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When I discovered Elizabeth Winder’s first book, Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953, I felt as if I had discovered a soul mate. Here is a woman who not only cares to know her literary heroine’s preferred shade of lipstick and favorite shoe, but writes a book on the subject! Of course, the dialogue in Pain, Parties, Work is more than skin deep. The summer of 1953, during which Sylvia interned for the glamourous Mademoiselle Magazine, preluded her mental breakdown and laid the groundwork for The Bell Jar.

Dear readers, Pain, Parties, Work will remain front and center on my bookshelf for the rest of my life. Elizabeth’s beautiful way with words and meticulous attention to detail renders this biography an absolute delight; I’m set to read it once more before summer ends. Despite her busy schedule, Elizabeth kindly agreed to a short interview with me where we discussed red lipstick and what Sylvia might wear today, among other things. I hope you enjoy!

What was the most interesting and/or surprising thing you learned about Sylvia in your research?  
I was surprised that Sylvia was so impulsive, even a bit of a risk-taker!  Like hopping into cabs with strange men—and in college she hitchhiked quite a bit—of course hitchhiking was pretty normal back then.  Basically all of my research confirmed what electrical energy she had—staying up all night dancing in the Village or stalking Dylan Thomas, then staggering to work and doing it all over again.
Is it safe to assume that you have a strong interest in fashion and beauty?
Yes!  And over the past few years I’ve been especially interested in beauty—the history of it, the artistry behind it—everything!  I have a gorgeous book on the history of makeup in the 20th century [Face of the Century] by Kate de Castelbajac.  It might be out of print.  I also collect books about perfume—my grand passion is perfume!  

You speak often of Sylvia’s signature splashes of red. Has this sparked an urge to develop a signature shade of your own? Do you wear red lipstick more often? I have to admit that I purchased Revlon’s "Cherries in the Snow" after reading that Sylvia wore it! Did you try it?
Oh that’s great, I should have tried it! Red lipstick gives me anxiety—I end up feeling like Dracula.  I can’t think of anyone who looks worse in red lipstick than me.  Mid sixties makeup tends to look better on me—heavy lashes strong liner and paler lips. So I use this clear balm by Maybelline called Baby Lips.  Then I go all over it with lipliner—filling in the lips and everything—usually Rimmel's East End Snob.

In your opinion, what would Sylvia wear today if she were 20 and interning? Which brands would she admire? Where would she shop? Who would make her lipstick? Do you think about her when you are out shopping, I.E. “Oh, Sylvia would totally wear this”?
I LOVE this question.  Sylvia would wear Lolita Lempicka perfume.  I just know she would— it’s hysterically feminine—something sweet and resinous with leaves and licorice underneath.  Plus she’d go crazy over the bottle.  And since lipstick was her signature look in terms of beauty, I think she’d splurge in that department—definitely YSL Rouge Volupte in Red Muse (she’d also love the name!)  I think she’d buy her clothes at Zara, and her shoes at Bloomingdale's.  I actually think about Sylvia all the time when I shop—like so many of us, she was a stress shopper!  Oh, and for the summer, she would switch to a beachy, suntan-oil sort of perfume, like Estee Lauder’s Bronze Goddess.

What was it like discussing Sylvia with those who knew her? I read that you corresponded through writing and phone conversations. I’m so curious… Did you snail mail or email?
I started by writing them letters—and I was so excited when I began to get responses!  I met a few of them in person, but mostly it was a mix of written letters, email, and long talks on the telephone. 

I know you took a bit of a risk with the magazine-like format of the book. What prompted this leap of faith?
You know, it didn’t even seem like a choice.  The pastiche/magazine format was obviously the best way to present the information!  I didn’t want to force all of those lovely little facts into a straight narrative when they so obviously wanted to shine on their own!

If Sylvia were alive today, where would she be interning this summer?
I’d like to think she’d be at French Vogue! 

