Every now and then we stumble upon a blog where we feel like the author really “gets us.” Such was the case with Jennifer Boles’ “The Peak of Chic,” which we at Taigan have been following for years now. Jennifer Boles started “The Peak of Chic” in the Fall of 2006 and focuses on design trends, historical homes, history of design and all things design related. She was recently named “blogosphere darling” by Departures magazine, is a contributing editor to House Beautiful, and recently published her second book, In with the Old: Classic Décor from A to Z. When she’s not writing, reading or thinking about design, Jennifer spends her time traveling, collecting antique and vintage ceramics and buying far too many books. Enjoy some of Jennifer’s favorite finds on Taigan, which of course focus on the classics.
“Trends may come and go, but classic style and design can always be relied upon for their timeless good looks and their everlasting charm.”
Cabbageware – I have a weakness for cabbage and lettuceware china. I think that it might be the only thing I have in common with C.Z. Guest and Brooke Astor, both of whom collected it as well.
“The English Dog at Home” – Man’s best friend and English country houses. Could there be a more classic pairing?
Correspondence Cards – Good manners and a handwritten note never go out of style. (Are you noticing a dog theme here?)
Basket Ice Bucket – As a child, I was fascinated by my mother’s Nantucket bag with its scrimshaw whale emblem. This ice bucket reminds me of her bag, although it’s a lot more practical at cocktail time.
Vintage YSL Necklace – Who says the 1980s didn’t have style? Some of my very favorite fashion jewelry is from this era.
Monogrammed Handkerchief – Call me old-fashioned, but I think that every lady should carry a handkerchief in her handbag.
Pepper Jelly – The quintessential Southern appetizer: pour a jar of pepper jelly over a block of cream cheese and serve with Triscuits. Heaven on a cracker.
Mottahedeh Nodders – I love to decorate with anything in the Chinoiserie style: fabrics, wall coverings, furniture and ceramics. These vintage Mottahedeh nodders are such a charming-looking couple.
Caftan dress – I just returned from a trip to Lyford Cay, where all of the chic women wore breezy caftans. I now want a closet-full of them to wear during Atlanta’s muggy summers.
Porcelain Parrot Tulip – Pamela Tidwell’s porcelain floral masterpieces are true works of art. I already own one and am ready for more.
Sharyn Blond Cocktail Napkins – These embroidered linen and organdy cocktail napkins remind me of the good old days when cocktails were an excuse for evening dress and witty conversation.
Billy Baldwin Decorates – One of the all-time great interior design books is made even more special thanks to author Billy Baldwin’s inscription to Halston.
Patricia Lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller – Christopher’s lamps are highly coveted and with good reason. Not only are they incredibly well-made, they are incredibly chic, too.
Nest Diffusers – I love Nest Diffusers because their fragrant oils make your house smell divine.
Silk Tunic – I have yet to meet a tunic that I don’t love, and I especially love this silk version that comes in so many vibrant colors.