While we were on vacation, I received an email from a friend saying, “I’m so sorry to have to tell you this, but our beloved Joe Nye died.” I can’t begin to tell you how hard I have taken his death. He was one of my all-time favorite people. To say that he had a colorful personality was the understatement of the year. He was an avid reader of The Silver Pen and several times a week, I received lively and humorous emails from him with comments on different blog posts.
He was not only incredibly talented, but also hysterically funny, witty, charming, smart, capable, and impeccable with his word. Yes, impeccable. He did EXACTLY what he said he was going to do when he says he said he was going to do it. Oh, and he had the best manners you’ve ever seen. Oh, AND he was named one of America’s top 100 Designers by House Beautiful!
I was so thrilled when he published his first book, Flair: Exquisite Invitations, Lush Flowers, and Gorgeous Table Settings, last year because it was a wonderful opportunity to share his talents with the world.
Thanks to Joe’s insistence (I mean encouragement) I now use our fancy china and silver (that belonged to my grandparents) at least once a week because as he said, “it adds a little refinement and elegance to the everyday.” This is exactly what Joe added to my life – refinement and elegance – which is why he will continue to live on in my heart.
Here are some of my favorite images of Joe’s work: