02 July 2009

EMAILS AND CHARLOTTE MOSS NEWS!

 

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I’ve said it before, but I get a lot of email – a lot!   Besides all the comments that come to my inbox, I get emails from readers who have a question or want to give me a  tip – (thanks to a reader I just bought 10 yards of gorgeous Bennison fabric on EBAY for the price of 1 yard!)   Sometimes, I get really behind on my emails – I’ll spend a day or two answering all the newest ones, while the older mail gets, well, older!    Yesterday, I woke up to 650 emails and spent the entire day answering them.  When I went to sleep, I still had 643 emails.   It can get a little overwhelming.   But I try.   I had plans this July 4th weekend to really clean out the old mailbox and answer each and every one of them.    So imagine my horror when I woke up this morning to an inbox with just 3 emails!!!!!    YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   640 emails had disappeared into cyberspace!!!!!    I managed to salvage about 400 in  my Deleted Email box, but that still leaves me with around 200 missing.   SOOOO……if you emailed me with a question and I haven’t answered you, please, please, please resend it!!    Thank you for understanding.   Just resend your question if I never answered it!

 

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Cote de Texas’ Stylish Summer Tips for Charlotte Moss include information on the best beach in Texas and what to wear all summer!  Can you guess what that is?????    Also, I give tips on what to serve for a summer meal.  And no, it’s not Wendy’s Caesar Salad.  I behaved myself!!!     Three more weeks until I’m back under that umbrella – and I CAN’T wait!!!!

 

And in a little shameless plug, Charlotte Moss, my favorite designer and #3 on the Cote de Texas Top Ten Designer List (I know, I know – I have two more to name!!) – has the cutest web site/blog.   One section is called “Tete A Tete” where Moss blogs about her travels, her interests, and anything else she has going on.  I love to read “Tete A Tete,” so I was beyond thrilled when she asked me to participate in a story called “Tips for A Stylish Summer From Our Favorite Bloggers!”  blush.   I am joined by Rhonda from All The Best and Jennifer from The Peak of Chic, two of my blogging mentors – so that makes it extra special.    Truthfully, I’m not sure an invitation from Obama would mean quite as much to me as this invitation from Charlotte Moss did.    Charlotte’s style is one that I would love to emulate, not just her design work, but the way she lives her life, surrounded by the things she loves and the things she finds beautiful.  She is such a powerhouse, such a hard, dedicated worker, and still she finds time for her philanthropic duties - all the while taking the time to smell the roses.    I especially love that she is self taught in design!  Today with ASID trying to legislate laws making interior designers complete six years of study plus pass their extremely difficult and mostly useless test (it ain’t rocket science, folks,)  successful designers like Moss prove them so wrong.  If you’ve got the talent like she has, you can do the work.  Period.  Besides her extremely successful ID career, she is also a prolific writer.  Moss’ book The Winter House is one of my all-time favorite design books.   It’s all about her Aspen house – a beautiful retreat in greens and blues.  Stunning!    I could go on and on about what there is to love about Charlotte Moss, but I already have here – if you missed it the first time.     To read about Cote de Texas’ stylish summer tips (!) go here.

 

image Charlotte Moss – my favorite picture of her from The Winter House.  I love the blue and white urn lamps with green silk shades!  The slipcover of the chair is divine!   And, I love how she is perfectly coordinated to the house! 

 

P.S.  Don’t forget about the emails!!!!!!

49 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE Charlotte Moss! I'm so excited for you, Joni, and I'm going over there right now to read your tips! :)

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  2. Joni!!!! This is so exciting....I can't wait to go read what you have to say on her blog. Congratulations!!!!! This is exciting!

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  3. Oh, honey child....YOU are in the BIG LEAGUES!!! {See, we've been trying to tell you!!!!} Great interview on Charlotte Moss' blog......I am SO happy and proud of you!!! BTW what time shall I come over for your yummy sounding 4th of July fried chicken and watermelon...YUM!!! ;)

    Hugs my friend!

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  4. You asked on my blog if I liked the windows live writer... and that you had told Maria Killam about it, I love love love it...it has made doing my blog from a 5 hour chore to a 30 minute task of fun...
    I love bloggers that share, that means I love Maria Killam and Joni Webb...both classy ladies and A+ persons in my blog life...
    Have a great 4th of July weekend...
    Regards, Carol Ann x

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  5. Great news and so exciting! I'm going over to the blog of Ms. Moss and read your tips! Congratulations....what a coup and you deserve it with all your hard work, talent, and generous spirit! Deborah

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  6. Well done You!!
    I can't wait to go see.

    I am so crazed at the moment, I don't remember whether I sent you an email or not! So we just won't worry about it!! Have a great 4th!!

