Monday, September 27, 2010

Anna Wintour's Bolthole

Bolthole. It made me smile. Had to look it up HERE

The October 2010 issue of World Of Interiors features Anna Wintour's bolthole. In fact her second one.

Table of contents from World Of Interiors

Okay okay. It's her second vacation home on Long Island, and here's how Anna describes the very un-Hamptons location of Shirley, Long Island in the article: "I just import the people I want…. I don't mind the town. It's white trash, of course, but I don't care".

Feedsack slipcovers, stripe rug, chintz drapes

It is a lovely place of course, very romantic looking, very comfortable, very elegant farmhouse.

The second bolthole living room
Toile (!) slipcover, seagrass rug, Brickmakers coffee table

More from Anna who wrote the article: "It was perhaps eight years ago that a neighbor's change of fortune resulted in my good luck. The property that adjoins my 1820 Long Island summerhouse (WoI March 2006) came up for sale when its owner left in a hurry. It had an 1834 farmhouse, with loads of additions and 12 poky bedrooms. It had a perplexing reception room with difficult, though grand, proportions. It had lawns that tumbled down toward a beautiful-to-the-eye, toxic-to-everything-else river. It had nearly 25 acres of difficult trees in deer-infested woods. It was, as we say at Vogue, challenging".

The same room sans toile

Rustic kitchen

Sweet, sweet bedroom
Can you see Anna sleeping here?

Another view of a bedroom
Love the return curtain rods

A view from one poky room into another one of the dozen poky rooms

Love the lantern with the worn zinc color finish

The library - the chairs look like ones from Pottery Barn
The lamp in the center of the table is a bit odd

Another view of the library

Collage of the property

Found all this good stuff on Curbed and The Awl. Just wanted to share it with you.


Sketch42 said...

That line about importing the people she wants... classic. And no, I cant imagine her sleeping her. Oh and bolthole sounds dirty. I like it.

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Bolthole stopped me in my tracks...what Anna Wintour's bolthole?

I love some of these rooms but not what I would have imagined her to live in.

Reggie Darling said...

I loved the Wintour summer house. Was quite impressed by it, actually. Shouldn't have been surprised, but I was a bit.

Fabulously french said...

Love the house and was also very surprised as it was not at all how I imagined one of her houses to be.
Just goes to show that you cannot judge a book by it's cover :-)

Leeann x

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

I'll tell ya...The importing people comment turned me off to the whole place.And her.Bolthole!

Lisa said...

It seems a little cold actually - is this a reflection of her energy? I don't know a thing about her so I am not judging. Maybe it is just the images or lighting.

AppleTree said...

What a bitch.

anita @ a dreamer's den said...
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anita @ a dreamer's den said...

I'm with linda and appletree. after reading the quotes, all i could think of was, "what a fucking bitch."
..."a neighbor's change of fortune resulted in my good luck."
But what do i expect from a woman with two boltholes?!

the only part of the house i really love is the big horse painting. and the bench in the kitchen.
maybe i'm just cranky -- day 5 of no sugar.

Carollynn @ designGumbo said...

You are soooo good at being provocative with titles, which is exactly what makes you such compelling read. A bolthole, huh.

Anna's farmhouse is so different than I would have expected. She doesn't strikes me as being soft, and yet the farmhouse is.

Sarah said...

Anna Wintour confuses me and now so does her "bolthole"!!

I just don't know really what I think, I don't dislike but I also don't like... imagine working for her... urgh

scone said...

I can't imagine Wintour sleeping-- with anyone else.

pve design said...

An escape spot to dream for.
At first I thought it said "blow-hole" - a place to spout off like a whale, and let off a little steam.

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Interesting to see this side of her, a bit softer and not so severe. Thanks for posting the photos.

Linda in AZ * said...

* Joni... I did what I OFTEN do... I looked at pics FIRST, then went back to read...

Annnd, I just LOVED the place~ looked SOOO cozy & SOOO comfy & SOOO unpretentious!!! ... BUUUUT, well, um, I don't think I would "LIKE" Anna as a person... NOPE, correction: I KNOW I WOULD NOT! Annnnnd, I would most certainly NOT desire to be one of "the privileged" who would be "IMPORTED", thank you very much!!!...

(BTW, girlfriend, I suspect if you LOOK CLOSER at the FAB library pic, it appears there is a lamp near EACH END of that terriffic long table...)...

Linda in AZ *

my favorite and my best said...

the carpet does NOT match the drapes!!! weird.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Impressed but no surprise there. Never thought of describing woods as having 'difficult' trees, and deer 'infested'. I don't believe in importing non-white trash people either..hah! Great post Valorie. xo

Rachel said...

Fabulous (of course)!!!

I love those chintz drapes in the first room. In fact, I pretty much love everything in that first room! (And the rest of the house ain't too shabby either).

Thank you for sharing!

Irina said...

"I just import the people I want…. I don't mind the town. It's white trash, of course, but I don't care".

reread the article in the magazine after your post ... there is no such line there


pretty pink tulips said...

New word to me - I'll have to pick up a copy!

Visual Vamp said...

Holy Bolthole Irina!
The quote came from The Awl. It is something she said about her house. I don't have the magazine. Sorry to mislead, but still the quote is attributed to her.

And Linda from AZ, I am flattered you think you are reading Joni's blog ha ha.

Thanks all for stopping by my bolthole.
xo xo

Visual Vamp said...

Here's the link to The Awl post:

xo xo

Anonymous said...

oy, vey! la wintour in shoilly? and el mahzor trying to out renzo renzo?

too much for tv. you've had a busy weekend, girlfriend!

woof and a wag to cholo! hola to alberto and you. m


Things That Inspire said...

It is very sweet and soft - not what I would expect, but I like it. I prefered the room 'sans toile', though - but maybe it is the painting above the fireplace that I am reacting to.

Jan said...

Nothing but the best for Anna eh? :)
It's okay.

La Petite Gallery said...

Blown away that she said that about the people in Shirley. She must be some snob with no money.
That is not a bad bolthole
for poor white trash. Her coment??

ArchitectDesign™ said...

So not what i'd expect her to live in -so soft and pretty! I'm surprised her sharp tongue doesn't get her into more trouble 'white trash' and such....i'm sure the locals will LOVE to hear that!