Charlotte Cosby, the Woman Behind Some of Farrow & Ball's Most Iconic Paint Shades, Shares a Few of Her Favorite Things
Her home decorating and style mottos are the same: Paint and dress with comfort in mind.
In the sea of paint chips out there, it's nothing short of a miracle to create not one (Elephant's Breath), but multiple colors with cult followings. Therein lies the magic of English paint and wallpaper company Farrow & Ball, where Charlotte Cosby, Head of Creative, has lent her vision for the past 13 years. (A recent SNL skit further proved the love is real.)
The Bournemouth-raised mom—of two kids and a tortoise named Julian—finds inspiration in Dorset's coastal beauty, travel, and historic British homes and books: A recent collaboration with London's Natural History Museum, for example, is "a mixture of bright jewel tones, enveloping shades, and enduringly popular neutrals" plucked from the color-classification system Darwin used in his writings.
Cosby's own restrained look ranges, she says, "from French exchange student to accountant." Her philosophy: "I'm a strong believer in following what you like rather than trends, for both fashion and interiors. If you like something, you'll feel comfortable and confident in it."
Ahead, the creative shares a few of her favorite things—from the barely-there beauty products that help her achieve her signature natural look to the bag that carries everything she brings along for the (colorful) ride. Pieces, like a cozy mustard wrap scarf, flattering high-waisted jeans, and a streamlined poplin button-up, from her go-to uniform (a mix of contemporary and vintage) are also included, as are the pencils she uses for designing and note-taking. Her must-haves help her live exactly how she creates—comfortably collected. The goal, in other words: Breathe easy.
"It's big enough to use as a throw when I'm curled up on the sofa, and keeps out the chill when I'm out."
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"I like them for taking notes and sketching ideas. They're great quality and lovely to hold, and never smudge."
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"These tapered, high-rise jeans are effortless and flattering."
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"It holds my laptop, phone, notebook, pencil case, lip balm, wallet, and reusable water bottle."
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"It reminds me of the countryside. I mix it with tonic."
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"It's difficult to find one that matches my skin tone, but this one is spot-on!"
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