Christmas Mansion Style

Art in grandscale can be somewhat ostentatious when it’s so overdone — when it overly exudes with the tremendous and exclusive amount of wealth it took to purchase it. It still captivates our attention, however. Here it is displayed in the decor of  the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, New York compete with multiple murals and every surface has some flamboyance.

Private Vanderbilt Sitting Room. Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

In these thrifty economic times it does’t go over well to be so over the top. I like simplicity and practical things myself. I think a little bit goes a long way but it’s still intriguing to see how the other side lives. Click on the link above to see more interior views and where to take the tour of this and other gilded age mansions. Many are decorated and open for the holidays. I’m just glad I’m not the one taking all that stuff down when the holidays are over.

One of my favorite places to visit during the holidays is Winterthur.

Dried Flower Tree. Wintethur