I read that you’re interested in fashion history. What advice would you give to someone who is looking to learn more about this subject?
I never took a class on fashion history—I’m completely self taught on that subject.  And luckily there are so many fabulous books out there!  All of Valerie Steele’s books.  Taschen’s fabulous fat volume called Fashion.  Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible is a visual gem and so much fun to read—he takes each garment and talks about the history of it.  Assouline has stunning visual fashion books.  Oh, and Caroline Weber’s wonderful book on Marie Antoinette, The Queen of Fashion.  I’d also recommend watching Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette on repeat for days.  I think it’s fun to watch movies and pretend that you’re the costume director.  I always think things like “Why does Woody Allen put his women in button down shirts?”  Women’s costume in Woody Allen films is endlessly fascinating.   Someone should teach a class on it.

The language you use in the book is gorgeous. Do you have a favorite word or words?
Thank you!  My favorite words might be fawn, glossy, milk, stalk, Bakelite, beast, and fable.

What are your favorite books? Which writers, in your opinion, have influenced you the most?
My favorite book of all time is Anna Karenina.  I read it every September, as a birthday present for myself!  Unfortunately, I think that one has influenced the way I live, not the way I write.  In terms of influences:  Gertrude Stein, Anne Carson, Susan Howe, and of course, Sylvia Plath.

Finally… could you recommend a few summer reads to my readers?
Yes!  Cory MacLauchlin’s Butterfly in the TypewriterThe Astor Orphan by Alexandra Aldrich.  And (though this one isn’t new) Dangerous Muse by Nancy Schoenberger.  It’s about Lady Caroline Blackwood—and my favorite biography of all time!

Be sure to visit Elizabeth on twitter.
If you haven't already, pick up, Pain Parties, Work
at a bookstore today!


Fohr Card's Holly Stair is one of those people that's just got it. That je ne sais quoi, that thing which allows some individuals to leave a long-lasting impression that others without it simply can not. This, of course, is evident in her kick-ass blog, It's Vintage, and any and all projects to which she lends her well-trained eye. Can it be learned? I spoke with Ms. Stair in an attempt to find out.

Tell me a bit about Fohr Card. How did this new venture come about?
Our team was collectively thinking about a better way to organize the fashion blog sphere. I was working as a social media manager and wanted a better way to organize the bloggers I already worked with, as well as find new ones to work with that I wouldn't have been able to find without hours of research. We started working on it and the rest is history!

I bet you have cool business cards. Want to share a picture?
You win. We do, we had them done at Mandate Press in Utah. I really believe in investing in great business cards, which is why I love a Rolodex. Such a waste to scan and toss a beautiful piece of print.

You have an enviable vintage wardrobe. When wearing your amazing retro goods, what is your secret to keeping your outfit modern?
Proportions. They definitely didn't wear skirts quite as short as I do in the late 50's/60's.

So, what's on your Spring wishlist?
As you know, I was on a frantic mission for the Louis Vuitton spring runway shoes (which was a success), so I think I have everything I need for right now. 

What’s on your dream wish list?
A Kelly bag, but not a shiny beautiful new one. I like the way the Olsens carry them a little beat up. It shows character. I'll probably try looking for one at auction.

Do you have a signature scent? What are some of your go-to beauty products as of late?
I don't, I like to switch it up. Right now I'm mixing Jo Malone Orange Blossom and Red Roses. I recently received a ton of products/tools from Amika and they changed my hair, the curling iron and blow up spray are amazing. I also am addicted to Nars matte lip pencils and Amarte cleansing foam. And I swear by Maybelline liquid eyeliner.

In terms of wardrobe, what films inspire you?
Valley of the Dolls. Seriously, Sharon Tate's manicure was so on point and Barbara Parkin's hair was unreal.

