Feeling blue this Monday? 😩Today is statistically the most depressing day of the year, so if you’re feeling a little under the weather, here’s a few ways to find your silver lining by naturally raising serotonin levels...
• Calm your brain with Vitamin B
• Smile with St. John’s Wort
• Get some natural sunlight by talking a walk
• Switch your coffee for a herbal tea • Take a lunch break and eat a healthy meal of fresh veg
• Give meditation a whirl ....
And remember, tomorrow’s another day ✨
The art of the worn and comfy armchair in the iconic Charleston House of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant in Sussex. One would think there is very little to say about such an ordinary thing, but I have had armchair woes and armchair triumphs (a bit more on that on the blog). What about you? @houseandgardenuk
Currently listed at $275,000, “Magnolia Manor” is up for sale in Humboldt, TN.
. "Judge Austin Miller built Magnolia Manor in 1849. He was a prominent attorney and is credited with helping place the southern boundary of Tennessee so that Memphis was in Tennessee, not Mississippi. In fact, Austin Miller is mentioned by name in the Constitution of the State of Mississippi in article two as having established the northern boundary of that state. He also donated 20 acres of land in Tunica County, Mississippi in 1848 for the county seat. The town was named Austin in honor of Judge Miller. "Magnolia Manor is a classic two story Georgian Colonial design. Each brick was hand made and sun dried on the home site by slaves. It features fourteen foot ceilings and thirteen inch thick walls from the ground to the roof. There are four bedrooms in the main house and nine fireplaces. Two of the bedrooms are master suites, two full baths and two half baths. The house also features double parlors. "It was used as a Headquarters for the Union Army by Generals Logan, McPherson, Sherman and Grant during the Civil war and it is believed to be the home in which these four Generals planned the battle of Shiloh. "Three generations of the Miller family lived in the house until the 1970's. Charles Austin Miller, son of Judge Austin Miller, followed his father's footsteps to become a prominent attorney and later the Secretary of State of Tennessee. One of C.A. Miller's daughters, Lizzie Lea Miller, was one of the first female Representatives of the Tennessee State Legislature - the second woman elected to the Tennessee General Assembly."
Scott House, Chenoa … before restoration! ⠀
Here's the Matthew T. Scott House in Chenoa in the early summer of 1982 before undergoing major renovation. Built in two stages (1855 and 1863), the two-story addition is one of the finer remaining examples of the “I-house” architectural style in all McLean County. For more on this story, check out the Museum’s latest “Page from Our Past” article in the Pantagraph. ⠀
I’m loving the arts and crafts details at Knightshayes in Devon. Such a beautiful house with handcrafted metalwork and wood panelling. So wonderful to see all this beautiful work being restored by the national trust. More pics in my story. #artsandcrafts
Easy like a Sunday morning... at the @retreatatcoolspring. 💭 ⠀⠀
Almost a year ago, my girlfriends and I booked a weekend at this beautifully historic estate. When we got there, we spent nearly an entire day in aw over the incredible restoration that the owners did to preserve & maintain such a special home. Now it serves as a gorgeous backdrop for many as they wed, in addition to us wine lovers as a place to lay our head. I hope we get to go back there soon as so many of the photos that I took there are my fondest of 2018. 📷 ⠀⠀
For this & many more photos, be sure to check out the relaunched site 👇🏼
The Danish Club inviterer til foredrag med Jan Utzon om Jørn Utzons arkitektur - Tirsdag d. 26. feb. kl 16.00-18.00
Oplev et helt særligt foredrag fortalt fra en unik vinkel, når arkitekt Jan Utzon fortæller om sin far og samarbejdspartner, Jørn Utzon i Fredensborghusenes festsal,. Jan Utzon tager os igennem sin fars arkitektur og specifikt vil han gennemgå Fredensborghusene, hvor vi kan se resultatet ved selvsyn 55 år efter opførelsen. Læs mere på danishclub.dk #thedanishclub#historichouses#utzon#architecture
Thank you to all the howlers who helped us serenade our apple trees at last night's Wassail. Special thanks also to our Wassail King, Michael Atters Attree and the Kings Pond Shantymen for providing merriment and helping us expel those demons!
