Wednesday, May 16, 2012

a long overdue trip to Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

My husband and I lived near Hillwood Estate for a couple years, but I'm embarrassed to say we never got around to checking it out until now. This past weekend, my family decided to take a Mother's Day outing to see The Style that Ruled the Empires: Russia, Napoleon and 1812 and, let me tell you, it was well worth the trip. The former residence of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Hillwood is now a museum, full of decorative arts treasures - we're talking a china collection like you've never seen.  Current exhibition (which was fabulous) aside , it's totally worth going just to oggle the Fabergé eggs, Russian lacquer boxes, and mind-blowing jewelry. Oh, and the gardens are like something out of Alice in Wonderland - take a picnic!

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

Hillwood Estate

PS I'm definitely going back to see Prêt-À-Papier in June!

11 comments:

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

That chandelier...Swoon!

Katie Q. said...

Ok, this is quite cool, it looks like the type of place where you could spend hours! (I mean wow, that garden and the landscaping, just beautiful.)

Am2Pm Chic said...

Beautiful photos, I really love the flower one.
xoxo
Christy

http://www.am2pmchic.com/

Natasha Fatah said...

Really enjoyed this post.
These photographs are wonderful.

xoxo
~Natasha Fatah~
~Natasha Fatah~

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow, can I go live there? :)
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Bree said...

Wow! I live in DC and didn't know about this! Thanks so much for the tip. Can't wait to check it out.

Cheers,
Bree
Dream in Fashion

Grace said...

Um I must go there!


Grace.

Jin said...

This place is gorgeous! Love all the pics!

http://www.jinsphotoblog.com

Natalie Koltunovskaya said...

Beautiful place!

Jamie said...

That place looks awesome! I've lived in DC for 6 years and have been meaning to go but never have. Now I'm really go to try to go this summer!

Jamie
http://forevereightyone.blogspot.com

Vivi said...

Hmmm...I do need to make a visit to this place. Great photos!

Meanwhile, 'DC-TASTIC'? Lovin' it.