Social media-wise, who are some of your favorite people to follow? What blogs inspire you?
My favorite blogs are Karla's Closet and Tales of Endearment. They are so incredible. Karla was the first blog I ever discovered and remains my favorite. I'm constantly favorite-ing Danielle Prescod from Moda Operandi's tweets, she's hilarious. I follow a lot of vintage photo Tumblrs, but I love what Equipment does on the platform. My friends over at Wear This to That also do an amazing illustration Tumblr. 

What do you collect?
Coats! And anything with scarab beetles, I love them and am fascinated by their myth.

What’s currently on your nightstand?
My nightstand (aka window sill of my Lower East Side Apartment) has Stephanie LaCava's book, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris, a copy of Lolita and The Experience Economy. I haven't picked up a magazine in a while, which is a shame.

You’ve just been given $100 and must spend it on yourself. What do you do?
Get a manicure! Mei at Valley Nails in New York is an artist, and worth every penny.

I like to end a good conversation with a nightcap. What’s your drink of choice?
A Manhattan, of course.

Be sure to visit Holly's blog, It's Vintage,
and check her out on 
twitter and instagram.

 (photo credits: 1 by James Nord. 3 by Natasha Jahangir)


I’m not sure how Sarah Tolzmann, author of Note to Self, finds the time to sleep. In addition to running one of the coolest blogs around, Ms. Tolzmann is a MFA candidate in Design Management at Savannah College of Art and Design, an associate designer for Matchbook Magazine, and a freelance graphic designer. Oh, did I mention that her blog was just named one of the up-and-coming blogs of 2012 at this year’s Alt Summit? Girlfriend’s got it all! (And most certainly deserves it). Considering her busy schedule, I feel very lucky that Sarah was kind enough to take a few moments for an interview. Enjoy!  

Fallon: You have an amazing aesthetic. How would you describe it?
Sarah: Thank you! I’d call it “schizophrenically preppy.” I think that about sums up my life. I grew up in the northern part of Baltimore city (prep central) with a three-year stint in New York City mid-high school. Everything I knew about fashion, art and life in general changed when I moved to The City. The mix of experiences definitely shaped my eye in some way... Working at J.Crew after college taught me to channel everything into what they call “classics with a twist.” I love that idea!

(Sarah is a pretty awesome graphic designer.)

What inspires you creatively?
Art. My undergraduate degree is in Art History, and I honestly cannot get enough of it: travel, museums, the History Channel, PBS documentaries... I geek out over it all!

Name a few trends/ films/books/animals/minerals/vegetables that are currently on your radar.
Trends: Polka dots, orange (my favorite color - I’m so glad it’s “in!”)
Films: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (also, The Hunger Games. There, I said it.)
Books: Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (again, with the whole history geek thing)
Animals: my goofy but sharp-as-a-tack black Labrador, Tess
Minerals: Agate bookends and centerpieces in the home
Veggies: Collard greens. They’re everywhere here in Savannah, plus this recipe is easy and divine

What are your all-time favorite books? Design books? Magazines?
Books: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont (Traveling Mercies is great, too), The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira KalmanA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Design books: The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert BringhurstLook Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design by Debbie Millman, any and all of Edward Tufte’s books
Magazines: Matchbook (!), Garden & GunNew York MagazineEntertainment Weekly (see: guilty pleasure)

Anyone who reads your blog knows that you’re clearly into fashion. If money were no object, what pieces would you add to your wardrobe this spring?
I’m going to shatter any illusions right here: I actually find it really hard to dress myself. I’m almost 6ft tall, and have never been the thinnest person in the world. For me, most clothes aren’t even worth trying on. Knowing my own limitations, I realized I needed to start looking at styling to get ideas, rather than the latest cute “thing.” The HERS/MINE series emerged from that idea; seeking out beautiful looks built from basic components that anyone of any size can own and wear for years and years...
That said, there are definitely a few key pieces that would be a dream to add to my wardrobe. I’m an accessory hoarder (ballet flats, bags, costume jewelry,) so I’m in desperate need of the classics to back them up. Currently seeking: the perfect trench, black ankle pants, and some comfortable black mid-heel pumps. 

