Rita Rita

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Today’s quote got me thinking about the interiors that have shaped my own creative vision and this of course led me to my Grandmother Rita (snapped above by family friend, photographer Lilly Dong).  To me, Rita is in so many ways the epitome of grace and chic.  Her home on a hilltop overlooking California’s Edna Valley vineyards in my favorite place in all the world.  She and my grandfather Buddy renovated the old ranch house and gave it new life.  Inside it’s brimming with treasures they collected during their travels around the world—India, France, Russia, Thailand, Nepal…  My favorite part about Rita’s decorating is that it’s eclectic—new and old, heirloom and thrift.  On top of an antique china cabinet sits an ultra modern artichoke-esque light fixture.  The straight edged, mid-century dining table is set off by a mix of antique dining chairs (seats all upholstered by Rita in the same plaid).  A pair of wooden wings carved by Tony Duquette hang high on the walls.  Much of the art is by Corita Kent, others my Grandmother painted herself.  Every room showcases the views of the vineyards.  There’s nothing pretentious or stuffy about the place, it’s just full of light and life and oh-so-beautiful things.  Below, some photos I snapped on my last visit.  Love you Grandma-ma!

















An old print of my grandparents on their wedding day.  Miss you Grandpa Buddy, this one’s for you.

26 comments on “Rita Rita

  1. Lori Plyler

    Oh my, your grandmother is beautiful and her house is absolutely TO DIE FOR! It’s my ideal from the cozy den to the great dining room. Love every bit of it.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. JOY

    wow… i had to reread where you said it was your grandparents house.. it looks straight out of a magazine! your grandma is so classicly chic too.. want to meet her!! next time i go for a visit i’m going to have have to do the same thing.. i absolutely draw from my grandma’s style..

  3. Estee

    Your grandmother is so glamorous! She has impecable taste in her home (and in men, Grandpa Buddy looked a cutie!). I love that you took photos of her home and I thank you for sharing such beauty. I love the gilt edged mirror above the chest of drawers and I love the cross stitched cat cushion, did she make it herself?

  4. Jill

    Wow, I can definitely see how she influenced your style and taste! And why her home is your very favorite place. Gorgeous.

  5. Abby

    Thanks for stopping by the blog! This is a fantastic post, very well done. You’re grandmother looks like one of those eternally stylish people I hope to grow up as. What a beautiful shot of their wedding.

  6. Rachel

    Thanks for the sweet comments on my blog!

    Wow – what a beautiful house!! It sounds like you were fortunate to have 2 wonderful and interesting grandmothers, and your grandmother Rita’s house is certainly inspirational!! I love the mis-matched chairs, and the views are just to die-for.

    Love your blog! Count me in as a Neo-Traditionalist!

  7. Joanna

    Your grandmother oozes style and is incredibly gorgeous to boot! I want to be just like her when I grow up.

    P.S. I love Edna Valley wine.

  8. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Joanna — I’m sure Rita would be flattered if you posted her picture — you are too cute. Post away! I’m not sure if she’s left for her month in Egypt yet—if not, I’ll have to tell her she’s internet famous! XO

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