Jane Austen’s Childhood Home, The Colony Hotel Home Collection, and a $21M Diamond

Welcome to TGP Tidbits where we round up the latest happenings and our musings of the design industry each week. This week we take a look at the childhood home of Jane Austen, The Colony Hotel’s new furniture collection with Society Social, and a $21M diamond up for auction at Sotheby’s. Written by Natalie Aldridge.

Jane Austen’s Childhood Home Hits the Market

Jane Austen’s childhood home, the Steventon House, in Hampshire has hit the market for nearly $10.5 million. Set as a Grade II-listed Georgian, the home was built in the early 19th century by Jane Austen’s older brother. Born in 1775, Austen lived in the home until 1801 when her father moved the family to Bath. It was in this home she penned Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey, and Sense and Sensibility… all novels that would later become the classics.

In 1810, Austen’s eldest brother, Edward, dismantled much of the original home and replaced it with what is known as the Steventon House. What started a modest abode became an extensive estate with sprawling gardens. He would later sell the Steventon House to the second Duke of Wellington in 1855. While the home has been updated since Austen’s time, it still retains much of its Georgian charm. Oh, if those walls could talk! Take a look inside.

Photos courtesy of Knight Frank.

The Colony Hotel x Society Social

The Colony Hotel, otherwise known as “Pink Paradise”, is an icon in Palm Beach. In its seven-decade reign, the hotel has been a beacon of tradition, glamour, and a lot of fun. Ahead of its 75th anniversary, the property unveiled its major makeover years in the making in December of last year, renewing its magic.

Dreamed up by Kemble Interiors, the 89-room hotel has been revived with custom de Gournay wallpaper wrapping the walls across the resort, punchy textiles, cabana-painted ceilings, and plenty of pinks to around. to give guests the effect that they might have just dozed off poolside. And the cherry on top—intricate scalloped headboards, rattan galore, sumptuous sofa, and more that make up The Colony’s first furniture collection designed in collaboration with Society Social.

Take a peek at the collection!

Photos courtesy of Society Social.

Shop the full collection here.

The Pink Dawn Diamond

As Sotheby’s gears up for their Magnificent Jewels auction in Hong Kong, Henry Manchi’s Pink Panther tune will not escape me. Each year, Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels auction dazzles the world with impressive and rare jewels. From vintage jewelry by renowned houses to impressive gemstones and other unusual pieces, the sale presents exquisite treasures of nature unlike anything ever seen.

This year, a pink diamond ring dubbed the Pink Dawn is poised to be the star of the sale. Coming in at 10.05 carats, the cushion-shaped “fancy-vivid-purplish-pink diamond” has an estimated price tag of $21.4 million. The Fancy Vivid grading is the rarest on the Fancy grading scale. From the Kao mine in Lesotho, the diamond was cut a 26-carat rough found in the fall of 2020. The diamond has been set between two half-moon-shaped diamonds, the shoulders of the band adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds. Like a real-life Pink Panther, this diamond is truly a marvel. 

The diamond with auction on April 4th, in Magnificent Jewels I, marking the 50th anniversary of the Hong Kong division. Magnificent Jewels II will take place online from March 30th to April 12th. 

Read our favorite articles of the week!

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The botanical dreamworld of British artist Natasha Hulse written by Elly Parsons for The World of Interiors.

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And don’t forget to check out our comprehensive Easter/Spring shopping guide here!

x Natalie

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