Having just returned from 10 days of vacation in the UK I am so inspired to share some of the wonderful onlays and plaster carvings we saw on our trip.

The goal of this vacation was to wander the English countryside looking at mansions that not only had great plaster and art, but a connection to history. Designed as a his and her’s trip it ticked off every box.

One of the grandest places we visited was Blenheim Palace, Among other notable tid bits for Blenheim Palace is the birthplace fo Winston Churchill. Built by the 1st Duke of Marlborough John Churchill, it is still in the Marlborough family today. Abet as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Notable st the end of the 19th century, the palace was saved from ruin by funds gained  when the 9th Duke, (by all accounts a rake) Married American railroad heiress Consuelo Vanderbilt. The marriage was later annulled because her mother had forced her into it… but the funds remained and saved the day for the palace.

Blenheim Palace

One of the best rooms is the library. ( the entire north wing)  contains a floor to ceiling bookcase and hand-made plaster reliefs… Ah…. the rosettes of Blenheim.


Caio for now

xoxo Lydia


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