Delphine and Reed Krakoff already owned one famous home, Lasata, in East Hampton, New York which was where Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis spent her summers growing up. Their new home, Clark House, in New Canaan, Connecticut also has a interesting past. It was purchased by heiress Huguette Clark in 1952 as a safe place to escape in case of a Nuclear War. She never actually lived in the home and it sat empty until the Krakoff’s purchased it after her death.
The French style home formerly know as Le Beau Château boasts nine bedrooms and 52 acres of property that have been revived by Perry Guillot. They didn’t go crazy renovating the interiors which I appreciate. I especially love the sanded down floors that look more fitting for a French style house. They did replace the entry stair handrail and reworked the awkward master suite that Huguette Clark had built onto the house.
“Reed and I felt a strong, immediate connection to the place, which had nothing to do with the location or value. We were smitten by its mysterious, romantic history and amazing potential.”- Delphine Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design
The finished home is featured in the October 2017 issue of Architectural Digest but some of the best photos can be found on the couple’s Instagram account @delphinereedkrakoff which I’ve combined in this post. Along with a few older photos of the home from Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune which is a fascinating look into Huguette Clark’s mysterious life and homes.
A look into the homes of Delphine and Reed Krakoff can be found in their new book Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine and Reed Krakoff that will be released on October 10, 2017 which I can’t wait to read. I also can’t wait to see what house they buy next.
The original staircase
The original kitchen.
Their adventures in real estate are enviable. I don’t know how they can move from one to the next so fast without feeling an emotional attachment. Maybe the book will explain. In East Hampton this summer I drove by Lasata often, it’s a beautiful house with an amazing pedigree, I would never want to leave. I opened my East Hampton house tour post with it here: http://www.primadarling.com/fashion/unofficial-east-hampton-house-tour/