Recently, I shared with you the loss of my precious dog Bentley. On Thursday, I suffered another great loss, my precious Mother and best friend. For any of you who have read my book, you know that my Mother was my greatest inspiration and most important mentor! Her life was lived with grace, style, and so much faith. She has truly taught me all the important things that I know. I wanted you to see the person who so inspired me to write The Collected Tabletop and constantly supported me in my design career.
Margaret Crisp Stratton
From the Introduction of The Collected Tabletop:
In the 1950’s, I observed my mother and her friends entertaining in a style that fascinated me. Each had interesting china patterns and tabletop collections. This inspired me even as a young child. Memories of Mother’s bridge club parties are still fondly imprinted in my mind. When Mother’s turn came to have bridge club at our home, I was always lurking in the shadows. I can still see Mother and her friends assemble for bridge club in their marvelous 1950’s fashions and those to-die-for alligator stiletto heels, having a pre-bridge cocktail and smoking, which seemed extremely sophisticated to me at the time. I believe those observations of fashion and entertaining have greatly influenced my personal style.