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November 20th, 2013


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08:28 am - Wednesday wish-places: 18th-century interiors
Because of Sleepy Hollow flashbacks and my beginning a reread of Heyer's These Old Shades, I've been thinking a bit about eighteenth-century English -- oh, all right, and Colonial -- interiors.

I do not actually wish to go back to the eighteenth century in England, much as I enjoy its fiction and art and much as I respond to many neoclassical principles, such as the love of order. For one thing, it was not idyllic for a great many people -- I don't pretend to think that it was a good time to be alive unless one was a (male) aristocrat with a great deal of money. For another, considering my horrible eyesight and the lack of optometrists then, I would no doubt have stumbled into a hole or similar and died before I reached the age of fifteen.

But I like eighteenth-century interiors, and this 20th-century Colefax and Fowler adaptation of an eighteenth-century room makes me unaccountably happy. I hate the color yellow as a rule, but I love saturated yellows and gold as wall colors. The moldings, the ceilings, the airy space, the balance -- all of that pleases me.

So I'd wish to visit an updated eighteenth-century room like this one, on a fall day that holds the last warmth of summer. I'd like to sip tea, talk quietly of Fielding and Sterne, maybe eat a biscuit or two. And then I'd wish to go back to my ordinary life, refreshed by the visit.

What era would you like to visit? May the thought be a pleasant one today.

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From:janus_74
Date:November 20th, 2013 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Pleasant thoughts are welcome today, stupid work being stupid. I'd like to visit a regency ball...just to see what it was really like.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 20th, 2013 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Dislike for work being stupid!

I'd like to observe a Regency ball, absolutely. :)

A better evening and a great Thursday to you, T!
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From:kathyh
Date:November 20th, 2013 05:16 pm (UTC)
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A reread of These Old Shades! Oh, the temptation!

I share your problem of terrible eyesight and add to it acute appendictis at the ago of 7 so I'm a bit limited as to eras where I would stay alive. I think I'd visit the 1920s for the glamour, the elegance and the jazz. Not sure the fashions would suit me, but I'm prepared to risk that in exchange for a cocktail and some music.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 20th, 2013 09:08 pm (UTC)
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Sometimes only Heyer can satisfy. :)

The 20s would be very cool! I'd probably like 1936 for all that, myself, so long as I wasn't suffering from the Depression....

Hugs and a cocktail, K!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:November 20th, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm...high tea in an Edwardian country house? On a day just foggy enough (like today, here) for the active hunting types to go out and leave the rest of us to our own happy devices.

Hugs and a pleasant day to you too!

Edited for the usual typos...

Edited at 2013-11-20 07:11 pm (UTC)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 20th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
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Edwardian high tea would at least have more creature comforts available than 18th-century high tea. [nods] And yes, let the hunting types go elsewhere! :)

Hugs and rest to you, ALH!
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From:chase820
Date:November 20th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I agree with you about not wanting to live in Jane Austen's England. It wasn't particularly easy on women like Austen, which is why, ironically, her novels have so little political content.

I'd like to visit 1920s New York or 1970s New York. Just for a day or two, though.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 20th, 2013 09:10 pm (UTC)
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20s New York would be more to my taste than 70s New York, I have to confess. But I can see you in a glam 70s scene, absolutely!

Cheers, Chase!
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From:stateless82
Date:November 20th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
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I'd like to go to Woodstock. Not particularly original, and something I had no idea I wanted to do until you asked, but there it is.

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From:laurawise
Date:November 20th, 2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
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I think it IS an original wish! And you are awesome to have it. :)

Hugs and a great evening!
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From:gwynnega
Date:November 21st, 2013 01:03 am (UTC)
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Yay These Old Shades!

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:November 21st, 2013 10:42 am (UTC)
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Sometimes Avon and Leonie are necessary to get through a week. :)

Cheers and hugs, and a good Thursday!
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From:paratti
Date:November 21st, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
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Pours you a dish of tea to do so in:)
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From:laurawise
Date:November 21st, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Hurrah for tea! And hurrah for you. :)

Cheers and hugs today!
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From:laurawise
Date:November 21st, 2013 06:15 pm (UTC)
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Oh, that's a cool idea! Or even the Back to the Future vision of 2013. :))

Hugs and a great day!
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From:stevie_carroll
Date:November 24th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
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That inerior's rather stunning.
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From:laurawise
Date:November 25th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
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Isn't it lovely? :)

Happy Monday, Stevie!

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