A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspirations
Rizzoli International Publications, Hardcover, 9780847838639, 271pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
The celebrated designer’s latest book, devoted to gleaning design inspiration from the personal scrapbooks and notebooks of great women of style—including her own. Interior designer Charlotte Moss has spent years collecting as well as creating scrapbooks—a pastime both meditative and instructive about her own ideas regarding design and style. In this unique book, Moss brings together her own scrapbooks along with those of notable women, both contemporary and historical, whose flair for style inspires us, including interior designer Elsie de Wolfe and society doyenne Gloria Vanderbilt—all never before published. Organized by theme—home, garden, travel, entertaining, and fashion—each chapter includes examples of Moss’s signature style mingled with excerpts from the scrapbooks of these great women. From the ambassador’s wife and bon vivant Evangeline Bruce, we learn that she preferred accessorizing tabletops with simple florets of broccoli in biscuit tins. And from the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, we see her notes and menus from the legendary White House dinners she threw. One piece (among many) of sage advice includes perfecting one extraordinary meal and serving it again and again, rather than experimenting endlessly.
"Charlotte Moss: A Visual Life is a new release from Rizzoli that will inspire you to make something special with all your photos and ephemera. Have fun with paper, scissors, and a little glue. Of course, that's just the beginning of an obsession." ~HouseBeautiful Magazine
"Charlotte Moss has packed her new book with details from her abundant Visual Life. Her eye is always Seeing-Moving-Editing and this book has captured the energy and pure passion she has for IT All." ~Littleaugury.com
"This generous book includes travels and gardens, people. Lots of very insider stuff, so pay attention." ~Stylesaloniste.com
“An ode to the deep pleasures of capturing memories and wishes and dreams on paper…this is a generous book, for in it the designer explores the musings and techniques of her contemporaries as well as her own.” ~Traditional Home Magazine
"..an emotional, cultural and intellectual feast! Page after page..." ~billstubbsblog.com
"Charlotte Moss' latest book...is devoted to gathering inspiration from the personal scrapbooks and notebooks of great women of style, both contemporary and historical, including her own." ~tylerpaper.com