Tory Burch’s Southampton Home

If you don’t subscribe to Vogue, you’ve surely missed the fabulous spread by Hamish Bowles on Tory Burch’s elegant Southampton home.  I’m always impressed by women who stylishly balance family and career, and Tory never seems to miss a beat in anything she does.  Whether it’s dressing herself, her runway or her home — her choices are spot on.  She needs to not only create a home suitable for family living, but also, of course, one that is ready for it’s editorial close up.  The home itself is spectacular, and right up my alley, so the spread caught my attention.  Its grandeur and history reminded me of my own home here in Greenwich and the home my father grew up in – in Westchester – which was built by famed architect Rosario Candela and had fish ponds, ten acres, an elevator. a pet alligator (which I hear unfortunately didn’t last long) and enough rooms that they were given names by color.  There was a familiarity… Burch’s Southampton estate was designed in 1929 by architects Hiss & Weekes (my house was built in 1912).   I was impressed by her layers and layers of colors, patterns, materials, old and new.  Some of the interiors may seem to be a bit much (the solarium, for example) – but any of you who are familiar with life in Southampton know that the room is perfect for a day of lounging with stacks of books, comfortable seating and soothing colors in which to while away the time.  I enjoyed her pairing of sisal, porcelain, coral, bamboo, and a busy wallpaper — it all ends to the relaxed sense of elegance.  The house was originally decorated by Elsie Sloan Farley and Burch worked with longtime collaborator/architect/designer Daniel Romualdez and decorator Eve Hood.  I think she succeeds in making the home open and inviting.  Take a look at the photos for yourself and read the Vogue article for all of the details! Interiors photographed by Francois Halard and portraits by Norman Jean Roy:

She’s made a classic choice in planters by her front door.  Get the look — check out our wooden planter:

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