i have been an admirer from afar of carolyne roehm as long as i can remember, so you can only imagine how thrilled i was to to sit down last week and talk to her about her childhood, her fashion career, her style, her blog, her dogs, her new book, carolyne roehm- at home in the garden/ order here, and of course her passion for “blue & white” (we also talked about her upcoming halloween party and her new favorite hangouts- lowes and trader joes).

another thing carolyne is passionate about is gardening and entertaining. she told me she fell in love with gardening at a very early age. she spent a lot of time on her grandmothers farm in missouri. her grandmother had beautiful flower and vegetable gardens. she credits her grandmother and oscar de la renta as being the biggest influences on her life, more on that tomorrow in part 2 of my interview with carolyne.

carolyne and i talked most about her passion for gardens and for nature…and we talked a lot about her gardens at weatherstone, her home in connecticut. each of the gardens at weatherstone have been lovingly crafted to serve as an outdoor living room, where hours are passed at work, alone or enjoying with company. this concept of making our gardens an extension of our home is really compelling and inspiring.

i was around in the 80’s and carolyne was the fixture that illuminated during this time…..her beauty, her lifestyle, her homes, her parties and her fashion career were center stage….speaking with her about this time i got the sense that of course this was a magical time, but what she really finds magical and real is the beauty of nature and of course her beautiful gardens.

i really enjoyed getting to know carolyne. she’s warm, gracious and very funny. she is passionate about her home and inspired by her gardens, and with her new book she is giving us insight into how to be at home in the garden, literally and brilliantly! enjoy!







MDS- How would you define your style?

CR- Classic and, I hope, elegantly timeless.


MDS- Where did you grow up and how do you think that influences your work?

CR- A small town in north eastern Missouri. I don’t think it’s so much where I grew up that had an influence, as much as the family I grew up in, though there are many traits I admire in the classic Mid Westerner that I hope I have – straight forward, grounded and accepting of people. In a town of 9,000 people, there wasn’t a lot of distraction, which gave way to a need for a powerful imagination, and plenty of time for that imagination to be expanded.


MDS- If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?

CR- Earlier I would have said, an opera singer but now knowing how hard and sometimes lonely that life can be, I would choose to be an explorer.


MDS- Who or what is inspiring you right now?

CR- For the last couple of years I’ve been fascinated by certain artists, in particular Maria Sibylla Merian and Alexander Marshal.

Maria Sibylla Merian  illustration

Maria Sibylla Merian illustration

MDS- What is the favorite room in your home?

CR- My studio


MDS- Is there anything you obsessively collect?

CR- I used to always say I am to plates, what Imelda Marcos was to shoes, but if I do anything obsessively, it would be collecting flowers and trees.


MDS- Fill in the blank: “I could never own too many ____________ .”

CR- Varieties of tulips


MDS- If you could decorate anyone’s house – who’s would it be and why?

CR- Catherine the Great – forward thinking, great taste and and an endless budget.


MDS- What do you want to be known for?

Helping women feeling confident in their personal style and lifestyle choices.


MDS- What do you think is chic, stylish and glamorous?

CR- A very broad question! If we’re talking about the world of design, I think classic elegance is timeless, and chic, stylish and glamorous. The enduring things that remain regardless of trends and fashion and style – anything that stands the test of time for me.


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