Welcome to the 162nd Tablescape Thursday!
Recently, I received a wonderful e-mail from Mandy. Mandy lives in Hawaii and on a recent trip to the United States, she toured The Mount, the beautiful home of American novelist, Edith Wharton.
Edith Wharton wrote many novels in her lifetime including Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth and well-known, The Age of Innocence, for which she won a Pulitzer Prize. Mrs. Wharton was also a garden designer, as well as an interior designer.
She wrote several garden and design books, including The Decoration of Houses which was co-authored by architect, Ogden Codman.
Mandy was kind enough to share some of the photos she took while visiting The Mount, which is located in the Berkshires (Lenox) in Massachusetts. The home was neglected for many years after the death of Mrs. Wharton. Work began in 1997 to restore the severely deteriorated mansion, stable, gatehouse and greenhouse.
In 2002, in honor of The Mount’s centennial (100 years) birthday, eight highly regarded designers were each given a room in The Mount to design/decorate in a way they thought would have appealed to Mrs. Wharton. Wouldn’t you love to tour The Mount in person? I know I would!
Mandy told me, “You really feel that you got to know Edith Wharton through her house and her extraordinary gardens. She obviously had a love affair with this house.”
From what I’ve read, Mandy is right. Mrs. Wharton truly loved her home and carefully planned and executed each detail of the design she created for the home and gardens.
Bunny Williams was the designer chosen to create the table decorations in the dining room.
Let’s go inside and take a closer look.
Beautiful dining room!
Love the china. Wish we knew the pattern names. Update: Cherry Kay identified the dinner plate as William Yeoward, Hampton Court Burgundy. Thanks, Cherry Kay!
Mandy said, “She (Bunny Williams) had name cards at each place setting written in gold.”
Another area of the dining room:
Mandy, thanks so much for sharing this beautiful tablescape created by Bunny Williams for the dining room of Edith Wharton’s beautiful home, The Mount. Such a treat! I hope I get to see it in person one day!
Looking forward to your beautiful tablescapes!
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