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Wednesday
Aug212013

The Homes of Edith Wharton

Best known for her novels, The House of Mirth, The Age of Innocence, and Ethan Frome who knew Edith Wharton's first book was about interior decorating, The Decoration of Houses.  Wait, wait, don't leave, there's more.  Take a look at the house she designed, The Mount, in Lenox, Massachusetts. She also published a garden design book.

 

The Mount

 

 

Edith Wharton, born Edith Jones, was born into New York society in 1862.  Her father's family was apparently about whom the saying "keeping up with the Joneses" originated.

Edith Wharton

 

 

Don't we all have door hardware like this?

 


Gardens at The Mount

 


 


The Mount's gatehouse. The Mount was the primary residence of Edith and Teddy Wharton until 1911.

 

And, if one palatial home isn't enough, look at her next home in France.  

Pavillon Colombe in St. Brice-sous-Foret, France.  The street has since been named, rue Edith Wharton.

 

 

The Gardens at Le Pavillon Colombe

Thanks for sticking with me.  I love the fashion, homes and gardens of the early 20th century.  They're the cat's meow!  Click to learn more about Edith Wharton.

 

 

Courtesy of New York Times, "On This Day", Photos Library of Congress and Google