Remembrance of things past
Today, Templeton’s bold leopard-print carpeting has faded, but its legacy lives on. Cornelia has kept, for instance, certain mementos of her father’s hunting expeditions, though she’s adopted a vegan, “cruelty-free” lifestyle. “It makes you feel so much lighter,” she says of her decision to forgo animal products. Her cookbook, Cornelia Guest’s Simple Pleasures, contains recipes for tempting vegetarian fare as well as pictures of her mother’s collection of Dodie Thayer cabbage dinnerware. And though her Templeton involves significantly more tempeh than CZ’S, Cornelia has followed in her stylish footsteps by creating a collection of sophisticated faux-leather handbags and a line of jackets in collaboration with Project Gravitas. An active supporter of the Humane Society of New York, she has been featured multiple times in PETA’S campaigns against fur and carriage horses. Even as she prepares to leave her ancestral home, Cornelia is planning her next residence and selecting the heirlooms that will accompany her there. “I believe everything has a soul,” she says, referring to her family’s possessions. “Every plate and painting must come out and see the light of day.”
CZ salvaged this garden gate, first owned by her mother,
Vivian Wessell, from her childhood home.
An assortment of family keepsakes are artfully arranged above the library’s fireplace.