My mind was racing this morning pondering the best way to open my post. Last night I met the WHO’s WHO in interior design and photography.
While I am not a ga ga kind of gal over people-Dogs,trees, musicians and good ole chintz-yes,yes, yes! I would rather be seated next to the nerdy science geek or WWII veteran any day over a fancy smachy Us Weekly person of the moment..But throw in a celebrated magazine editor of the old days of magazine divinity AND an insanely talented photographer? Pull out your autograph books! Giddy with delight is an understatement when I saw the who’s who of fabulousness standing by the front door at a party I attended last night.
The Swanson girls are some of my favorite people on the planet. I will be shallow and mention their incredible good looks.. But the real beauty oozes out of all of them the minute you start a conversation. We gab about the wonderment of life, babies, work and fun and everything in between. These sisters always have something positive to say and it is usually about an idea or an interest and always spoken with kindness. I have met their mother, Elizabeth , and I know she is responsible. Therefore , with three of my own girls, I strive to recreate whatever she did right. Authenticity appears to trump all things material and I love this about them.
Now moving on to the hot ticket in the house. Douglas Friedman,the photographer, was in my presence.
My friend Nena and I decided we may just hide in his mustache and go along with him to the next party. As most of you know his work as an interiors photographer, he is equally fabuloso in fashion and lifestyle. I squeal with delight when I open a magazine to see that he is the photographer. As busy as he is ,the best homes require his touch so you know that the spread will be special.
Claiborne married James Frank, Cynthia’s son. James could have been James Bond in any movie, in any year, if you get my drift.
Cynthia was an editor at House and Garden-ahhhhh. those days.. Cynthia is responsible for making magic with some of the worlds most artistic and unique homes by placing them upon pages in the top magazines from House and Garden days to Elle Decor and Town and Country. I devour my old House and Garden magazines on a weekly basis. Tattered and dog eared, they are peppered all over my cottage in Newport RI. And every year, I find something new to adore in the same magazine I have been reading for years.
Cynthia was kind and chic and I would pay money to follow her around for weeks on end. Here is some of her personal work. We are all fortunate to have her producing shoots that we read in Elle Decor at the moment.