bunny mellon had so many amazing homes. since her death many of her houses have been sold. tory burch bought her place in antigua (i keep seeing bits on tory’s instagram, can’t wait for the fill unveiling, her upper east side town house has turned a few times, and her fabled cape cod home was purchased by bill and bridget koch’s (fun fact- bridget koch is the aunt of rooney and kate mara).
after the koch’s bought the house they asked kathryn ireland to decorate it. the home is featured in the new house beautiful. kathryn was interviewed by kate betts for the article. it was fun hearing a bit more about the history of the house and the redecorating.
the house was built in the 1940’s by the mellon’s. it was one of bunny mellon’s favorite houses. she entertained a lot there. john and jackie kennedy were frequent guests (all those pictures you see on pinterest of jackie and john on a new england porch sitting in old wicker chairs, they’re at bunny mellon’s).
a lot of bunny’s funiture was left with the house and kathryn used a great deal of it. she also used a lot of pieces that the new owners already had in storage from other homes. i think the house is charming, love all the colors and mix of patterns, that’s what kathryn does best, but what she did really well was keep the essence of bunny- it still feels like bunny mellon’s cape cod.
photographs by james merrell