The posts from the last two days got me thinking about a book that I have called Halcyon Days: An American Family Through Three Generations by Peggie Phipps and Richard Gachot (available at amazon.com). It documents three generations of an American family, who had an estate on Long Island, called Westbury House, which is open to the public. It felt like the East Coast version of Virginia Robinson’s.
I started flipping through and was delighted to see that it is just how I remembered it: charming and thoughtful. Henry Phipps had been Andrew Carnegie’s partner and amassed a fortune. Unlike Mrs. Robinson, Phipps was low-key and private, so when a steamer trunk of letters and photos were found in the attic, the family was happy to learn about their family history and the estates’ house and gardens.
Of course, all of this got me thinking about my own space and chronicling the design. I love how honest the information is, from dismay over costs (know that feeling) to preserving beauty. Enjoy!
I was so entrenched in the black and white world of 19th century design that I also needed a dose of color, so I referred back to Decorating With Color: The Best of Martha Stewart Living, 2002 (available at amazon.com and strandbooks.com) and it did not disappoint. I love the color lessons learned throughout the book as well as the tried and true tricks that I have been espousing over the years. (“Look to your favorite everyday objects to find ideas for color that might please you in your home.”)
This book reminds me why I love working at MSLO—it’s all about creative and practical solutions that make your home unique and beautiful.