Flowers

Research by Steven L. Brawley

Jackie's restoration of the White House also included a total revamp of how flowers were used to entertain and accentuate decor. Gone were large formal arrangements, replaced with more casual, natural centerpieces placed in items from the White House's vermeil collection.

Flowers Favored by Jackie

  • Carnations
  • Cornflowers (blue)
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Daises
  • Lily of the Valley (used on her casket)
  • Lilies
  • Orchids and Gardenias (used in her JFK wedding bouquet)
  • Peonies (white)
  • Roses
  • Tulips

NO Gladiolus (LOL)

Jackie's Floral Designers

  • Rusty Young, Chief Floral Designer, White House (hired by Jackie)
  • Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, close personal friend
  • Flowers by Phillip, New York City

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy) - Floral arrangement for dinner in honor of President and Mrs. Truman at the White House on November 1, 1961.

Fabrics

Yellow Oval Room White HouseResearch by Steven L. Brawley

Jackie's Fabrics/ Wall-coverings

  • Pale green with flower pattern by Tillett Textiles (Jackie's White House bedroom curtains and bed draperies)
  • Fish Head Plaid by Connaissance Fabrics, from Design Works (1040 dining room tablecloth with a geometric print of brown, white, and coral)
  • Large Feather by Connaissance Fabrics, from Design Works (1040 library sofa covering of black and rust on duck cloth)
  • Keisha Red by Rose Cumming (1040 dining room wallpaper and drapery)
  • Jardin de Tuileries by Scalamandré (1040 bedroom bed draperies on silk, also used by Pat Nixon in the White House)
  • Scalamandré fabrics were featured in Jackie's 1961-63 restoration of the White House in the Empire Guest, Blue, Red, and Yellow Oval rooms.
  • Jackie selected Brunschwig & Fils fabrics for curtains in the White House President's Dining Room and for chairs in the Lincoln Sitting Room.
  • Moss green watered silk from Tassinari & Chatel adorned the walls of the Jackie's Green Room. The French firm also created blue and gold fabric for chairs in the Blue Room, while a  rose ivory silk brocade was provided for the Queen's Bedroom curtains.
  • Stroheim & Romann fabrics used by Sister Parish in Jackie's White House bedroom and other WH rooms.

Notes: In 1969 Jackie Kennedy recruited the Tilletts to launch Design Works, a textile studio in Bedford Stuyvesant for which the Tilletts trained local residents in their techniques and collaborated on designs. Design Works was known for large-scale, ethically-inspired patterns and lasted until 1978. 

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy) - Jackie's White House Yellow Oval Room.

Residences

Research by Steven L. Brawley

Jackie lived in some pretty impressive digs in her lifetime. From homes in the Hamptons to Martha's Vineyard, she surrounded herself with the things she loved - books, art, historic artifacts, and family photographs. She kept interior decorators scrambling to keep up with her eclectic tastes that ranged from fancy to comfy.

PPB Inventory of Jackie's Residences (1929-1994)

Childhood & Youth

  • Apaquogue Road, Wildmoor, Georgica/East Hampton, NY (paternal grandparent's house)
  • 121 Further Lane, Lasata, East Hampton, NY (paternal grandparent's house)
  • 790 Park Ave., New York City (parent's apartment)
  • 740 Park Ave., New York City (parent's apartment in building developed by maternal grandfather James Lee)
  • 765 Park Ave., New York City (paternal grandparent's apartment)
  • 111 Egypt Lane, Rowdy Hall, East Hampton, NY (parent's rental)
  • 3 West End Road, Grey Gardens, East Hampton, NY (paternal aunt's house)
  • One Gracie Square, New York City (mother's apartment)
  • 520 E. 86th St., New York City (mother's apartment)
  • 125 E. 74th St., New York City (father's apartment)
  • Lazy-A-Bar Ranch, Reno, NV (where mother obtained divorce)
  • 700 Chain Bridge Road, Merrywood, McLean, VA (mother and stepfather's house)
  • Harrison Avenue, Hammersmith Farm, Newport, RI (stepfather's summer house)
  • 76 avenue Mozart, Paris (1949 Sorbonne studies)
  • Holton Arms School Dorm
  • Miss Porter's School Dorm
  • Vassar College Dorm
  • Georgetown Apt. (address needed)

