Dallas resident Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, wife, mother, author and entertaining expert extraordinaire shares her chic insight on the good life with great friend Lance Avery Morgan

2016novdec_culture_main-image-largish-pg-1-kimberly-schlegel-whitmanMy style icon is… Texas women, because they are bold and elegant at the same time. They simply aren’t afraid to try a new look, or to style a designer’s vision in their own way.  

A classic designer I wish was still designing today is… Elsa Schiaparelli, because of her dramatic and chic, yet cheeky designs.

 When it comes to one must-have clothing item… I almost always have an oversized Hermes cashmere scarf with me – it’s so versatile and a fun way to add color to any basic look. 

My favorite coffee table style book…is actually my latest book Monograms for the Home: The Art of Making Your Mark. 

The best souvenir I ever brought home is… since my parents started a gold charm bracelet for my travels as a young girl, I’ve added a charm from every city we visited and I continue adding to it to this day.

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to recently is… magical Venice. I just returned from celebrating my birthday with my husband, Justin.

The last meal that truly impressed me was… every single pasta dish I ate in Italy last week – each one was better than the last.

If I had to limit my shopping to one neighborhood in one city…NorthPark Center in Dallas would certainly do the trick!

An artist whose work I would collect is… I love all of the Abstract Expressionists. I have a very small collection, yet always have my eye on adding more.

The best gift I have given recently is:  to each of the hostesses of my recent birthday lunch: a monogrammed porcelain tray from our new Halo Home by KSW collaboration with Pickard.

The best gift I have received is… my friendships.

The thing I am eyeing next is… anything from the new Gucci collection, and especially the tweed jacket with the Sheffield dogs.

An indulgence I would never forego is… keeping flowers in the house. When I first moved to New York, my mother insisted that I always keep at least one flower in my apartment at all times. It’s the same now in Dallas.

In my fridge you will always find…Vueve Clicquot champane and Hall Wines.

I love connecting to the worldwith my blogs KimberySchlegelWhitman. blogspot.com and RSVPCalendar.com

If I didn’t live in this city I’d live in… Charleston, because I love the appreciation they have for their history and their great sense of Southern style.

I love to read… many biographies, historical fiction and parenting books. On my nightstand now are The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory, and The Six: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters by Laura Thompson.

If I weren’t doing what I do, I would be… a historian.