Thursday, January 25

Profile: The Peak of Chic

Jennifer of The Peak of Chic

When I received the comment, “I too admired Babe Paley's style, and I loved her taxicab yellow living room designed by Parish Hadley,” I knew I had met my match. So of course the first thing I did was go to The Peak of Chic blog site.

And, just as I had suspected, it was fabulous! I didn’t know there was anyone else under 4o that loved out-of-print design and lifestyle books, C.Z. Guest, Dorothy Rodger’s My Favorite Things and scoured vintage issues of House and Garden (I don’t have any as far back as 1936!).

Jennifer, the mastermind behind The Peak of Chic, like me, is new to the blogging world. Let’s find out more about her:

Which interior designer would you most like to meet?
It's a tie- Albert Hadley and Miles Redd

How would you spend the day?
We (meaning Albert, Miles, and me) would spend the morning at the D&D Building (in NYC) going through showrooms and looking at fabrics and wallcoverings. Then, in the afternoon, we would go to their favorite shops. By early evening, we would have drinks and Triscuits in Albert's chic apartment (I read somewhere that he serves Triscuits to his guests!), and then we would proceed to Miles' glorious apartment and have dinner in his David Adler marble bathroom!

What is your favorite CD at the moment?
Bobby Short- "Late Night at the Cafe Carlyle" (and no, I'm not 75 years old but my husband sometimes wonders with my taste in music)

What personal characteristics do you most dislike in a person?
Insincerity and insecurity.

If you could vacation anywhere in the world where would it be?
Venice or St. Petersburg.

What favorite luxury in life?
Curling up in bed with a good design book!

What is your favorite place to shop?
Bergdorf Goodman

What is your most prized possession?
A sterling silver revere bowl that my sister gave me before my wedding. On it is an engraved inscription of a saying that my sister and I used to have when we were little girls.

Who is your favorite style icon?
I have two- in terms of fashion and all-around style, it would be Diana Vreeland. In terms of design, it would be a man (!)- Van Day Truex, the late design director of Tiffany's back in the 1960's (he had truly great taste).


Anna said...

Oh, I love this Ronda & Jennifer. A beautiful photo and a beautiful profile. I love both of your sites as well. Anna

ALL THE BEST said...

Thanks Anna! Of course, you already know how much I love your blog! We’re just one big, mutual admiration society! :-)

The Peak of Chic said...

Thanks for the profile! It was fun being interviewed!

the preppy princess said...

Again, it's great getting to know everyone and seeing how many things we have in common style wise!

Fairfax said...

Ditto to PP... The silver Revere bowls, the Dorothy Rodgers books and many more things are what we all have in common, including a well-developed sense of style and taste.

ALL THE BEST said...

Fairfax, isn't that funny that we all have the Dorothy Rodgers book.

ALL THE BEST said...

PoC, thank you again! I have received three emails commenting on your lovely profile!

Mark Cutler said...

How refreshing to read your interview, and by extension this blog. I am a designer from Los Angeles (Australia Orig.) and I just love the old school designers like Albert Hadley, but the fact that you cited Van Day as well, so few people realise that he is almost single handedly responsible for creating the profession of Interior Design as it is today, and what a man of great style he was!
I am sure you read his biography.
I will definitely check out your blog.