Choose Your Muse





NPG x30081, Deborah Vivien (nÈe Mitford), Duchess of Devonshire


Behind her desk Charlotte Moss has an entire wall filled with images of inspiring women.  I’ve always admired the idea and thought how lovely it would be to someday create a similar wall in my own workspace.  Above, I’ve begun to brainstorm which savvy, stylish women I would like to include.  From top: Moss looking fabulous in T&C this month, Coco Chanel, Fleur Cowles, Jackie Kennedy, “Debo” Duchess of Devonshire, and Elsie de Wolfe.

Who would make it on your wall?

40 comments on “Choose Your Muse

  1. Tod

    Grace Kelly! She is on the cover of Vanity Fair this month and there is an exhibit about her style at the V&A in London. I love her ultra femininity combined with silent strength. And lets be honest… who doesn’t love a princess?

  2. Stevi

    Definitely both Hepburn’s…Audrey and Katharine. Katharine was the perfect example that you can be strong and feminine. Pants can be sexy too. :) And Audrey has forever, the perfect classic style.

  3. Elizabeth Rose

    Audrey Hepburn, Joan Fontaine, Georgia O’Keefe, Queen Reyna, Maureen O’Hara and Mia Hamm…wow so many great women. I need to get started on my muse wall!

  4. Lauren (downtown polish)

    Diane Von Furstenberg, Joni Mitchell, Lauren Hutton, Michelle Obama, Penelope Cruz, Regina Spektor, Christina Hendricks….ah there are so many, I feel like I’m forgetting someone important!

  5. Meagan

    Oh Penelope – the most beautiful woman in the world…I love her. I was thinking along the classics-classic line, but yes, I’d like to add her too. And Meryl Streep and Sophia Loren!

  6. Natalie

    I came across this not entirely scientific theory recently that said something like the three women you admire most (and the reasons for which you admire them) are representive of nascent qualities in yourself. Makes posting their photos in your office or workspace seem all the more important, right?!

  7. lacqueredlife

    Babe Paley (Charlotte has her picture behind her desk!), Amanda Burden (Babe’s daughter), CZ Guest, Jackie O, Audrey, Elsie de Wolfe … and then probably some important women from history like Queens Elizabeth and Victoria of England, Eleanor Roosevelt … the list goes on and on

  8. Kirby

    I love that. michelle kwan would be on my wall and a picture of my friends. I find my friends very inspirational. they all have so many things going for them.

  9. Katie Armour Post author

    Stephanie — Definitely a yes on Bunny, she’s on of my design idols!

    Meagan — Sophia and Meryl, soooo very talented, good thinking!

    Lindsay — Diana’s definitely on the list!!

    Natalie — Now you’re stressing me out : )

    Lacquered Life — Queen Victoria, every since I saw The Young Victoria I’ve been obsessed. And Babe, how could I have left out Babe!

    Kirby — I love that you adore Michelle Kwan! If only I weren’t such a klutz on ice skates : )

  10. Lauren

    Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Little Edie, Diana Vreeland, my late grandmother (aka Ole’ Bird), and my mother.

  11. Habitually Chic

    So fun! I love to read biographies of strong and inspiring women. I think it’s wonderful to give credit to those who have come before us and paved our way. I think that’s why I love Charlotte Moss so much! I will definitely be adding Diana Vreeland, Coco Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Charlotte Moss, Kelly Wearstler and many more to my board soon!

  12. style chronicle

    Great post! I admire and am encouraged by women who have been strong, creative, and have had the courage to pursue their dreams. Those that come to mind are my grandmother, Charlotte Moss, CZ Guest, Syrie Maugham, Edith Wharton, Jane Austen, Coco Chanel, Tory Burch, Aerin Lauder, Diana Vreeland, Marina Rust Connor…

  13. Katie Armour Post author

    Lauren — Love your grandmother’s nickname, I’ll bet she’s fantastic.

    Heather — I love reading biographies too! And good call on Wearstler—she’s carved quite the path for herself.

    Style Chronicle — Jane Austen!!! YES!!! Oh and Marina Rust Conner, she is so beautiful and timeless in her fashion. I love her home in Maine. I bought her first book recently, a signed copy, it didn’t receive great reviews, but I was just so interested… xo

  14. amy

    I must agree with all the ladies above who recommended Audrey Hepburn, Jane Austen, Diane von Furstenberg, and Coco Chanel.

    Would definitely add Barbara Stanwyck, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hedy Lamarr, and I know there are many, many more.

  15. Brandi

    Definitely Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, and my maternal grandmother and her sister (two of the classiest women that ever have been). I’d probably even throw a picture of myself on there, well dressed to remind myself that I can even be my own muse now and then.

  16. Karen

    Dorothy Draper would top my list, and Coco Chanel as well. The Tina Fey idea made me smile!

    But also my grandmother – there is something so poetic about that generation as a whole. Their combination of sophistication and steadfastness in challenging times is inspiring! I never grow tired of hearing their stories.

  17. hiyaluv

    I love this because it is so chic and classic! Jackie O for sure, Chanel, Audrey Hepburn, etc. I am so excited about this… i need to update my little office:) fantastic Katie…truly!

  18. Katie Armour Post author

    So many good ideas—my list has quadrupled!

    Erin — Mother Theresa, how could we not?

    Tricia — He met Grace Kelly??? Dying of envy.

    Amy — Eleanor Roosevelt—love her quotations, smart, smart woman!

    Brandi — Wish I could have met your grandmother and her sister, sound like quite the pair!

    Robyn — How I adore Julie Christie!

    Karen — Draper, check. And I’m in full agreement with the romanticism of our grandparents’ era. I’m a bit infatuated myself…

    Punctuation Mark – Adding Catherine Deneuve and Isabel Allende (loved House of Spirits) to my list!

    Gina — Glad you like the idea, you should create one too! xo

    Dana — Wintour now that would give us big scary shoes to fill : ) So looking forward to Sloane!

  19. mosey

    Audrey Hepburn, for certain. She’d be centered on the wall. Mary Pickford – not only for her unique looks and starring roles, but for carving a path early in the century as the co-founder of United Artists. I’d also put up a newer classic – Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    Thanks for popping by to visit today!

  20. Katie Armour Post author

    Mosey — Love that you included Maggie! I think the is so adorable! I cut my hair short like hers when I lived in Switzerland a few years back. She’s such a stylish, smart young woman! xoxo

  21. Katie Armour Post author

    Fallon — Love Millay’s poems!

    Rikshaw — Gandhi, cute little man, you kill me : )

    Cathy — Some smarties, I like it!

    Michelle — Kate Moss, if only we all had such style…sigh.

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