By Caitlin Kelly
I miss travel the most!
Time for something lighter!
The FT’s glossy magazine How to Spend It runs a 21-question survey of people whose taste and opinions they consider interesting.
Here are my answers to their questions:
My personal style signifier
A scarf or muffler, in silk, cashmere, wool, linen.
The last thing I bought and loved
Two throw pillows from Svenkst Tenn, a Swedish department store.
On my wishlist
Travel! To leave the United States and travel far and wide, slowly.
The best gift I’ve given recently
A copy of this book, to a friend I met online (!)
The best gift I have ever received
The massive Times Atlas of the World, given by my then very broke medical student boyfriend, later first husband
In my fridge, you’ll always find
Cheese, half and half, selzer, lemons and limes
My favorite room in my house
House? House!? I wish! Have never owned a house and haven’t lived in one since 1989, a New Hampshire rental. (Our one apartment bathroom is gorgeous, if tiny. I designed it and delight in it.)
The last album I downloaded
I never download and have long lists of things I want to.
I have a serious collection of
Brown and white transferware 19th century china. Linen napkins.
An object I would never part with
My Canadian passport.
An unforgettable place I’ve traveled to in the past year
A nature sanctuary in Pennsylvania, filled with silence and very tall pine trees. Not another soul.
The best souvenir I ever brought home
A set of metal mixing bowls from my favorite cookware store in Montreal — now out of business.
Recently I’ve been reading
A variety of fiction and essays.
The best book I’ve read in the past year
A recent “find”
Doyle online auctions!
If I could, I would collect
I had a memorable meal at
A basic, small-town Italian restaurant in Pennsylvania. Great food. Welcoming staff.
My style icon
Hmmmm. Tough one! Probably Auntie Mame.
My grooming staples
Sunscreen. Many fragrances: L’Eau de l’Artisan by l’Artisan Parfumeur; Chanel Number 5; Terre by Hermes, Prada Iris. Glossier eyebrow liner.
If I weren’t doing what I do, I’d have been
A radio talk show host. Interior designer. Retail store owner. Choreographer.
I can’t wait to get back to
Canada, to see all our friends. Europe, for the same. Travel!