The Town Country Coast Handbook

GINGHAM – Give me gingham or give me death! This small check of dyed, lightweight woven yarn is a staple for us at TCC.  We love buffalo check equally, but if you meet someone that corrects you, calling gingham “vichy”- hang on to them, tightly.  Never let them go.  They are your people.

LATTICE - A structure of crossed wooden or metal strips usually arranged to form a diagonal pattern of open spaces between the strips. We love it with roses climbing up it in a garden or as a wire outdoor decorative feature on which vines grow to create a pattern.

TOLE - enameled or lacquered metalware, usually with gilt decoration, often used, especially in the 18th century, for trays, and lampshades.  TCC tole collections focus on floral, fruit and bows. The ‘chippier’ the better.

TRELLIAGE – see lattice, but better.

WICKER - Pliable twigs, typically of willow, plaited or woven to make items such as furniture and baskets.  No traditional home whether in town, in country or on the coast would be complete without touches of wicker.

TOPIARY – Topiary is the horticultural practice of training perennial plants by clipping the foliage and twigs of trees, shrubs and subshrubs to develop and maintain clearly defined shapes, whether geometric or fanciful. Topiaries yes, succulents, no. 

GERANIUM – One of the only flowers that matter in the TCC world.  Whether in town, country or coast, these are a welcomed sight as the weather allows.

CHINTZ – A printed, glazed cotton fabric that dates back to the 16th century.  If you’re like me, all you need is an 80s floral chintz and you’re perfectly content. See also – Mario Buatta. 

NEEDLEPOINT – The needlepoint pillow is for the most dedicated TCC girl or guy. If you collect them you are a club member. I f you order custom designed blanks and sew them yourself you are hardcore. I am simply a member and proud of it.

RUFFLE – more, more ruffles, please. Add them to everything.  Most certainly add them to pillows and skirted sofas and chairs.  Be brave and add them to the edge of drapery panels. 

LAURA ASHLEY – Take me back! This is an English company many TCC girls know and love from the 90s.  If you were in the know you dressed yourself and your room in Laura Ashley.  Meet a Laura Ashley girl from the 90s and you’ll be sure to swap “what pattern did you have in your bedroom” stories.

MARIO BUATTA – We kneel before the prince of chintz.  If we were into tattoos ours wouldn’t say “mother” it would say “Mario”.

D PORTHAULT – If you know, you know.  Exquisite French bedding collection that is collected by the most discerning tastemakers.  You will always have me at a D Porthault print. 

SCALLOPS – No, you don't sear these and eat them.  These are a decorative element that has a series of half loops and are coveted in the world of TCC.

TROMPE L’OEIL – We love a visual illusion!  Puffy bows faux painted behind a row of antique plates?  Yes! Artist Fernand Renard painted trompe l’oeil scenes on the storage cabinets that line a room at Bunny Mellons’ greenhouse complex in Virginia. One cabinet door includes an image of a ring hung on a ribbon and once the door was opened, there was a hook with a ribbon, onto which Bunny safely threaded her wedding band before gardening. If it’s overly thoughtful and over the top, sign us up.

 GRANDMILLENIAL – A person of the millennial generation, tired of the trends of beige, bland and fiddle leaf figs.  One that prefers a layered and storied life and an environment full of gingham, chintz and hand painted everything. Coined by queen GM, Emma Bazilian.  I am not a millennial and TCC has no age, but we certainly are all very grand, indeed.