Monday, October 31, 2011
Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula, 1847
Bran Castle dates back to 1377 in official documentation. It is in Romania and in the region of Transylvania. You can read more about the history of Bran Castle here.
Photo by Stonehill College
Friday, October 28, 2011
Personally, my family was quite old fashioned. We preferred the method used in Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina - right smack on the wall. Although, unlike the Draytons, we didn't include the height of our dogs!
Photos by Drayton Hall and Anne G
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Historically as in the James J. Hill House and Vizcaya Kitchen
Photos by Country Living, Sara Duane-Gladden and HardHeadedWoman
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The Stella and Dot version is very pretty and very on sale.
The cuffs remind me of when my husband took me to a Verdura exhibit. The brooches were my favorite. The first is a golden sapphire heart and the second a lion's paw shell. I love the use of cabochons and the shell is very old Verdura which used a lot of corals and shells if memory serves me.
I never did get in the habit of wearing jewelry when I was younger. Not even costume/fun things. It seems that I was always around horses and they have a way of making everything just plain dirty - really it seems a lot of bother and a very expensive habit, personally. However, it never hurts to admire how nice it looks on others!
Side note - I adore the colors in that shell brooch. How fun would it be to inspire a room with sapphire blues and coral pinks? And even the cuffs, they could translate into a room with just white walls but by adding splashes of jewel tones in accessories and upholstery, even a rental could just pop.
Photos from Luxist, you can see more pieces from the exhibition here.
This is the T. T. Wentworth Museum. It is totally free (bonus!) and it has some really neat exhibits, including one on the Luna, a Spanish galleon from the mid 1500's that was recently recovered in Pensacola Bay. I was kind of/totally obsessing over the original hex tile floor design.
So I'm not a big Aviation buff, but if you are, this place loans many of the planes in the Smithsonian in D.C. so definitely worth a visit. The real gem for me is the architecture on Naval Air Station Pensacola which is spectacular and holds so much history. The base was originally designated a shipyard in 1825 President John Quincy Adams and Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard. In 1862, due to the Civil War, most of it was reduced to rubble. Many of the current structures are from the effort to rebuild after the war, including the houses on North Avenue. A handful still survive after the 1906 hurricane. In 1913 Naval Aviation was born in Pensacola and going into WWI the US had 38 naval aviators, 163 enlisted men trained in aviation support, and 54 fixed-wing aircraft, all in Pensacola. ref
The Chapel and field in front is where generations of Officer Candidate School graduations have taken place.
Then there is the Mustin Beach Officer's Club.
As it was in 1948, love that awning.
And then there's the historic housing on North Avenue! Some of these are multiple unit houses now, but how spectacular are those porches?!
Lastly, there's the landmark 1859 lighthouse on NAS Pensacola.
Photos by myself, Film North Florida, Robin Sherman, NAS Pensacola's MWR and Balfour Beatty and Travel Confessions
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Christ Church frolm 1832
While you are there, do not miss dinner at Jackson's. The property's renovation has been featured on HGTV and the food in the NY Times. We love this restaurant; it has many happy memories for us.
Photos of Historic Pensacola by myself, Fisher Bray and Southern Living
Monday, October 24, 2011
Oddly, Katy was one of my "gateway bloggers" early on. She is an old childhood friend of my husband's family so I've been following her since her first post. My husband even fessed up to bugging her and his older sister incessantly as a boy! I haven't had the joy of meeting her yet since we're all over geographically but I'm so in love with her blog and her beautiful old house. Happy Friday!
Friday, October 21, 2011
Today Bayou Bend is operated by the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
For more on individual pieces in the collection see the MFAH. If memory serves me correctly on the second floor there is a quintessential long horn chair similar to this, not to be missed as well!
Side note - I'm more house freak than computer geek so still trying to figure out how to reply to comments :)
Thursday, October 20, 2011
In 1824 Virginia native Martin Varner purchased land from Stephen F. Austin. The original plantation was 4,428 acres to establish a rum distillery. In 1834, Martin Varner sold the property to Columbus R. Patton of Kentucky and it became known as Patton Place. After changing hands several times again, in 1901, former Texas Gov. James Stephen Hogg purchased the land. The Hogg heirs never lived on the plantation but instead found it plentiful of oil reserves as Gov. Hoggs had correctly predicted before his death. In 1958, Ima, the governor’s daughter, donated the plantation to the people of Texas.
photos by http://www.visitvarnerhoggplantation.com
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Photos from http://www.thingsthatinspire.net, http://www.sarahklassen.com/, http://cotedetexas.blogspot.com, Southern Living and Pottery Barn's Lucca Console