Tessa Kennedy

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"She goes to Jordan every two months to check on the progress of the palaces.  There are patios, fountains, a three-story domed room with pierced alabaster windows and mosaic floors.  'The workers are fantastic.  I go in and say, "This floor is wrong."  The next day it's all changed.  But of course, there is not much work done when one isn't there.' "
 
"She goes to Jordan every two months to check on the progress of the palaces.  There are patios, fountains, a three-story domed room with pierced alabaster windows and mosaic floors.  'The workers are fantastic.  I go in and say, "This floor is wrong."  The next day it's all changed.  But of course, there is not much work done when one isn't there.' "
  
"With her partner, she has twenty jobs on hand now."
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"With her partner, she has twenty jobs on hand now.  She also manages to keep her eye on the world markets in fabrics, furniture, antiques, lighting, rugs.  Most of the lighting fixtures and many of the fabrics Kennedy-Sumner uses are American."
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"Her most cherished object at the moment is an ornate bronze clock that was made for Empress Josephine's library at Malmaison.  'I found it in a little antique shop on the Fulham Road.  Later I found a lithograph of the library at Malmaison, and there was the clock on the mantlepiece.' "
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"She seldom does all-modern rooms. 'I hate deciding it will be like this or like that,' she said. 'The excitement and the good result I think is to create as you go along.  So much of modern is junk.  I like to assemble a room with a mixture of things and modern lighting.  The important thing is to make a room look fresh and contemporary, but not set in an immobile, impersonal flat picture.' "
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"Tessa's first assignment would have staggered most 23-year-old novices at the complicated job of handling carpenters, painters, carpet-layers, etcetera, etcetera.  It was to redecorate the 400-room Grosvenor House, the London Hotel.  'It was my first job on my own.  And probably made it easy to work with workers anywhere.  Meeting a deadline with all those tea breaks that English builders get is a real test of strength.' "
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"Working a ten-hour day, traveling enough to make her consider the feasibility of owning a company plane, keeping house for the boys and managing to rate as one of the best-dressed young Londoners isn't enough for Tessa Kennedy.  'I go out every single night.  Burke's has a 24-hour breakfast service.' "

Revision as of 20:19, 22 April 2012

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