Archives for May 2014

Blairsden Showhouse thoughts and trends

When you approach the mile-long drive leading to Blairsden, your anticipation builds and you know that what you are about to see will take your breath away.  The trees form a canopy over the drive, and when you arrive at the entrance, there is a 300-foot-long reflecting pool lined by busts of the first 12 Roman Caesars. Blairsden was the grand country estate built by C. Ledyard Blair in the late 1800’s and completed in 1903.   Mr. Blair occupied Blairsden until his death in 1949 when it was then sold.

The Women’s Association of the Morristown Medical Center selected this impressive home as their 2014 Show house.  The mansion features 14-foot ceilings with elaborate plaster moldings; paneling of walnut and mahogany and other woods; and more than two dozen fireplaces, each one unique in its own right.

Many of the rooms were just incredible!  Some themes and trends:

  • Gray – Gray was without a doubt the neutral in this show house.  The wall tones ranged from Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray, Cliffside Gray, London Fog, Stonewashed and Mt. Rainier Gray.  Accent colors that paired up with gray included vivid coral, bright yellow, purple, and teal.
  • Draperies and Curtains – Window treatments were prevalent in almost every room.  The trend towards clean lines continues with soft fabric roman shades and draperies dominating.
  • Banding was seen on draperies in several rooms.  Bands were about 4-5 inches thick running vertically down the inside of the panels in many designs.  The Greek key design continued to be a popular accent.
  • The pictures below are some examples of banding and how it can be used effectively with a textured fabric.

My next blog will feature additional trends and ideas from this magnificent estate.

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