I’m just going to warn you right now. This post is going to contain approximately 2,672,918,657 photos. Yep. That many. But I promise you will love every minute of it. Your mind will be melted with beauty and awe just like mine was. Be prepared.
But let me backtrack for a moment. A couple of weeks ago, my hubby and I made our way down to South Dakota for his brother’s wedding. While we were there we visited a beautiful waterfall and The Corn Palace (yep, you read that right). However, the most amazing part of this whole trip was hanging out in a mansion for an afternoon. Yes, you read that right. The bridal party got ready in the. most. beautiful. estate home that belongs to a family friend’s.
I walked in the front doors and my brain exploded.
And that is just the front entryway! This house is full to the brim of beautiful vintage and antique pieces and gorgeous crystal chandeliers galore. I literally walked around for 2 hours just snapping photos. Oh, and by the way, I should mention, all of these photos were taken with my cell phone. My cell phone. Has technology gotten that good or is this estate just magic?! I’ll let you decide.
The kitchen is what dreams are made of. Beautiful cabinetry, marble counters, subway tile backsplash, high end appliances, windows overlooking the grounds of the estate, and did I mention the chandeliers?? I’m no extraordinary chef or anything, but I can definitely see myself spending a ton of time in here.
Off of the kitchen is the formal dining room, with an important and gorgeous antique china hutch. I felt like I was Elizabeth Bennet wandering through Mr. Darcy’s home in Pride and Prejudice. Seriously. I was just floating in awe from space to space. Sadly, Mr. Darcy is not included with this gorgeous estate. *tears*
The formal living room. An original antique piano, comfy furniture and a lovely view out onto the owner’s private polo field. Yes, he has his own polo field.
At the end of the gorgeous entry hall is the grand staircase. Do you see a peek of the bride and groom? Another majestic crystal chandelier and the most perfect little sitting area at the top of the stairs. Perfect for morning tea!
Three words: second floor laundry. This laundry room is such a dream – all that gorgeous marble counterspace for folding! The drawers for hiding detergent and dryer sheets! That apron sink for cleaning up! Ah! I definitely would like laundry a whole lot more if I had a space like this.
I didn’t get photos of the master bedroom as the bride and her ladies were getting ready in there, but I did manage a couple of snaps of the master bath! Isn’t that claw foot tub by window just perfection? And the giant walk in shower? I’m loving all of the white/marble tile, the soft green paint, and yet another perfect chandelier.
Every room had doors with beautiful crystal knobs. I just love the attention to detail that this man put into building his home! On the second floor in addition to the master there are also 2 modest guest rooms and a guest bath. They were simply furnished, but I’m just loving those antique gold bedsteads and the views from each room can’t be beat!
At the end of the hall from the guest bedrooms is an awesome spiral staircase! I live for spiral staircases – they make me feel like a princess! The owner also thoughtfully placed a mirror right at the top of each staircase in the home, so you can check your appearance before heading downstairs. Brilliant!
At the bottom of the spiral staircase, you are brought down to a little sitting/TV area that is just off the kitchen. The light in this room was just amazing.
If you exit out from the entrance opposite the staircase (each room in this place has at least 2-3 entrances) then you are met with the back door and a little walk-in mud room with some awesome cabinetry for coats and shoes.
Walk a few steps further and you enter the study. Bookshelves galore! Be still my heart! Many leather-bound books and wood of rich mahogany 😉 I could definitely get some serious reading or work done in here! There is also a cozy fireplace in this room behind the tufted chairs, which makes a great place for a hot drink and book in hand.
Another pretty little guest bathroom downstairs – wallpaper and chandelier = swoon. AND this man had an original Jackson Pollock art piece! I was an art major in college so it was cool seeing all the artwork that he chose for his home – he definitely spared no expense!
There is also a basement area where the groomsmen got ready, so I only have one picture of the space that isn’t totally covered in boy belongings. Across from the TV there is a full kitchenette, a room with a ping pong table, and another bathroom.
In the unfinished attic, my sister-in-law, Kathryn, and I walked down a long hallway and found an old, magical wardrobe, perfectly covered with a spare bit of plastic. Could it be Narnia?! We opened it up and sadly, no fur coats or a portal to another world was found 🙁 The two of us had a lot of fun playing around in this gorgeous dream home, though!
This home also had a huge wrap-around patio going around the entire thing and the views were seriously spectacular. I had a ton of fun exploring this house while the wedding party was getting ready. Don’t my husband (the best man) and I look dashing? 😉
I was seriously blown away by this estate. The building and architectural details were flawless, the grounds and views stunning, and the furniture and staging pure perfection. I could have spent all day there! The man who owns it is very generous and let the bride’s family use it for getting ready and for photos and I’m so glad he did. Other than the awesome wedding of my brother-in-law and now sister-in-law, this was definitely the highlight of my trip! Swoon to the max.
What is your favorite part of this dream house tour?