Live Like Jackie O (For A Price)

It was announced this week that Jackie O’s childhood home, Merrywood in McLean, Virginia, is up for sale. For a cool $49.5 million (seriously, who has that much money???)  And while that price makes this home insanely, insanely unattainable short of Jeff Bezos (P.S. Amazon is taking over the WORLD)- it’s so fun to look at, no? Even Andrew sent me the link to this as a blog suggestion!

Now THIS is an entry! If I were in charge of the redesign, I’d keep that wallpaper. And that mirror. (Barry Dixon did the home as shown)

I don’t exactly know what one does with a room this large, but DAYUM, I could figure it out.

Well, this is just lovely (minus the furnishings, IMO, a bit much for me)

This room is sooooo Ron Burgundy “I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”  (I never thought I’d quote Anchorman in a post about Jackie O- life is full of suprises.)

Looks at all those pillows! Even I think that’s excessive and I love me an abundance of throw pillows! But also, I really want to sleep here. And look at all that detail on the ceiling. Amazing.

Yeah, this is ridiculous. I have no witty comment for this, it’s too good.

Jackie  had MANY exquisite, over the top incredible homes of her youth.  Not only Merrywood but also a HUGE mansion in Newport called Hammersmith Farm (the site of her wedding reception to JFK) and an estate in the Hamptons as well. In recent years, the Hamptons home was bought by design duo Reed and Delphine Krakoff and was featured in AD. Lets take a peek…


That paneling is original to the home, I love the color paired with the yellow accents that compliment the foyer wallpaper.

PER-FECTION.  The modern coffee table paired with all the antiques and traditional upholstery is brilliant.

A relatively modest kitchen for a house that was for sale for $39 million last year!

Love the dichotomy of modern and traditional here as well (all the lighting was antique Tiffany, as Reed is the artistic director there.)

Whenever I see latticework like this all I can think about is WHO IS GOING TO DUST THIS?

Like, picture all the dust in those nooks and crannies! Also, this is a very fun room ripe for cocktail hour.

I adore this tailored but traditional canopy bed paired with the modern rug.  I also think its interesting how they used almost the same rug in all the bedrooms, other than the master, but in different colors. If one likes continuity but wants each space to have its own vibe, that is one way to do it!

A perfect bathroom. That zebra chair obviously is my jam and I love how it’s so unexpected in a bath!

While I may have added a gilded framed sketch above the bed, I adore how this room feels like a breath of fresh air.  The ethereal feel is perfect for a summer house, as the modern bed is made interesting with the rope texture and pattern.


Another bedroom with the modern canopy bed, this time in yellow with a fun edge detail.

And another, in a bold green.  I love love love love this room for a little girl– its fun but yet can completely grow with them!

Yeah, not too shabby.

AS I always say, I’d be an EXCELLENT billionaire. Really, I would rock that. :)







  1. Whoa. And Merrywood is set on 7 acres on a river! I don’t know if that makes it worth $50M, but I mean, start the asking price high, I guess? I prefer Merrywood to the Hamptons home (not crazy about the design, but love the architecture), but I’d certainly take either. I can’t even imagine growing up in homes like that.

  2. I can’t even imagine the amount of maintenance for homes like these. But if you could afford them, you’d have a house manager to handle all that for you. What would spoil it for me would be the loss of privacy. In homes like these, there is always staff on premises (just to do all the work that needs doing!) and you’re never alone in your own home. No going downstairs in your jammies for a midnight bowl of ice cream or peanut butter on toast.

    To me, the fun part of these houses is the decorating and furnishing.

    1. That’s such a good point. I never think about all of the staff involved with the upkeep. The price is obviously extraordinary, but it affects the living environment too. I imagine gardeners and landscapers are on the premises nearly every day!

  3. The Hamptons kitchen seems a little out of place to me. With all the fun bold details in the bedrooms and such, you’d think it would have a little more flair. Just my two cents… It’s still wonderfully fabulous!

    1. Because a house like this comes with full house staff. People in homes like this did not do their own cooking! They had staff for that! The kitchen was “staff space” and thus did not need to be impressive from a design standpoint. Just suitable to prepare meals and host caterers. I would imagine this level of home would still have full-time daily staff, if not live-in.

  4. I suggest a blog gofundme page – we could raise $5mil and just alternate weeks???

    And after seeing the movie Jackie, it’s almost as if the movie was filmed at these spots. Le sigh. I want to go to here.

  5. What I want to know is, who owns/is selling Merrywood? Has it stayed within her family? Has someone been living there??

    1. Steve Case (formerly of AOL) has owned Merrywood for the past 15-20 years. I live about a mile from there but didn’t realize it was on the market! Goes w/o saying that I run in different circles… 😊

      1. Wyatt and Nancy Dickerson were the owners during the 1960-1970s time period. The home did not have the wings that now exist on the left and right of the main structure, and the cupola was not a feature on the roof. Nancy Dickerson was a news reporter for CBS and NBC. Years ago, I caught a glimpse of her while shopping at Tysons Corner mall in McLean, Virginia.

  6. So much beautiful eye candy in this post – thanks for sharing. I adore the bedrooms in different colors.

  7. These houses are proof that good bones (like Jackie’s own) endure the test of time.
    I would love to see Merrywood given an updated polish by someone like Michael Smith, who was able to update the private White House quarters for the Obama’s without sacrificing the underlying style of the building.
    And that apple green bedroom has just inspired me to paint my four poster bed white.

  8. Wow! Thanks for the post of the Hamptons estate too – I have a beautiful serene misty picture of the poolhouse near the end, that I use as wallpaper on my laptop. Goals. Now I know where it came from.

  9. Not too shabby indeed!! You become a billionaire and I’ll dust that lattice for you…franki

  10. A dream to look at, admire, visit, and be a guest, but I think a bit much to actually live there! Not exactly a “homey” feel to it. But those gardens, I’ll take those gardens any day. And haha, I could never have a gigantic mirror over a bathtub. That’s definitely a bit much for me even if it is antiqued!

  11. Well, as Chanel would say, “The best things are life are free. The second best are very expensive.” I too would make an excellent billionaire…The beauty of these homes take my breath away.

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