Monday, August 29, 2011

Mansion Dining Room of Writer, Edith Wharton



Recently, on a tour of the late author, Edith Wharton's New England mansion, The Mount, the sumptuous dining room made me stop in my tracks.

Painted an extremely light pastel shade of salmon, it offset the room's white decorative touches.

Feathery plumes in a vase decorated the center of the table, along with a (fake) fruit-filled bowl.  Elegant glassware and china with touches of amethyst and gold adorned the table that was covered with a crisp, brilliantly white cloth.

It has been noted that Mrs. Wharton kept a cushion beneath the table for her dogs, who she adored. Cats, on the other hand, she disliked. She even called them "snakes in fur."






Large paintings, such as the one shown in the photo above, decorated the walls.  Sconces hung on either side.

Oversize windows filled the room with sunlight, making it a most pleasant place to be, with or without food!

On a side table stood very different looking adornments near some candles. The tour guide said they had been fashioned from an old chandelier.





This is a room I could have gladly stayed in all day long. If we ever decide to paint the dining room in our own home, this will definitely be the color combination.


DO YOU LIKE THE STYLE OF THIS DINING ROOM?

9 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Oh Susan - that first picture - took my breathe away. Loved it and I loved the pastel and soft color. If we could go back in time - i would love to have had lunch there with her. Love, sandie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Absolutely stunning!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Linda O'Connell said...

Yu do get around to somelovely places.

Anonymous said...

Exquisite would be the word! The colors are so beautiful. By the way glad you are safe and sound from Irene.
Chris
http://everydaylifeblessings.blogspot.com/

Bookie said...

What a beautfiul home/room...thanks for sharing.

Dianne said...

Gorgeous!

diane stetson said...

Very lovely but I prefer something quite simple myself. I'm just a simple gal!

Lynn said...

I love this room. I usually don't like very formal homes because of too much dark furniture, but this room captures my heart.
Blessings,
Lynn

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Susan, you captured some gorgeous pics of this room! Wish I lived close enough to tour it in person! Great post!

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