Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Musings: From The Crown to Princess Diana's Perfume

Who else has fallen hopelessly in love with The Crown, Netflix's $100 million production about the life of Queen Elizabeth? I have always been drawn to the British sensibility and passion for chintz when it comes to interior design, and I simply cannot get enough of the of The Crown's fabulous sets. Fortunately, Joni at Cote de Texas loves them too, and she has written thorough analyses, which you can enjoy here, here, and here.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown

Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in The Crown via Cote de Texas. Note the fabulous chintz upholstery, "Alicia" by Colefax and Fowler. 

Joni, will you please do Jackie next? Oh my goodness, what a fabulous movie! My mother and I went to see it over Christmas, and I cannot wait to watch it again so I can obsesses over the exquisite interiors! 

Natalie Portman as Jackie via Domino. More chintz! 

Back to British style... have you read the book On the Fringe: A Life in Decorating by Imogen Taylor yet? Imogen joined interior design firm Colefax and Fowler in 1949 and when John Fowler (known as the Prince of Decorators) retired in 1971, he passed on to her all his clients. Imogen, the Queen of Chintz, combines style bible with social memoir.  I have already read it three times... it is that good!

Imogen Taylor. Photography via Alun Callender Photography

Town & Country has published a fascinating article revealing 14 Famous Women - from Audrey Hepburn to Jackie Kennedy - and their favorite perfumes. I was so excited to learn that Princess Diana wore my two favorite scents, Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris and 24 Faubourg by Hermès. Another of my favorites, Fracas by Robert Piguet, was favored by Ava Gardner. For Valentine's Day, I'm asking my husband for Creed Fleurissimo, which was commissioned by Prince Rainier for Grace Kelly to wear on their wedding day.  Do you have a signature scent?   

Princess Diana's two favorite perfumes were Quelques Fleurs by Houbigant Paris and 24 Faubourg by Hermès. Via Town & Country

You may recall the childhood home of Grace Kelly, located in her hometown of Philadelphia, was on the market last year... I was delighted to learn that it was purchased by her son, Prince Albert of Monaco, and will be open to the public in 2018, possibly sooner. 

Grace Kelly's childhood home, via Curbed.

Princess Grace with Prince Albert

Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love heart-shaped objects, cherubs, flowers, candy, and chocolate... and of course the color pink! It also provides a wonderful excuse to indulge your loved ones... and yourself with a special treat. Below, I have compiled some of my favorite gift ideas, which you can also shop through my side bar. Just click the right arrow to scroll through and enjoy!


  1. Prince Albert's hair is still the same!

  2. My perfume which gets me compliments from friends and strangers is charlie orginal blue by revlon.

  3. I remember reading (back when I was in high school, and Diana had just married Prince Charles) that Diana wore Diorissimo (so, of course, I started wearing it :) and then later, that she had liked Penhaligon's Bluebell. As for Creed, have you smelled Love in White? It's just amazing, as is their Green Irish Tweed for men.

    1. I will have to try those! :)

      The Glam Pad

  4. I grew up 2 blocks from Princess Grace's childhood home. It fell into such disrepair under the prior owner. I look forward to it being restored and open to the public. It's always been sort of a mystery growing up near it - that allure of knowing that's where she grew up, and wanting to see inside, but never being able to.


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