Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a blouse from Carven, pants from J.Crew, and shoes from Frances Valentine.
Happy Thursday!!! Oh my goodness—- this has been a crazy day! We had two vendor meetings, a client stopped in, a lady who was here to shoplift (Mackenzie chased her off after she stuck her hand in my purse!), I selected appliances for a job, quoted clients. There are some days that there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done! Since I am having only a 4 day work week I feel one step behind. I cannot believe I was in New York on Monday doing my magic in Riley’s apartment. We have covered so much ground since I returned. I only have Adison until August 15th..... we are going to MISS HER!!!! She has been working on so many projects for me that I need to make sure to have them all wrapped up by then or I will be texting her at Auburn!!! My goal has always been to have designers work underneath me. I am aiming at hiring her in 2 years when she graduates. I love a good goal to strive for!!! She has become such a part of our work family that we will feel like an arm fell off when she leaves :( Two years will pass quickly!
Today’s article comes from Architectural Digest and is on an estate in Southampton. I thought it was perfect for this week since I have done two blogs on East Hampton this week. This article is fascinating! Home owner and New York commercial real-estate broker Mary Ann Tighe hires a dream team that includes Bunny Williams to create a home that has historical details with glorious rooms. Set on a four acres lot the interiors were inspired by the mansions that architect David Adler built in Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s. Bunny Williams of course does an amazing job. Enjoy this gorgeous house. I hope your day has been super!!
Stunning exterior with beautiful gardens. The stucco exterior and Mission-tile roof are similar to the 1908 Villa known as red maples that was torn down in the 1940s.
Precious photo of Tighe in the garden with her grandson and 4-legged baby.
Elliptical staircase that Tighe asked architect Michael Dwyer to duplicate. This is an Adler adaptation of a design by John Russell Pope. Tighe traveled to Lake Forest, Illinois to tour some of Adler’s homes. Such incredible attention to detail. This lady knew what she wanted!!!!!
This is the master sitting room..... I am not sure I would make it out of here in the morning this room is so beautiful!!!! The Picasso linocut over their 19th-century mantel is breathtaking. I love the large floral print used on the matching loveseats.
This library is 55 feet long!!!! The pine-paneled, three bay library was inspired by an Adler design. I am sure he is smiling in heaven that his architectural designs are so converted to this day. The parquet floors are outstanding! The fabric on the armchair,sofa, and ottoman is a Penny Morrison linen.
The blue walls in their living room were inspired by a scene in the movie Pride & Prejudice on TV. Williams and her associate Elizabeth Swartz took screen shots of the room or try to duplicate. The art seen on the walls include pieces from Heimo Zoberg and Picasso. I love the juxtaposition !!!!
I loved reading that bunny Williams asks a lot of questions on how a family lives when she designs her jobs. I do the exact same thing... I want every room in the house to function the way my clients live. This dining table was purposefully designed small because the couple like to eat in the dining room every night. There is a custom cover to make the table bigger for entertaining. I love that!!!! The wallpaper is 19th-century. Stunning!!!!!!
Beautiful and soft custom wallpaper is used in the powder room. Such a jewel box as powder rooms should be.
Williams used colors from the sky and gardens when designing the master bedroom. The stripe on the walls is from Peter Fasano and the floral on the bed from lee Jofa. The lavender in the room carries into the dressing room. I could live in this room in a New York second!!!
Such a stunning garden. Such a stunning home. The past meets the present in a perfectly orchestrated way.
"Bunny Williams and a Top Tier Design Team Breathe Elegance into a Southhampton Estate" article featured 2018 issue of Architectural Digest
Text by Dan Shaw
Photography by Douglas Friedman
Styled by Anita Sarsidi
For dinner last night I had bacon wrapped filet mignon with grilled asparagus- delicious as always!
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