Yesterday I shared my favorite art masterpieces from the estate of Mrs. Paul Mellon.  Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was a woman of great style and grace, known for her horticultural talents.  Her style was absorbed by icons such as Jackie Kennedy, and she was admired for her “understated elegance” (Architectural Digest).

Sotheby’s is auctioning off the contents of her estate this month.  The three-part auction includes her fine art, jewels, and interiors.  Today I wanted to share a few of my favorites from the “Jewels & Objects of Vertu” auction coming up on November 20/21.


Bunny Mellon's "Jewels & Objects of Vertu"
A Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Sapphire and Diamond Earclips, Cartier | Lot...
Office accessory

Group of 5 Gold & Bamboo Pens by Cartier

The auction includes a range of beautiful items, including diamond necklaces, Cartier earrings, Rolex watches, a Faberge cigarette case, a 18th & 19th century snuff boxes, Cartier pens, gold frames, and Dior handbags.  Take a look at the full Sotheby’s catalog and enjoy the sparkle and shine.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see the amazing pieces included in the “Interiors” auction.
Speaking of interiors – did you see my One Room Challenge Powder Room Makeover reveal?  Be sure to check it out and let me know what you think!

Tonight Sotheby’s will begin auctioning off the estate of Mrs. Paul Mellon, known by most as Bunny Mellon.  The woman responsible for redesigning the White House Rose Garden, a close friend of Jackie Kennedy, a woman of great taste, Bunny Mellon’s estate is sure to be magnificent.

via Newsweek

The auction will take place in three stages over three different dates: “Masterworks” (her amazing art collection), “Jewels and Objects of Vertu”, and “Interiors”.

This week I’ll be showing you a sample of my favorite items from each of the three auctions.

First, a quick history lesson.

Rachel “Bunny” Mellon was an heiress to the “Listerine” fortune.  Her second husband was Paul Mellon, a philanthropist and horse breeder.  Bunny Mellon was asked by JFK to redesign the Rose Garden, which remains much the same today.  She went on to design several gardens and landscapes, including the JFK Presidential Library and designer Givenchy’s private residence.   Bunny Mellon also helped Jackie Kennedy with the White House restoration, advising on antiques and fine arts.

Together the Mellon’s were significant collectors of art, and they donated many pieces to the National Gallery of Art.  Bunny Mellon is perhaps most famous, in terms of her art collection, for her many pieces by Mark Rothko.

via NYP


Sotheby’s auction contains 43 lots of Mellon’s art collection.  Below are a few of my favorites.

Bunny Mellon's "Masterworks"
Be sure to take a look at the pieces up for auction at Sotheby’s.  Perhaps you’ll find a piece to bid on?  The Rothko above is only estimated at $20,000,00-30,000,000…
Check back with me tomorrow to see my favorite pieces from Bunny Mellon’s Jewels collection!  You don’t want to miss it!


Week 6 of the Calling it Home One Room Challenge is here!  I’m so happy to have another room in my home “lookin’ goooood”!  Let’s dive right in!

Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5

I started with this (main level powder room immediately off the past ORC mudroom) :

Powder Room 3          Powder Room 2

The goals of the makeover were:

Make the powder room flow with the mudroom

Allow the gallery walls to change with time as my husband and I find & add new art

Show a little sense of humor with our “Washington DC” theme

Spend as little $$ as possible

I feel that I accomplished those goals.  The total cost of the makeover was under $250, which includes new hand towels, soap dispenser, paint, and custom window shade.

Stop talking, Kristen, and show us the photos!!!

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room & Mudroom

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Reveal

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Makeover

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Window Shade

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Sink

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Storage

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Powder Room Details

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Glam George Washington

Pursuing Vintage ORC - DC Candle

Pursuing Vintage ORC - GW Art

Pursuing Vintage ORC - DC Art Wall

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Art 1

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Art 2

Pursuing Vintage ORC - Art 3

It’s not a huge transformation – but I’m really happy with it, the paint makes a huge difference, and I know that it will continue to evolve as we continue to search out DC art and memorabilia that has meaning to us (or just makes us laugh).

A big Thank You to Linda at Calling it Home!  Please take a look at all of the other ORC Linking Participants and the 20 Official ORC Participants.  There are some truly wonderful makeovers and you’ll be inspired by all of them.