Photo of Garance by Scott Schuman

Who are your style icons?
Audrey, of course. As for current celebrities: I rarely dislike anything Diane Kruger or Michelle Williams is wearing. Style bloggers are great resources for inspiration, too. You have to love Garance Doré, Shala Monroque, Jamie Beck, and Blair Eadie. They all knock it out of the park every time.

Could you name a few of your go-to beauty products + favorite nail polish colors?
It seems like most nail polish is created equal, but there’s just something about Essie that I love. “Fifth Avenue” is my favorite red - very Matchbook-y! For beauty products, Hope in a Jar by Philosophy is my moisturizer of choice. Bobbie Brown’s jarred eyeliner in Caviar Ink is my go-to, and it lasts all day. For perfume, I’ve been wearing Burberry Britt since high school, and I’ve yet to find a scent to top it (although Chanel Chance is also on my shelf for super girlie days.)

Alex Katz, Round Hill, 1977

Favorite artists? Graphic designers?
I absolutely adore Alex Katz. I saw one of his shows when I was in college and it changed my life. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration.) Other current blogger favorites include Michelle Armas, Paul Octavious, and Paul Fereny (you must follow his Parisian Instagrams: @paulfereny!). [editor's note: see more of her art favorites on her blog!]. As far as graphic designers, I like Erin Jang, Kelli Anderson, Jessica Hische, and Kate Arends of Wit & Delight (I favor the ladies in a male-dominated field.)

Should I ever have the pleasure of visiting Savannah, could you name a few of the city’s “must visit” locales?
The Historic District merits a good wander, and so does Forsyth Park. Don’t plan, just walk - you’ll see why people love living here so much! Must-see shops are: Paris Market, Shop SCAD, and Savannah Bee Company. Favorite eats would be: Papillote, Circa 1875, Back in the Day Bakery and Starland Cafe. Tybee Island is our local beach community (20 minutes east of town.) Stop in at the Crab Shack and Sugar Shack for some summery eats.

You were recently named a favorite “up and coming” blog by a panel at Alt Summit (I’ll link to them in the post). Could you name a few of your favorite “up and coming” blogs? 
That was wild! I can’t believe it. I’m constantly crushing on new (to me) blogs. There are so many talented people out there! I’m currently loving Odessa MayDreams & Jeans, and Hip Hip Gin Gin.

Lastly, what is your favorite quote?
At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again.” — Mary Anne Rodmache

PS! Find Sarah's elsewhere on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, + Instagram.
Her accounts are my absolute favorite :)


Kendall Wilkinson is one of the industry’s premier interior designers. Her work has been featured in numerous publications – from Elle Décor to Town & Country – for good reason: her taste is impeccable! Recently, Ms. Wilkinson was one of a handful of top designers from around the country asked to participate in LUXE Magazine’s Maison de Luxe Show House in Beverly Hills. The result? A breathtaking and most innovative take on the traditional men’s room. Dubbed the “Twilight Room,” the space is Hollywood grandeur at it’s very finest. I had the opportunity to speak with Kendall about her firm’s latest project for the blog – I do hope you enjoy! 

Fallon: The stereotypical “mens’ room” conjures images of old-world gentlemen’s clubs – taxidermy, tufted leather sofas, oversized trophies (you know men and their egos…) – but the “Twilight Room” is clean, modern and incredibly innovative. What inspired you to take the design in this direction? Whom did you have in mind when you designed the space?

Kendall Wilkinson: I’ve created many “mens’ rooms” in my career, but I wanted to veer away from the traditional mens' room and create more of a sleek lounge, where the “night crawlers” might come hang out, chill out, listen to music from their Sonos or Itunes… enjoy good conversation in a cool lounge space with a strong vibe. I was imagining an actor from the Hollywood scene having a chic after-party here…Or, a Silicon Valley tech entrepreneur discussing his /her latest business idea. I wanted to create a masculine space without having to fall back on the stereotypical look.

