MEET THE DESIGNER
AN INTERIOR DESIGNER EXUDES COMFORTABLE ELEGANCE WITH A TOUCH OF SOUTHERN FLAIR
What's your design philosophy? Live passionately and always with a sense of humor. . What's exciting to you right now in the design world? People can shop the way they've never been able to indulge themselves. You can find great design almost everywhere. Value and style are available today like they've never been before. What needs to go away? Contrivances; design for design's sake; over-styled interiors. Rooms that people don't live in bore me to tears. What are your favorite materials? ? I love embroidery—done well—and anything hand-loomed, because I know what goes into that. . Tell me about your store, the Charlotte Moss Townhouse. What makes it stand out? It's inviting. I wanted to create an environment where people had a sense of discovery, almost like being a Peeping Tom in a way—that retail experience of seduction. People love it because of the selection: we have great items for $25 and $25,000, because that's the way I live. I buy at street markets or beautiful shops on the Left Bank of Paris. A hunter has to go where a hunter has to go. What's your motto? Buy low, sell high. I came out of Wall Street—what else can I tell you? Who is your style icon? There is a group of them, for various reasons. It's not based on their interior design skills but on personal grace. Balenciaga's artistry in fashion, the spirit of Tony Duquette, the grace of Audrey Hepburn. Oh, if I could put all of those together—that would be fabulous.