Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Grey Gardens.


One of my very favorite blogs is Cote de Texas by Houston designer Joni Webb. Joni has a tremendous following, yet she remains very warm and approachable, frequently leaving me encouraging and personal comments.

The amount of time and research that Joni puts into her posts is staggering. Her most recent entry on Grey Gardens is no exception.

Grey Gardens is a beautiful old home in East Hampton, New York that dates back to 1897. It was the subject of a 1975
documentary when it was occupied by Jackie Kennedy's aunt and cousin who lived quite reclusively and had allowed the home to fall into unimaginable squalor. Grey Gardens is now owned by Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, and the house and gardens have been beautifully and elegantly restored.

HBO has recently released a film recounting the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter "Little Edie" and their time at Grey Gardens. We don't have HBO, but I may have to subscribe for a month so I can watch this special because Joni has really piqued my interest in the house and its occupants.

Here is a link to Joni's fabulous post: A Pictorial History of Gray Gardens. I hope you find it as fascinating as I did.


Darlene said...

I'll have to go read about it. Sounds interesting.

JMW said...

I had never seen the documentary, but watched the special on HBO with Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange - fascinating! I now can't get enough on this topic. The set designer did an amazing job on recreating Grey Gardens in its heyday and then its eventual decline. I can't imagine living that way. I'll have to check out the blog you reference. Again, fascinating!

Hopsy said...

I want to subcribe to HBO for the month too!

Thank you for directing us to the wonderful piece on grey Gardens!

Erin said...

Oh my goodness, you HAVE to see the movie on HBO. It was AMAZING and so fascinating. I have watched it twice and will watch it again. I was amazed by Drew Barrymore. Definitely subscribe to HBO. You won't be sorry.

Much love, Erin

cotedetexas said...

Wow - thank you!!! I was just clicking on here to say thanks for the funny comment - loved it - and then saw this. how sweet!!!! thanks, friend. much appreciated.
four days, by the way. non stop. at the end of it I thought I was turning into a beale. I looked liked one. total slug. hehe!!

Jenny said...

Thanks for sharing!

fleur de lis cottage said...

Don't you just love her blog. That was such an interesting post.

Fifi Flowers said...

JOni did a FAB job showing off the Grey House and Gardens! Love Joni too... she's GREAT!