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Bunny Mellon's UES townhouse for sale

This is the best model for the grand style of upper class decorating I've seen in a long time.

by Anonymousreply 10410/08/2013

DELISH, really Top Drawer!

by Anonymousreply 109/25/2013

Jesus, Bunny and Paul sure knew how to live. 10/10.

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by Anonymousreply 309/25/2013

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by Anonymousreply 409/25/2013

Jesus, that is gorgeous. I don't normally like "museum" living, but it's just breath-taking.

The exterior more than the interior is what does it for me.

by Anonymousreply 509/25/2013

"Restraint" in abundance, tragically missing in any number of "wannabee" properties we see here.

by Anonymousreply 609/25/2013

Oh you know they'll be someone to come along, R4. And we can only imagine the hovel they call home.

by Anonymousreply 709/25/2013

Fabu! I could move right in!

by Anonymousreply 809/25/2013

THAT is how you treat fireplaces.

A rant on fireplace furniture placement:

Every motherfucker and his bitch sister throws a couch directly in front of the fireplace. Too close and the couch hogs all the warmth, too far away and it doesn't do a damn bit of good.

I've even seen some assholes face the couch away from the fireplace - ignoring it like it's a stepchild.

Worse yet, these anal retentive motherfuckers sometimes place two chairs facing the fireplace in Hercule Poirotean symmetry. Sit down and you have the full force of heat blasting directly at your face as if you're seated on a bus to hell.

No, these are well organized fireplace settings. Chairs snuggled up on the side provide indirect heat while sharing the warmth of the fire with the rest of the room - not selfishly hogging everything.

End Rant.

by Anonymousreply 909/25/2013

Please, R9 tell us what else do people do that freaks you the fuck out and causes you to shit your granny-panties because it's not done the way you would do it.

by Anonymousreply 1009/25/2013

Shared walls, meh

by Anonymousreply 1109/25/2013

Sorry to all the decor bitches on DL but that place, although just a hair overdone, it pretty fucking great.

by Anonymousreply 1209/25/2013

Built in 1965.

Decorated with all the personality of a 5 Star chain hotel.

by Anonymousreply 1309/25/2013

It's beautiful. I love it. I wouldn't even have to change a thing and I don't normally like that style. That kitchen, even though they probably don't set foot in it, is the crown jewel of the place.

by Anonymousreply 1409/25/2013

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by Anonymousreply 1509/25/2013

R15: [quote] Bunny still (as of 2011) does Pilates, "which she learned from the exercise's inventor Joseph Pilates more than 50 years ago."

by Anonymousreply 1609/25/2013

R13 you're a flyover, right?

by Anonymousreply 1709/25/2013

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by Anonymousreply 1809/25/2013

Sorry, it looks like a hotel to me too. A nice hotel but I prefer a little clutter and personality.

by Anonymousreply 1909/25/2013

OK, looking at the floor plan, where is the master bedroom? I see a guest or staff bedroom, but not a master.

This property is amazing. Love the outdoors, love the wall colors, the kitchen is a jewel and love the lack of clutter.

R16, I noticed that. And the fact that she learned from Joseph Pilates is remarkable.

by Anonymousreply 2009/25/2013

It's beautiful, but 46 MILLION???


by Anonymousreply 2109/25/2013

[quote]A nice hotel but I prefer a little clutter and personality.

It's been staged to sell, R19. All personal items are removed prior to the photo shoot.

by Anonymousreply 2209/25/2013

Location, location, location.

by Anonymousreply 2309/25/2013

Were does Bunny live now

It says this house last sold in 2006- I assume that's when Bunny sold it.

by Anonymousreply 2409/25/2013


She maintains homes in Antigua, Nantucket, and Oyster Harbors on Cape Cod, but two apartments in Paris and a townhouse in New York City were recently sold.[2] Her main residence, Oak Spring Farms, a 4,000-acre (1,600 ha) estate in Virginia, has its own 1-mile (1,600 m) long airstrip for her Falcon 2000.[3][4]

by Anonymousreply 2509/25/2013

Meh. Not much closet space in the master bedrooms (which are on the fourth floor, r20. Look at the next picture).

by Anonymousreply 2609/25/2013

Anything that isn't modern design looks like my grandmother lives there.

by Anonymousreply 2709/25/2013

Anything that is modern looks like nobody lives there.

by Anonymousreply 2809/25/2013

Finally, a house in good taste. It's a lovely place, with very little indeed to bitch about.