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  7. That is so wonderful for you. I did read the article & it was a great take on summer fun! By the way, enjoy your stay at the beach!
    L

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  8. I can't get past the "Bennison fabric for the price of one yard"!! For REAL??? I wanted to do a love seat in one of their linen fabrics with red roses on it but the fabric alone was going to put me back $2500, let alone the labor! Oh my...I'm totally agog!

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  9. Joni, this is so great! what a perfect collaboration. Now I know why you don't always respond to my emails right away :)

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  10. Joni, computers can be such pains, can't they? I hope you get the email mess straightened out! And Congratulations on the Charlotte Moss invite! Wow! From BH&G to Moss-land.... you are moving up in the world (and rightly deserved!).

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  11. I thoroughly enjoyed the Charlotte Moss piece! I am also going to make that salad by All the Best. Where was your recipe (ha ha)?

    I am waiting patiently for #1 and #2 of your series. I already have a good guess about who #1 is, but don't know about #2.

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  12. Congratulations! I adore Charlotte Moss so am excited to read her feature.

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  13. Is that what I seen floating around in Space while I peered thru my Telescope last night. It was Joni's lost emails! :)

    Congratulations on your Charlotte Moss invite! I'm on my way over there right now to check it out.

    WISHING YOU A GOOD JULY 4th WEEKEND!
    -Brenda-

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  14. Charlotte Moss is definitely a favorite of mine. I am so excited for you, Joni!!

    Happy Independence Day!

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  15. Dearest "COTE - you most deservedly belong on Ms. Moss' blog! GREAT interview. The two of you are kindred spirits...

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  16. Oh, Joni! How exciting! We're so happy for you!!! :-)

    I love Charlotte Moss and have all of her design books. A PASSION FOR DETAIL is sitting on my desk as I type, but my favorite is WINTER HOUSE. Not only are her designs the best, she is so very attractive and appears to be such a dynamo. I love it when women are successful professionally, plus she has exquisite taste. Ms. Moss just proved that fact further by asking you for your design thoughts. Yea!

    Wishing you a Happy Fourth...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  17. I ever more so appreciate that you responded to my question via email.
    Bonnie-claire

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  18. v exciting - you are in the big leagues!

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  19. The fact that Charlotte Moss knows all about you does not surprise me in the least! Your amazing posts are admired far and wide. You deserve all the accolades you receive. You're one of a kind, Joni.

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  20. What a great opportunity Joni. Good for you!

    I certainly will NOT send you a e-mail. No! You've got 600 e-mails to answer? That's crazy woman. I'm going to leave alone.

    Oh no, by leaving this comment I've effectively sent you an e-mail.

    DARN.

    - Suzanne

    P.S. Do not respond. Move on woman, move on.

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  21. You must be thrilled to have Charlotte Moss asking you to participate. Congratulations, you are the best for always taking your time to get back to us.

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  22. Joni I was having problems with my computer and went to Firefox instead of Windows Explorer.....I think they just need regular checkups! Congratulations on the Charlotte Moss Collaboration, you are the best!

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  23. Hey, Joni... You posted about your favorite. I just posted about a designer I adore... not that I can look at pictures and say, "Oh, that HAS to be George Glass. Look at the ottoman by the giant goose statue!"

    But I thought I would ask you what you think... How do you characterize this style of design... This is Jessica Helgerson's work in an American Foursquare home. The woodwork is identical to mine:

    http://cottageofstone.blogspot.com/2009/07/deep-dark-black.html

    So classic and yet fun without being trendy! I tend to be a little more laid back and English Country more, but I love it and may start going this way a bit more...

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  24. Love the Bennison fabric tale (I have found some amazing fabrics on Ebay, also). Congratulations regarding Charlotte Moss--what a lady!!

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  25. Congrats darling, can't wait to read the post on that.. what a charming lady our Charlotte Moss is.. Happy Fourth..hugs ~lynne~

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  26. I, too, am a self-taught designer and LOVE Charlotte Moss - one of my favorite books is "A Passion for Detail" from some years ago. I was selected to "do" the kitchen and entry for the Sarasota Orchestra Designer Showcase the spring - Florida. To see, go to the website for my shop/boutique: www.ShortStacksAntiques.com or my (new) blog at: ashopowners.blotspot.com
    Yes, I feel there are many talented designers out there with the official piece of paper. Not necessary - I grew up in Tulsa and used to shop often at Charles Faudree's shop years ago. Always went to the house tours that he decorated including his own homes. I learned much by "osmosis" and my own home is a combination of Charles and Betty Lou Phillips. My love and passion is design and I have been told by many that it's a gift. I am very thankful for my "gift" as I love what I do.
    Thoughts?
    R Childs

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  27. Wow, Joni! Congratulations!! I am very excited for you - well-deserved. How validating to have one of your style icons and a grande dame of American decor interview you.
    I cannot believe you get that many emails per day - makes my head swim. What's even more amazing is that you answer them all. You are phenomenal!

