Barbara Barry’s name is synonymous with luxury — not an overwhelming, ostentatious luxury, but the kind of luxury that represents a life well-lived. Like the luxury of drinking tea in her serene California home. The luxury of the finest materials, of clean lines in an uncluttered space, of reading a classic novel in a sun-washed room. These are, afterall, the things that make life special — and how else would you define luxury?
We asked Barbara to share with us the things that make her happiest — those items that inspire her designs, her watercolors, her life. Her answers are often simple things — but they each represent her unique brand of luxury.
I feel naked without them.
ii. Ironed Pajamas
It makes a world of difference! The cool crispness makes me feel special.
iii. Fresh Linens
Nothing like getting into a freshly made bed. I feel renewed and taken care of…a sense of well-being comes over me.
iv. Good Soap
Everyday luxury is a French milled soap. It is milled to a smooth hardness that produces the finest bubble. No soppy, soggy bar here!
Quality and the small moment reign in this amazing city.
vi. Good British Film
For a great escape into another life, British films are my favorite mode of transportation.
vii. Krug Champagne
The bubbles are bubblier, the flavor a perfect blend of yeast and sugar. The perfect beverage.
One of nature’s miracles.
ix. Long Quiet Walks in Nature
With a friend and always with my dog, Oliver.
x. Clear Blue Water and Wooden Boats
I’m thinking the Pacific Northwest.
What are your favorite things?