Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Grace Kelly's Childhood Home is For Sale

The home where Grace Kelly grew up and accepted a marriage proposal from Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1955 is on the market! The 4,000 square foot Colonial was built in 1935 by Kelly's father, John "Jack" B. Kelly, a three-time Olympic gold medal-winning rower who became a prominent businessman and politician.

3901 Henry Avenue, former home of Grace Kelly.

Grace with Prince Rainier III of Monaco and her parents at the Kelly’s Henry Avenue residence.
Photo credit: The Decadence Project

A sign posted outside designates the structure as a Pennsylvania historical landmark.
Photo credit: Photo: April Saul, AP

Located in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood on a .69-acre lot, the traditional home features six bedrooms and four baths. A door upstairs still has the etchings of the Kelly children’s heights. For $1M this priceless piece of history can be yours! Please visit Curbed to learn more and to sneak a peek inside.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Design Crush: Patricia McLean Interiors

Atlanta-based designer Patricia McLean is a true traditionalist through and through. Born in Atlanta, she spent her childhood in High Point, North Carolina, where her mother would take her to the legendary Otto Zenke decorating studio.  She grew up surrounded by antiques and traveling to Europe to see the great homes and cathedrals, all of which influenced her love of classic design. Patricia does not like to follow trends, but instead seeks to create a look that is collected and timeless.

I first learned of Patricia's work while reading the March/April 2016 issue of Victoria magazine. A Georgian-style residence in Brookhaven, Georgia she had designed was featured, and I fell in love. Patricia began working with the homeowners (their third project together!) long before the foundation was poured to create a home with an air of tradition and ageless grace that will last for generations. Let's take a tour of this exquisite home along with a few more of my favorites from Patricia's portfolio...

I am also madly in love with the bedroom she created for the 2015 Atlanta Symphony Associates' Decorators' Show House & Gardens...

The bedroom she designed for the St. Regis Atlanta Traditional Model Home is an absolute dream...

And last but not least, how beautiful is this Buckhead living room?

Patricia McLean

Everything Patricia does is absolute perfection... these are interiors designed to last a lifetime. To learn more about her work, please visit her website, Patricia McLean Interiors, Inc. And there is a fabulous Q&A you will want to read here. I am looking forward to seeing her room at the 2016 Cashiers Designer Showhouse, August 13-28. Patricia was named Honorary Regional Designer, and she is designing the living room with an English Justin Van Breda print. She is also Honorary Interior Designer Chair for the 2017 Cathedral Antiques Show. Such talent!

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Classically Elegant New Orleans Home

When I saw this 1926 New Orleans Mediterranean Revival featured in Southern Living, I immediately fell in love. It belongs to designer Brannan Geary and her husband Scott. The home was built by Scott's great-grandfather, and has survived almost 90 years of hurricanes and "regrettable design fads" with both its structural and architectural integrity in tact. Brannan took a light approach to New Orleans' signature formal style with a more livable elegance, and the classic results will surely transcend the next 90 years. Images and captions below via Southern Living...

Brannan limited the dining room to only two dark wood antiques: a set of graceful yet sturdy French dining chairs and a classic sideboard.

Located right off the foyer, the dining room was deliberately designed to be a lively greeting for guests—the palm tree muraled walls in particular. 

Gracious curtains in a warm rust color and an 8- by 11-foot trompe l'oeil screen make the necessary formal, old-world references. 

Abstract art by New Orleanian Amanda Talley and a gallery white fireplace add contemporary accents. 

The walls in the study are painted in Farrow & Ball's Smoked Trout. 

"Children (and parents) deserve rooms that will grow along with them," says Brannan, who used the classic Colefax and Fowler fabric Bowood in her daughter's otherwise neutral room. Learning to live with antiques comes with the territory of being a child in New Orleans. So Brannan wisely incorporated an older cabinet as a bedside table and outfitted it with a pair of fragile but not priceless porcelain lamps. 
(Read more about Bowood here... it is one of my favorites!)

