The green comes alive in those settings, and I'm reminded of learning about the juxtaposition of colors in landscaping (from the gardening great, Penelope Hobhouse). A beautiful blooming plant or flower is quite nice, but takes on full visual impact when placed in front of a leafy backdrop. (And landscapes can be just as beautiful without flowers, by using varying shades of green to provide depth.) These techniques transfer of course quite nicely to interior decorating - and perfect examples can be seen in Moss' interiors. Her love of gardening and flowers is evident in most every room she designs. While some spaces veer toward a more tailored and masculine interpretation, Moss especially seems to relish creating rooms that are reminiscent of flowery, leafy bowers – in high shade on a spring day.
An entree into the world of Moss, the book reveals her inspirations and approaches to projects in a way that makes the process seem easy and natural – and her idea boxes are treasure troves (and a great tool that anyone can adapt). You will also learn that there is considerable intellectual thought that goes into every job – partially explaining her reputation as one of the foremost decorators of our time.
I love her attitude about design:
Decorating is just
Give me atmosphere—
rooms that have
soul, seduction, and
If you missed it, jump over right now to The Style Saloniste for enlightening interview with Ms. Moss.