Hello everyone, yesterday was an extraordinary day. It was the day my son Grady and I drove an hour and a half, way into New Jersey, to preview an amazing historic mansion which will be used as the 2017 Mansion in May. What a treat!!
You may recall, back in 2014 I spent quite a bit of time blogging about Blairsden, a previous Mansion in May. Grady and I have both pronounced that particular house, our favorite designer house ever!! And trust me, we have visited a lot of designer houses and historic houses over the years. Blairsden was just THE most fabulous mansion in and of itself, and the quality of the designers’ work was top notch. You can still read all those posts and view the photographs I took of the amazing rooms here on my blog. My first post about Blairsden can be reached by clicking the link below:
Best Designer House Ever!! My first post on Blairsden, the 2014 Mansion in May
I’m so pleased to tell you, that as a result of those 2014 posts, my blog caught the attention of the publicity committee for The Mansion in May, and this year we were invited to see the home in its before state. Yesterday’s event hosted various media professionals at the un-renovated mansion, to take a peek at the home in its original condition, before the fabulous designers get their hands on it. Needless to say, Grady and I had a blast!
So today I’m pleased to share with you the location of this year’s Mansion in May: Alnwick Hall, also known as The Abbey, located on Madison Avenue in Morristown, NJ.
The Abbey is located right on the main thoroughfare in Morristown, NJ and is visible from the street. What is not visible are the amazing historic interiors, which will be transformed by the 40+ design firms involved with this year’s designer showhouse.
Now I’d like to give you a sneak peak of just a few interior spaces at The Abbey. I feel so fortunate to have been included in this special Media Day event, and to be invited to take photographs of the ‘before’ spaces. I DO plan to blog extensively about this year’s designer house, and having images to reference the transformative changes each designer has made in his/her space will be very enlightening to you, my readers. In every designer house, the participants put forth so much time, effort, and money into their spaces…it’s definitely worth pointing out the before and after!
Grady and I began calling this the “house of ornamental ceilings” for obvious reasons. Looking upward in each space was even more glorious than the last!
As you’d expect, there are quite a few bedrooms on the second floor. The room below is being transformed into a nursery for twin girls. Grady and I think it’s a wonderful idea to place matching cribs on either side of the fireplace!
In addition to bedrooms, the second floor also features some additional extra-large spaces.
And then…there’s this huge subterranean level with even more designer areas waiting to be transformed.
Back in 2014 I spent quite a bit of time and many blog posts sharing about many of the gorgeous spaces at Blairsden and I hope to do the same with The Abbey. In the meantime, you might want to visit the Mansion In May website, for more info on the tours and tickets.
You can go straight to their website by clicking here: The Official Website of Mansion In May
I certainly hope you’ll join me in May when I begin the process of sharing many of the individual spaces within the mansion, here on my blog. Until then, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The 2017 Mansion in May!