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The Eloquence of Silence

by habituallychic

06 . 15 . 14
There have been a lot of articles written about philanthropist, art collector, and avid gardener Bunny Mellon since she passed away this spring at the age of 103. What makes the story The Eloquence of Silence in T magazine today so different is that it was written and photographed by interior designer Charlotte Moss who interviewed Mellon. It also features more photos of the stone library on her farm in Virginia that was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and its interior.  It housed not only her large collection of antique gardening books but a Rothko, a Dufy, and a painting given to her by Hubert de Givenchy. 

Her love of gardening had me thinking about all the beautiful gardens I’ve seen so far in Paris this summer when I came across this quote. “When I first went to Paris, I saw gardens. The French gardens have always been my greatest influence.” I hope someday I have a garden that would make Ms. Mellon proud…and maybe a Dufy too. Might as well dream big. 

Photos by Charlotte Moss

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  1. The Swan June 15, 2014 | 4:13 pm

    Heaven…

  2. Splendid Market June 15, 2014 | 5:54 pm

    Mon dieu, to get to know the gardeners at Versailles while studying their beautiful potagers? C’est incredible! The tromp l’oeil cabinet is just beautiful.

  3. Carl Barnett June 16, 2014 | 4:04 am

    “Might as well dream big”

  4. Elizabeth June 16, 2014 | 7:13 pm

    What a room! She seemed like such an appealing person. Sad that she ended up entangled in the sordid John Edward’s affair.

    Yes, dream big, and may your dreams come true!

  5. Miss Sophisticate June 17, 2014 | 3:08 am

    French gardens are everything. They were probably much of the inspiration and motivation for Ms. Mellon to dream big and do big things.