Cleveland Hall c1905
This beautiful home is on the verge of being demolished for "progress". Spartanburg's Planning Commission held a meeting this week and residents of the Converse Heights neighborhood showed up in force to protest the demolition. For now, the decision has been delayed until the next meeting next month. ------------------
Built in 1905, the three-story white home sits across from Converse College, at the entrance to the Converse Heights neighborhood on the corner of East Main Street and Mills Avenue. The house was the private residence of Arthur Franklin Cleveland(1884-1936) and wife Margaret Chevellette Cleveland (1894-1973) and was gifted to Converse College in 1966. Cleveland Hall was errected with 11 chandeliers, seven fireplaces, two stained glass windows and one grand staircase. The home, included in the Converse College Historic District, was added to the National Register in 1975.
Spent NYE in south Florida this year and got to visit some historic cities on our road trip back to CT. First stop was St. Augustine, FL, where we stumbled upon @thefloridianstaug and had the best New Year’s Day dinner (fried green tomatoes in pic 3).
One of my favorite hobbies is going to estate sales to see the historic houses. I just left this house on West Andrews that Clem Ford designed. It is so beautiful and has the most charming guest houses (2) in the back yard. I am a sucker for the details in old houses. #oldarchitecture#historichouses#clemford
The calm before the storm. The museum is open but be sure to check with us in the event we need to close early.
Please note as of now the Poe performances for this evening are still scheduled. We will keep you updated if anything changes.
Recently I’ve been thinking about my favourite historic houses and where I’d take a visitor if I had limited time. These are my four favourites within reach of Lancashire.
Do you recognise any of them? 🤔 Which places would you put on a list for a first time visitor to England? 🙂 (As always, there's a post on the blog to go along with this Insta post!)
Capesthorne Hall (@capesthorne_hall ), built between 1719 and 1732 and set in 100 acres of picturesque #Cheshire parkland, has been touched by nearly 1,000 years of #history.
The Hall has a fascinating collection of #FineArt; marble #sculptures; #porcelain; #tapestries and English, European, Far Eastern and American antique furniture collected by family members.
In the grounds enjoy the family #Chapel, the 18th century Italian Milanese gates, the beautiful lakeside gardens and #woodland walks.
The Hall and Gardens are open to visitors between March and October each year. They offer superb facilities for wedding ceremonies and receptions, special occasions and celebrations, day conferences, business meetings and dinners, corporate hospitality, marquee events, #concerts, shows and fairs.
Capesthorne Hall is free to visit for members of Historic Houses. To view opening times please visit our website via the link on our Instagram profile page.
#historichouses represents the UK’s largest collection of independently owned #historic#houses, #castles, #halls, #manors and #gardens. Join today to see more incredible houses across the UK than the National Trust and English Heritage combined. historichouses.org | Photo courtesy #capesthornehall#landscape#countryside#history#heritage#postcard#ilovehistorichouses#HistoricHouseoftheDay
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L’hôtel de Besenval or hôtel Chanac de Pompadour, Today Swiss Embassy, Paris, France 🇫🇷 .
“The Hôtel (Manor House) was built in 1705 for the abbot Chanac de Pompadour (nothing to do with the mistress of Louis XV) by the famous #architect Alexis Delamaire, the same who designed the hôtel of Soubise (which now houses the National Archives ). This old chaste and obscure abbot, not supporting either wife or mistress, asked that his modest #residence be entirely on one level, which was not common at the time. The hôtel passed from hand to hand before failing in the hands of Baron Pierre-Victor Besenval in 1767. This #famous#Swiss soldier serving the #kings of #France completely #renovated the #ManorHouse by the architect Alexandre-Théodore Brongniart. The baron having the passion of women, he received his mistresses until old age, the libertine having prudently kept the marriage. Among her "good friends", the rumor quotes the Duchess of Polignac, confidante of #MarieAntoinette, and Mlle. Clairon, famous actress of her time.
