Lockes Of Love

This past Christmas my grandmother bought me a pair of Elizabeth Locke earrings. I opened them, loved them, and then my grandmother said, “I thought it was time for some classic and more mature earrings.”  Yes! Elizabeth Locke is a classic, mature, and refined brand of jewelry. So it is no surprise that her house exhibits those same qualities.

Her home is a true Virginian classic. It is true to its roots, yet welcoming and livable. The grounds are impeccable on this renovated 1816 house, and the interior is a testament to Locke’s love of her home’s history. In a place like Virginia, roots are important. I’ll have much more on chic Virginia roots as I am going there tomorrow for Historic Garden Week.

See you back here next week for a recap of garden week and more design dreaming.

XO- TPB

Photos from Architectural Digest. Design: Alison Martin. Architects: Neumann Lewis Buchanan Lanscape: Sue Bowman

Elizabeth Locke Virginia Home 1  The historic home completely restored with all it’s glory and grounds of boxwood perfection.

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I am obsessed with the entry way. The double door screened entry and the eclectic tradition.

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The blue couch is a fun pop of color against the yellow striped walls. This house is definitely on the classical and historical side of design, but it is to be appreciated and admired.

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Did I ever mention how much I love fireplaces in dining rooms? I think they are very necessary.

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A functional and warm kitchen. I love how the breakfast table is right in between the island and the main kitchen cabinetry.

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This green is a shade beyond ideal. I have this weird urge to see a brown velvet couch in here with a tassle fringe lining on the bottom…anyone else??

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Someone important sleeps here, or at least that is what the room conveys. The ceiling work is truly the cherry on top of the traditionally open space.

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A sweet powder room of blue, with blue trim on the cabinetry as well.

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Another bathroom angle of blue and white in a wallpapered retreat. I admire so much when people use furniture pieces in a bathroom. Too much cabinetry that is all the same can be…well, too much.

Elizabeth Locke Virginia Home 12How does your boxwood grow? I hear in Virginia it grows pretty amazingly. I look forward to seeing just how lovely it looks this weekend!

 

3 thoughts on “Lockes Of Love

  1. I grew up in Middleburg Virginia and we definitely had box bushes (as we called them) in our garden. Virginia has an impressive lineage of interior and garden design-Nancy Lancaster, Bunny Williams, Charlotte Moss. In my view there is a design sensibility that one develops in Virginia that is not period-specific a la Williamsburg, but more of a generational mix of things that speak to comfort with subtle elegance ( not necessarily formal). My mother called her beautiful antiques “early American give-away” as they had been passed down from her mother and grandmother.

    • Ann, thank you for all of your great insight and thoughts. I love the term “Box Bushes.” There are SO many stylish design influences in Virginia. I will forever look at antiques as “early American give aways.” Can’t wait to share my trip with you! XO – TPB

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