October 27, 2014

reporting and restoring

Architectural Digest
New York Times 
Architectural Digest
Ben Bradlee, the former editor of the Washington Post died last week. I've admired Mr. Bradlee since my pre-teen days. First, thru my journalism years when I thought he was just about the smartest and strongest man in the field. And then later when he and his wife, journalist Sally Quinn, bought Grey Gardens from Little Eddie after Big Eddie's death in 1979.

Now if you don't know about Grey Gardens, well then...for shame!!! Learn more about the documentary here and the movie here. Both are worth a watch on so many levels. Fascinating story, quotes delivered from a pot of gold, and oh course...duh, an amazing home.

Bradlee and Quinn lived out my ultimate dream - taking an old, rundown estate and restoring it back to it's original glory. They've used it as a summer house and rented it out to some very lucky tenants over the years and most importantly, saved a beautiful piece of history.

So in honor of Mr. Bradlee I will break out my old copy of A Good Life and do some reading, and watch All the Presidents Men and Grey Gardens and cheers a man who represented so many of my interests all rolled into one.


  1. I remember a couple years ago reading a great post Joni at Cote de Texas wrote about Grey Gardens, Such a beautiful property ~ love that room with those bookcases!

  2. Wow, I have never heard of them or the house!!! Beautiful home! Now I know where I want to spend my summers! :)
    Just read up on it and it's fascinating...the cat smell would have sent me running!

  3. I had no idea Ben Bradlee was the owner of Grey Gardens--what a unique story that how could tell if its walls could talk!

  4. I don't want to get slapped but I have not seen Grey Gardens! Now you have me curious.

  5. I watched the hbo(?) grey gardens story. Wow. Gorgeous home and such an interesting/sad story.

  6. Such classic rooms! They remind me of growing up! I love this side of design. :)

  7. I'll have to watch those over too!

  8. Interesting story, Grey Gardens. Love Ben Bradlee, such an intelligent and interesting man.


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