Grey Gardens Gets New Tenants

According to WWD, there will be a new family in residence at the notorious East Hampton estate of Grey Gardens come this September. NYC interior designer Celerie Kemble and her family have just signed a five-year agreement to lease the property, and if there’s anyone would could thoughtfully perk up the historically grim estate, it’s Kemble—known for her fanciful and fresh, yet still traditional aesthetic. Not that the house needs it: The squalor and raccoon-infested property of Big and Little Edie is long gone. When the house was sold to Ben Bradlee and wife Sally Quinn in 1979, the couple began to completely renovate and re-build the property, turning it into a jewel of a place. Kemble’s children will love the wild and ever-so-slightly over the top wildflower gardens, and according to Kemble, the history of the home was also a selling (or renting) point: “I believe a house should have personality, and Grey Gardens is one of the greatest and most graceful of characters I can imagine out there.” We’re jealous. [WWD]

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