Monday, December 8, 2008 |

My husband and I had a Christmas party to attend in Newport this weekend. We had a fabulous time with fun friends. Since all was quiet on the home front, we were able to spend the night and turned our weekend into a mini getaway ~ such fun!

Sunday morning we awoke to snowflakes dancing in the sky. It was a very gray morning but the snow made it special. After a lovely breakfast, we decided to visit the Newport mansions decorated for the Christmas season. They were simply amazing!

Below is the Vanderbilt's summer home in Newport, RI known as The Breakers.
It is clearly stated that photography is not permitted in the mansion with the exception of the main entry. I am usually very respectful of the rules but I must admit, I broke a few during our visit.
Truth be told, I needed to take pictures for decorating references when we become gazillionaires (yes, that's a word, just ask my students) and build our very own mansion : ) I'll invite you all over for a tour; no need to get your date books out just yet.
*Please keep in mind that it was a very overcast day and very gray
(no, it has nothing to do with the fact that I have a new camera and have no idea how to use it!)

This was one of many enormous fireplaces in the summer home. It was located in the main hallway that served as a sitting area of sorts. The two in the dinning room were so massive that you could literally walk into it almost standing straight up. The fine detailed work that went into the design of each fireplace is beyond words. There were two completely encased in marble.

This was the sitting area of the youngest daughters room. It was decorated in pale pinks and soft greens with very delicate touches. It actually seem small compared to all the other rooms in the "home". It was definitely a girlie girls room.

Do to the fact that I wasn't allowed to take pictures, I'm failing you on the depth and height of these rooms. I wish I could have gotten a few pictures of the ceilings. Nothing went unnoticed in the decorating eye.

I had only one opportunity to sneak a shot in the dinning room so I went for the chandeliers. They were breathtaking ~ as was the case in many of the rooms. I hope you can somewhat see the detail and decor of the ceiling. It was very impressive. The dinning table sat up to 40 people with fire places on either end of the room. The colors in here were more demanding. They were heavy in deep rich reds.

The room below is of their breakfast room. It was gorgeous and going with the theme, enormous. The walls were a pale green with gilding. It had a very calm and quiet presence about the room. The softer colors made it appear more inviting. I could certainly find myself starting my morning off enjoy this lovely room and the incredible view outdoors.

The next two pictures are of the kitchen ~ they were amazing! The stove tops and ovens were massive. I can't even begin to imagine the flurry of activity that must have taken place in this area.

It's hard to see from this picture but the copper just gleamed. The pots and lids look teeny in the large room with enormously high ceilings.

The photo I really wanted to get ,but there was a house monitor standing in the room the entire time, was of the dish, china, silver and glassware room. It was two stories high! I need something along those lines : )

I've been try to convince my husband that I "need" a larger kitchen. I think this one just might fit my requirements! Do you think a chef comes with? : )

Tomorrow I'll show you the outside ~ I fell in love with the urns!

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Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

Yes, everyone "needs" a larger kitchen! :) This one would definitely fit the bill!

Coco said...

That kitchen is to die for!

And when y'all become gazillionaires, can I have just a couple of million?

Kris said...

Wow - and all I want is granite counter tops for my little place! That is one huge kitchen! I love home tours like that, I love even more that you broke the rules to give us a sneak peak! Thanks!

Sandy Toes said... beautiful!!! Love all the pictures! I agree we all need bigger kitchens...put my bed in there too..I spend almost 95% of my time in the kitchen! I can't get out of there:)!
-sandy toes

At Home In Georgia said...

How fun to go see that. I think copper is very pretty...hey my pans are copper bottom.

I am hoping to go up to Ashville, NC to go see the Biltmore Estate...there other home...maybe next year around this time because I have to go when it's decorated for Christmas! Last year I got to go on a tour of the White House and it was beautiful with all the trees and that white chocolate gingerbread house.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

That looks like the perfect kitchen....and the chef would be an added bonus!!

We have seen the mansions in the summertime, but never decorated for Christmas....they are incredible!! Can't wait to see more!


Denise C said...

OH wow..just gorgeous! Remember your bloggie friends when you guys are gazillionaires...cause we loved ya first! hee-hee!
I am proud of you for "breaking the rules" a bit...I wish I had been brave enough to do that this weekend at the Rockettes...but honestly the security was on us nonstop! They would come and ask u to immediately put away camera!!!
So glad you all had such a fabulous time!!!

Gina @ Six in the Country said...

I am in love with that home! When you become a gazillioniare, are you keeping house guests? Just askin' :)

Carolina Mama said...

The kitchen rocks. Thanks for the up close. The "Summer home" resembles the Biltmore/their Estate here. Who knew!

Felicia said...

I love the is amazing. Wouldn't that be a great kitchen when you have a party...since everyone ends up in the kitchen anyway?

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