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The Art of Living

A celebrated interior designer brings her vision for an inspired life to SCAD Style.  See the possibilities.

Charlotte Moss has a flair for living.

For more than 20 years, she has left her indelible mark of comfortable refinement on private residences and executive suites throughout the United States and the Caribbean.  Throughout her career, she has generously shared her vision with eight lifestyle and interiors books, including her most recent—A Visual Life: Scrapbooks, Collages, and Inspiration.  Traditional Home magazine has listed Charlotte as one of the world’s top 20 interior designers, and in 2012, she was honored with the Circle of Excellence Award from the International Furnishings and Design Association for the field of interior design.

SM: What is your definition of “style?”

Charlotte: Confidence, a point of view, fearlessness and curiosity are four traits of people with style that immediately come to mind.

SM: When it comes to style, is there a right and a wrong?

Charlotte:  No. Your style is your own. There is no right or wrong, just different types.

SM: Is style something that can be taught or is it innate?  Were you taught it—by a mentor, a family member?

Charlotte: When we’re young, if we are encouraged and allowed to explore, given the freedom to express ourselves, all of this enhances our curiosity and our need to explore even further. This builds knowledge of who we are and what we are. This knowledge gives us the confidence to express ourselves freely and develop our own style.

SM: Whose style do you most admire (living or dead) and why?

Charlotte:  The red thread that connects my style muses is how they embrace the arts of living:

  • Diana Vreeland—her fearlessness, conviction and confident pronouncements.
  • Pauline de Rothschild—a refined and curated aesthetic.
  • Gloria Vanderbilt—a rich visual and vital life that she continues to live, still painting, creating.
  • Hubert de Givenchy—the elegance with which he approaches everything in life, creating beauty all around him.
  • Axel Vervoordt—clarity, scholarship, beauty.
  • Mrs. Rachel Mellon—loyalty, intelligence and a rare style.
SM:  Style is often spoken about as “IN” or “OUT.”  What would you say is something that has enduring style?  Something that transcends the trend waves and is always in vogue?

Charlotte: Good manners and good grooming, because if you don’t have those, it doesn’t matter what you wear.  Of course, kindness, hospitality and a sense of humor will get you through the day.

SM:  What do you think of Savannah style?

Charlotte: Quintessential southern style—the best kind.

Photography courtesy of Charlotte Moss

If You Go
April 17

3 p.m.  Lecture: “What Sparks Your Creativity?”  SCAD Museum of Art

4 p.m.  Book Signing: A Visual Life

SCAD Museum of Art

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