Monday, August 13, 2007

Charlotte Moss Townhouse - Part Deux

The staircase in the back of the first floor leads directly into the dining room on the second floor. There was a main dining table above and the little breakfast table below. All set with the most exquisite china from France.

I love how everything was decorated for summer with light colors and patterns and seashells everywhere. I can't wait to stop back in December and see how they decorate for the holidays. I'm sure it will be spectacular!

The dining room was where I was told not to take photos so I didn't get any photos of the cute little dressing room on the other side. That's where the fun jewelry and vintage silk blouses from Hermes were housed. I think there might have been pajamas but I can't remember. I was too busy making up a story as to why I wanted the photos. I was afraid I was going to get kicked out! I said my friend in Atlanta was dying to see the store. You guys owe me!

Up we go to the third floor where you enter the library. It definitely had a warmer and more masculine feel to it. I loved all the ivory and collectibles in the cases below.

The piece de resistence for me was the collection of vintage books. I LOVE vintage book and have been collecting them and first editions for a while now so I felt like a kid in a candy store. They were all pretty expensive but fun to look through. Usually, I look for interesting books and then go home search eBay and online vintage book dealers for cheaper versions. Shhh! Don't tell anyone! They had an original Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers that was cute and some great Diana Vreeland books that were VERY expensive!

Behind the library was a little room where an amazing collection of Nymphenburg Porcelain was housed and on the other side was the bedroom below where you could buy sheets and more fun jewelry.

The fourth floor below houses the private offices of Charlotte Moss and the stairways and landings are lined with vintage prints and mirrors where draperies made from custom fabric with the townhouse logo hang.

The front room on the fifth floor pictured below is described online as an "ever changing background for a variety of uses." Today it looked like it was set up for summer and had what I would descibe as a garden picnic theme.

Below is a bowl of plastic cutlery made to look like silver flatware. At $25 a set, it's not a cheap picnic!

The walls of the room were hung with summery striped fabric and hung with vintage posters.

On the other side of the fifth floor, was the room with that's described as the atelier and it had a little terrace on the back. This is where I found some fun little things to buy. You didn't think I could go in there and not buy something did you?! I bought a little book called Design Inspirations by Charlotte Moss and some really cute little note pads that say CHIC IS WHERE YOU FIND IT by Bonnie Cashin. I couldn't resist, although I really wanted the Diana Vreeland pads that said, YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE STYLE, IT HELPS YOU GET OUT OF BED IN THE MORNING, so I ended up buying the pencil set that contains pencils inscribed with all the quotes. So chic!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Charlotte Moss Townhouse and I really hope I don't get in trouble for taking the photos. But hey, it's free publicity for them so they shouldn't get mad. And if you're ever in New York, you should definitely stop by 20 East 63rd Street. It's worth the trip...just make sure they're open first!

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