F: How did you go about designing the “Twilight Room”? Were you able to preview the space in person beforehand?

KW: Yes, we were able to visit the house beforehand, take measurements, and photograph the space - all of which is so instrumental in developing your design. The room is relatively small and presented some design challenges. But it had a great view and wonderful light. We wanted to make sure our design didn’t take away from those great features, but we needed to come up with some real design solutions to make the space work for us.

F: I’m dying to know which concept came first – the hanging pergola lounge or the infinity mirror wall?

KW: The whole design process was organic and collaborative. I wanted to celebrate the beauty of the Estate and its landscape – to integrate my indoor room with the out of doors. I needed to have seating; I wanted the space to feel bigger and more open. I asked my design team, what can we design to make this space better?

Pergolas are often used in the landscape to create vertical interest. Our custom indoor pergola lounge has a framework that imitates walls and a ceiling without obscuring the beautiful view of the lush landscape.  I love how the cantilevered benches hover, suspended in the air, hanging by not even a thread.  But, they were made for hanging out in too!  Mirrors are an old designer trick to expand a space, but I wanted to take it to that next step.  Our infinity mirror wall does that and more. 

(photo by Mark Shaw, courtesy of the Andrew Wilder Gallery)

F: The artwork that you chose is unexpected but works beautifully. What was behind your decision to use fashion photography?

KW: I’ve always been inspired by, and have a tremendous appreciation for fashion. With my work, I also love mixing in the unexpected. Mark Shaw’s provocative vintage photographs juxtaposed perfectly with the contemporary ethereal images of Norwegian photographer Sølve Sundsbø.

F: I feel like when one has free reign with a space – i.e. no particular client – the finished product is bound to reflect insight on the designer’s inner being. Is this true with the “Twilight Room?” If you could steal one element of this space to install in your own home, what would it be?

KW: I’d love to install the whole room into my home! In fact, I’m working with clients to install aspects of this design into their homes – from the gilded paper on the ceilings, to an adaptation of the benches or a custom infinity mirror. It’s very easy to adjust and customize these design elements for any space. The photographs may make their way into my home…

F: When you walk into this room, you feel…

KW: ...Incredible! It’s wonderful to see my vision come to life. Visitors to the space have said it best… “Calming yet stimulating”…”Inspirational”…”Magical”…”Blown away”We’ve been getting such a tremendous response from anyone who visits the space. Their reactions have been really wonderful.   

(a special thanks also goes out to Caitlin Flemming for arranging this interview!)
Photos 2, 3, 4, & 6 courtesy of Lisa Romerein 



Australian stylist Sibella Court’s eclectic personal style seems to have taken the States by storm. Though she’s based outside of Sydney, hip American stores like Anthropologie can’t get enough of her - they recently collaborated together on a very cool line of hardware (and I, for one, don’t believe that they’ll stop there!). When she’s not scouring the globe for one-of-a-kind finds, you can find Sibella at her Paddington, Australia boutique, The Society, Inc. - it’s the sort of fabled establishment that makes you want to travel thousands of miles just so you can pay a visit. For those of us who don’t have an Aussie vacay in our immediate future, there’s always her style books: Etcetera, The Stylist’s Guide to NYC, and most recently, Nomad (available October 31). I was lucky enough to ask Ms. Sibella a few questions about her life + style for A Lovely Being - I do hope that you'll enjoy learning more about this remarkable woman! I certainly did ;)

Fallon: I’m excited to read your newest title, Nomad, which is to be published later this month. Could you talk a bit about this book? What can we look forward to? 

