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"The personality of a house is indefinable, but there never lived a lady of great cultivation and charm whose home, whether a palace, a farm-cottage or a tiny apartment, did not reflect the charm of its owner."                  
                                                                                         Emily Post, Etiquette, 1922

   Dollhouse by Gloria Vanderbilt, from New York's Fall 2010 Home Design issue; scan by me.

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“The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”  

                                                                                                   William Morris

*Speaking of which, I do believe this photo was snapped close to exactly 5 years ago today. My 19-year-old feet on an overcast day in Tivoli. How's that for happy detail?!

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 "It is an injury to this day to think of any thing but present joy."    William Wordsworth

                                                         
                                                           (Photo: Kate Headley)

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         "The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most."
                                                                                
                                                                                              John Ruskin

          
        *The recently restored dining room at Monticello, in a fresh coat of the same 
             chrome-yellow shade applied to the walls around 1815. Photo: Elle Decor.

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"But safety does not come first. Goodness, Truth and Beauty come first. Follow me."

                                                          -Muriel Spark, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

                                 
                          
(Plate design by Alyson Fox)

Sally Singer

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I think Sally Singer's work is absolutely brilliant, and when I first read her responses to Todd Selby's question, "What are four characteristics of authenticity?", I couldn't help but smile and nod in agreement:

"1. Pre-critical enthusiasm, 2. A sure hand, 3. A touch of myopia, 4. A good heart."

Sure hands and a good heart. I love it, and I'm on pins and needles waiting to see what she'll do with her first issue of T Magazine, on newsstands December 5th.

                                  ("Sally Singer at home in New York City" by The Selby)

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"Let us not take it for granted that life exists more fully in what is commonly thought big than in what is commonly thought small."  -Virginia Woolf

Foorrr example, this shot above. I cropped it from a page out of J.Crew's September catalog. The bigger picture, as it were, didn't do much for me. But upon further inspection, I realized therein - in the peacock feather green almost iridescent hue of that watch strap, and in the syrupy-Guinnessy-amber of the bracelet's stones - lies everything I've ever loved about fall. It's like a nubby green wool cowl neck sweater and your favorite tortoise shades, or a classic Barbour getting soaked in the (apologies to Guns N' Roses) cold November rain. All on one perfectly styled and J.Crew approved wrist. What's not to love?                                                                                  

On Stella

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"Her life has never strayed into the tabloids and she lives a satisfying,
earthy existence in a grand house outside of Edinburgh with her husband,
children, vegetable patches and chickens." 

                                          -Sarah Hay on Stella Tennant, i-D, March 2009

                     (Photo by Francois Halard, via Habitually Chic)

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"The freedom to pursue an aesthetic quality in life is an extra dimension, like
being able to fly where others walk."     
                                                                                       -Truman Capote

                                                              (Photo)

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"Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you."

                                                                    -attributed to Elsie de Wolfe

                                                      (Photo)

A magician of her time

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"Marit Allen's talent was a rare combination of gifts: the capacity to observe, the freedom to imagine, the empathy to understand, the skill to create and the intelligence to use all of them with heart."

                                                                                 -Joan Juliet Buck, British Vogue, April 2008