When I received the comment, “I too admired Babe Paley’s style, and I loved her taxicab yellow living room designed by Parish Hadley,” I knew I had met my match. So of course the first thing I did was go to The Peak of Chic blog site.
And, just as I had suspected, it was fabulous! I didn’t know there was anyone else under 4o that loved out-of-print design and lifestyle books, C.Z. Guest, Dorothy Rodger’s My Favorite Things and scoured vintage issues of House and Garden (I don’t have any as far back as 1936!).
Jennifer, the mastermind behind The Peak of Chic, like me, is new to the blogging world. Let’s find out more about her:
Which interior designer would you most like to meet?
It’s a tie- Albert Hadley and Miles Redd
How would you spend the day?
We (meaning Albert, Miles, and me) would spend the morning at the D&D Building (in NYC) going through showrooms and looking at fabrics and wallcoverings. Then, in the afternoon, we would go to their favorite shops. By early evening, we would have drinks and Triscuits in Albert’s chic apartment (I read somewhere that he serves Triscuits to his guests!), and then we would proceed to Miles’ glorious apartment and have dinner in his David Adler marble bathroom!
What is your favorite CD at the moment?
Bobby Short- “Late Night at the Cafe Carlyle” (and no, I’m not 75 years old but my husband sometimes wonders with my taste in music)
What personal characteristics do you most dislike in a person?
Insincerity and insecurity.
If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would it be?
Venice or St. Petersburg.
What favorite luxury in life?
Curling up in bed with a good design book!
What is your favorite place to shop?
What is your most prized possession?
A sterling silver revere bowl that my sister gave me before my wedding. On it is an engraved inscription of a saying that my sister and I used to have when we were little girls.
Who is your favorite style icon?
I have two- in terms of fashion and all-around style, it would be Diana Vreeland. In terms of design, it would be a man (!)- Van Day Truex, the late design director of Tiffany’s back in the 1960′s (he had truly great taste).