A Little Southern Flare

Today we're taking a trip down South! Not literally, our friends have already done it for us. The south has some of the most jaw-dropping properties in the United States with the old world charm to boot. To us Yankees, the South has always represented a completely different world where an accent, a sweet tea, and a smile were the cost of citizenship. 

The South wasn't always so sweet and their notorious reputation may put you back $10-$20 for a tour of these stunning homes. However, we have a mini-vacation planned so you can do a full tour of the South right from your web browser. Get your sweet tea ready ladies & gentleman, the South awaits you. 

Avenue of Oaks - Boone Hall Plantation - Charleston, SC

Avenue of Oaks - Boone Hall Plantation - Charleston, SC

Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Famously known for being in The Notebook.

Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Famously known for being in The Notebook.

Ravenal Bridge at night - Charleston, SC

Ravenal Bridge at night - Charleston, SC

Next Up: Malabar Farm

Historic Highlight: Phillips Collection

Happy Historic Home highlight Thursday! Last week, the Venyou team visited the Phillips Collection. The Phillips Collection is an art museum located in Dupont Circle. This beautiful mansion is hidden in a row of townhouses and is quite an unexpected joy to behold if you don't already know what's inside. 

The Collection was founded by Duncan Phillips and Marjorie Acker Phillips as the Phillips memorial Gallery. Their wealth was a product of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. Duncan Phillips expanded their family collection exceeding 600 works. Due to this, they turned their residence into an art museum. The Collection has a permanent collection of nearly 3,000 works including Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Pablo Picasso. 

The home itself is a Georgian Revival house dating back to 1897 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home expanded 30,000 square feet in 2006 and the new spaces are known as the Sant Building. Today it houses exhibits and permanent collections alike. This one, like our feature last week, is breathtaking and unexpected

Up Next: A Little Southern Flare

Historic Highlight: Hillwood Estate

Last weekend the Venyou team took a trip to the Hillwood Estate in Washington, DC. Comically, we didn't know much about the property. There are so many beautiful and historic places in the District you gloss over some. However, when we walked in, we could barely keep our jaws off the floor. This property doesn't just take the cake, it's the entire kitchen. 

Hillwood Estate was purchased by Marjorie Merriweather Post in 1955 with the intent to eventually be her public showcase. Post, if it sounds familiar, is of Post cereal and later General Foods. Post was merely 27 when she became the owner of Postum Cereal Company following her father's death. This deed catapulted her into the title "wealthiest woman in America."

During Post's lifetime, she became an avid art collector and amassed the largest collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia. Her collection, exhibited at Hillwood, bares ornate Tsarist collectibles (including numerous Fabergé eggs, portraits, and icons) as well as extensive acquisition of 19th century French decor.  Though seemingly distinct tastes, Post and the curators at Hillwood, blend the stunning Rococo style and aureate decorative Russian pieces in an orchestral manner leaving the visitor astounded with riches.

Post split her time between three estates, Hillwood in Washington, DC, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, and Camp Topridge in the Adirondacks. Mar-a-Lago originally housed many of the collections pieces and is now famously owned by Donald Trump. This spectacular property is underrated in the District but is an absolute must-see. 

Up Next: Estate Extravaganza


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