One of my favorite columns is this one, in Elle Decor, called Twelve Things I Can’t Live Without.
It’s too often something of the esthete’s Olympics — Pratesi or Frette sheets (check), Cire Trudon candles (check) — with every Stylish Person selected vying for the podium position of Most Elegant Designer In The World.
Here are my twelve:
The anticipation of an imminent journey — preferably one overseas, (preferably to a country that rhymes with pants)
Earl Grey tea, loose and fresh, in a glass jar
A bone china teapot in which to brew tea and a bone china teacup from which to sip it slowly
Pale pink silk lampshades
The weekend Financial Times
A bottle of Blenheim Bouquet cologne, (a 109-year-old scent, officially for men, but so delicious!)
A Big Turk candy bar: pink Turkish delight surrounded by dark chocolate = heaven
Candles: scented, votives, tapers…everywhere, used nightly.
My Moroccan lantern, (which I painted a soft red), whose candle-cast shadows make my suburban New York living room feel like Fez
My passport and green card
How about you?
What are some of the lovely necessities of your life?