Tory Burch transformed a sprawling Gatsby-era Southampton manor into a convivial environment fit for family living. Hamish Bowles takes the grand tour.
It is the sort of house that Jay Gatsby might have built to bedazzle Daisy Buchanan and win her heart back again—a Jazz Age Southampton estate cooled by ocean breezes and set in stately isolation in its own carefully landscaped grounds. A setting fit for The Philadelphia Story’s antic antiheroine, Tracy Lord, who promises to drift down the sweeping Vogue Regency staircase at any moment and waft across the black-and-white marble checkerboard entrance hall in a flutter of organdy to the terraced gardens beyond. “What’s this room? I’ve forgotten my compass,” asks the journalist Liz Imbrie in the 1940 movie based on Philip Barry’s rollicking play, awed by the scale of the Lords’ home. “I’d say, south-by-southwest parlor-by-living-room,” wisecracks her colleague Macaulay Connor.
Source: Vogue magazine..