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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Her granddaughter is Stella Tennant

The New York Times.

What I adore about this photo:

1. It's DEBO!

2. She's wearing an Yves Klein Blue-hued scarf.

3. And two watches.

4. The gloves resting on the fender, presumably to dry.

5. The chalk-y pink walls.

6. That chintz.

["A Duchess With a Common Touch"]

18 comments:

Concrete Jungle said...

Just marvelous....such grace! Thanks for the links.

nkp said...

Ha, I am in an Anglo mood this weekend as well. It must be this brisk, cold weather we're having. So, admittedly, I had to investigate Stella Tennant. Clearly I am no follower of fashion. But now you've stumped me on "DEBO?" I'll risk looking like the fool and ask, huh?

The two watches-freaking awesome. I feel completely naked without my watch, I might just have to wear a backup now, you know, just in case.

my favorite and my best said...

i LOVE her! also she looks just like stella tennant. or i guess stella looks like her is more appropriate.
inside my mind sometimes i am a duchess who lives in a chintz filled country estate.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

Such a great photo-love the pink walls and horse portrait with the gold frame- and lady Tennant with the two watches and great style- fabulous!

Raina Cox said...

nkp - The Duchess' first name is Deborah, her nickname is Debo.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

She's a force of nature -- any woman who feeds chickens in a ball gown is good by me!
Alcira

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

Tara Dillard said...

Did you catch the bit about alcoholic, philandering hubby???

Obviously, she's the best Mitford sister.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

susieq said...

Love this post. Love the photo. Debo's rocking the 2 watches bit.

David said...

"Haven't we had enough?" You know that simple question sent everyone in the room scrambling to pick up their coats and head for the door.

nkp said...

Aaah, gotcha. I am no royal follower. Thanks!

The Down East Dilettante said...

Confession: I have a very good sofa that was my grandmother's, and when the time came to have it re-done (off white duck, I'm that kinda guy, I'm afraid), I nearly wept at the loss of the peony chintz...

And how do the British do those chalky paint jobs so well? I tried doing one of those here in the New England farmhouse...not so good...

Modern Country Lady said...

The Mitford Sisters- a phenomenon.
Great taste and great wits.
The book - forgot the title as I gave it to my mum later as she adores them- of correspondence between the Mitford sisters is laughin-out-loud funny.
Deborah and Jessica and also Nancy would write to each other and call each other Sue- so the letter would go " dear Sue " and end Yours affectionately , Sue ( Heeheehee).
The Mitfords all share a fantastic bone structure and could possibly all have been models but married titled and well off guys instead- well , most of them did .
One of the granddaughers of the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire ( as that is what Debo is really really ) , named Sophia, leaves near me and I see her in the supermarket every once in a while.Walking history!!!!

Appletree said...

I had to Google Stella Tennant and the Mitford Sisters. Two watches though is just cool on an old broad.

Raina Cox said...

TDED - You need:

1. Plaster walls

2. The most matte of paints

3. European light

I'm guessing you didn't have at least one of those ingredients.

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Don't forget the pony painting in the back ground. Her first ride and her first love. Am I crazy or just a Wasp, I dig the pink walls!

erin@designcrisis said...

I am running to dig out all my unworn watches right now... I'm guessing if an old lady can rock two, then I will try to fit at least 10 on my arm.

Topaz said...

Something tells me she would have been glad to have divorced the alcoholic, philandering husband as long as she got to keep the fantastic manor home and the dogs, but that's not the way things work over there.

tulpen said...

See why I LOVE old ladies??

She's gorgeous.