Grey Gardens: An Extreme Example of How a Home Reflects Its Inhabitants

Grey Gardens: An Extreme Example of How a Home Reflects Its Inhabitants

Abby Stone
Apr 16, 2009

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Grey Gardens, as the house is known, is as much a character in the film as the two women and their relationship.
Tonight we're attending the premiere of HBO's "Grey Gardens" starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange as the eccentric mother and daughter who lived in squalor in a broken down mansion in the Hamptons. Watching the home's descent from elegant mansion into garbage strewn disrepair is heartbreaking...

The house after
It's a good, albeit extreme, lesson to take care of repairs and problems as they arise and not to let them build up. Even in a relatively clean and organized home there are things that you learn to live with or that you overlook until one day, you decide to close the curtain that you normally keep open and realize that it's striped from where the sun's faded it. Regular maintenance is also key: throw in a quick vacuum once a week, a few swipes with a feather duster or dust buster in the morning, regularly using a cleaning service to clean your carpets and upholstered furniture and you will be contributing greatly to your home's, as well as your own physical health. And, if you need more guidance to jumpstart your home's road to recovery, jump in for the last few weeks of our spring home cure. "Grey Gardens" airs on HBO on Saturday. For more information, click here.
The interior before it was littered with cans and inhabited by cats, skunks, racoons, rats and mice.

[images via HBO]

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