Elsie de Wolfe, also known as Lady Mendl,(December 20, 1859? – July 12, 1950) was an American actress,interior decorator, author of the influential 1913 book The House in Good Taste, and a prominent figure in New York, Paris, and London society. According to The New Yorker, "Interior design as a profession was invented by Elsie de Wolfe," although the praise is not strictly true. De Wolfe was certainly the most famous name in the field until the 1930s. In her autobiography, de Wolfe called herself a "rebel in an ugly world".
This Elsie de Wolfe quote really stuck with me. It feels, as if that is what I’ve been doing all these years, but just couldn’t explain it to others, or even to myself!
It’s this passionate longing for beauty in all parts of my life. Whether, it’s the shabby chic style wooden crate that holds my girls’ library books, the vintage wicker basket that I keep my clothes pins in, the floral patchwork blankets that I cover my girls with, or my rosy coffee mug that lifts my mood every time I sip my coffee.
All these objects make me smile, and they feed my soul. I, too, will make everything around me beautiful! And that will be my life! Because, I believe that every passionate woman needs beauty around them to be happy and creative!
It’s raining outside, now.
But, it’s OK. Because my beautiful garden needs the water, and it will feed my soul with even more abundance of flowers and lush green foliage (and the occasional weed).
I’m just going to curl up in my vintage armchair, with my rosy cup of coffee and wait for the sunshine.
Until then, I have created another floral desktop calendar for all you lovely, passionate friends out there. Enjoy!
With Love, Monika
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