11.19.2010

hand me downs

At the age of 10 our family moved from Miami to Long Island. I loved it. Even now as much as I love Nashville and don't want to move, when I find myself up North I feel at home.

Growing up a girl named Cornelia Guest would give me some of her hand me down clothes because she was a couple years older than I was. I can still remember a camel cashmere sweater that I loved.

Well zoom ahead 35 years and Cornelia is selling her home.

The home, Templeton, that also belonged to her mother C.Z. Guest.
I am not too old for hand-me-downs.
I totally understand if she doesn't want to give me the whole house.
I would be happy with some of the lettuce leaf porcelain.
All of the photos are from Habitually Chic. All or most were taken by Douglas Friedman for Harper's Bazaar.

20 comments:

bluehydrangea said...

Are you kidding me? Cornelia Guest??!! Even your hand me downs are fabulous!!

Marisa said...

Don't you just love her lettuce ware collection? I think she rides a lot, which I miss, I rode and showed ponies in CT. And she has westies! I hope you guys are well and I hope you bid for her goodies works out!
x

Pinecone said...

Great story...and post!!
Happy Friday
Ashlyn

JMW said...

I received hand-me-downs from my cousins. You received them from Cornelia Guest. Wow, that's pretty darn cool (I actually had her tongue-in-cheek book "How to be a Debutante when I was a kid.) And, of course, C.Z. could do no wrong when it came to style and grace. That house is amazing.

Eat. Live. Laugh. and sometimes shop! said...

What fabulous hand me downs. The house is gorgeous!

Tessa said...

the green dining room/library is amazing! have a great weekend! hope you found your phone. no such luck on my camera cord! :)

julia said...

I have a friend who gave me those kind of hand me downs. European dresses for my daughters. I'm saving them!

the gardeners cottage said...

very excellent story.

i can see why she wants to move. i mean, it's just awful.

do you remember her mom?

~janet

Julie Holloway said...

Wow! What a cool story....and beyond amazing home. You know you're something when your home has a name. Have a good weekend!

My Interior Life said...

I would definitely accept those hand-me-downs! How cool is that?

Amy R. said...

I am pretty sure I didn't receive any fantastic hand me downs. You were a lucky girl for sure. I love the enormous tiger rug.

Amy R.

Twist of Lime said...

Wow! Cashmere hand me downs! Nice!

Emma said...

Are you serious? Would love to hear more about this!

A Perfect Gray said...

fantastic. wonderful story. fingers crossed that they think of you for the house!

koralee said...

Oh my goodness....that is amazing! Her home makes me soooo happy today...I love her dinning room with all the books on the table!!!

I think you are never too old for hand me downs my friend! Cute post today.

Thank you for your sweet well wishes conerning my teeth...xoxoxo

The Zhush said...

I would take those hand me downs in a second! Wow....
Guessing you spent at least part of your childhood in Old Westbury. I know a woman who grew up not too far from there as well...why do I feel its just a matter of time before we actually meet?! :)

Pretty Mommy said...

WoW! What a fantastic story!!

Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design said...

Yes, I would take those hand me downs in a second!!

quintessence said...

Too funny! But the house is truly beautiful. I saw this posted over at Heather's and just loved it. So sad that she has to give it up but it must be a burden to keep up - both financially and time-wise. Wishing you a lovely holiday.

North of 25A said...

What a great story!
Best,
Colleen