photo via Sotheby's International RealtyA favorite expression (tongue-in-cheek, mind you) around the office: "It could be one of the great rooms!" Well, many of us are familiar with this great room done for a great lady by a great man (oxblood lacquer library, Brooke Astor, Albert Hadley) in New York City, but I'd never seen ANY of her famed Holly Hill estate in Westchester County until Mugatu saw a listing advertisement in the Sotheby's elevator and then Googled it himself (!!). Mrs. Astor passed away in 2007 and the spread has been on the market for months. Who wants to loan me $12.9mil? I'm good for it!
Anybluewig, take a look at the loooong paneled library above. I know the chintz h8ers out there will say "Nick, you're just an old lady who likes old lady decorating!" but this room serves as a lesson in non-matchy matching. The carpet doesn't exactly match the curtains (never "drapes," people), if you know what I mean. And I mean it literally. Sure there are bits of yellow in the rug and some dusty rose but the black field is rather out of left field paired with bright yellow-blue-pink chintz curtains, club chairs and pillows. It's also curious to see so much polished walnut-y/mahogany furniture in a dry, bleachy oak paneled room ... again it shouldn't work but it does. The perfectly scaled gilt mirror, gilt-framed paintings, and brass mounts on the furniture paired with the oiled craft paper lampshades, beige-y sofa and ottoman, and sea of hardback books -- no editions bound in red morocco for the country, thanks -- create the same shiny-dull situation as the scheme. Jeez, Sister and Albert knew what they were doing.