On My Mind
Danish for getting cozy, hygge is my post-holidays goal. According to a piece in The New York Times, hygge is for Danes “a national manifesto, nay, an obsession expressed in the constant pursuit of homespun pleasures involving candlelight, fires, fuzzy knitted socks, porridge, coffee, cake and other people.”
After a month of Christmas prep, holiday dances, parties, two birthdays, trips, and visits with family, hygge-ing is how I want to recover. A few days in my PJs eating my husband’s homemade granola by the fire sounds amazing–bring it on!
Image © British Vogue
Pleated checked wool midi skirt
High-rise straight-leg jeans
Blanche leather ankle boots
Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag
Off-the-shoulder smocked satin top
Tie-waist cotton-corduroy coat
Siria suede mid-calf boots
Even though I love the ease of a Kindle, my house is stuffed with books and indie magazines. Every time I’m inclined to edit and toss, I think of this picture of Karl Lagerfeld’s library and just can’t do it. Three of my favorite novels this year were: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett, My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout, and Modern Lovers by Emma Staub.
Image © Vogue Paris
The wind is blowing off the Sound with a fury. When stuck inside during the cold months, I start thinking about how to make my home cozier. These pictures of Lee Radziwill’s Park Avenue apartment circa 1982, from her gem of a book Happy Times, are always a good place to start.
Slim Aarons: Women, written by Laura Hawk (who worked with the photographer for nearly a decade), features 200 color and black-and-white photographs by Aarons, some of which are published for the first time. A Slim Aarons buff, I need to add this book to my collection.
My friend Stacey Bewkes, editor of the fab design and lifestyle blog Quintessence, attended a dinner to celebrate the launch of British architect and designer Ben Pentreath’s new book English Houses—the table setting was truly inspirational and would be divine for Thanksgiving.
Image © Quintessence
Covering the panes of these cupboard doors with pressed botanicals is very clever—I may have to try this.
Image © Elle Decor
Earlier this month I attended a GCA event (I’m a proud member) where floral designer Dorothy Pfeiffer demonstrated her impressive arranging techniques. When she was done, I was just as taken with Ms. Pfeiffer’s choice of unusual plant material as with the final product itself. Instead of a predictable bouquet of “pretty” blooms, the famed floral designer created a loose arrangement of black dahlias, oregano, chestnuts, and other unexpected stems—it was spectacular. It got me thinking about using plants in a modern way and here are a few stories I’ve collected that talk to this trend.
This piece in Architectural Digest on the new Moda Operandi Store mentions that Lauren Santo Domingo instructed Brooklyn florist Saipua to not use cut flowers in the arrangements for the Madison Avenue shop, just foliage, and bonsai trees.
Images © Architectural Digest
I was noodling around on La Garconne last evening and discovered that, besides the wide selection of cutting edge clothes, the site has books, ceramics, linens, and candles—all sorts of cool stuff that would make equally cool hostess gifts.
For the sixth issue, Cabana magazine collaborated with famed fabric house Schumacher. Each copy features a stunning Schumacher fabric on the cover and there are nine versions to choose from. I will cherish the one they sent me, above.
Most of the stories in this issue are part of a Russian portfolio, however, my favorite spread is of Tillypronie, a remote country estate in the Aberdeenshire Hills of Scotland—I love that the house looks lived-in.
The Cabana x Schumacher collaboration issue will be available at 1stdibs, and on U.S. newsstands November 12.
In The Wall Street Journal
I mentioned last week that I’m looking forward to an upcoming evening with my friend interior designer Katie Ridder and her husband architect Peter Pennoyer where they will talk about their new book, “A House in the Country”. This weekend’s WSJ profiled the the couple’s garden at their new Millbrook, NY home.