the vanity project

One of the features I miss most from “House & Garden” is the magazine’s “Vanity” market piece. Though a “Vanity” page didn’t appear in every issue, when it did it was beyond! A scanned in a few of my favorite vanities from my magazine archives. They’re all wonderful, but I just die for the first vanity - the scene was inspired by decorating doyenne Dorothy Draper. Which do you prefer? 


on this day in history...

Fashion designer Vera Ellen Wang

was born in New York City. 



I think I may be the only person I know who has yet to see "Bridesmaids"! But after viewing these behind-the-scenes photos from the movie in the June issue of W Magazine, I’m determined to see it in theaters. Aren’t these images lovely/don’t they make you want toile curtains? I can only hope that the film’s cinematography is as beautiful :) 

(photos scanned in by yours truly)  


the darling kiernan shipka

Kiernan Shipka, best known for her role as little Sally Draper on AMC’s “Mad Men,” recently opened her (parent’s) Los Angeles home to the editors of The Coveture for une petite editorial - it’s darling. Ms. Kiernan, the proud new face of Papo D’Anjo, has me aching to wear silk taffeta frocks complete with Peter Pan collars. See that salmon dress in the last photo? She designed it. I’m not sure what this girl can’t do. Oh, to be 11 years old again!


ten favorite things: hamish bowles

I'm lucky enough to own the issue of Australian Vogue Living featuring Hamish Bowles' gorgeously pink New York apartment. The publication also features Mr. Bowles' 10 favorite things on the last page of the issue. They read as follows: 1. Charvet silk ties and pocket squares. I love the finishing flourish on them, and the experience of shopping in that wonderfully evocative shop in Paris. 2. Oum Kalsoum. Kalsoum gave voice to the middle east in the 20th century - her iconic persona, and her extraorinarily powerful voice delivering poignant songs of lament and lost love are captivating. 3. My René Bouché portrait of Truman Capote. It was used on the dust jacket of the original Breakfast At Tiffany's and was my first serious purchase after I moved to Manhattan in 1992. Truman has been my talisman. 4. Patmos, Greece. It's the Greek island that has it all; Magical hidden bays and coves, one horse lovelier and more stylish than the next, and the mythicism of its monastery, monks and nuns. 5. Clarence House. Naturally I adored the Queen Mother, and what joy when the current incumbents of her London Manse, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Scotland for the Summer and the mansion is opened up to the ticket-wielding great unwashed. 6. Sitio Roberto Burle Marx Garden in Brazil. I experienced an epiphany in this extraordinary landscape, the love child of the great and revolutionary Brazilian garden designer. 7. Chintz, especially all the the Rose Cumming patterns (‘Delphinium’, pictured). 8. My library, which is absurdly extensive. I have endless style, fashion and decorating books and everything Cecil Beaton ever published or Rex Whistler, Oliver Messel and Philipe Jullian ever illustrated. 9. Film director Luchino Visconti’s oeuvre, with special emphasis on Ossessione, Senso, The Damned, Death in Venice (pictured), Ludwig, Conversation Piece, and L’Innocente. 10. Tangier. Dusty, fly blown, all that was magical systematically disappearing - this remains, against all odds, one of my most beloved places on the planet.