Loose Threads: Beautiful Color

Friday, September 17, 2010

Beautiful Color

The gardens on Biltmore are just filled with beautiful color. You aren't going to believe this, but from Monday night until Tuesday morning, Biltmore House lifted the ban on taking photos in the house.  No, it wasn't because I asked about it and probably looked a bit cross at the guard.  They had changed their no photo policy overnight.  So before I toured the gardens, I went on another tour of the house and took some photos. 

This is my very favorite place in the house and the one I wanted you to see.  This is the winter conservatory.  This area is to the right of the main entryway. 
Here is my second favorite.  This is the loggia....the what?   I would call this a wonderful porch or veranda with a fantastic view. 
The grand staircase. 
Vanderbilt was a great collector of art.  The ceiling of his library was painted by Giovanni. 

I took a specialized tour yesterday that showed rooms that are not on the regular tour.  There were many Jan van Eyck sketches and works by Raphael.  Downstairs there are two Renoirs.  It was like touring a museum.

Here are some of the outdoor photos. 
When you reach the bottom of the trail, there is the Conservatory beyond the gardens.

There seemed to be a lot of red and purple used together.

Part of the water gardens.

I never get tired of the gorgeous view.  When Vanderbilt bought the land his estate is built on, he owned 125,000 acres. 
 Hope you are taking some time to stitch.  Oh, and there was a quilt shop stop on this trip.  More next time. 


Mary Lou Casada said...

WOW! How cool is that!? Can't you just imagine a quilt hoop set up in any one of those gorgeous places, enjoying the view, breathing the sweet mountain air. Sigh. When the leaves turn here in a few weeks it will take your breath away (as if it doesn't already!). Can't wait to see what you got at the shop!
Mary Lou

Teresa said...

OK...I want that cute little stone cottage in the garden for my sewing studio!

Being a displaced southerner, I just LOVE a fantastic veranda (or "loggia"), and that is a fantastic one!! In my opinion, they have to be wide enough so that the furniture doesn't get wet when it rains and blows a little. What an awesome place that would be to set up a hand quilting frame!

I'm ready to move in!

In stitches,
Teresa :o)

Stephanie D. said...

LuAnn, thanks for visiting my blog--AND my neck of the woods! Well, almost. I live near Hendersonville, about 35 miles southeast of Asheville.

I can't believe they allowed photographs inside Biltmore today! How fortunate were you! I was at the gardens about 2 1/2 years ago, during tulip time, but haven't been lately. And the only time I've been through the house is during Christmas, and the lights are dim then for "atmosphere", I guess. Much better in full light!

Hope you enjoy the rest of your trip!

Stephanie said...

I visited 3 years ago and no photos allowed. Stunning estate and amazing gardens.

Kris said...

WOW!!! That is the only word that comes to mind. What a beautiful place to visit. Wouldn't it be fun to stay there for a night or a week or forever? The buildings are all designed so beautifuly and the view -- WOW!! I said it again.

Thanks for the many gorgeous photos.

Milah said...

Wow! How lucky was that! I was there about 10 years ago and bought the book, it's a fabulous place and I hope to go back again some day.

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