• Estate of Grace

    Style | Culture  

    by Moses Y. Bension

    A few years ago, women on the streets of Manhattan were spotted wearing medallion-adorned ballet flats produced out of an Upper East Side apartment by Penn alumna and New York socialite Tory Burch. The “Reva” exploded and has since become a prep essential, proving we’re not a stuffy group incapable of welcoming newcomers into closets full of J. Press, L.L. Bean, and Lilly Pulitzer.

    Vogue’s new March issue takes a tour of Burch’s newly acquired twenty-five-room neo-Georgian Southampton estate, originally built in 1929 by Beaux-Arts firm Hiss & Weekes (responsible for oh so many residences in the Berkshires and Gold Coast). With the help of designers Daniel Romualdez and Penn classmate Eve Hood, Burch filled every square foot of intimidating formal space, including the ballroom, with pieces they found at estate sales and her already-existing collection of antique furniture. Without sacrificing the house’s original integrity, treasures like the Parisian wallpaper, old English furniture, and Indian cotton prints embrace each other, giving the house a warm cozy inviting feel. Outside, Burch had the pool pavilion and formal garden restored to its former glory with the pool house’s dining room set for lunch or afternoon tea. It doesn’t get much more prep than that.

    Be sure and check out the pictures of the ballroom in March Vogue’s full spread.

    Mar 8, 2012 | Permalink (12) Total Comments

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/21/2012 at 6:40 PM:

    @Matthew—I’m just sharing the article.

    Matthew left a comment on 3/21/2012 at 6:23 PM:

    @FEC Sorry, I’m a little unclear- did you shoot this or just sharing the article?

    Chad left a comment on 3/13/2012 at 1:02 PM:

    I’ve always felt that someone should start a blog on “preppy” architecture and interior design. This only reaffirms my thoughts that it would make for great reading and beautiful visuals. Magnificent as always Castleberry and co.

    Vanessa @ Project Zen left a comment on 3/9/2012 at 9:44 PM:

    It looks SO picturesque.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 3/9/2012 at 8:18 PM:

    @AEV—Moses Bension is an Unabashedly Prep contributor.

    Tad Allagash left a comment on 3/8/2012 at 9:27 PM:

    Lovely house, it’s unique in that one doesn’t see a lot of red brick/Georgian style architecture in Southampton….more of a Locust Valley look.

    AEV left a comment on 3/8/2012 at 3:37 PM:

    Who is Moses Bension?

    Makaga left a comment on 3/8/2012 at 3:25 PM:

    Thanks for letting us know about this photospread; great images.

    james left a comment on 3/8/2012 at 11:56 AM:

    Nice post. I’m a huge Tory fan… her clothes are great too.

    DBCC left a comment on 3/8/2012 at 11:30 AM:

    Great work, Fred.  My wife’s a huge Tory Burch fan…just bought her a another pair for Christmas.  Again, great read.

    Desmond K left a comment on 3/8/2012 at 9:31 AM:

    That garden is incredible…

    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 3/8/2012 at 9:14 AM:

    Surely this represents the American woman’s dream: beautiful house, exquisite interiors, formal garden, cute kids…and no man.