This Friday I went with friends to “Mansions in May” at Blairsden House in Peapack Gladstone, New Jersey. This huge mansion is tucked away in the hills, far from view, not even visible from the nearby town.
Blairsden is a 62,000 square foot Beaux-Arts home (yikes, can you believe one family lived in a place that large?!) on 20 acres of formally landscaped surrounding gardens. The home was built in 1903 for a New York financier named C. Rudyard Blair, a grandson of a multimillionaire railroad baron.
Blairsden was designed by the New York architecture firm of Carrere and Hastings, which also designed the New York Public Library and the Frick Mansion (now Museum) in Manhattan.
|This gorgeous reflecting pool view is from the landing window. I love the 2 stags guarding the entry.|
The Blair family had four children, and did a LOT of entertaining, hence the 62,000 square feet. They lived there until 1949, when it was sold to the Sisters of St. John the Baptist. The money raised from the Mansions in May tours goes towards the Morristown Medical Center to support their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Autism and Child Development Center.
It was a cold, windy, rainy day but the home is just gorgeous. I felt like I was on the set of Downton Abbey! Each of the 50 rooms for viewing were decorated by a local designer. Here are some of my favorites.
|I love how this peacock was placed in between the drapes. You can also see the views outside the window of the surrounding grounds.|
|There were so many fireplaces with detailed surrounds. I love the hydrangeas!|
|Since I love blue and yellow, this sitting room was a favorite of mine.|
|Another set of gorgeous drapes – I love the pops of color!|
|This stunning floor to ceiling Moroccan mirror graced the blue sitting room wall.|
|It was pouring, so we didn’t get to see much of the 20 acres of landscaping, but you can get a sense of the grandeur of the gardens by this pathway to the parking lot.|
|Oh, how I would love to live in this room!|
|This beauty was on the landing of the staircase leading to the 2nd floor.|
|Another beautiful fireplace filled with flowers.
Even though it was pouring and cold, the day was wonderful. It was like escaping to a fantasy world hidden in the hills. If you get a chance and live in or near New Jersey, I highly recommend a visit!
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