A Splendid Afternoon

Despite our most sincere efforts, it has unfortunately been well over a year since my sister and I have enjoyed an outing on our own. Actually, before last time which was to celebrate her milestone birthday, we hadn’t gone out since before I got married—six years ago! Like most people, I make new year’s resolutions and I promptly got to work on my most important one—to spend more time with my sister.

We both enjoy Downton Abbey and the Winterthur Museum was having a Downton Abbey costumes exhibit. I had also never been to Winterthur before despite spending my teenage years a mere 15 minutes away. Attending a fashion exhibit at a new (to me) mansion with my sister seemed like the perfect way to kick off the new year. Before we saw the costumes the actors wear during filming of the series, we toured the house made famous by its builders and occupants, the DuPont family. The house is beautiful and I was amazed how well the last owner of the house decorated and remodeled the house with antiques and previously used materials while still staying true to the style and aesthetic of the residence.

The house was decorated for Yuletide and the trees showcased in the many rooms were magnificent. One tree stood out in particular called the Dried Flower Tree which is a Christmas tree decorated entirely with dried flowers. A video (from a few years ago) of the process of decorating this tree is available here.

TreeWalking these magnificent rooms during this magical season made let me envision the life at this beautiful home as it was nearly a century ago. It was a splendid afternoon made truly amazing by my company.


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