Thomas Jefferson Inspires Design in 2013
“…it may be said that Mr. Jefferson is the first American who has consulted
the Fine Arts to know how he should shelter himself from the weather.”
-The Marquis de Chastellux, 1782 on his first visit to Monticello
Collector, gardener, traveler, reader, connoisseur — Thomas Jefferson cultivated all the arts of living. And everything started at home, his beloved Monticello. The Virginia house nourished him and continues to inspire visitors today. Designer Charlotte Moss and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham show us why in the November issue of House Beautiful.
House Beautiful magazine, a leading authority on American home design and decoration, recently announced the launch of a “pop up” guest editor series and named renowned interior designer, Charlotte Moss, as guest editor for the November 2013 issue themed “The Arts of Living.” A trustee of Monticello, Moss saw the November issue as a natural opportunity to highlight Jefferson’s legacy in design. She reached out to Pulitzer Prize winning author, Executive Editor at Random House, and fellow Monticello trustee, Jon Meacham to collaborate. As a result of this extraordinary collaboration, the November issue, on newsstands now, includes images from a photo shoot at Monticello with displays curated by Moss, and an exclusive essay by Meacham titled “The Jeffersonian Ideal.”
After spearheading the November issue, Moss will join the House Beautiful masthead as an ongoing contributor. During the span of her 25 year career in design, Charlotte Moss has designed private residences as well as collections of fabric, furniture, carpet, china, home fragrance and decorative accessories. In addition, she has written seven books and lectured widely. Charlotte serves on the advisory boards of the New York School of Interior Design, the Bard Center for Graduate Studies, the Couture Council of the Fashion Institute of Technology, the Bone Marrow Foundation, and has been project chair for the UNICEF Snowflake Gala for the past five years. Charlotte has received many awards for her work including the 2010 Timeless Design Award, given by the Royal Oak Foundation, in recognition of her work in design, historical preservation and philanthropy. She was also honored with Elle Decor’s Vision Award in December of 2009. She has received an Honorary Doctorate from the New York School of Interior Design and the Women of Achievement Award from Edith Wharton Restoration.
Jon Meacham is the author, most recently, of Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, a No. 1 New York Times bestseller that has been named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, The Seattle Times, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson. He is also the author of the New York Times bestsellers Franklin and Winston and American Gospel. Executive editor and executive vice president of Random House, Meacham is a contributing editor to Time magazine, the former longtime editor of Newsweek, and has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post. He is a regular contributor on Meet the Press, Morning Joe, and Charlie Rose. Meacham is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and serves on the boards of the New-York Historical Society; the Churchill Centre; and of The McCallie School. He is a former trustee and Regent of The University of the South and has served on the vestries of St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue and Trinity Church Wall Street.