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  28. How BRILLANT!! What a design dream! Wow! (sitting here with my mouth open and my tea going cold!) I adore Charlotte Moss' style -- and her work with charities too! MY favorite book is "The Poetry of Home" (I was lucky to find a first edition on EBay (BUT missing the decorative gift sleeve - sigh) Would you let her know that I have always hoped for a second book containing her collected quotes about Home? Or perhaps quotes about fascinating and influential women -- such as the ones in the photographs in her office?


    Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  29. gonna have to add charlotte moss to my fave blog list! i've got lots of catching up to do! hope you find all your emails. that is CRAZY. have a wonderful and safe 4th!

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  30. ...and have you ever noticed that people like Charlotte Moss not only are full of talent, they live in a to*die*for house and....they are BEAUTIFUL!! As one of my little grands says.."It's not fair"!Well, I will heed what I always tell her.."Nobody ever said life is fair!" and just be happy for Charlotte. :)
    Sorry you lost so many emails..wonder what happened to them?
    xo bj

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  31. * JONI, this particular pic of CM, in her incredible winter home (I LOVE the book! I need/want to read it again, me thinketh!) is "PERFECTION PERSONIFIED", IMHO!!! Absolutely FANTABULOUS in every way, shape, form and color! I'm enamored with the "total look" of it all!!!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you... and to CM, to!!!

    Hugs,
    Linda in AZ *

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  32. Just call me Suzanne #2 - I nearly feel off my chair when I saw the blue check fabric! I have it on my dining rooms chairs (I am a blue and white nut, like so many). I paid a lot for this fabric and I get so excited when I see my taste confirmed! Charlotte Moss is outstanding. I am stunned about the proposed 6 years' study - Sister Parish was not formally trained nor so many others! It won't ever happen.

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  33. Hi!
    I'm glad to visit a great blog. Smart posts and beautiful photos. I like to contact people, all over the world, by his blogs.Would you follow me,because I'm afraid to lost your blog?I'm waiting your visit. Thank's

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  34. Congratulations, Joni! It is so nice to be recognized by our favourites, that's for sure.

    I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed your round table posts. I have gotten though a few, and it is fun to hear fellow bloggers chat, espcially, about the demands of blogging and the rewards. Keep up the great work!

    Have a wonderful Fourth!
    And really, 650 emails?! I would go running for the hills!! That is a full-time job!!

    Cheers,
    Linda

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  35. How exciting and what an honor Joni! CM is a classic. Love her design style. She is the embodiment of joie de vivre!
    (and she's obviously one smart cookie to pick you!!)

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  36. Wow Girl...That IS a lot of emails. Oh My. I think the Joni empire needs a secretary. CRAZY!!

    Congrats on the Charlotte Moss invite. Suits you to a tee!

    Have a wonderful fourth (with your head stuck in your laptop answering mail. Oh my.)

    Love those beach towels BTW!

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  37. Bravissima Joni.
    I am going right now to check C.M. blog and I also always wondered how you could manage so well your life (I hope it is first in line, He, He, He...) your career, your blog AND send emails!!!
    Amazing Joni.

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  38. SO glad to hear about another Charlotte Moss fan. I've loved her style for over 20 years (my sister-in-law was one of her early proteges when her shop was on Lexington Ave.) I hope to catch her in her "atelier" next month so she can sign my copy of the new book! --Claire de Lune

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  39. We have a couple of things in common....fabric junkie and spending a holiday catching up! LOL! I'm reworking my bedroom that's giving me trouble..... the walls are closing in! LOL! I want to paint it a darker color! Trying to resist! Such a Charolotte Moss fan too! Congrats! I cannot imagine that many emails, you need an assistant now! Luanne

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  40. Oh! I couldn't agree more about SPI! We moved down to the area from houston two years ago and I make a hibit of going to the island at least once a week! I love shelling, the white sand, and the super laid back vibe there! Oh and white! I love to wear my white skirts or capris with a pop of color like turquoise! Who knows, we may be saying under umbrellas next to each other!! LOL Love your blog!

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  41. Well deserved, Joni! You are truly amazing.

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  42. I recently did a pattern spotlight on a Charlotte Moss setting, I love that line as well as all of her work. Glad to see she will have a blog of her own!

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  43. Dear Joni,
    I am a French reader on the West Coast. I love your blog and find it very inspiring! I had a couple of questions to ask you if I may? One is about about flooring (seagrass) and another one about window treatment, but I don't seem to find your email. A bientot. Laurence (lolo2358[@ hotmail.com ]

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