Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jackie's Everlasting Style

Jackie: My Obsession by Ron Galella via Aerin Lauder

Jacqueline Kennedy entered the White House as First Lady at a mere 31 years old, and in the weeks leading up to the inauguration of JFK she began to redecorate the family quarters and historically restore the public rooms. Jacqueline went as far as to hire a committee of experts, scour the government warehouses in search of misplaced White House furnishings, and even solicit the nation to donate important historical and artistic items.

In the images via Life Magazine's 1961 article on the restoration project, several of the pieces you see Jackie holding date back to the presidencies of Teddy Roosevelt, John Quincy Adams, and James Monroe. She apparently was even able to find and use Lincoln's lavender-bordered dinner plates!

Since the restoration project was privately funded, she helped to create a White House Historical Association, an entity which was able to raise funds through the sale of a book she conceived entitled, "The White House: A Historic Guide."

One of the things I loved about last year's movie (starring Natalie Portman), Jackie, was the chance to revisit some of these fabulously redecorated rooms and imagine what they may have looked like.

The Master bedroom in 1962

The Master Bedroom in 1962

Jackie's dressing room

Jackie's dressing room

Then from 1964 to 1994, Jackie lived on the 15th floor at 1040 Fifth Ave on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She bought the entire 15th floor and filled it with her favorite things. In the few peeks we get of this home, it seems it had a grand but cozy feel. Her designer explained, "she was ageless, and her style was ageless," in regards to how the home changed very little over the 30 years Jackie lived there. In 1996 it sold for $9.5 million dollars and much of her belongings were auctioned off through Sotheby's. 

Jackie's style truly was ageless, I think we can all say her fashion and decor have stood the test of time, and I would wear every outfit pictured below today. I could have selected 100 photos as examples of her everlasting style, but I decided to show you examples of Jackie's perfect and classic summer attire:

Jackie was the first First Lady to have her own press secretary, and no doubt her visibility would permanently forge a media interest well beyond her years in the White House.

You can find copies of Sotheby's estate auction catalogue on Ebay (as pictured above), which is said to have a rich historical documentation of some of her belongings and personal stories behind them. If you are interested in the history surrounding Jackie, her life, and the White House at her time, I'd encourage you to check out the movie Jackie, as well as Netflix documentaries Jackie: A Tale of Two Sisters, and JFK: The Making of a President. Smash His Camera, was another intriguing doc that chronicled a paparazzo that was obsessed with capturing photos of Jackie, and you can find his book and prints of Jackie here.


Monday, August 7, 2017

House Tour | Alice In Her Palace

Insta-famous style maven Alice Naylor-Leyland's home is featured in the September issue of Architectural Digest, and it's everything you'd think it would be. The wonderland she creates is quite like something out of an English whimsy-filled fairy tale. The country-side home in Cambridgeshire she shares with her husband Tom, and two children Billy and Nancy distinctly embraces pattern and color and was a collaborative effort with the help of decorator Flora Soames:

The most perfect set up for afternoon tea:

You may remember seeing Alice's daughter Nancy's room in this post on children's rooms with storybook charm:

Here are a few extra captures straight from Mrs. Alice's insta-famous feed. If you are intrigued by the idea of a charmed high-society life in the English countryside with fanciful weekends away in London and Wales, be sure to follow:

How could these Christmas outfits be any more perfect? And perfectly English, I should add!

You will find Mrs. Alice contributing to Vogue online, and she recently debuted a rose-scented perfume with Aerin Lauder. See the full AD article here, and follow Alice in all of her adventures here.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Summer Showhouses Part 2 | Coastal Living's Idea House

As promised yesterday, we are on the second leg of our summer showhouse tour, and today we are taking a look into Coastal Living's Idea House located in historic Newport, Rhode Island. The entire home is a masterful study in blue & white, layering textures, pattern & style mixing all by the one and only Mark D. Sikes. Coastal Living magazine's team also included A. Tesa Architecture and Horan Building company to design and build this gorgeous bay-front home. If this doesn't say seaside luxury, I don't know what does. This home is open until September 4th, so do plan a visit if you are near by!

It seems to me, Lee Radziwill's latest book is on everyone's coffee table! I need to grab a copy ...

And then there is the cutest butler pantry with a to-die-for detail of medallion wallpaper on the ceiling.

The master bedroom is so pretty and calming, I love the mismatched bedside tables and artwork vignettes.

A tiny detail of a painted border around the window and crown molding to match the tile border makes this principle bath extra special.

Every bedroom in this house is layered with pattern and has a special moment with a statement headboard, mirror, or wallcovering:

It's all buffalo check in the perfectly handsome boys room - and that's FABRIC edged in trim, not wallpaper by the way!

I love the nod to 60's ultra-mod here:

And that view!!

I mean, the basement entertainment space is nicer than my entire home!! I love everything in here including the diamond sisal rug, the art wall, and the wallpaper in the adjoining room:

And of course, it wouldn't be coastal living without the perfect pool! 

(To see these images and more of this lovely home you can search the hashtag #clideahouse or #clideahouse2017 on instagram)

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