Editor's Note: Today I am wearing silk blouse by Elie Tahri, Shawl from Anthropology, tights and sailor wool skirt by J.Crew, Shoes by Aquatalia.
One of the optional events on my Kravet NDEE17 New York Trip was a private tour of the MET on Wednesday morning. We got to go into the MET before the MET opened which was oh such a treat! I truly think you can spend days in the MET and not see everything! Our time was limited and we had a private tour of the American Wing. It had rooms showing American furniture in the United States dating back from the 1600's to Frank Lloyd Wright era. Besides being fascinated by the rooms and what our museum docent had to say we also had the pleasure of having Thomas Jayne along with us on our tour who is an expert in this field. What the museum docent didn't know Thomas did! The first room that we went to that I did not take a picture of was a bedroom from the 1600's and I learned that their most prized possession was their bed and their bedding. The bed was a recreation of the bedding would have looked like in that period and was done out of red wool with beautiful trimmings on the canopy and the bedspread was quilted. The room was very dark and I wasn't sure if I could take pictures at that point so I am sorry that I did not snap a picture of that room. The beautiful carved trunk next to the bed was also very important because it housed more textiles which were very expensive at that time! I am fortunate enough to inherited quite a bit of furniture from that time era from my father's side of the family. The furniture dates back to the mid-1800's. I saw many aspects of the furniture that I inherit was inspired by these earlier pieces. I found the whole tour fascinating! Happy Friday everyone! Second Friday of 2017! Make it a great weekend!
The American wing of the MET was original a separate building from the MET. The facade was an actual bank facade that was dismantled and resurrected of the outside of the wing.
This incredible atrium was added at a later date to connect the museum to the exterior of the American wing. So beautiful!
Of course this is not the original fabric was upholstered true to form to the period. We all loved the trim that was used on the chair and someone from Lee Jofa took a picture to try to recreate it to put it in the line. It was very interesting to note that none of the chairs had cushy seats--they were all very flat! I thought the back of this chair was also particular gorgeous!
Once again on this chair you will note that the seat is not crowned it is flat. The nail head trim looks like something that is current now. Amazing!
I am always fascinated with fireplaces and different ways to adorne them. I love this original inspired use of molding!
I thought this window surround was so beautiful!
Another incredible fireplace! Beautiful marble and I loved the little door at the back! I notice everything!
This room the museum docent and Thomas talked about how this room was not true to period but in the 70's and 80's inspired people to emulate it.
Another room that the historians have discovered that is truly not in keeping with the period, but still an incredible beautifully room! The scenic wallpaper was silk screened to recreate the room instead of being a block print, which would have been true to period! Block printed wallpaper is not done much anymore and is very expensive. The blue sofa reminds me of the sofa that I inherit from my grandmother.
Another sofa that has a similar frame to one that I inherited. This fabric was original to the piece which is amazing! The sofa that inherited has a straie velvet that was original to the 50's. It is still in great shape!
This wallpaper went all the way around the room and was incredible! The museum uses this space for entertaining purposes. The wallpaper is so detail that you could spend hours looking at all the different sections!
Another example of a settee that is probably 50's years older than the one that I inherited but the same shape. Mine does not have the ornate carvings on the top. Mine belonged to my great-grandmother and was probably made in Michigan.
Another gorgeous mantle!
This room was recreated from an existing structure that was torn down but it is as close to the original as possible. The owner of the original home was a fur and leather merchant which was unusal at the time for someone in this field to have made enough money to have these furnishings! I hate to admit it but I am so addicted to watching re-runs of Downton Abbey that many of the upholstery settings in these rooms remind me of Downton Abbey's incredible castle.
Incredible door and door surround!
This was the Frank Lloyd Wright room and was dismantled and put back into the museum exactly as it had been. This room fascinated me because I have done design work in a home in Fort Worth that was designed by Frank Lloyd's Wright son. I could see many of the same elements in this room!
Yesterday was planes, trains, and automobiles for me getting home. I ate a little bit here and a little bit there all day long so, I do not have a picture to show!
I love all of the old James Bond music!