MDS- Currently, what is your favorite Color?
BB- Most shades of blue, many shades of white; pale gray; citron.
MDS- What is your favorite Book?
BB- “Call Me by Your Name” , by Andre Aciman, and I recently started Matthew Parker’s “The Sugar Barons”.
MDS- What is your favorite restaurant?
BB- Da Fiore, Venice. The food’s superb, but the walk home is sublime.
MDS- What is your favorite accessory?
BB- My iPhone, though I sometimes leave home without it; you have to. And my Schlumberger cuff links. They were Jean Schlumberger’s own, his favorite pair, and he left them to Bunny Mellon, his great friend and patron. Mrs. Mellon gave them to me many years ago with the loveliest note attached. Actually, I prefer the note to those two little gold nuggets – though they are, truly, small splendors.
MDS- What is your favorite gift to give or receive?
BB- Books, with chocolate a close second.
MDS- What is your favorite flower?
BB- Lily of the valley (late spring); peonies (summer); tulips (winter).
MDS- What is your favorite artist?
BB- Just one? Let’s see: Goya, Freud, Twombly and Johns. Turner, of course – and Matisse. Shall I keep going?
MDS- What is your favorite Indulgence?
BB- Spending time hiking the trails at a place called Notchview, in western Massachusetts. With over 3,000 acres, Notchview was one of the last of the great Gilded Age estates in the Berkshires – and it was owned by my great-uncle. My father spent much of his life there, and his uncle gave Notchview to the Trustees of Reservations, a preservation and conservation organization, for all of us to use and enjoy. Exploring those trails today as I did with my father so many years ago brings me back to a simpler time, clears my mind, and, well, makes me appreciate a good pair of walking shoes.
MDS- What is your favorite store?
BB- The Printery, Gianni Basso Stampatore.
MDS- What is your favorite vacation spot?
BB- Megeve. Years ago, friends and I took a chalet there. When we arrived, all was fogged in; it was truly terrible. I thought, well, we’ll probably be driving into Geneva for fun this week. In the morning, though, my friend and I opened the shutters to our bedroom, the sun streamed in, and there it was, in all its snow-capped beauty: Mont Blanc! That holiday turned out to be perhaps my best ever.