Mrs. John F. Kennedy

  • 122 Bowdoin St., Boston, MA (JFK's apartment in Boston, used to claim residency)
  • 700 Chain Bridge Road, Merrywood, McLean, VA (often stayed at mother and stepfather's home, also had plans drawn by architect George Howe to build a home on the Merrywood Estate, purchased nearby Hickory Hill instead)
  • 3321 Dent Place NW, Wahington, D.C. (leased)
  • 111 Irving Ave., Barnstable, MA - aka Hyannis Port
  • 1095 N. Ocean Blvd., Palm Beach, FL (father-in-law's estate)
  • 1147 Chain Bridge Rd., Hickory Hill, McLean, VA
  • 35 E. 76th St., The Carlyle Hotel, New York City (Kennedy suites)
  • 277 Park Ave., New York City (apartment owned by Kennedy family)
  • 2808 P. St., Washington, DC (leased)
  • 3307 N. St., Washington, DC
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., The White House, Washington, DC
  • Camp David, Cokotin Mountain Park, MD
  • 5297 Hulbert's Lane, Glen Ora, Middleburg, VA (leased)
  • 1666 Hatcher's Mill Rd., Atoka/Wexford, Marshall, VA
  • 601 North County Rd., Paul House, Palm Beach, FL (leased)
  • Island Ave., Morton Downey House, Squaw Island, MA (leased)
  • 149 Island Ave., Brambletyde, Squaw Island, MA (leased)

Later Years (Widow, Onassis, Editor)

  • 3038.N. St,, Harriman House, Washington, DC (loaned)
  • 3017 N. St,, Newton Baker House, Washington, DC
  • 1040 Fitth Ave., New York City
  • Morgan Cottage, Glen Cove/Long Island, NY (leased)
  • Peapack, NJ (rented house with Onassis and owned home)
  • 2 E 61st St., Pierre Hotel, New York City  (Aristotle Onassis suite)
  • Skorpios Island, Greece (three villas, including the "Pink House")
  • Villa, Glyfada, Greece
  • The Christina Yacht
  • 88 avenue Foch, Paris
  • Cottage, Middleburg, VA (leased)
  • House, Concord, MA (leased)
  • Red Gate Farm, Martha's Vineyard

Other Family Member Residences

  • 888 Park Ave., New York City (Caroline's apartment)
  • 500 Sagaponack Rd, Sagaponack, NY (Caroline and Ed's weekend home)
  • 929 Park Ave., New York City (Caroline and JFK Jr. apartment - given to Marta Squbin)
  • 56 W. 91st St. New York City (JFK Jr.)
  • 309 W. 86th St., New York City (JFK Jr./Rob Littell apartment)
  • 171 W. 71st St., New York City (JFK Jr./Darryl Hannah apartment)
  • 20 N. Moore St., New York City (JFK Jr./Carolyn Bessette loft)
  • East 52nd Street, New York City (Lee Radziwill's apartment)
  • 969 Fifth Avenue, New York City (Lee Radziwill's apartment)
  • 895 Park Avenue, New York City (Lee Radziwill's apartment)
  • 160 E. 72nd Street, New York City (Lee Radziwill's apartment)
  • 16th arrondissement, Paris (Lee Radziwill's apartment)
  • Turville Grange, Oxfordshire (Lee Radziwill home)
  • 4 Buckingham Place, London (Lee Radziwill home)
  • East Dune Lane, East Hampton, NY (Lee Radziwill home)
  • 3044 O St., Washington DC (mother and stepfather's house where pink suit was temporarily stored in the attic prior to transfer to National Archives)
  • 636 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA (Teddy and Joan Kennedy home)
  • 2416 Tracy Place NW, Washington, DC (Teddy and Vicky Kennedy home)

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy) - 3307 N. Street, Washington, DC.

Designers

Research by Steven L. Brawley

Jackie's Interior Architects/Designers/Decorators

  • Billy Baldwin
  • Stephane Boudin
  • Lee Bouvier Radziwill (sister)
  • Harrison Cultra
  • Design Works: Bedford-Stuyvesant (Tillets)
  • Henry DuPont
  • Georgina Fairholme
  • Vincent Fourcade
  • John Fowler
  • Maison Jansen
  • Jacques Grange
  • Michael Greer
  • Albert Hadley
  • Mark Hampton
  • Keith Irvine
  • Richard Keith Langham
  • Paul Leonard
  • Mace Decorating Service (painters)
  • Paul Manno
  • Bunny Mellon (friend)
  • Hugh Newell Jacobsen (Red Gate Farm Architect)
  • M. Ortiz
  • Sister Parish
  • I.M. Pei (JFK Library Architect)
  • Gerald Shea (Furniture Collection)
  • Carl Warnecke (JFK Grave, Lafayette Square Architect)
  • Jayne Wrightsman (friend)

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy) - Jackie's White House Red (Cerise) Room.

Decor

Nest Like Jackie...

by Steven L. Brawley, Editor-in-Chief

Jackie knew what was aesthetically pleasing, all within the confines of personal comfort and historical context. She made things pretty, but with a purpose.

PPB inventories Jackie's homes throughout the world and her on-going impact on interior design/decor and historical preservation.

We take a further look into Jackie's artistic side by documenting her photography, drawings, paintings, architectural designs, and other expressions of creativity.

Image copyright Jake Gariepy (Dapper and Dreamy) - Jackie's White House Blue Room.

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