Rita RitaOctober 30, 2009
Today’s quote got me thinking about the interiors that have shaped my own creative vision and this of course led me to my Grandmother Rita (snapped above by family friend, photographer Lilly Dong). To me, Rita is in so many ways the epitome of grace and chic. Her home on a hilltop overlooking California’s Edna Valley vineyards in my favorite place in all the world. She and my grandfather Buddy renovated the old ranch house and gave it new life. Inside it’s brimming with treasures they collected during their travels around the world—India, France, Russia, Thailand, Nepal… My favorite part about Rita’s decorating is that it’s eclectic—new and old, heirloom and thrift. On top of an antique china cabinet sits an ultra modern artichoke-esque light fixture. The straight edged, mid-century dining table is set off by a mix of antique dining chairs (seats all upholstered by Rita in the same plaid). A pair of wooden wings carved by Tony Duquette hang high on the walls. Much of the art is by Corita Kent, others my Grandmother painted herself. Every room showcases the views of the vineyards. There’s nothing pretentious or stuffy about the place, it’s just full of light and life and oh-so-beautiful things. Below, some photos I snapped on my last visit. Love you Grandma-ma!
An old print of my grandparents on their wedding day. Miss you Grandpa Buddy, this one’s for you.