Deeda Blair's 'Annus Horribilis'

WASHINGTON — “I don’t care to glitter,” says Catherine “Deeda” Blair, dressed in monochromatic gray Chanel, accented by a signature thin plume of gray cigarette smoke encircling her bouffant coiffure.Her...

She is looking forward to her move to the exclusive River House condo (also home to Henry Kissinger and de Rothschild) and a more pared-down lifestyle. “I want a library dining room where we can have only three or four people over,” says Blair, who is collaborating with architect Daniel Romualdez and decorator Howard Slatkin, an old friend. She says she couldn’t find an apartment in Washington to suit her. “A lot of the places at the Watergate have triangular rooms. And I’m terribly symmetrical.”

New York just seemed to call her, she explains — even though, just Thursday, she was spotted having to stand outside the Spice Market restaurant in the Meatpacking District to smoke a cigarette.

“I adore pavement, looking in store windows, walking to the Frick,” Blair says. In New York, she adds, “I envision that life can change. I can just feel it. We’ll just have to wait to see exactly how.
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