As seasoned renovators and admirers of residential architecture and gardens, we are completely fascinated with the story of Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn’s purchase and restoration of Grey Gardens. There have been several magazine articles devoted to their story over the years, and each account has offered a special glimpse into the behind-the-scenes saga.

 

The archival photographs that Sally Quinn recently shared with The New York Times spellbind us. The exclusive slideshows feature never-before-seen interior photos of the home as Little Edie left it, along with shots of the overgrown exterior and garden. Additional commentary can be found in New York Magazine and W Magazine.

     

You will note in one photo that Little Edie hung a birdcage wired with a light above her bed. We all know that Edie’s astute eye for fashion and design was often ahead of its time. Today, a similar fixture can be purchased online at The Well Appointed House.

There is also a photo of a curio cabinet stuffed with many of Little Edie’s collectibles, which included Donald Duck figurines, cat-themed items, and seashells. Ms. Quinn restored the cabinet and kept many of Edie’s treasures, and it is still on display in the home. We took a photo of it when we attended a cocktail party at Grey Gardens back in 2007.

In the photo with the piano, you can see the drop-leaf dining room table in the background. Ms. Quinn also restored this piece, and today it greets visitors in the foyer as you enter Grey Gardens.

     
Additional articles on the restoration of Grey Gardens can be found in:

 

  • “Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee on Grey Gardens” from The Southampton Press by Oliver Peterson on September 3, 2007
  • “Grey Gardens: Quinn and Bradlee’s Hamptons Haunt” from The New York Post by Jennifer Gould Keil on August 17, 2006
  • “What it took to restore the magic and beauty of Grey Gardens” from Town & Country, Sally Quinn, June 2003
  • “Grey Gardens Back In The Pink” from Newsday, James A. Revson on September 11, 1986
  • “Restoring the Beauty of Grey Gardens” from Architectural Digest, Sally Quinn, December 1984

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