Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I've hung up my dress-for-success clothes, and pulled my domestic "genes" out of storage.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mega Mansion Tour: Part 2


52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

This is Part 2 of a multi-part series.  
Are you ready to see a few more rooms 
of this incredible mansion?

In case you missed Part 1,
I'm taking you on the mother of all house tours...
at Blairsden Mansion, in Peapack-Gladstone NJ.
which was the site of a  

Designer Showhouse fundraiser, back in May.

Believe it or not, we barely made it 
past the front door in Part 1. 
Today's tour continues along the main floor.

Want to follow along with the floor plan? Click here
The rooms are numbered, 
and I'll reference them as we go along. 
Let's roll.

Main Hall
Map Location 9

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

This hallway is so long,
it could use one of those moving sidewalks 
like they have in airports. 
OK, I jest, but it is huge.

Look at that magnificent architecture...
and the limestone walls.
I'd love that floor in my front hall.
So elegant...

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

I couldn't help thinking that if it were my house,
those high ceilings would really lend themselves
to a basketball hoop...

And I could see half a dozen boys 
skateboarding from one end of the hall to the other.
 
52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

This looks like a nice space to open the mail...

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Or rest, if you get tired along the way

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Anyone need a potty break?
There's a powder room down at the other end of the hall.

Powder Room
Map Location 2


52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

We'll make a quick pit stop, to powder our noses.

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Isn't this the most fabulous floor?

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Now that we're all freshened up and presentable,
we're ready to go to the Grand Salon.

The Grand Salon
Map Location 43

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

The photo above isn't the greatest, 
but it's the only one I have that shows how long the room is.
Both sides of the room are mirror images of each other.

Here's one side...
(you can see the Drawing Room that I showed you last time, through the doors .)


52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

And here is the other side.
(The doors lead to the library, which we'll get to soon). 

I'm not usually a "gray" person,
but how fab are those teal accents?

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Mr. Goo Shoes could be entertaining 
Mr. (or Mrs.) President on one side...

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

While I engage in witty banter with foreign dignitaries 
on the other side. 

"That noise? Oh, it's just my son and his friends
shooting hoops in the hallway."

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

By the way, what are you doing New Year's Eve?
I'm having a party right here in this room,
and I'm inviting every one of you!
It's black tie, of course. 

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Not to worry, it won't be "stuffy."
We'll be swinging from those magnificent 
Baccarat chandeliers by midnight.
(I do pity the person whose job it is to clean them). 
52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Well, looky, looky!
 Even in a mansion, 
they throw in a little animal print
I'm telling you, it works everywhere! 

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

It's time for something a little more zen-like.
Fortunately, there's a room for that
just down the hallway. 

The Balcony
Map Location 8


52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

This will do very nicely as my morning coffee room.

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

The water feature would be the perfect
"background" music for reading the paper. 

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

The gauzy drapes would blow in the breeze...

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

While I squeeze in a little meditation.
Oh, look! There's champagne for our mimosas!

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

I'm claiming this spot as my own little haven.
Mr. Goo Shoes would probably choose 

the next room on our tour.

The Library
Map Location 44

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

This would be quite the man cave, no?
Oh, wait, where's the TV?

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

Mr. Goo Shoes would "retire" here after dinner,
with his high school pals from Brooklyn.

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

The butler would bring them port and grappa,
and place it on the white ottoman.

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

I hope they won't spill their drinks on the white upholstery.
But they will. 

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes

I'm having second thoughts about this being a man cave.
It's so cozy.
Maybe no one will notice me 
if I hang out in the corner over here,
sipping hot chocolate.  

52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes


That's all for this time.
What were some of your favorite things on today's tour?
Next time, we'll finish up the first floor,
with the kitchen, lounge, another balcony and dining room.

Here's a little preview.


52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes


Until next time...


24 comments:

  1. Of course, it's a beautiful house, but really? I enjoy your commentary much more. :)

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  2. Oh Amy, every room is just perfection! Such taste and elegance. I can't wait for the next post :-) x

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    1. Thanks, Chel! I apologize for not visiting lately - I am swamped, and hope to slowly dig myself out of a hole. But I will be back to visit soon!

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  3. That is one amazing house! I'm sure there is huge staff to take care of it. I loved the powder room!

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    1. I know...it is something else! It's fun to see the ways each designer tackled their room.

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  4. Wow! I do like house tours, but I can honestly say I don't want a house like that! My clutter would look so out of place! LOL

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    1. Lol, Michelle! I totally hear you on that. I'm afraid that the more space I had, the more clutter I'd have. I can barely keep on top of what I have now!

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  5. Amazing tour. Looking forward to the next post.

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  6. Wow, that's such a beautiful place! I'd be afraid to live in it though. I'm too messy of a person, with a lot of kids and a dog. We'd have it tore up in no time.

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    1. It's hard to imagine living in a place like that, isn't it? I think there is a single man who bought it!

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  7. Gorgeous Home. I do not think I could live in that big of a home, I would get lost..........LOL

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    1. Now that made me laugh! I would get lost, too! As long as I could find the kitchen I'd be ok, though!

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  8. Why doesn't my house look this way? I was laughing at your take on what your family in that house would be like. I agree that the Powder Room flooring is fab. In fact, my own Powder Room needs a makeover. Hmmm....

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    1. We'd be like fish out of water in that house, Michele!

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  9. Amy, thank you for this home tour - just marvelous! And your running commentary made me laugh this morning! Cheers, Catherine (latest follower of your blogging adventures!) :)

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    1. Thank you so much for that sweet comment, Catherine! And I can't thank you enough for following me!

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    1. Oh my gosh, no! It was a Designer Showhouse tour that I went to back in May. Surprisingly, they allowed photos to be taken.

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    1. Isn't it something? There were Baccarat chandeliers all over the house!

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  12. What an exquisitely elegant house - 52 rooms - just amazing! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. I can't imagine what it's like to live in a 52 room house, but it sure was fun to see!

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