Editor’s note: Casual today to unpack boxes! Jeans from Ann Taylor, shirt from Elie Tahari, and shoes from Paul Mayer.
Happy Friday!! Wow so much has been completed at my Arlington job—-it is so exciting! The closets are getting finished... the shower doors finally got installed....the fancy Toto toilette that can almost drive itself is in place..... so my clients get to start using their new fabulous master on Saturday. It has been a year in the making. The custom rug strike offs arrived Wednesday while I was in Dallas and I got to show them to my client yesterday. She loved the study design so much that we are repeating it on the stairs without the border. They were all breathtaking...well worth the wait. I am unpacking boxes today with my client to try to get her life back in order to truly live in her kitchen and hopefully I can do the bookcases. I would imagine it will spill over to Monday.....but we will see. One of her childhood friends met my client at the house yesterday to go to lunch.....and was in awe of the new furnishings , draperies, and wallpapers. It made my heart sing big to hear my client tell how much they love everything!!!! We planned extra pillows for the beds while she was there...I brought fabrics and trims from my Dallas day...and her friend was in on the decision making. This does not always turn out well when an outside opinion comes in....but she was on the same page with us and had fun in the selecting process. All in all.....it has been a gratifying week and a thrill to see it really come to life!
Today’s article is from the new Veranda. I always get excited when the new one arrives! Charlotte Moss does her magic on her own New York brownstone to perfection. It is so much fun to witness her personal home. Even though I cover a lot of designers and admire all of their creativity.... there are less than 10 designers who I love all of their work. Charlotte Moss is in my top 10 for sure. I adore her taste and how she creates rooms. I am known for using a lot of color....I tend to attract clients who want color. My personal taste in my home is to use color.....but I always design homes to reflect my clients... not me. Getting to do a job with a great deal of color is always a joy for me! Enjoy this fabulous home and have a super weekend. I will sleep happy after my fruitful week!!!! Go Cowboys!!! Geaux LSU Tigers...Go TCU Horned Frogs!!!!! Love, love that it is football season!
Oh this library....I could stare for days!!!!!!! Moss has lived here for 15 years and said it was time for some “maintenance work.”The rich Claremont fabric on the walls and the incredibly gorgeous Braquenie fabric on the John Rosselli sofa tucked in the bookcases is stunning. I have had the pleasure on installing rolling stairs in a Library before.....it adds such a point of interest. This room would be beautiful empty with all of the molding.
A view of the other end of the library. The sofa fabric is repeated on the chair and ottoman next to the faux marble mantel. I love their grouping of art to the left of the fireplace. The custom shade on the floor lamp is just the kind of thing I would expect from Moss.....who adds details everywhere!
This antique Dutch secretary is a piece of art in itself. She displays collections of Sevres porcelains and polychrome Delft garniture on the shelves. Collections are so much more powerful when placed together . I love the slipcover on the chair!
This is Moss’ study. This is her “safe haven” where she keeps fabrics that catch her eye for later use. Two fabrics that she decided to use for a sitting room were discontinued when she finally decided to order. The fabric companies said they would reproduce for 200 yards a print. So she just used the fabrics in profusion all over the room!!! This study is too full for most people .... but I would find it “ nest-like.”
A close up of the hand-painted walls in the living room done by James Alan Smith. Stunning! I love the detail on the antique chair.
A larger view of the living room with the sumptuous sofa done in a silk jacquard fabric by Sabina Fay Braxton. A painting of a statue at Versailles hangs over the sofa with command. I love that she has used two antique benches as the cocktail table.
The gorgeous chinoiserie panels that Moss turned into closet doors (fabulous idea!!!) she found while shopping on a Sunday. I will never forget finding a stunning large piece of carved wood that I turned into a fabric headboard with the antique piece on top and wood sides made to match. It lives in my client’s house that I am downsizing. She will only have one guest room now....she has already made mention that she loves that bed so much still that it will have to be the winner for the only guest room in the new home!
The use of the Manuel Canovas fabric all over the room is amazing .
Another bedroom where Moss takes one fabric... this time by Cowtan & Tout... and utilizes it in a glorious way all over. The impact is gorgeous. I LOVE the canopy bed by Niermann Weeks! Note that she has swing arm lamps and table lamps by the bedside. One can never get too much light when reading!!!! She used a small secretary on the right of the bed for the bedside table....with a darling stool and child’s chair tucked underneath. Just the kind of layering she is so masterful at achieving. Can I move in next week??????
“Designer Charlotte Moss Welcomes Playful Exuberance With the Latest Refresh of Her Manhattan Townhouse“ article featured in Veranda Magazine September/October 2019 Issue
BY VICKY LOWRY
Here are the custom rugs that made the cut!
This is for the dining room. The rug on the upper right that you can only see the corner of was a second choice for the study. I was never a fan of adding burgundy into the design..... but we had it made to see. They understood why my original design was the best once they were both produced.
This will be a very large rug in the living room.
The study rug that she loved so much that it will also run up the stairs. The fabric on the left was my original choice to reupholster a chair and ottoman in the study —- the one on the right one the husband liked better. I won with my original choice after they saw it with the rug.
The master shower finally complete . The border on the main floor of the bath is custom that I designed at Ann Sacks. Wallpaper is Brunschwig & Fils.
I forgot to take a picture of the food at the function I went to last night! So this was Wednesday .
Fried chicken breast from Roy Popes and Texas caviar from Central Market
Such a sweet song!
Happy weekend everyone!!