Category Archives: Van Day Truex

American Chic

What is American Chic? For me, it has always been about effortless style. The kind of style that doesn’t shout “Look at me!” A style that is crisp and classic, balanced, often times understated yet always sophisticated, subtle and artfully layered, unfettered by excessive decor and, above all else, timeless. A style that honors the […]

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The Temple of the Four Seasons

It is believed that The Temple of the Four Seasons, also referred to as The Temple in Stoke-by-Nayland, was built by architect Robert Taylor sometime around 1750 after he returned to England from his studies in Rome. Resembling his Asgill house, The Temple represents the influence of Italy on the development of his architectural vernacular, […]

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Chez Cameron

Posted July 8, 2013. Filed in Provence, Rory Cameron, Van Day Truex

Roderick “Rory” Cameron left his idyllic Mediterranean villa, Le Clos, on the French Riviera after downsizing from his mother’s (Lady Kenmare) oft publicized villa, La Fiorentina, in the exclusive enclave of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Soon following his mother’s death he escaped the Riviera due to burgeoning crowds for Ireland with a romantic assumption he would make it […]

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Truex Provence

Posted July 5, 2013. Filed in Provence, Understated Luxury, Van Day Truex

Van Day Truex – once dean of The Parsons School of Design and design director of Tiffany & Co., and friend of Billy Baldwin and teacher to Albert Hadley – epitomized restraint and elegance. Truex is famous for his design directive: “Control, edit and distill”. A distillation of his thoroughly edited approach to classicism was […]

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Toujours Provence

Summertime in Provence is a feast for the senses – fields of sleep-inducing lavender contrasting the positively sunny disposition of row upon row of sunflowers; the colorful and tempting displays of fruit, vegetables and flowers at village marchés arranged in eye-catching compositions reminiscent of a Cezanne or Van Gogh; aromatic herbs carrying their heady notes […]

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