Sibella Court: Nomad is all about bringing your travels home without theming your space. I wanted to show people that they can draw inspiration from every tiny detail of their trip: street signs, people, colour, light, words. Once home, your experiences can be translated into the home in unique and beautiful ways that trigger those special memories. Whether its a rug in the colour of the spices at a Syrian market or a gin & tonic on your blue & white striped deck chair looking over the backyard (but pretending it’s the Amalfi Coast). It is all about bringing a moment into your home so that when you pass through your space, you stop and smile and remember your adventures.

F: So, what’s next? 

SC: My hardware range with Anthropologie is coming out at the same time that Nomad is to be published in the States! My shop, The Society Inc., in Sydney, Australia (and online) is a hardware & haberdashery shop, so this range fulfills one of my great passions. All the old hardware I collect & love most - plus an inspiration trip to India with Anthropologie - came together to create this first range. It’s time your toolbox was a masterpiece. 
Most recently with Justin Hemmes of the Merivale Group, we’ve finished and launched El Loco, a crazy Mexican pop-up bar that’s permanent; York 75, an old-school sportsbar; Upstairs, a glamorous live music venue; Ms. G’s, NY-inspired, uber-cool restaurant/bar; and 30 Knots, an old Sailor’s Haunt. In addition to researching for my next two books, more product ranges are in the works.
The best thing about my job is that I don’t know what’s next. Fun, super cool projects present themselves all the time and then it's time to collaborate and try things I’ve never done before.

F: Oh my! With so much going on, how on earth do you keep yourself organized? 

SC: I always make sure my iPhone calendar is up-to-date. My assistants keep me in check as well. When I returned from my last overseas trip to Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia with Anthropologie, my office has just been sectioned into lots of manilla folders and filing cabinets each with their own little labels telling me what’s what. I don’t know how long it will stay like this but my assistants were very proud of themselves. Mainly, I’ve just got a good memory and can generally locate most things when I really need them.

F: I have to ask: how do you spend your free time? 

SC: My work and free time are constantly crossing over. I love going to art exhibitions, museums (can’t go past a natural history museum without popping in) and things like tours through the Army Barracks that are near my shop. Sometimes you can hear a Marching Band practicing in the grounds - I love that! Hanging out with my nephews and nieces is the best and I can’t say no to a cheeky champagne or three in the evenings with events and friends.

F: I understand that you’re an avid collector of sorts. What do you love most to collect? 

SC: I collect absolutely anything that I’m attracted to! My definition of a collection is one or more of something: knots, shells, bones, vessels, scientific apparatus, books, hardware, ribbon, glass-headed pins, skulls, paper ephemera, stones (that are just right), words... the list will never stop growing. I irregularly hold flea markets at my shop, but I think the next one will be “A People's Show” where people get up to show their own amateur collections. As my shop is a museum of sorts, I think it is most appropriate to bring back these shows!

F: How did your family and your childhood in Australia affect and inspire you? 

SC: I had a super fun childhood! Australia is beachside and I started my first collection scouring for shells near my Grandparents’ property and going on hunting adventures with my brothers and sisters. Australia is so laid-back and I think it embedded a sense of optimism in me. Imperfection is beautiful and if something isn’t working the way you imagined, run with it! It will probably turn out more lovely than your plan.

F: What did you dream you would be when you grew up? 

SC: I dreamt of being Charles Darwin. As Darwin, I would arm myself with a butterfly net, a magnifying glass, dissection tools & apothecary vessels, board a boat into the unknown and bon voyage into a life of discovery and adventure! Which is sort of how my life is now anyway.

F: What is currently in your purse? 

SC: Not my keys. Tape measure, hooks (left over from a bar I opened last night called 30 Knots), lists, lists & more lists!

F: What are your favorite daily digital reads? 

SC: I am not really a “daily” kinda person as each day is so very different from the next (although always hectic!). I do like Saipua, Hollister Hovey, Design*Sponge and the New York Times on a Thursday, but I'm a big fan of twitter & instagram for instant, sitting-at-the traffic-lights gratification.

