18 March 2018


at the moment I am thrilled to be participating in The Artistic Table at Hillwood. Hillwood, the Washington D.C. home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, is a magical place to visit and this Spring is no exception!

The Artistic Table features tables inspired by and using Mrs.Post's porcelain. Selecting from her extensive collection, designers—Timothy Corrigan, Barry Dixon, Charlotte Moss, Alex Papachristidis, P. Gaye Tapp, Hutton Wilkinson and Josh Hildreth, have created settings that are "of the moment."

From writing about Baroness Pauline de Rothschild for my book, How They Decorated, it’s only natural that I turn to her legendary Grand Mouton tablescapes for The Artistic Table inspiration. Never one to shy away from mixing periods and objects, the table blends Danish Modern-used for the salad plates and for flowers pots, Asian influences-Japanese teacups are used for mosses and twigs, practical red wine stemware, (noted in de Rothschild's tablescapes), vintage pottery water glasses, murine dessert plates, and a mix of modern everyday flatware with heirloom pieces.

 Read the Washington Post story for more details about the exhibit here.

& at AD here.

Part of the Artistic Table Lecture Series.

While setting a table has a formal protocol, today it should be fun. It’s another way we can express ourselves. The sixteen women of How They Decorated were no different. This lecture speaks to their table style: Pauline de Rothschild’s famous tablescapes, Louise Vilmorin’s family dinners, or Sybil Connelly’s Irish inspired collection for Tiffany. All were natural aficionados at making any table in their homes beautiful—it’s just how they decorated.

I will be giving this lecture on the 28th—and would love to see you there. More Details here.

the beautiful rendering of my table is by friend Jimmie Henslee who did the illustrations in my book.

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