Showing posts with label PRIZE FROM MID ATLANTIC MARTHA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PRIZE FROM MID ATLANTIC MARTHA. Show all posts

Monday, October 26, 2009


I went to another estate sale in Memphis this weekend. Although I couldn't afford to buy anything, I had so much fun just seeing this house and furnishings. So, I thought I'd take you along for a look.

Annesdale (c.1855)

This Italian Villa mansion was built by a Dr. Samuel Mansfield, a wholesale druggist, probably as a wedding present for the wife he married in 1855. In 1869 Robert Brinkley bought it as a wedding gift for his daughter, Annie Overton Brinkley, who married Col. Robert Bogardus Snowden. The two-hundred-acre estate was named Annesdale, pronounced "Annie's Dale," in her honor.

Architecturally, the house, with its square tower, bracketed cornice, round-arched porch, and asymmetrical plan, was absolutely up-to-date for the mid-1850's. Although the name of its designer is unknown, details of the exterior and elements of the plan quite possibly were derived from a "Norman Villa" designed by the Philadelphia architect Samuel Sloane and published in his book, The Model Architect, in 1852. Sloane designed one of the South's great houses, the Arabian-Nights fantasy of Longwood, at Natchez, in 1859, which was based on "An Oriental Villa" in The Model Architect.

There were gorgeous, ginormous bookcases everywhere,

Amazing painted ceilings,

Chandeliers with lots of bling,

Incredible architecture,

Gorgeous furnishings,

And ornate fireplaces in every room.

Now I'll leave you alone and let you look around and take in all of the beauty.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this house as much as I did.

I have to show you one more thing. I WON A PRIZE! Isn't Blogville a wonderful place? I was so excited when I found out that Martha at Mid Atlantic Martha had drawn my name to win this lighted wine bottle and tassel.

Isn't that cool? I have some bottles with Halloween labels on them displayed in our bar, so my bottle light has found a place with them for now.

I was so excited when the package arrived, and I couldn't wait to get it out and plug it in. When I started opening the package, I found even more goodies inside! Just look at all of the surprises Martha sent me, and isn't her little notecard just the cutest?

Martha has apparently read my blog enough to know that I love anything Mary Engelbreit! Aren't those cute? And did you see those cute Halloween tissues and the candle (cider web-isn't that a cute fragrance name?). I know Martha thought I didn't have enough Halloween decor at my house! Thank you so much Martha. If you don't know Martha, you need to go meet her at Mid-Atlantic Martha. You'll love what you find on her blog.

As always, I so appreciate you coming to visit my blog, and I love reading your comments. laurie