By now you have undoubtedly seen Tory Burch‘s incredible 1929 Southampton home “Westerly” as featured in the October 2017 issue of Architectural Digest… It has been making waves amongst the design community, and rightfully so. It is stunning! Today, let’s compare the AD images to those featured by Vogue in 2012, and I’m also including a few additional images of Westerly from the book Tory Burch In Color.
Westerly boasts 15,000 square feet, designed by Daniel Romualdez, and seven acres of expansive gardens, designed by landscape architect Perry Guillot. It was purchased by Tory in 2008. Now that the house is basically complete, Romualdez explains that “the way Westerly has been decorated is the way a lot of those houses were done, before decorators played such a role.” What does that mean? Inherited furniture, personal style built on instinct, and a sense of patina built up over generations? Like an English country house, or maybe something in Maine? Exactly, says the designer (via Architectural Digest). “Back in the era of the great American country house, from the 1890s to the 1920s, there was no storyboarding,” he notes. “It was much more organic.” Let’s take a look inside!
I simply cannot get enough of this incredible dream home! As Vogue described… It is the sort of house that Jay Gatsby might have built to bedazzle Daisy Buchanan and win her heart back again—a Jazz Age Southampton estate cooled by ocean breezes and set in stately isolation in its own carefully landscaped grounds. A setting fit for The Philadelphia Story’s antic antiheroine, Tracy Lord, who promises to drift down the sweeping Vogue Regency staircase at any moment and waft across the black-and-white marble checkerboard entrance hall in a flutter of organdy to the terraced gardens beyond. “What’s this room? I’ve forgotten my compass,” asks the journalist Liz Imbrie in the 1940 movie based on Philip Barry’s rollicking play, awed by the scale of the Lords’ home. “I’d say, south-by-southwest parlor-by-living-room,” wisecracks her colleague Macaulay Connor.