Tudor Place

Tudor Place is a historic home in Georgetown that was built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter and her husband in 1816. What sets it apart from other historic houses is that it remained in the same family for six generations. It appears as it did when the last generation lived there from the 1920s to the 1983.

The family preserved many of Tudor Place’s historic features and adapted them for modern use, such as the light in the room below, which has been wired for electricity.

The closet in this bedroom contains vintage dresses (possibly 1950s), but unfortunately, it was too dark to photograph them.

Due to the Washington connection, there are paintings of George Washington and objects from Mount Vernon in the house (not this tea set, as far as I know). The Marquis de Lafayette once visited, and gifted the family with a portrait of himself that still hangs in the room where the family first placed it.

 

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Printed Textile Exhibit at Colonial Williamsburg

Ana and I drove to Colonial Williamsburg yesterday to see an exhibit on printed fashions. Although the museum is large, the textile exhibit was smaller than I expected: one room, with about five pieces of clothing on mannequins and other pieces of fabric in display cases.

I definitely had a favorite:

This dress was made in England in 1785, of cotton and linen. I really like the color combination.

Also, Williamsburg is beautiful in the fall, like something out of a painting. My photo doesn’t do it justice.

Random Thoughts

  • As we were driving home from Dunkirk earlier this month, Ben and I accidentally discovered a resort that’s about 2 1/2 hours from Alexandria. We stopped for dinner, not realizing that the restaurant that I’d found on Google was part of a place called Bedford Springs. It’s a luxury resort in the mountains with a spa and a heated mineral springs pool. We ate outside next to the fire pit at the Frontier Tavern. I love fire pits.
  • I’ve been making up for my lack of sightseeing lately. I visited Tudor Place and Woodlawn Plantation last weekend (posts on those are coming up).
  • Ben and I went to see the new Kingsman movie. Two thumbs up (except for the stereotypical portrayal of Americans…but we probably deserve it).

Candles

I’ve been reading about the Danish concept of coziness called hygge, and while I can’t say that I truly understand what it means, I get the general idea: it’s about candles, throw blankets, plush slippers – the little things that make life more comfortable.

I never light candles. Not because I don’t like them – I do – but because I hate the thought of using them up (the same reason that I don’t buy flowers). Ben will leave a candle burning for hours, whereas I start to feel uneasy after one. To me, burning a candle is like burning money.

In an effort to bring more hygge into my life, I bought a few candles, and I’ve actually been using them. I have to admit that they do make a room more cozy. I’m even getting over my anxiety that they’ll burn down too soon.

Of course, these candles are cheap ($5 or less at HomeGoods). If I ever managed to pay $30 for a candle, it would be locked away in a closet, where it would be safe until Ben found it. I admire his devil-may-care attitude but I’m not there yet.

Afternoon Tea at Lady Camellia

My friend Yasmin and I had afternoon tea this morning at Lady Camellia in Georgetown. Not only was the food delicious, but it’s adorable inside.

It was a bit of a mad dash to take pictures. Lady Camellia is tiny, and I had to snap pictures before the rest of the tables filled.

Unlike most places, where you order a set menu, Lady Camellia lets you choose exactly what’s on your plate. For my sandwiches, I ordered the egg salad and the brie and apple sandwiches (no cucumber for me, thank you). My bread choice was less inspired. I had a chocolate cranberry scone (yum) and a croissant (that one was a panic order).

I was so full by the time we reached the dessert course that I just ate two and gave the rest to Ben. He assured me that the fruit tartlet and the macaroon were excellent.

Because the tea room is so small, reservations need to be made in advance. I believe that ours were made two or three weeks ahead of time. It was worth the wait!

Yves Saint Laurent

Ben and I went to Richmond this weekend to see his parents, who were visiting from South Carolina. Before we headed back home today, we saw the Yves Saint Lauren exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

I prefer this exhibit to the Balenciaga one we saw in London, where most of the objects were behind glass and were difficult to photograph.