Inspirations from Mansion in May


Every two years or so the Women’s Association for Morristown Medical Center (WAMMC) presents Mansion in May, a beautifully decorated historic home that celebrates the history of art and architecture of the Morristown area. The proceeds from touring Mansion in May benefits The Center for Nursing Innovation and Research at Morristown Medical Center. MMC has been a Magnet Award winner for Clinical Excellence each year since 2001 and is in the top one percent of nursing divisions internationally. Anyone that has spent any time in the hospital knows how compassionate the nurses are and how dedicated they are to ensuring all patients have a positive experience.      

The 2017 Mansion in May is being held at Alnwick Hall, The Abbey. I lived in a Morristown for a few years and was always mesmerized by the architecture of The Abbey, so I was very excited to see what the designers came up with. The Abby was designed and built between 1903 and 1904. Named for Alnwick Castles in Northumberland, England, this elegant mansion remains largely unaltered. 

Some of my favorite rooms embodied the 2017 design trends I mentioned in my last blog. After leaving the foyer where I spotted this very cool chair, you enter ‘The Living Room’. The designer for this space wanted the room to pay homage to the past with easy living, yet opulent look. I loved this glamorous sectional reminiscent of my favorite design era and a current trend–art deco. 

The ‘Gilded Blues Gathering Room’ was boldly painted in Ben Moore’s Starry Night Blue in a high gloss finish on the elaborate ceiling. The walls are upholstered in a gorgeous rich blue and gold velvet and adorned with mirrors and modern art. The ‘circle’ trend I mentioned in my last blog was also prevalent in the space, with clear globe chandeliers, gold ball accent tables, and circular accessories. Cobalt and gold fabrics on the soft furnishings and window treatments completed the look.   


Blue was also seen in the floral wallpaper in the dining room, the walls of the “twins'” nursery, and the ‘Aegean Dreams’ bedroom. This calming bedroom was inspired with comfort and relaxation in mind. And the art deco trend can be seen again in the eglomise cocktail cabinet, which is a very fun addition to any master bedroom suite! 


More design trends were noted in in ‘The Hideaway,'  including the organic luxe hair on hide chair, teal blue walls, and a Hoop Etagere. 

My favorite room was ‘L’Abbey en Rose,’ a stunningly feminine bedroom. What did I love about the room?  Pretty much everything.  The wallpaper was a dramatic backdrop for funky lighting and accessories.  The bed was beautifully adorned with fine linens in ivory, gold, and blush. A Lucite desk adorned with flowers was nestled in the bay window along with a fluffy pink ottoman.  At the window, sheer roman shades and top tacked grommet pleats added a lovely softness to the space. 

If you’ve never been to Mansion in May, I highly recommend it! The designers have done an exceptional job this year, and while supporting a great cause, you just might be inspired. And I can show you how to incorporate these beautiful design trends into your home – just give me a call!