I received a text message from a good friend, who has known me since we were 14. It read "Does James need a throne?"
Attached was a picture of an antique oak medieval "throne." I burst out laughing and replied "Of course!"
We're picking up said throne on Monday.
Anyone who has been to my house knows that our taste in furniture (and future house goals) are pretty obscure. I mean like Downton Abbey...but not the light and pretty parts. The dark wood panelling, and heavy damask curtains. Thrones. My husband started watching Downton Abbey just for the architecture and interior design until he couldn't stand the drama any longer.
Beyond Downton, he can name any house or estate (and whether or not the interior belongs to that house) from any show or movie I've ever seen.
Generally speaking, women are the decision-makers in their home's appearance and outfit. Not so here. I have a variety of styles and interests, but my husband's are so defined that I am constantly seeking his opinion about decor and furniture. After 14 years of marriage, we have finally purchased a couch. No, that's not an exaggeration.
The benefits of having a husband that is so in tune with architecture and interior design is that I have seen a lot of beautiful properties and magnificent estates. Some of my favorites are located right here in NJ! Others are in strange places, like Akron, Ohio.
I'm sure once my husband reads this post, he'll add a "Part II" that will go on forever. As far as my favorites are concerned though, I've listed them! I have checked off some of the most beautiful estates in my immediate area, and I can't wait to meet some new friends that are as enthusiastic about these special places as I am! If you're interested in any of these places for your wedding, feel free to contact me! Enjoy!
Natirar Mansion, Peapack, NJ
Hamilton Farm, Gladstone, NJ
Shadowbrook, Shrewsbury, NJ
Fiddler's Elbow Country Club