The Elms

>> Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Saturday Mr. Sabbe and I took a day trip to Newport, RI. The best thing about living in New England is day trips. We did not have any particular plans once we got there, but as we drove around we spotted the Elms Mansion and knew we had to go inside. It was amazing. I showcase a great deal of modern interior design on this blog, but I am honestly a fan of any style of design done well.  I loved all of my history classes in design school and walking through the Elms was like walking through a text book. The family lived in New York and only used this house 8-12 weeks out of the year (can you imagine!?) They made their money in the coal industry. The estate was constructed from 1899 to 1901 and cost approximately 1.5 million dollars to build....for 8 weeks! again, can you imagine?

Is this fountain not the weirdest thing! How, in the age of women having to wear three layers of clothing, did this fly? Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the mansion. But the tour got my wheels turning as to what I would do in a modern day Elms mansion...
My friend Cyndie sent me the image with the yellow drapery. That's her plan for her living room curtains. Can't wait to see the final product!

Do you remember the episode of Friends where Phoebe was so nervous to meet her boyfriend's parents and asked them in a fake New England accent, Where do you summer? Well in the early 1900's a good chunk of the social elite summered in Newport. There were atleast 6 more Elms size mansions on the same street. If you are ever in the area, it's definatley a site to see.


Susan August 24, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

Reminds me a little of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. Beautiful!

Deliciously Organized August 24, 2010 at 11:07 AM  

I loved visiting the mansions there. Absolutely stunning...

LindsB August 24, 2010 at 12:10 PM  

I'm dying laughing right now because i know exactly the Friends episode you are talking about, it was friggin hysterical!

Emily August 24, 2010 at 12:32 PM  

Isn't newport the best? I went to 3 mansions last's so fun to imagine living there, right? You know they filed Meet Joe Black at one of them?
When are we hanging out? I miss you ladies!

Sarah :) August 24, 2010 at 1:29 PM  

Question - Is this the mansion they used in Pride and Prejudice? Looks like Mr Darby's place.

Stephanie Sabbe August 24, 2010 at 1:37 PM  

I googled it. pride and prejudice was filmed in London. but it does look very similar sarah.

Lili August 24, 2010 at 2:16 PM  

This fountain is so funny to me I would be curious to know if a woman or man designed it? I have my suspicians.

This place is beautiful. I LOVE wandering through these mansions. It was one of the best parts about living in France. These sorts of places are EVERYWHERE over there. All time favorite though is Versailles.

paula August 24, 2010 at 4:50 PM  

brings back such fond memories. We took a trip every year looking at the huge old houses when I was a tot. Hope to take my family one day.

Jenn from Much to My Delight August 24, 2010 at 9:10 PM  

Gorgeous! This makes me want to take a road trip for a tour...

Aron August 24, 2010 at 9:24 PM  

I took my wife there for her birthday when we first moved to New York. Crazy place right?! I wouldn't have minded summering there! :)

Annelise August 26, 2010 at 9:12 AM  

I love Newport! They're all fantastic, but Marble House just blows my mind. Did you know you can rent a boat down there and sail like a Kennedy?

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