Category Archives: Design

Honoring H. F. du Pont and His Lasting Influence

During this, the 25th anniversary year of Jayne Design Studio, Winterthur Fellow and Delaware Antiques Show keynote speaker Thomas Jayne and filmmaker Simon Blake have collaborated to honor Henry Francis du Pont and his extraordinary vision for Winterthur Museum. In … Continue reading

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Letters from Jackie: A Personal Piece of Camelot

Last week dozens of handwritten letters by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis sold at auction in Palm Beach, Florida, for a total of $28,400. The letters were personal correspondence and thank you notes by the former First Lady to her interior designer, … Continue reading

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Winterthur’s Beauty, Quality, and Style Inspire Interesting and Sometimes Unexpected Licensed Products

For more than 30 years, Winterthur has collaborated with some of the nation’s finest firms to offer home furnishings and gifts inspired by its world-renowned collection of American antiques, the decorative arts library, and the nearly 1,000-acre estate. Similar to … Continue reading

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Decorator Showhouse Inspiration and Design

The 2013 Oxford Arts Alliance Decorator Showhouse and Gardens opened October 4 in Westover Hills, on the outskirts of Wilmington, with a well-attended Gala Preview Party the evening before. The 1927 Tudor-style house at 1106 Hopeton Road, just a few … Continue reading

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Smoke & Mirrors: Modern Chic

The seventh annual Winterthur Design Conference, on September 21 and 22, focuses on 20th-century interiors and use of shadow, reflection, and mystery as a source of inspiration. It’s not too late to join us on Saturday for a dynamic day … Continue reading

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The Art of the Table: H.F. du Pont’s Table Settings Part 1

When Jackie Kennedy decided to restore the White House, she asked her mother’s old friend Henry Francis du Pont to chair the committee. He was her top choice because, as she told Life magazine in 1961, “Without him on the … Continue reading

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Green: One of the Prettiest Colors There Is

“I think color is the thing that really counts more than any other,” said Henry Francis du Pont in reflecting on his approach to decorating long after Winterthur had opened as a museum. Color is the most important characteristic of … Continue reading

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Light and Shadow: André Kertész at Winterthur

In 1951, before Winterthur opened fully to the public, legendary photographer André Kertész (1894–1985) visited on a photo shoot for Vogue and House & Garden magazines. His images capture the unique light of the spaces, dramatic shadows cast by objects, easily overlooked … Continue reading

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Winterthur during World War II: The Curtain Project

I am trying to get the entire house catalogued—sewing labels on all the curtains showing the rooms and seasons in which they are to be used etc. and I think it will be another year before I am entirely through … Continue reading

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Diana and Harry: A Chic Friendship

This is the second of two posts related to Winterthur’s Chic It Up design conference and the styles of the 1960s by Maggie Lidz, Winterthur’s estate historian and curator of garden objects. A more unlikely pair than the very private … Continue reading

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