Saturday, March 08, 2014

I Love Baroque, but I Live Simple and Contemporary

Maybe this is the living room of your dreams:
Charlotte Moss' living room
Charlotte Moss' living room, from Veranda Magazine, photograph by Tria Giovan




But your core wardrobe is our usual:
eight-piece neutral wardrobe from L.L.Bean
clothes - L.L.Bean
So let's try the same exercise we did before - find three garments that reflect the warmth, the rosiness, the ornate and filigreed nature of the room...
three rose floral garments to use with a neutral wardrobe
Cardigan – Barbour, skirt – MSGM, tee shirt – Dorothy Perkins


You have to keep, somewhere in the back of your mind, the reminder that you need to work with neutrals of black, white and khaki.  Otherwise, let your heart go wild... and you will have lots of ways to wear them.







If this feels comfortable for you, you can branch out and add a few accessories that also share you sensibility...
three baroque detailed accessories
Scarf – Angelina, ballet flats – Aetrex, bag – Twin-Set

These will work beautifully with what you already own...





and you can always find wonderful jewelry... even your watch can have a touch of sparkle and warm golden beauty...
earrings Mustard and Peaches, ring –Whitney Stern, bracelet – Halcyon Days, lace earrings Tita Bijoux, wachFossil, necklace Lauren Ralph Lauren, brooch – Robert Goossens, rose earrings – LeiVan Kash

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15 comments:

  1. Living room of famous designer Charlotte Moss.

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  2. These two posts (and the Calder vs Mondrian) have really helped me to understand why some clothes seemed right when I bought them, but continue to hang in my closet - sometimes unworn - until they go in the Goodwill pile. I realize that I have been way too influenced by what's "in", while continuing to dress in "my style". Now I am also learned how to polish my style to make it more interesting, but without wasting a lot of money on stuff that makes me uncomfortable, so doesn't get worn. Thanks so much.

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  3. Prettty. Would you do one based on a Ralph Lauren country manor type room in warm tones? I'm thinking a little more rustic, texture, dogs and horses, country gardens type feel. I love this feel/look but it's hard not to have it look like a costume. (and yes, I do live in the country with dogs, horses and gardens)

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  4. Slightly off-topic: have you moved away from the eights concept, in favour of the core/common wardrobe basis of wardrobe building?

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    1. I haven't personally moved away from the concept of eights, but I've found that many of my readers are reluctant to commit to eight items of clothing in the same color. If I can convince them to try it, I'm sure they'll be convinced!

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  5. I like the idea but the black pieces seem to weight the combinations down. I think brown pieces might feel more appropriate in replicating the feel of the room.

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    1. Some people would have a dark brown as the dark neutral in their core wardrobe, while others might have navy, black or cordovan... Still, you make a good point!

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  6. Brilliant example of how to integrate a capsule and a style. You've really sparked my imagination. Thanks.

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  7. You’ve outdone yourself again, Janice. Do think seriously about writing a book. There’s no one out there doing what you do so eloquently: practical capsule + personal style.

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  8. The photo is a Charlotte Moss living room of a show house for Veranda magazine, date. Unknown.

    I do love the correlation.

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  9. Its a great idea. My ideal living room is a contemprary shabby chic look, no florals but cream painted wood mixed with light woods and foliage plants, books, a giant world map, quirky vases and lots of candles. This does not seem to relate much to my clothing which has lots of espresso with red, or tweed with orange type looks.

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    1. Ooh, do post a pic if you have one!

      Bookbutterfly

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  10. It is from cotedetexas.blogspot and is Charlotte Moss's living room.

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    1. No, it is not.

      It is also posted there, but this is obviously from a magazine, as the person from west majinney interiors said. I thought it was from Elle Decor magazine based on the style and font of the text, but I could not nail down an issue, so I defer to the previous comment.

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