Bunny Mellon, second wife of the late Paul Mellon, passed away yesterday at the age of 103. As a philanthropist, avid horticulturalist and botanist (Jacqueline Kennedy tapped her to design the White House Rose Garden and her Oak Spring Garden Library is one of the largest collections of horticultural books and manuscripts in the world!), Mellon will be remembered for far more than the scandal that dragged the famously private heiress into the spotlight in recent years.
I for one, will be remembering her for her immense contributions to my own design inspiration. The photos above are of her Upper East Side townhouse which was put on the market in Fall 2013. It’s hard to imagine such a palatial home smack dab in the middle of NYC, right? I’d also recommend this 2010 Vanity Fair tour of her Virginia estate, Oak Spring Gardens.
Rest in peace Bunny, and thank you for a lifetime of inspiration.
Marisa Berenson: A Life in Pictures was released last year but I’m just now adding it to my bookshelf. The model/actress exudes glamour and her life as a seventies ‘It Girl’ certainly seems like a charmed one. Photographed by virtually every famous photographer of the last few decades, I’m sure the editors at Rizzoli had no shortage of material in putting this book together! Here are a few interesting tidbits I picked up while reading up on her amazing life:
- Legendary fashion designer and rival of Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, was her grandmother
- Her christening photo appeared in Vogue
- Diana Vreeland discovered her at age 16
- Yves Saint Laurent called her “the girl of the 1970s”
- She was also known as “Queen of the Scene”
- Andy Warhol photographed her wedding
Ohh to be so stylish!
I’ve posted about Viviana Volpicella in the past, but since she continues to be one of my style icons and since I can’t stop adding photos of her to my fashion inspiration folders and pinterest board, I knew a second post was merited.
What I love most about her style is that it’s completely accessible. She wears classic pieces like the chambray shirt in the first photo, or shift dress in the third, but shakes things up by mixing bold colors, patterns, textures and layering accessories. The epitome of effortlessly chic!
What do you think, will you be counting Viviana as one of your style icons?
I always look forward to emails from 1st Dibs. They have the most fascinating articles on my favorite tastemakers and truly do showcase “the most beautiful things on earth.” Style Compass is always the highlight for me.
Recently, India Hicks, one of my personal style icons, was featured. I’ve posted about her charmed life before and you’ve likely seen her Harbour Island home in Lonny but I just can’t get enough.
Her easy, breezy coastal style is equal parts classic elegance and island charm. A winning combination in my opinion. Her custom colored coral faced Rolex is the perfect example. Oh what I’d give for that beauty..
After being away from the blog for so long, I knew that a fresh start would require some fresh inspiration. Lately I can’t get enough of German artist Nina Nolte. The painting above is from her series “The Best is Yet to Come”–I can’t think of a more appropriate theme to start off 2012! I’m always searching for statement pieces to add to my jewelry collection and only wish I had snapped up this Kate Spade stunner when it was available. Jackie Kennedy’s equally beautiful sister Lee Radziwill is another icon of mine. Her book Happy Times is currently on my nightstand and offers the most intimate glimpse into the lives of the Bouvier sisters. In 2012 I’m resolving to take care of myself. Getting the requisite 8 hours of sleep should be no problem thanks to my dreamy new D. Porthault Tigre shams. Color and pattern continue to be my biggest sources of inspiration and Quadrille marries the two perfectly. GADABOUT’S “A Horse of a Different Color” note cards have been on my wish list for years. The fact that they continue to inspire me is reason enough to pull the trigger!
P.S Thank you for all of your kind emails and tweets over the past few months. I had no idea how many of you came to love this little blog and am eager to get back to posting!
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