Now that my mind is constantly in tune with how fashion and furnishings are overlapping more and more (see my recent A-List for more on that cool phenom), I couldn’t help but be excited about meeting up with jewelry designer Monica Rich Kosann, who hosted a jewelry trunk show at Somerset Collection’s Neiman Marcus last week. Monica wrote the book on living with what you love. Really, literally, she did write the book — and it’s called Living with what You Love: Decorating with Family Photos, Cherished Heirlooms, and Collectibles.
As a famed portrait photographer, Monica has spent a career helping people add the icing on their home’s cake — the personality! She artfully presents family photography, heirlooms, and collectibles in very cool ways. And now she’s the queen of great jewelry design. Monica has grown her brand from small home accessories such as frames, photo albums, etc., that originated from her photography background to a full line of fine jewelry and recently, handbags.
As for the jewelry she showed me the other day, I’m in love with her planet line, as well as her gate line.
“The planet line is very personal, each has true meaning for the one who wears it,” Monica told me (she’s in the photo above, on the right; I’m on the left). And that’s exactly how I feel about interior design — whatever we surround ourselves with, it better reflect exactly whom we are. If our homes reflect the very essence of what we love, then we’ve succeeded.
Monica’s jewelry and home collections offer modern heirlooms that maintain a sense of fashion and timeless style, rooted in the concept that every woman has a story to tell. And isn’t that what interior design is all about as well? Our spaces have stories to tell and so do many of the items within our spaces.
I like Monica’s personal approach to design; it is very similar to my intentions. I aim to create interiors that reflect the personality and lifestyle of my clients.
Monica’s roots are in fine-art portrait photography. The personal nature and heirloom quality of her portraits formed her interest in jewelry design — she started creating lockets and charm bracelets, inspired by vintage objets d’art of the 1920s and 30s.
I love Monica’s collection; each jewelry piece has soul. Her creations are modern, yet feminine and charming.
Check out Monica’s designs and let me know what you think. Do you have a favorite piece?