A house built as late as 1965 would not be my first choice, but this one --by way of compliment-- is indicative of that usually rather grim era in architecture, especially when it turned historicist. The kitchen and a couple of the bedrooms is a bit too white and light and old girly; I'd trade out some of the upholstered pieces for some good brown furniture. But it's remarkable to find a house where the first and most charitable thing to do isn't to overlook the current owner's personal tastes and look beyond to the architecture.

It's a big, gracious, comfortable house, though, with a complex plan and beautiful courtyard. I like the Maison Jansen look of the interiors with a bit of Swedish taste overlaid -- on paper, it wouldn't appeal, but seeing it done well wins me over.

by Anonymousreply 2909/25/2013

It's lacking a certain warmth and all the rooms have the same theme. Unitheme. I like to be surprised. An Italian Tuscany into country French and a Japanese bathroom with a teak mermaid tub and Moreno glass tiles. A den like a ski lodge. This house isn't living, folks. There's just so many choices available in design, especially high end...not this limited imagination, safe stuff. I'm disappointed.

by Anonymousreply 3009/25/2013

Kudos to R30.

I, too, am terribly disappointed.

by Anonymousreply 3109/25/2013

Waiter, I'd like a slice of bunny melon, please.

by Anonymousreply 3209/25/2013

[quote]It's lacking a certain warmth and all the rooms have the same theme. Unitheme. I like to be surprised. An Italian Tuscany into country French and a Japanese bathroom with a teak mermaid tub and Moreno glass tiles. A den like a ski lodge. This house isn't living, folks. There's just so many choices available in design, especially high end...not this limited imagination, safe stuff. I'm disappointed.

You're a precocious little thing, aren't you?

But, really, "there's just so many choices"? Oh, dear.

And, darling, you *know* I hate being critical - it's just so not me - but I don't know anyone who would utter the word "folks" unless they were referring to their parents. And even then...

You could also add a hyphen here and there. But I do commend you for recognizing that the house is not alive.

by Anonymousreply 3309/25/2013

[quote] It's beautiful, but 46 MILLION???

It's on 2 lots. It's like two townhouses but she used the second lot as outdoor space and two smaller wings attached to the 5 story townhouse

by Anonymousreply 3409/25/2013

Meh, I agree it looks like a fancy hotel. Too monochrome. Clearly, old people live there. No where to relax. Ugly dining room with a table that's too small. Nice facade.

BTW, why do kitchen breakfast bars in NYC homes always have two bar chairs perched at the end and squished together. I guarantee no two people have ever been able to sit there at the same time.

by Anonymousreply 3509/26/2013

It's nice, in that "We're rich Americans but we'd much rather be French aristocracy and live in Paris" way.

by Anonymousreply 3609/26/2013

Nice, but....too French. I hate the dining room.

by Anonymousreply 3709/26/2013

No where near an open concept. Marble counter tops? No thank you, I want Granite. Is there room for an office? I want a three car garage and that black stove has to go, it has to be stainless. And are there two sinks in the master bathroom, that's a deal breaker.

by Anonymousreply 3809/26/2013

Donated generously to John Edwards' campaign for POTUS.

by Anonymousreply 3909/26/2013

Sorry. No corn husk dolls in the kitchen is a deal breaker.

by Anonymousreply 4009/26/2013

Bunny turned 103 in August . . . what's her secret?

by Anonymousreply 4109/26/2013

[quote]Bunny turned 103 in August . . . what's her secret?

Energizer batteries.

by Anonymousreply 4209/26/2013

[quote]OK, looking at the floor plan, where is the master bedroom?

You obviously did not look at the 4th floor where there are TWO master bedroom suites clearly shown.

by Anonymousreply 4309/26/2013

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by Anonymousreply 4409/26/2013

I really prefer Mitzi Gaynor's place, striped bathroom and all. It looks much liveable.

by Anonymousreply 4509/26/2013

At least John Edwards never got his hands on it.

by Anonymousreply 4609/26/2013

I'm not too enamoured with the decor.

What stood out for me was the back courtyard and how beautiful the back of the house overlooking it is.

Here in London even the most beautiful townhouses look like shit at the back....for some reason.

by Anonymousreply 4709/26/2013

The one thing I do have to laugh about is how much "sunshine" there is at the front of the house. The entire building is draped in sunshine. If you've walked on that block, you'd know it's impossible.

by Anonymousreply 4809/26/2013

It's frightfully Grande Dame, but Grande Dame done correctly! It's both opulent and livable, which is a neat trick.

