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A Possession Obsession: Kelly Rutherford

Red wine, cherished antiques, shady arbors—there’s an unceasing charm to those fine things in life that only grow finer with age. And surely, the 42-year-old, Kentucky-born actress Kelly Rutherford has earned a place on that list. A career television and film star, she's reached new professional highs in the past three years in her role as Lily Humphrey (van der Woodsen) on the hit show, Gossip Girl.

Gorgeous, blond, lithe and with a reputation for impeccable, elegant style, the actress—who shares on-screen DNA with Blake Lively—makes no secret of the fact that family is the center of her busy world. Here, Rutherford takes pause in front of her most treasured objets to talk motherhood and collecting for the home.

Tell us how you came to own this precious object.
I went to a Marlene Dietrich auction at Sotheby’s years ago. Everyone wanted the clothes, of course. I stayed and bid on the screen and a triangle-shape side table—a gift from Dietrich’s friend Ernest Hemingway. I've had the pieces ever since.

How do you live with your heirloom?
The screen is used behind the B&B Italia sofa, so we look at it everyday. I've been too busy to hang it on the wall!

Who in your life has most influenced your personal style and taste?
Actresses like Catherine Deneuve and Grace Kelly. Vogue magazine in all its foreign edition languages. Oh, and my mother!

[Fill in the blank] Whenever I look at _________ I can't help but smile.
My children, Hermes and Helena.

What's the best part of your day?
Cuddling with my children wherever we are. Hearing their voices. Hearing the word "Mama."

What’s the most memorable gift you’ve ever received?
My children's artwork. In fact, I’m making a whole wall of it.

What was your last purchase that you hope will mean something to you 10 years from now?
My Hermes bags. Not only are they a great investment, but my daughter will love them.