Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pret a Papier - The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave

Hillwood Estate, museum, and gardens is nestled in a NW DC neighborhood just eight miles away. Since we saw the show on HGTV "Homes Across America" so many years ago in Milwaukee I thought we would eventually get to this destination. We had visitors from Milwaukee, it was a beautiful day, and there was a special exhibit with paper dresses. These three reasons constituted the excuse for a real visit, and I am so glad we went. The exhibit was outstanding and the dresses were like eye candy, blending in to the rooms they represented. Isabelle de Borchgrave is an artist I would like to know. The art is amazing! The home was actually inhabitable, as mansions go. It was tastefully decorated and maintained. The gardens were beautifully manicured, and the real museum stuff was scattered all about. But for some strange reason, the place did not feel gaudy. I would definitely go back. Even though we saw the introduction movie about Marjorie Merriweather Post, I would have enjoyed a docent tour. The recording device and headset don't do much for me. This day was quite busy and there were a lot of folks there just for tea in the cafe. It would be fun to visit during each season, just for the heck of it. But do see the paper dresses - they are exquisite!

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