But the baron was aiming higher. He had a secret passion for Marie Antoinette, who had accepted him into his inner circle, where he obtained a little #success by mocking the king kindly. One day when the queen invited him to his little apartments, he thought the moment had come to declare his love. Falling to his knees, he did not have time to speak that Louis XVI's wife would have told him in a colder tone than the pack ice: "Rise up Sir, the king will ignore a mistake that would make you forever disgraceful. A few years later, Besenval still had his moment of glory when, as commander of the #Paris garrison, he refused to confront the insurgents who were preparing to take the #Bastille. Yes, without the baron, perhaps the #symbol of the #FrenchRevolution would never have existed.
We owe the #construction of the first floor to the architect Chabrier, at the request of the descendants of Lucien #Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon I, who owned the hôtel between 1855 and 1870”
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1869 vs. modern day Drayton Hall. We welcome your questions.
Brand new to our Historic Houses family this year is Spencer House (@spencer.house) in Piccadilly, #London. From its conception, Spencer House was recognised as one of the most sumptuous private residences ever built in London and a building of unique importance in the history of English #architecture. Designed by John Vardy and James ‘ #Athenian’ Stuart, the State Rooms are amongst the first #neoclassical interiors in Europe. The House has regained the full splendour of its eighteenth-century appearance after a painstaking ten-year restoration under the Chairmanship of Lord Rothschild.
The restoration has enabled the return of some key pieces of furniture to their original locations, including Vardy’s elaborate #giltwood console tables in the Dining Room and Stuart’s Painted Room suite, both on loan from the V&A (@vamuseum), London. Particularly welcome was the return to the House of #Guercino’s King David, lent from a private collection.
Spencer House is available for exclusive corporate events and private functions throughout the year. Receptions, Lunches, Dinners, Weddings and Presentations can all be accommodated within the magnificent State Rooms. The House is also open to the Public for guided tours on Sundays.
#Spencer House is free to visit for members of Historic Houses. To find out opening times please go to our website via the link on our Instagram profile page.
#historichouses represents the UK’s largest collection of independently owned #historic#houses, #castles, #halls, #manors and #gardens. Join today to see more incredible houses across the UK than the National Trust and English Heritage combined. historichouses.org | Photo courtesy #spencerhouse for the @historic_houses website. #landscape#countryside#history#heritage#postcard#wildlife#ilovehistorichouses#HistoricHouseoftheDay
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Once the largest private house in England and subsequently the #palace of James 1 and prison of Charles 1, Holdenby House (@holdenbyhouse) has appeared in the #BBC’s acclaimed adaptations of ‘Great Expectations’ and ‘The Women in White’. Sitting on a hill overlooking 2000 acres of rolling countryside, its suite of elegant state rooms open onto beautiful Grade 1 listed gardens making it an enchanting and ever popular venue for weddings.
The combination of grandeur and intimacy also make it a magnificent location for corporate dinners and meetings, while the spacious grounds have accommodated many large events from Civil War battles to Food Shows and Formula One parties.
The Education Department, which has won more awards than any other house in England, delivers innovative living history projects, where staff and pupils are in character for a range of activities.
Day visitors can enjoy Sunday garden openings and other special event days with stunning flying displays from Icarus Falconry located in the walled garden.
The garden of #Holdenby House is free to visit for members of Historic Houses. To find out opening times please go to our website via the link on our Instagram profile page.⠀ #historichouses represents the UK’s largest collection of independently owned #historic#houses, #castles, #halls, #manors and #gardens. Join today to see more incredible houses across the UK than the National Trust and English Heritage combined. historichouses.org | Photos courtesy #holdenbyhouse for the @historic_houses website. #landscape#countryside#history#heritage#postcard#ilovehistorichouses#HistoricHouseoftheDay