And now for some completely different tea. A well placed (and well-bred) Tamara Tattles spy who resides in Provincetown, MA recently contacted me to announce the arrival of a new neighbor. It seems the rich gay men of America are playing a game of musical houses. Let’s start the story with Robert Duffy, President of Marc Jacobs. According to Architectural Digest, Duffy recently moved into a very narrow Manhattan townhouse with his new daughter and a nanny. If you like reading about other people’s houses and interior design as I do, here is a little info on the new place.
“I get freaked out by a lot of space,” he (Duffy) says. “I looked at several townhouses in the city, but many of them were so big and overwhelming. I like small rooms—I’m a nester. I like things, and I like to touch and use them. I prefer everything to be within arm’s reach.” Duffy notes that his favorite room in the house is the compact front library. “I can just sit in there and work, and I’m so happy,” he explains. “I love the small blue leather chairs, even if my knees are up to my chin when I’m in them.”
” The result is an interior defined less by any particular style than by choice objects that reflect Duffy’s cultivated aesthetic. First-rate English furniture is scattered throughout. A pair of Delacroix watercolors accent the deep-red dining room, where monumental lacquer chinoiserie cabinets display Chinese porcelain and silver serving pieces. In the living room, portraits by Charles Webster Hawthorne (who helped establish Provincetown, Massachusetts, as an artists’ colony in the early 20th century) overlook a suite of Art Deco seating clad in a stamped velvet. Duffy’s bedroom, meanwhile, is outfitted with an 18th-century English secretary, a Biedermeier hamper, a series of black-and-white nude photographs by Sam Haskins, and a spectacular headboard made from Moroccan carved ceiling panels.”
Apparently, Duffy is so enchanted by his new townhouse set up, that he has parted with his Provincetown home on the bayfront (pictured at right). Duffy was married in the home in 2010 to his husband Alex. Reports of dancing naked men at the wedding abound. Marc Jacobs was his best man.
Speaking of weddings in Provincetown, Ryan Murphy and David Miller got married there on July 4, 2012 I believe at the Red Inn but don’t quote me on that. Ryan and David recently purchased Duffy’s five thousand square foot bayfront property for $4.5 million. The interesting thing is the property was not publicly listed and seems to have been done based on an agreement between friends. VERY RICH friends. Duffy seems to be in the mood to liquidate some assets lately as he also put his 19th mansion in Savannah on the market. Please don’t let that be where the Real Housewives of Atlanta stay on their soon-to-be televised trip. The price tag on the Provincetown home seems very high given the comps in the neighborhood, but perhaps Murphy doesn’t pay attention to price tags.
So Duffy is moving his gaybie and nanny to Greenwich Village, and Murphy and Miller are moving to (at least when Glee and AHS are not filming) Provincetown. Murphy has been talking about babies ever since they got married so perhaps we will see more gaybies in Provincetown soon!
For more information on Ryan Murphy’s new beach house designed by architect Stephen Jaklitsch, and pictures of the interiors designed by Richard McGeehan, click here.