 F: Do you have a daily uniform? 

SC: I only wear pieces that fit into my personal colour palette: warm caramels, browns, and creams. I call it “foundation” - I have a paint palette of the same name. "Foundation" was my first colour palette in my 11-palette paint range (available from my online store). I wouldn’t call it a uniform, but during the day you will probably find me in cream jodhpurs, a lovely caramel cashmere shawl, leather amulets, a panama hat and Golden Goose boots. That is, of course, if I’m not in my painting gear armed with a brush and a tape measure.
At night, there are always a lot of functions, so leather dresses or full-length flow-y numbers paired with a wide belt, fur capes & sky high YSL tributes!

F: I read on Design*Sponge that you purchase at least one book a week. What was the most recent addition to your library? 

SC: One might have been an understatement. I am eagerly awaiting the catalogue book of The Ballet Russes exhibition I attended earlier this year at the National Gallery of Australia. I have long been influenced and entranced by Diaghilev’s collaborations with modern Artists of that time to create ground-breaking costumes and set design: never-seen-before paint driven, oversized graphics and colour, both in the use of fabrics paper and paint. It was overwhelming to see history in front of my eyes and I can’t believe I forgot to buy the catalogue. Actually, I feel like I’m waiting on an entire library at the moment! I am researching my next two books, so reads on museum collections, the Deyrolle fire, Buddhism, and rituals in Laos are all on their way to me!

F: Who makes your bed linens?

SC: I sleep in Area linen sheets from NYC. They are called Simone, but Anki [Spets] almost renamed them Sibella as I own so many sets! Other favorites are Society, an Italian brand, and Matteo, a brand based in Los Angeles. In my shop, I sell Fog Linen linen pillowcases & old fashioned cotton cellular blankets as well as Coral and Tusk machine embroidered cushions. For patterns, it’s all about Macau trực tuyến BaccaratJohn Robshaw & Sally Campbell Textiles.

F: How about your favorite scent? 

SC: I adore rose. It all started when my Mum gave me a clear glass vial with corked top & an old worn label “Attar of Rose”. It had belonged to my great-grandmother and still smells so beautifully of roses - I don’t believe it has aged a day! I look for this intoxicating essential oil (distilled from the petals of Rosa Damascena) everywhere.

F: I'm dying to know your favorite films, books and magazines. Would you be so kind as to name a few? 

 SC: As for flims, I love The Philadelphia Story, The English Patient, Delicatessen, Some Like It Hot, and In the Mood for Love. For books, It would be a travesty to pick one! Books in my reference library (that lives in floor-to-ceiling shelves accessible by a maybe-not-so-trusty ladder upstairs and a beautiful, old sliding library ladder downstairs) that I am constantly pulling out: Travels Through the Paint Box by Victoria Finlay; Lartigue by Centre Pompidou; Forgotten Arts & Crafts by John Seymour; Shoes for the Moscow Circus by Leta Keens; Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Home Is Where the Heart Is by Ilse Crawford (an absolute inspiration) and, of course, my own: Etcetera, The Stylist’s Guide to NYC and Nomad. My favorite magazine is World of Interiors.

F: If you could own any piece of art in the world, which would you choose? 

SC: So hard! A Cy Twombley scribble, sculptures by Noguchi, Barbara Hepworth, Brancuzi and a Calder mobile.

F: The spaces you create are so fresh and wonderful. What advice would you give to someone who would like to liven up a dull living space? 

SC: Use the things you love! Don’t hide them away. Hang your favourite dress on the door, tack your ripped out pictures & photos or drawings on the wall, drop something from the ceiling instead of sitting on a bench. Your space is yours. It should be a reflection of you, your lifestyle, friends, family, the things you love and the places you’ve been. My first book, Etcetera, is all about creating beautiful interiors with the things you love and that is what I swear by.

(photos 4 + 6 courtesy of Design*Sponge)