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Bare Blass

by habituallychic

08 . 10 . 11
After I posted the Sutton Place apartment of Bill Blass, a few people mentioned his house in Connecticut.  I was waiting to post it until my copy of his book Bare Blass arrived.  I can’t believe I didn’t already own a copy.  Not only does he talk about his life and fashion but also his apartments and houses.  I highly recommend it for that reason alone.
“And then one day in 1976, Billy Baldwin and I were out looking for houses for sale in Connecticut, something we did a lot together, and I saw this wonderful old stone house.  It had such a dignity about it – and hideous red flocked wallpaper in the living room.  The place was built in 1770 as a tavern n the old Albany Post Road.  The house came with six acres, and I bought the adjacent apple orchard, or what was left of it.  Twenty-one acres in all.  I moved in a few months later.” – Bill Blass

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  1. My Grandpa's Closet August 10, 2011 | 1:39 pm

    Bill Blass is seriously amazing. Everything about him and his style is so classic and seriously speaks to me. Great post!

    Linz & Holl


  2. Ashley August 10, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    Should we ever have expected anything less than perfection from Bill Blass? His Connecticut country home is exactly what I thought it would be: chic as can be.

  3. Tommy August 10, 2011 | 3:11 pm

    Heather – I read Bare Blass several years ago and LOVED it. I attended the Sotheby’s auction of his estate and managed to grab a couple of things, but it happened during the time of those crazy Jackie O type events where everything just went for thousands above estimate. A true testament to the inimitable Blass stye and a very memorable experience for me early in my career. I gave the book to my Grandmother (a very stylish Lady and a Blass client) for Christmas and when she’d finished reading it, she called and asked “did you make the meatloaf?” – we both had – and it’s fabulous, like everything Mr. Blass did. xo Tommy

  4. something2writeabout August 10, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    Wow – amazing home. My husband would kill for this! Thanks for the great post!

  5. Anonymous August 10, 2011 | 7:15 pm

    I once read he bought the long horizontal piece shown near the ceiling in the third and fourth pictures by ‘eyeballing’ the dimensions. No surprise that it was a perfect fit.

  6. {darlene} August 10, 2011 | 8:27 pm

    one of my favorite homes of all time.
    great post.
    – {darlene}
    fieldstone hill design

  7. Modern Country Lady August 10, 2011 | 10:34 pm

    O my goodness- what a place.I love Bill Blass and his designs- he has such good taste!!

  8. Jane Kilpatrick Schott August 11, 2011 | 1:16 pm

    I have always thought his place in CT was so brilliant and I love the quote. I feel exactly the same way with each passing year. I have begun to find people who I can pass along the vast amount of “crapola” in my life.

    By the way, secret fact about Mr. Blass: his favorite candy bar with 5th Avenue! What a guy indeed.

  9. Susan August 12, 2011 | 2:27 am

    What a spectacular post! Thank you for making the effort and sharing.

  10. Anonymous August 15, 2011 | 11:35 pm

    love Mr Lauren’s work

  11. pve design August 16, 2011 | 5:29 pm

    Oh, I cannot wait for a chilly Fall day to prepare one go to Bill Blass recipe, a magnificent meat loaf and mashed potatoes. A creamed spinach side dish and a good bottle of red. I interviewed with Mr.Blass and he smoked the entire time. I will never forget him and the end of that era.