yesterday was jackie kennedy’s birthday. i’ve been pondering how to celebrate her special day. i thought it would be nice to celebrate how she lived.

jackie lived in the same apartment in nyc on fifth ave. for more than 30 years. the apartment overlooked central park and was a lesson in restraint, style and comfort.

there was a refinement and elegance to the surroundings- the books, skirted tables, boxes, busts, art, of course i love all of her blue and white accessories….all the layers create a space that seems real, in many ways simple, yet full of life.

all photographs are from sotheby’s famous sale of the apartments contents in 1996, i can’t believe that has been almost 20 years ago….so much time has gone by but one thing for certain is jackie’s style continues to live and forever will inspire- happy birthday!

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  1. dear friends have lived in the building for many years……they had a dinner party for us many years ago…and we were cautioned “if you see Mrs. onassis…please address her as mrs. onassis!”

    after a wonderful “whee of a time” 10 of us went down in the elevator. the doors open…..and my husband….(the funniest person ever in the back row of the elevator) Pipes up with
    “hey hi jackie! we are on our way to ‘doubles’!! will you join us???”


    she smiled (because he is so cute!!) and demurred politely!

    I hope our friend (who still lives in the building..doesn’t read blogs!
    she was gracious and lovely!

  2. A poised and graceful woman I will admire forever, Iconic, along with Grace, C.Z., Audrey…..

    The Arts by KARENA

  3. Your pOst reminded me that jackie was also an artist (one who makes art). Both The easEl (used in thIs public photo to display a painting) and the drafting table reveal a more personal Side of a woman Of varied talents and interests. It reminded me that i want to order a copy of “one special suMmer,” a book written and illustrateD by Jackie and her sister, Lee radziwill, when they Were younger. There is also a beautiful old photo of Jackie sitting on a beach somewhere and sketching — just lovely.

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