This piano is in the upstairs family living room, adjacent to the master bedrooms.
This piano is in the music room. I love the harp design.
I love art, and the home is chock-full of priceless treasures by famous painters. My favorite is this one of Mrs. Vanderbilt because I love, love, love wearing hats. Flamboyant, right?
I also loved this ceiling treatment, and I'm planning on using it in my home.
This ceiling treatment is in the music room. Very unique.
There were many, many fireplaces, which I love. This sitting area in the tapestry room, with the tea set up, was so inviting. I love the colors. Wouldnt you love to sit here for a while and enjoy a cuppa?
After visiting the upper floors, we toured the basement area. This floor includes the indoor pool, billiard room, men's smoking room, trophy room (with many taxidermied animals on the wall), gymnasium, kitchen, pantries, and . . . and the IRONING ROOM. The only thing I dread more than sewing is ironing. I'm so thankful for permanent press. Because I reared two daughters, ironing was a big part of my life for many years. I cannot imagine the heavy, laborious work involved in cleaning and then ironing the clothes worn in the late 1800's and early 1900's. . . and in North Carolina . . . in the summer. . . with no air conditioning, it had to be miserable.
Just think of all of the clothing, plus the linens
Doing laundry was no small task back then. Seeing all of this made me so grateful for the modern-day conveniences I enjoy.
When we first came into the basement, we saw this painting on the walls. Because I love birds, I liked it:
There were other paintings on the walls that had dark themes. The whole room gave me a bad feeling. I found out later, it was painted for Halloween, and that explains my aversion to it.
I found the basement area to be the most interesting, especially the kitchen. My shots did not turn out well, but thankfully this one did. The two round objects on the table are butter molds. I have one of these that belonged to my paternal grandmother, and I treasure it.
Now, on to my absolute favorite part of the tour - the gardens and the garden gift shop.
Unfortunately, my shots of the gardens did not turn out well because we were in a time crunch. I took them quickly and wound up with blurry shots. Here are a couple that turned out okay:
We didn't walk through the garden. There is a driveway around the garden and the photos were taken from our car.
The greenhouse was gorgeous.
We parked the car at the entrance to the garden, and I was enthralled by the things I saw:
This swing really made me swoon:
My grandson would have loved this cute train a few years back when he was enamored with Thomas the Train. It was for sale . . . only about $3,000. Yikes!
Birdhouses, bird paintings. bird cages . . . lots of bird everything.
We have to build an archway like this. Our yard has lots of branches and grapevines, so I know we could do it. I can just see it at the entrance to Golden Pond, with my beautiful purple passion flowers growing on it.
I got ahold of myself and only bought one thing -- a rusty, little sparrow to put in my kitchen window. I'd seen them elsewhere for $15.99, and I got this one for only $6.50. I love a bargain! Happy dance!!! Doesn't she look happy to be at Golden Cottage? She sure makes me happy!
Well, Gail-Friends, that's the end of my post about Biltmore. I really enjoyed it while we were there. After we finished the tour, my historian husband told me about the Vanderbilts. The history he shared, and the fact that the Vanderbilts were anti-semites, made me sick and sad. If I'd known that, I'd never have paid good money to go through their house. But because my husband loves me, and he knew a visit to Biltmore had been a long-time bucket list item, he never said a word about it beforehand. You can look it up and study the history of the family for yourself.
My next post will be about our visit to some historic sites related to the Civil War. Jem is writing a book about the history of the 7th Louisiana regiment, in which his great-great grandfather served. I'll also share a bit more of the beautiful fall color we saw on the trip.
I'm happy to tell you that I'm putting the finishing touches on my book, titled Golden Moments. It will be published through Create Space by the end of the year.
Blessings and shalom to y'all, dear Gail-Friends.
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