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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!
What the two ladies viewed and experienced became fodder for the School of Flaunt, so much money, such bad taste and oh those terrible manners. Something had to be done! Hence, The School of Flaunt Handbook was born. Read More
Votre Maison All Gated Communities are not Created Equal!
Published: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Margaret Russell and Mary Douglas Drysdale
Votre Maison "All Gated Communities are not Created Equal!"
Does Margaret Russell know where you live? She certainly should. Why? Because she is the editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, the most prestigious interiors magazine in the United States. Keep Up Students!
This leads us to choosing an Interior Designer. Needless to say their job is usually easier when you have a view but basically their most important work is to introduce you to the elegance and taste of a truly unique home. Remember we said, "elegance and taste." Pity the poor home that has twenty rooms but is decorated piecemeal with objects from the Dollar Store or your local Assistance League. Note: Look to frequenting "estate sales" and we do not mean "yard sales" and absolutely no dumpster diving either! Chances of you finding anything of real value are a million in one shot. The thrill of the chase, wearing a hat, sunglasses and disguise to rifle through someone's trash with the hopes of finding an antique are just not worth it. But back to yard sales - Heaven forbid you are seen by someone's staff who might be at this yard sale and they recognize you. We feel like a "case of the bends" is starting at just thinking about that entire scenario.
If you bring this up to a prospective designer for them to do, well some might, but we seriously doubt that most would like to spend their weekends going to yard sales. Don't be surprised if this isn't their reaction: first we can see their eyes rolling up into the back of their head as you ask them to do this. Then they frantically are closing their portfolio of previous jobs, tripping over your ugly little coffee table that has your Grandmother's doilies on it and have started running for the nearest exit screaming for someone to help them find the front door! After they get back to their office they are trying to makeup their minds if they had just awoken from a nightmare or did it really happen? When they decide it was for real they will be on the phone ASAP. Wait until this gets around the decorating community. No one will return your calls!
Now if this isn't enough to make you stop and think, picture this awful scene when you are dumpster diving: the local police stopping you while you are rifling through someone's trash cans at night for a non-existent treasure. Remember they writeup reports that usually end up in the local paper to fill space but in this case it will probably make some headlines because of your status in the community: "Socialite Caught Rifling Through Upscale Neighborhood's Trash Cans!" When asked what she was doing she replied, "Oh dumpster diving for goodies. It is so much fun." Please will someone get us a glass of champagne and a pillow to relax on while we try to recoup from that ugly little picture! Your reputation is simply ruined, you might as well move out of town!
But we have digressed: back to choosing a designer, you might try a budding new one but be very careful here and if unsure stick with the tried and true designers with pedigrees that resemble: Albert Hadley & Sister Parish, Billy Baldwin, Barbara Barry, Mark Hampton, Barry Darr Dixon, Joel Woodward, Mary Douglas Drysdale or Mario Buatta. They are worth the investment and we are sure their designs will speak School of Flaunt.
We have only skimmed the surface of Lesson Four in The School of Flaunt Handbook. Here is one question from our Lesson Four Quiz:
What should a Gated Community have?
a. A Guard House manned 24/7!
b. A private golf course
c. If on the water, each home should have its own private dock
d. Air strip for private planes
e. $450 space rent for your double wide including trash pick up
f. A. B & C
Answer: F - Air strips are way too noisy for the neighbors. Think John Travolta with his commercial plane - YIKES! If the area should have landing rights for Helicopters make sure they have restricted hours. If you answered E you have been thrown our of the School of Flaunt!
Now who are these two lovely ladies pictured below? Puhleese this is one of our simplest questions! Scroll down below for the correct answer. And now go to our web site and get our book immediately!
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