Recently on Pinterest I stumbled upon the former Cape Cod home of the late Rachel Lambert “Bunny” Mellon, which was redecorated by Kathryn Ireland for its current owners and featured in the May 2016 issue of House Beautiful. The 7,000 square foot, nine bedroom, nine bathroom home is located on a 26-acre waterfront property in Osterville, Massachusets on a gated peninsula called Oyster Harbors. The property features a tennis court, beach house, greenhouses, artist’s studio and dock. The Mellons had many residences, but this was one of Bunny’s favorite. It is where the Mellons would host family and friends including Jackie and John F. Kennedy who would visit when they were on the Cape.
When the new owners commissioned Ireland to design the interior, she was mindful of the home’s rich history. “I believe that when you buy a house, you have to respect its past, and we wanted to show that we could totally respect the previous owners. For example, Bunny always had a tiny table in the window for her and Paul. So we have a small table by a window in the dining room,” Ireland told House Beautiful. “All the painted floors are original, and they are ravishing, especially in the hallway, which we kept intact. And we left the kitchen practically untouched.”
“Some of Bunny’s baskets and the odd piece of furniture were left in the house, and we kept those. There were also some sofas and upholstered pieces that were just too big to fit through the tiny old doorframes, so it was easier to keep and re-cover them. We bought pieces where it was necessary, like in the living room, where we needed new upholstered furniture. But most of the furnishings are from the owners’ storage facilities,” said Ireland.
Eager to learn more, I uncovered images from when it belonged belonged to Bunny… and it turns out the home is also available for rental! Images below are via House Beautiful, Sotheby’s, and TripAdvisor.
Images below are from Bunny Mellon’s interiors
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