Alice Naylor-Leyland @aliceinherpalace posted this glorious Easter tablescape on Instagram this week, and it left me completely charmed and breathless. Note the white lettuce ware plates… Tory Burch for Dodie Thayer just released a new white lettuce ware collection this spring! Alice has exquisite taste, which she inherited from her elegant mother, Serena Fresson… You can read a Q&A I conducted with her here, and click here to tour Nantclwyd Hall, the home of Alice’s in-laws, decorated by the legendary John Fowler.
Last week, The Glam Pad underwent a much-needed makeover as I finally switched my web platform from Blogger to WordPress. A giant thank you to Lisette from High Note Designs for my beautiful new website! We’re still cleaning up a few formatting issues in past posts, so please bear with me until the dust settles.
Have you heard that Tinsley Mortimer is joining the Real Housewives of New York cast? In all honesty, I am appalled by the catty “Housewives” drama, however I may just have to tune in to catch a glimpse of Tinsley’s fabulous apartment, which I featured here.
I was thrilled to read this feature from Architectural Digest on current design trends. Anna Brockway, cofounder and chief marketing officer of Chairish, reports that searches are down for midcentury modern, and up for “the more ornate and feminine.” That means Chinoiserie. Art Deco. Hollywood Regency. And lots of pink… “Granny chic is totally on fire,” she says. I’ve been reporting for some time about the return to traditional decor and the return to pretty. It is happening!
“Granny Chic” is in, and it doesn’t get any more chic than the late Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire.
Are you watching FEUD: Bette and Joan? I am particularly loving the glimpses it provides into Joan’s (recreated) William Haines-designed home. It is incredibly glamorous, despite the fact that she covered her beautiful furniture in plastic… You can read more about this hilarious fact via Vanity Fair. And for more Joan-isms, I highly recommend her cult-classic book, My Way of Life. Lastly, the 1930s Holmby Hills home used for the movie Mommie Dearest was for sale last year… You can see more here.
Joan Crawford’s home, as portrayed in Mommie Dearest.
If you’re not already following my friend Holly Holden’s Classic Design Channel on YouTube, you will want to subscribe here. I was thrilled to see lovely Bettie Bearden Pardee from Private Newport feature Holly on her beautiful blog this week… Holly’s timeless, classic style is not to be missed! Click here to subscribe, here to read about Holly’s book, The Pretty and Proper Living Room, and here to read more about Classic Design Channel.
“If pretty and proper had a recipe, it would be: add one full measure of British Understatement; stir in equal parts Southern Gentility and Manor House Elegance; finally, garnish with a dash of Preppy Whimsy. Serve from silver… of course.” – Holly Holden
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