With gardens brimming with fresh blooms, don’t you just want to scoop them up and bring them indoors? Garden roses, peonies, hollyhocks and more are practically begging to come inside and offer a little romantic, ladylike elegance to your rooms. Rooms like these, by Virginia-born decorator Charlotte Moss:
Charlotte’s rooms are lush and layered. They feature soft colours and dreamy pattern-on-pattern schemes. Books and decorative objects abound. Her client roster may read like the New Yorker’s society column, but you can steal some of her style and bring it home for less.
Try this decorative chest from Pier 1. It’s called the Pipet Cabinet and it has a classic Moss colour scheme of cream, butter-yellow and leafy green. The birds and branches motif is so Charlotte.
Or, why not freshen up a neutral sofa, chair, or bed with some pretty pillows? These pillow covers are on sale now at Pottery Barn, and if you buy them without the inserts, you can pop them over your existing pillows for a quick, seasonal uplift. I think these would look great on a more sober, antique settee, or piled high on a banquette in a breakfast nook.
Even though Charlotte Moss is known for light, feminine colours, she balances the softness with items that have some heft. Dark bronze trophy-shaped lamps are classic and add some visual weight to the colour scheme. You can find this one at Bowring for $80 — cheap enough to get a symmetrical pair!
Finally, head over to the Thewallpapercompany.com or The Home Depot for this stunning wallpaper (WC1283192). It combines the best of both worlds with fresh, delicate colour and a moody black background! I would construct a three-panel screen out of plywood or hollow-core doors and piano hinges and then wallpaper the screens with this dramatic paper. You can use it as a room divider or behind a sofa. Charlotte would be proud!
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