Ushering in Springtime with Carolyne Roehm

Just in time for spring to start popping out, we have a wonderful chat with the multi-faceted and talented Carolyne Roehm.  From her start as a fresh faced mid-western college grad taking on the famed New York garment district in the early 70s to her long tenure with Oscar de la Renta, her own fashion label, personal ups and downs and some pretty romantic sounding adventures in Europe - Carolyne shared much of what makes this gentle presence such a long lasting force in American style. Her passions are well documented in several publications and her latest is titled simply Flowerswhich showcases the amazing beauty found in her own gardens at Weatherstone, her Connecticut home. While she does have help, she is clearly a hands-on gardener. In order to capture her flowers at their most beautiful moments, Carolyne realized that she needed to be the one to shoot the images for the book as well, and so she did. It's truly a feast for the eyes.

We also chatted a lot about Carolyne's rebuilding of her 18th century Connecticut house after a devastating fire that gutted nearly all but the original 3-foot deep stone walls. The rebuilding of the house necessitated re-creating all the gardens as well.  So have a listen - it's a good conversation!


She is delightful as always! Loved listening to this chat -what a fascinating life she has led.
Hillary said…
Just stumbled onto your blog for the first time and love that you offer audio interviews! Not something I've seen before and totally enjoy!! Thanks!
Jennifer said…
Enjoyed this interview very much - - in fact, I listened twice!