What a Day for a Daydream…

My grandmother has 1950’s Heywood Wakefield living and dining room sets which I have coveted since my school days. The chic, sleek look of mid century furniture has always appealed to me. It’s not fussy, just simple and elegant.

Last week I was browsing Pinterest and came across a rustic living room furnished with some similar furniture of that era. Two design styles I LOVE! So that has led to lots of daydreaming on my part!


What king of furniture do you find dreamy?

The Waltz, by Anders Zorn

The Biltmore House and The Waltz


This weekend, we went to Asheville for Chris’ parents’ 42nd Anniversary!  We went to the Biltmore Estate on Friday and Saturday did some antiquing/vintage hunting around Asheville.  I’ll talk about that later this week though… for now, let’s talk about the Biltmore House.

This was actually my first time going to the Biltmore House, even though I’ve lived in NC for the past 22 years and went to college 40 minutes away from it.  Somehow, I’ve never made it there.  Slightly embarrassing?  Yes.  Oh well.

Lauren & Chris Biltmore

We saw a ton of amazing antiquities… sculptures, paintings, furniture, you name it.  At times I felt like I was on the set of Downton Abbey or Pride & Prejudice.  Even much of the foliage was planted in the 20’s or earlier.

Ligustrum, planted in the 1920's.
Ligustrum, planted in the 1920’s.

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When walking through the courtyard, I felt a little like I was at Pemberley.

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The conservatory was one of my favorite parts of the Estate.  Gorgeous exotic and not-so-exotic to NC flowers and greenery were awe-inspiring and so much fun to look at!

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We did find out that this painting I got at Habitat Restore for $10 is actually a miniature reproduction of a painting in the Biltmore House!  The original was painted circa 1890, and purchased in 1893 by George Vanderbilt at the  World’s Fair Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

Reproduction of The Waltz, by Anders Zorn
Reproduction of The Waltz, by Anders Zorn

Pretty crazy what you can find if you keep an eye out!  But that’s not why I bought it.

I decided to buy it because we needed artwork for the walls in the house, and also because I thought it was beautiful.  It reminded me of a party in a Jane Austen novel.   To me, the couple dancing could have been Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy.  This has been hanging in our hallway for months, and every time I look at it, I smile.  What in your home makes you smile?  A piece of art, a knick knack, or some furniture?


Off to bed for this girl, can’t believe it’s Sunday night already!!