My favorite show house was the Mansion in May, at Blairsden Mansion in Peapack-Gladstone, New Jersey. It was designed and constructed between 1897 and 1903 for C. Ledyard Blair, a New York financier and grandson of self-made multimillionaire, John Isley Blair, who made his fortune in mining and building much of America’s railroad system. Hailed as one of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States. Yes there was a line. The reflecting pool was just completed. You can see the fresh sod. It is the seventh largest home in the US.
It is the masterpiece of Carrere and Hastings. They also designed the iconic New York Public Library and the Frick Mansion.
The Mansion is undergoing massive restoration and rennovation. There were 52 wonderful spaces. Photography was permitted so I have lots of great pictures and trends from some great designers working with architecturally embellished rooms and how they made them work as a fabulous mansion for today.
A Grand Front Door.
The Entrance with limestone walls throughout the first floor hallways and fabulous marble door surrounds.
This is the entrance foyer hallway prior to the renovation.
The room today. Looks like the relief over the fireplace is gone. Is it better? The relief was quite massive. Everything in the rooms is for sale, which explains all the accessories. Otherwise, the mantle has too much stuff on it.
Another view of the hallway before.
The first room, “A Room of Her Own” by Timothy and Associates Interior Design was lovely and had a magnificent peacock embroidered window fabric that was $600 a yard. Notice the beautiful glaze on the egg and dart moulding.
Trend Alert Peacocks. Peacocks were in several other rooms. We thought maybe Peapack, New Jersey was known for peacocks?? There was a peacock in the Kips Bay Show House as well.
Not many bathrooms were done but this one was my favorite. The marble floor tile was designed for the mansion by Van Cleef Tile. Love it.
A wall unit which slides to either side revealing a television.
Almost every room had a beautiful fireplace.
This fireplace was faux finished. Peacock painting.
Trend Alert - Using Mineral Specimens.
Trend Alert - Mother of Pearl accents
Trend Alert - Inlaid Bone
Dining Room Before
Dining Room After – The ceiling paintings have been painted over along with the ornament which has been very painstakingly repainted.
I really like the white and gold.
Love the cabinet door finish ‘Blairsden Blue’ just for the Mansion. The custom leaded mirrored refrigerator door is wonderful.