In the early 1960s, Jackie Kennedy spent time planning a rural retreat for her presidential husband and family. The Virginia home was called the Wexford House, and like any dutiful homeowner planning a major project, she had magazine tears, scribbled-down ideas, and endless back-and-forth with her builder.
On February 12, these historical pieces (the starting bid is $500, if you're interested). But even if you won't be the one to own them, it's too irresistible not to take a look at the First Lady's ideas.
Jackie pulled photos from design magazines, and marked up the margins with her instructions and surprisingly frugal guidelines. that the Kennedys wanted to avoid seeming extravagant, and Jackie notes that certain ideas can be skipped "if too expensive" and "don't have to be as fancy" as the inspiration shots.
Jackie's correspondence with her building agents (friends of the Kennedys) offer an unrestricted view into the private minutiae of her otherwise very public life — and reveal quite the positive relationship with her contractor (a situation many renovating homeowners might envy!).
Jackie gushes over how the home "has everything — all the places we all need to get away from each other — so husband can have meetings — children watch TV — wife paint or work at desk." Her requests are clear and smartly planned — even her idea for a little fountain, as long as "it isn't too expensive."
A few official White House photos capture the finished home, which sadly the first family barely used. Tragically, JFK was assassinated only three weeks after their first weekend visit. Currently, the home has spent a few months up for sale, priced at nearly $8 million, .
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