazine, @aliceinherpalace@markdsikes, @ladolcevitablog, @habituallychic@theglampad, and @quintessence by my friend Stacey Bewkes are just the tip of an enormous iceberg.

Image Hannah de Gournay’s London apartment © Elle Spain, bottom @cabanamagazine

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Grey Area

Some of my pieces of furniture have not been updated since my children were toddling around. Needless to say, that wasn’t yesterday. I just popped this picture from Veranda into my home inspiration folder.

Veranda

Specific Silver Pieces

Last summer we cleaned out my family home on Martha’s Vineyard and I ended up with two more sets of silver and a number of odds-and-ends pieces. “Sweet specificity” sums up these pieces perfectly- berry spoons, sugar cube tongs, cake breakers, sundry forks, and items that I cannot even guess at their intended use. When I came across this article in Veranda I had an ‘aha’ moment-  Replacements is my source for filling in my discontinued everyday china pattern (Wedgwood Edme), why not use them to identify my silver pieces? Ta da!

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For The Birds

Last winter I did a series of posts entitled Bringing The Garden Indoors that focused on botanical prints. Inspired by my favorite fabric Bird & Thistle by Brunschwig & Fils, this winter I’m collecting Audubon prints and Richard Ginori Voliere plates. A few years ago I considered reupholstering the loveseat in my bedroom in the green version of Bird & Thistle, but ended up having a bedcover made out of the fabric, instead. The bedcover is sensational and a bit unexpected. However, I still need to recover that couch…

If you live in a snow covered area, please don’t forget to feed the birds!

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Going Green

Top of my 2017 home improvement list is to wallpaper or paint my bathroom green. These three images are my inspiration.

Top left © Newport R.I. home in Town & Country, top right Pinterest, lower Instagram.

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