Tell me, what separates this gem from all the imitations that scream "earrings and CAFTANS" to our tasteful eyes? Is it the amount of space? Is it the fact that every single foot of space cost our years' salary to decorate?

by Anonymousreply 4909/26/2013

Dear god, that space is fucking amazing. And I love that they left so much of it undeveloped. Having a greenspace makes the home that much more magnificent. I have a few things I would tweak for myself, but I can't quibble. It's an oasis in Manhattan.

Now whom do I have to sleep with in order to snag it?

by Anonymousreply 5009/26/2013

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by Anonymousreply 5109/26/2013

"Now whom do I have to sleep with in order to snag it?"

A 102-year-old woman. Are you up for it?

by Anonymousreply 5209/26/2013

The photo just about the first kitchen photo looks like the room where Glenn Close has her final freak out and trashes her vanity table in "Dangerous Liasons".

by Anonymousreply 5309/26/2013

I agree that the exterior makes it. It's lovely but far overpriced.

Still, someone will buy it. Probably, short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump.

He turned Mar-a-Lago into a hotel. Perhaps this can be a bed and breakfast.

by Anonymousreply 5409/26/2013

[quote]No where to relax.

Yet with plenty of space to study grammar.

by Anonymousreply 5509/26/2013

Is there really a John Edwards/Bunny Mellon sex tape out there?

by Anonymousreply 5609/26/2013

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by Anonymousreply 5709/26/2013

I live in a rural area, have been in very few upscale homes in my life. I watch a New York real estate show about multi multi million dollar homes and after looking at this, all the rest of those homes become irrelevant.

by Anonymousreply 5809/26/2013

Everyone knows Ms. Mellon no longer owns it, correct? She sold it in 2006.

by Anonymousreply 5909/26/2013

R43, thank you. I just looked at the top floor plan. This place is really perfect.

by Anonymousreply 6009/26/2013

R47 that's not the back courtyard. That's a pic of the 3rd floor side garden.

The back courtyard has the reflecting pool in the middle.

by Anonymousreply 6109/26/2013

It is a lovely house, in every way.

by Anonymousreply 6209/26/2013

Needs more books stacked on ottomans!

by Anonymousreply 6309/26/2013

Well, did any of you buy it?

by Anonymousreply 6410/07/2013

Bunny Mellon is one of those people that was born old.

by Anonymousreply 6510/07/2013

I would totally redecorate.

by Anonymousreply 6610/07/2013

It is lovely, particularly when you consider that it's in the middle of Manhattan -- all that space and green and light is a priceless luxury, and that's the reason why the $46 million price tag is warranted. One can only hope the buyer will keep the place largely intact and not build something like a five-story apartment block where the garden is.

That said, the decor is just a bit too fussy-perfect for my taste, like something from a Stanford White design book. I prefer a more eclectic decorating style, and I'd probably remove or replace about a third of the furnishings, not because they're not nice, but because they're just too much. Of course, this is question of personal preference, and I can see how the current decor would make the house a much easier sell than a personal/ eclectic interior design would.

by Anonymousreply 6710/07/2013

What a dump

by Anonymousreply 6810/07/2013

The dining room is on the 3rd floor! The big kitchen is on the 2nd and there is a dumbwaiter to the "service kitchen" next to the dining room. There are two laundry rooms, in the basement and on the 2nd floor.

Clearly I've missed out in life.

by Anonymousreply 6910/07/2013

Note to New York "interior designers"...THIS is design. THIS is a house that has design inside, outside, up, down, sideways and in a cloud floating over the fucking place.

Try to keep up kids.

by Anonymousreply 7010/07/2013

Does the furniture belong to the second owners, or is it Bunny and Paul's? I love that desk.

by Anonymousreply 7110/07/2013

I wanna be named Bunny SOOOO badly.

by Anonymousreply 7210/07/2013

The modern kitchen was a bit disappointing.

by Anonymousreply 7310/07/2013

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by Anonymousreply 7410/07/2013

How did Bunny get her money? Is she a billionaire?

by Anonymousreply 7510/07/2013

R75, she married a Mellon.

by Anonymousreply 7610/07/2013

[quote]Bunny Mellon is one of those people that[sic] was born old.


by Anonymousreply 7710/07/2013

She also invented the Easter Bunny.

by Anonymousreply 7810/07/2013

And thank GOD it's spared views of any of those filthy homeless!

by Anonymousreply 7910/07/2013

The kitchen would benefit with the addition of my beautiful Melmac plastic dinner collection.

by Anonymousreply 8010/07/2013

Her parents actually christened her "Bunny"?

by Anonymousreply 8110/07/2013

Bunny's father invented Listerine.

