With Valentine’s Day just one month away, I thought it would be fun to tour the exquisite home of one of my favorite jewelry designers, Elizabeth Locke. Elizabeth draws upon a lifelong fascination with the antique jewelry of the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans to create her own neo-classical handmade 19k gold jewelry. The search for the perfect bit of history to incorporate into her designs takes Elizabeth on a “continual treasure hunt” around the globe to European markets, antique shows, and auctions. Her deepest passion is for one-of-a-kind antiques, and so naturally, her home – an 1816 Federal-style farmhouse, Clay Hill, in Virginia hunt country – is a perfect reflection of this passion.
Soon after Elizabeth and her husband and John purchased Clay Hill, antiques belonging to former occupants who had lived in there in the 1920s and 1930s came up at auction. After purchasing as many of them as they could, Elizabeth pieced the rooms back together using photographs from magazine shoots from the 1920s. Elizabeth and John worked with Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects to restore the home and create period-appropriate additions, and designers Jean Perin and Alison Martin Elizabeth did the interiors.
Elizabeth and John lived their 100-acre Virginia estate for over 30 years before establishing the garden of their dreams. They created a formal Italianate garden inspired by the six years Elizabeth spent living in Florence next to the Boboli Gardens. The design encompasses boxwood parterres, a Gothic-style greenhouse, a cutting garden, vegetable beds, and a lily pool.
Unless otherwise noted, images and captions are from One Kings Lane.
Elizabeth Locke has exquisite taste in decor and in jewelry. Please visit www.elizabethlocke.com to learn more. You can shop her collection through Neiman Marcus, and below I have highlighted some of my favorite pieces, perfect for Valentine’s Day (hint hint) or any other occasion! These heirloom pieces are true works of art.