This past Christmas had more than its share of parties in splendid settings. At a New Year’s day luncheon, I was sitting in a beautifully paneled room, a fifth anniversary gift from husband to wife that is celebrated in the two family crests carved into the mantle. It was in this small jewel of a living room that the idea for this post was born, to share my favorites (eleven of a longer list) with you. And some, like the image above, have been in my memories for years…the dining room at Fairholme, a grand waterfront house of a late dear friend.
The salon at Beaulieu…gilding and furnishings recall the European residences of the former ambassador who resided here.
The atrium at Bellevue House…designed by Ogden Codman and enjoying a rush of winter light from the expansive skylight.
The sunroom at Parterre…set off with handpainted walls, antique bronze grates and old chestnut floors.
The dining room at Bull Mawdsley House…rare high ceilings and original painted paneling add stature to the 1740 room of this incomparable Colonial home.
The entry hall at The Whim…formerly a gardener’s cottage, dressed up with eighteenth century paneling from an auction at Marble House.
The great room at Hopelands…created within an eighteenth century-inspired country French “cottage.”
The living room at Clover Patch…exquisite paneling was the fifth anniversary gift (wood is symbolic for strength and stability) from a former owner to his wife.
The library at Ocean View…a gold tea paper ceiling reflects the setting winter sun.
The dining room at Oakwood…fifty-six handpainted-on-silk panels surround diners.
The staircase at Gray Craig…an exceptional feat of engineering distinguishes a staircase that fairly glides up to the second floor.
Featured Image Credit, Mick Hales.