True fact.

by Anonymousreply 8210/07/2013

What was richer, Bunny Mellon or Nan Kempner?

by Anonymousreply 8310/07/2013

This thread is making me hungry for carrot cake.

by Anonymousreply 8410/07/2013

Gorgeous! but who can afford to live like this these days?

by Anonymousreply 8510/07/2013

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by Anonymousreply 8610/07/2013

too much crap on the walls...and pictures hung entirely too high...great building, lousy would be bumping into everything!

by Anonymousreply 8710/07/2013

That house and its furnishings are fantastic. If you live in Manhattan, then that's the way to do it.

Here's a link to her impeccable Virginia estate:

by Anonymousreply 8810/07/2013

Ahem, R86

by Anonymousreply 8910/07/2013

Overdone and hideous !

by Anonymousreply 9010/07/2013

R83 - Nan Kempner wasn't really that wealthy. Rich to be sure, but nothing like a Mellon.

by Anonymousreply 9110/07/2013

From other posts I've seen online, she did sell the property in 2006, but I don't know who she sold it to. The Koch brothers bought her Cape Cod estate. I can't imagine bunny would ever let the utterly tasteless Donald Trump ruin her home.

by Anonymousreply 9210/07/2013

[quote]Bunny's father invented Listerine. True fact.


by Anonymousreply 9310/07/2013

Why does the linked article say there are 14 rooms? There must be way more than that!

by Anonymousreply 9410/07/2013

Not one of you understands that THIS is emblematic of what is wrong in America today? Is there any better example of unearned inherited wealth as demonstrated by Miss Bunny? Someone should set fire to her.

by Anonymousreply 9510/07/2013

R95 - it's not what's wrong today, she's been loaded her whole life.

What's wrong is the money grab of the past 30 years.

by Anonymousreply 9610/07/2013

Wasn't Listerine invented by Joseph Lister?

by Anonymousreply 9710/07/2013

Rachel "Bunny" Lowe Lambert Lloyd Mellon

One of her grandfathers, chemist Jordan Lambert, invented Listerine, although it was her father who commercialized it.

by Anonymousreply 9810/07/2013

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by Anonymousreply 9910/07/2013

If I were a Maoist, she'd be toast.

by Anonymousreply 10010/07/2013

"Not one of you understands that THIS is emblematic of what is wrong in America today?"

No, the Koch brothers represent all that is wrong with America today, Bunny Mellon represents everything that was wrong with America in... 1930? Well that was when the rich at least pretended to have a sense of noblesse oblige, something today's bazillionaires don't even pretend to presess.

Well, whatever her sins, there's no reason we shouldn't admire her impeccable taste now.

by Anonymousreply 10110/07/2013

R101--you insufferable lisping megaAsshole!

She inherited her wealth! She will pass much of that on to another parasite with very low tax rates!

by Anonymousreply 10210/07/2013

Gays weren't like that in the old, tasteful days. We could dream of meeting a man who would provide all of this. And when he became too old, that master bedroom arrangement is marvelous. The elevator could make discreet .. deliveries .. while the old gentleman slept soundly, unbothered.

by Anonymousreply 10310/07/2013

I adore this place. It is so elegant and very tastefully decorated and a complete breath of fresh air form the usually predictable crap that is minimalist and modern contemporary. The exterior has a french look that is chic, charming, and classy. This is very rare because we have interior designers like the designers on HGTV who are complete losers ,and who have no remote idea what classic timeless design is.I include Jeff Lewis in that same clueless and untalented group. Can you imagine if one of those no nothings on HGTV got a hold of this classic elegant place? A complete horrifying thought. They would say the usually bull shit, this looks like my grand mother's place ,and it needs to look modern and changed. Let me translate that, those are bubblegum designers who can't comprehend what they are observing so they give a negative label on what they are observing . Once again, this place is exquisite beauty that transcends time. It is so refreshing to see a chandelier that it doesn't look like a small group of prisms hung by fish wire or chandeliers that are covered with a stupid lamp shade!

by Anonymousreply 10410/08/2013
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