PORTRAIT OF A LADY - Jane Keltner de Valle


As Architectural Digest’s Style Director, Jane Keltner de Valle curates and tells stories about the most interesting, relevant things in design, which is an amazing, daily feat. What’s even more extraordinary is her careful regard for all elements of style with a capital S, on and off the pages of AD  fashion, writing, decorum, art, architecture, interiors…. It’s all connected and it’s all different, and Jane highlights that beautifully. We loved sitting down to get to know her as a Larkspur Lady. The holidays felt fitting  a time of year when tradition and memories abound, as Jane’s mom was Emily’s second grade teacher (young E was her favorite student, of course). Emily then met Jane when she was a baby  and all these years later, we chatted about everything from her own children to silver bells for Christmas.

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Jane Keltner de Valle

 

What drew me to the Larkspur & Hawk jewelry I am wearing…

The colors are intoxicating, the shapes are timeless, and there’s a real weight to the pieces without them feeling overly precious or intimidating. 

 

They are perfect for…

Everything. I love the way they frame the face.

 

I am wearing them with…

A Rosie Assoulin shirt and Co skirt

A pink de Gournay robe 

 

My jewelry traditions (or daily rituals)...

My wedding band and a great pair of earrings.

 

To me, Larkspur & Hawk means...

Modernity meets antiquity.

 

My style in three words...

Crisp, classic, feminine.

 

What's inspiring me right now.... (e.g. artist, exhibit, hobby, historical period, et al)

Cy Twombly’s villa in Gaeta, Italy.

 

My favorite vacation ever…

Disney World with our son, followed by a week at the Surf Club.

 

My favorite color combination is...

Powder blue and salmon.

 

My favorite flower…

Greenery.

 

To me, a necessary indulgence...

Weekly blowouts.

 

Something old I love…

Tapestries.

 

Something new I love...

A brand new date book. I may be the last person alive who still keeps a physical one.

 

My favorite thing to give for the holidays…

Silver bells monogrammed with my children’s names and the year. My parents gave me one each year growing up. They hold so many memories and make for beautiful Christmas tree ornaments.

 

My favorite thing to get for the holidays…

Anything my son, Roman, makes for me.

 

The best holiday party ever (is/was)...

Any party conceived by Bettina Prentice is always magical.

 

My interior design philosophy…

Rome wasn’t built in a day. The best homes are deeply personal and represent years of collecting.

 

My favorite home/interiors brands…

Carolina Irving and Daughters tableware and Paul Arnhold glass vases.

 

What's next for me (personally and/or at Architectural Digest)...

Our first Christmas as a family of four!

Olivia Large Day Night Earrings Regular price $1,900
Olivia Button Rivière Regular price $5,400