on my nightstand

Author: angiem, 07 03rd, 2009

my attempt in the dining room

my attempt to design my dining room

my study... favorite room in the house

my study... favorite room in the house

Many houses are deserted by the men of the family for lack of… simple comforts. ~ Edith Wharton

I love interior design almost as much as I love to read. I salivate over glossy magazines and books featuring exquisite residences from around the world, and wish that my work would be featured as well. Wishful thinking. For one thing, it’s nowhere near as good, and for another, I could never be as detail oriented as required.

Edith Wharton, however, was not just one of the best female American authors (Ethan Frome, The Age of Innocence, The Custom of the Country, and The House of Mirth, are just a few of her novels) she was also a superb interior designer. The Decoration of Houses, is one of the best books I’ve read on design. On the Lenox MA property she had bought in 1902, five years after she wrote the book, she created a peaceful and harmonious space where she was able to entertain her closest friends. Known as The Mount, it is currently owned by a preservation group, who has restored it to its original grandeur, as the original furnishings are long gone.

Readings of her books and tours are offered daily during the summer months. Check out: http://www.edithwharton.org/index.php for more info and some great photos.

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7 Responses to “on my nightstand”

  1. Emma Says:

    Angie, your dinning room looks amazing!!! I wish I could decorate, unfortunatly I was not blessed with that talent…

  2. elena w Says:

    The estate looks beautiful, and the gardens are simply exquisite! …I will have to check out the book you mentioned when I get some time.

  3. Daniela Says:

    Beautiful work and taste Angie, thanks for sharing (would love to see more). I especially like the color and design of the chairs opposite of eachother. I love the chandelier too - great piece! I like the coloring of the walls with the blue flower arrangement too by the way. The room speaks sophistication; a reflection of you.(nice view)

  4. Daniela Says:

    (nice view of the outdoors that is)
    It would be great to see more of the gardens sometime.

  5. Ella Says:

    Beautiful dining room. Fantastic color, dark, intense, and mysterious. Love the chairs in the study and how symmetric it is.

  6. Jena Says:

    You have splendid taste. Got any more pictures you’d like to share?

  7. angiem Says:

    Thanks girls! Maybe with time I will post more pics.

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