"I'm a traditionalist, an old soul, and a chintz fanatic who was heavily influenced by my grandmother, but I'm also not into fuss," says Brannan

Such a beautiful home! To see more, please visit Southern Living, and click here to learn more about the incredibly talented designer, Brannan Geary

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Designer Timothy Corrigan's 18th Century French Château is for Sale

To own a château in the French countryside, surrounded by 74 lush acres with fragrant gardens and lush orchards, is the ultimate fantasy. Award-winning designer Timothy Corrigan made this dream come true when he purchased a palatial 40,000 square foot 18th-century estate in France’s Loire Valley and embarked upon a spectacular restoration. And now, this fairytale estate can be yours, as Timothy has put the château on the market! Here is a preview, via Architectural Digest...

Timothy guides you through a personal tour in this fabulous video! 

Isn't this just a living dream? You can learn more through Timothy's 2013 book, An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé and via the château's website. Before and after images can be found though Architectural Digest, and you can read more about the sale here and here. According to Bloomberg, the asking price is $11.4, which is actually $1.4 million less than what Timothy said he spent buying and renovating the property. And it comes fully furnished, from the choice antique to the fine linens. What a once in a lifetime opportunity! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

It's National Wear Your Lilly Day!

Today is National Wear Your Lilly Day, how fun is that?! I am a huge Lilly Pulitzer fan... in fact, you may recall that I purchased her personal writing desk at auction for my home office a few years ago... It is my most prized piece of furniture! Today also happens to be the first day of summer, and so in honor of the occasion I thought it would be fun to share my favorite Lilly selections...

The other day, Lilly re-released the cult favorite print, You Gotta Regatta, and I could not have been more thrilled. Items in this print are selling like hotcakes (I already missed out on the popover) so you will want to scoop up a few of these "Holy Grails" ASAP.

I missed out on Pack Your Trunk last year, but fortunately this favorite was re-released as well, and this popover is currently en route to my closet! I love all of the elephant prints, as they are so perfect with my favorite earrings and necklace from my favorite Charleston-based jewelry store, Candy Shop Vintage.

Here are a few more of my favorite current Lilly selections... 

In honor of National Wear Your Lilly Day, Lilly Pulitzer is giving away free gifts with purchase... Enjoy!

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Father of the Bride Home is for Sale!

The quintessential all-American dream home from the 1991 movie Father of the Bride is for sale, and now it can be yours! Located in Alhambra, California, the 4,397 square foot 1925 Colonial is poised on an 18,110 square foot lot and features four bedrooms and four baths. It is truly a dream!

I have always loved this home, and you can read all about it at Hooked on Houses... Julia explains that it was actually just the driveway and backyard from this home that were used in the movie. (She also wrote about this house when it was for sale in 2011.) The front exterior belonged to a different house in Pasadena. You can read more about it here.

The Father of the Bride house in Pasadena

According to Zillow, there is already a contract pending on the Alhambra home, but you can still click over and take a sneak peek... And if you loved this movie as much as I did, you will want to see Hooked on Houses' thorough analysis of the two homes here and here. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

25 Timeless Skirted Dressing Tables

Lately I have been obsessing over dressing tables... the ultimate in feminine elegance, glamour, and indulgence. I particularly love skirted dressing tables, and the more ruffles the better! According to the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, the vanity as we know it today began to develop in the late 17th century in Europe. It was not until the early part of the 20th century, during the Art Deco period in both Europe and America, that luxurious dressing tables came to epitomize the modern concept of glamour and luxury, thanks to Hollywood films of the 1920s and '30s. Below, I have compiled 25 of my favorite examples....

Mita Corsini Bland for Brunschwig & Fils

Nancy Lancaster via Picture of Elegance

Ralph Lauren

Elizabeth Taylor

Grace Kelly in High Society 

From Grace Kelly to Tory Burch, the skirted dressing table exudes classic and timeless glamour. Which one is your favorite? To read more about other key elements of old school traditional decor, which is making a comeback, click here
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