In the Mood: September 2015

James Whitney Fairchild

A few weeks ago, I purchased a few stacks of old issues of House & Garden. I combed through them patiently over the past few weekends and found so many wonderful treasures. I really wish they would bring back House & Garden in the US. I know that I would eagerly await each issue! They always featured such chic interiors and had such thoughtful recurring features on wine, food, antiques, and so on. One of my very favorite houses was the Hamptons home of James and Whitney Fairchild as featured in the June 2004 issue of House & Garden. This is a testament to good design withstanding the test of time. It is nearly impossible to go wrong with crisp white upholstery, dark wood antique furniture, lots of blue and white Chinese pottery, some natural fiber accents for texture, and a mix of gilt, nickel, brass and bronze. The house was published over ten years ago, but looks as fresh and timeless today as it did then. Sadly, the Fairchilds divorced last year and much of the contents of this beautiful home were sold at auction. However, their style and the lovely way in which their home was editorialized lives on.

September’s mood is all about sticking with the classics, much like the Fairchild’s home, which is a true reflection of effortless American style. For home, think of all of the elements listed above and shown in this timeless home. For fashion, it’s all about tailored silhouettes, crisp classics, and the perfect palette to usher in fall– white, camel, navy, and a touch of oxblood.

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  1. Paloma I could move right in, a truly classic, comfortable home! I agree about bringing back House and Garden! I miss it terribly!

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  2. Paloma- if you don’t already have it, you need to pick up a copy of “New York Parties: Favorite Views” by Jamee Gregory. Fabulous chapter on a chinoiserie themed garden party the Fairchilds hosted at their home!

  3. Dear Paloma
    As an original ‘lover of blue and white’ the beautiful home you feature has long been an inspiration. I love House and Garden, it is by far my most revered design publication in the UK.
    I have a library of copies, some from way back…
    I do wish we had ‘Veranda’ here though!
    Best Wishes