Last weekend our family took a day trip to visit Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello. I've wanted to see this Neo-classical house and estate for some time now. Our whole family had a fun day. There is a great children's museum, on the estate, where kids can play and learn about life in the early 1800's.
They loved writing with quills.
He was thought of as crazy for having so many tall windows (because of the draft in the winter) but he double panned them and closed off rooms if they were too cold.
During the tour we were not permitted to take pictures inside, but these are a few rooms that I thought were beautiful and interesting (found on Monticello's site). The formal parlor room has two pianos, plenty of inspirational people on the walls and gorgeous mirrors. I would love to hang pictures like this someday.
His daughter used this blue room with accents of red as a place to run the home and take care of her twelve children (and all their schooling).
Of course, he had a tremendous library full of beautiful books.
The dining room has blue and white wedge wood on the mantle. The yellow in the room is so rich and bright. I'm always amazed at how the colonists and revolutionists used bold colors in their interiors.
There are so many gardens on the estate. Our twins loved finding butterflies in the flowers.
And doing somersaults on the lawn.
The plantation is set on a hill with a remarkable view. The vegetable gardens are full of old world charm.
I'm crazy about the petite brick room overlooking the land. The top fence structure with it's fretwork and pattern are quite the inspiration.