Speaking of Bedrooms, Secretaries and Investments...
Last week Katie explained to us why she favors antique secretaries as a young collector's first investment. She noted that these versatile pieces can be used almost anywhere, even in a bedroom. Oscar de la Renta must feel the same way. This early 18th century Spanish mother-of-pearl secretary was, according to Sarah Mower's book, a "love-at-first-sight impulse" purchase -- Oscar's first major acquisition -- paid for in installments over 18 months.
Image is from House Beautiful, June 2002. HB says the secretary is 17th century. Sarah Mower, in her book, Oscar, describes the piece as 18th century.