Marvelous Merrywood

In McLean, Virginia, about 8 miles from Downtown Washington, DC, there lies a beautiful Georgian style estate known as Merrywood on the banks of the Potomac River. Built in 1919, the 23,000 (!) square foot home is situated on 7 private acres and is currently for sale by AOL co-founder Steve Chase but it was long ago the childhood home of Jackie Kennedy. She spent her teenage years here before going off to boarding school and often “summered” here.

I always love it so at Merrywood—so peaceful … with the river and those great steep hills,” Bouvier wrote in 1944, when she was a teenager.  (via Town & Country Magazine)

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The property has been restored and much of its original architectural detailing is intact. The interiors were designed by acclaimed interior designer Barry Dixon in warm, muted tones. Now let’s take a look inside…

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Be sure to check out the video accompanying the listing of the property on the Sotheby’s website. The private gates are literally opened and you are transported down the beautiful stone lined driveway and welcomed into the home to provide you with a more in-depth look at this stunning estate.

Fit for a {Principessa}

I have been learning Italian for a few years on and off as a hobby as opposed to serious study. Like many tourists to Italy, I started with a few basic phrases thinking it would be fun and a great way to immerse myself in the culture. I do not claim be proficient in the language by any stretch of the imagination but I know enough not to get myself into trouble…although I did have an argument with a gelato server for giving me the wrong flavor and I had to firmly point out to a cashier several times at the train station that he gave me the wrong change.

A few months ago I subscribed to the Italian version of Marie Claire Maison magazine. The current issue features the home of twenty-seven-year-old Princess Antea Brugnoni Alliata, her husband Maro Kinloch Herbertson (owner of the silk fashion accessories brand “Kinloch”), and their three children. A year ago the couple decided to move to Rome while maintaining their 17th-century Sicilian palace, Villa Valguarnera. Their new residence is decorated in shades of blues and greens with the most amazing wallpaper. It turns out that the couple recently debuted their own new wallpaper company,  Roi Du Lac at Maison & Objet. Thier home seems to be a wonderful showcase of their new line, wouldn’t you agree? (You can learn more about the inspiration behind their new company here).  From the limited photos, I can already tell that thier new home in Rome is definitely fit for a Principessa…

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The Tribute to Carla Fendi

Carla Fendi was one of five sisters who ran Fendi and transformed it into a luxury goods empire until it sold to LVMH in 1999. She remained honorary president until her death early this morning. In 2012, Architectural Digest published the photos of her eclectic flat situated in a palazzo in the heart of Rome. In honor of Carla Fendi, let’s revisit the place that was once her beautiful home. You can read more about it here. Also, another great article about a night on the town with the legendary lady entitled “Carla Fendi’s Rome” can be found here.