keys to our castles


hi guys! i just wanted to send a little weekend love and un grand merci to bonnie for helping me discover alder manor. it started out as a place i’d heard about from a friend. he didn’t know the name, just that an anthropologie catalog was shot there.


do you have someone like bonnie in your world, someone you can ask to find anything and they actually do it with nothing to go on? well, that’s her. all i knew is that there was some sort of semi abandoned estate in upstate ny. she got out her old catalogs and started looking. she not only had the catalog but sent it to me! i took some pics, they’re pretty bad but you get the gist…


she honed in on the place, and we both learned a lot along the way. at least i sure did! seems we have our very own ruins and castles here in the states.

i’d love to go and see the place myself along with a bunch of the other beauties in the region. i guess it’s well known in the industry as a great place to shoot.


but the best was this morning when she sent this video from a domino mag story that was shot there. i couldn’t help but finally share this masterpiece and knew you’d appreciate it! they also rent it out for special events. lynn and i talked about a blogger’s conference where we can all come and help each other promote and network. could be a great place to do it!

just goes to show that with the right bones almost anything can work!


well, almost


but most are so pretty


and sweet


i found these just now by photographer kate ryan


this could be us!


hope you enjoy it as much as i did!

ps i just found this link thanks to petunia. it lists all the castles of the us, i had no idea the treasures each and every state has!


these were in massachusetts


some are still there



this was in new jersey! anyway it’s a whole new world i never knew existed. have fun if you’re in the mood to get lost =]

January 25, 2009. Uncategorized.


  1. Fotocaffe replied:

    Hi Claudia, I’ve been following your gorgeous blog for some time now and finally coming out of the woodworks through Fotocaffe.
    Kindest regards,


  2. theparisapartment replied:

    hi nicole, great to meet you, i’ll pop over!


  3. Pamela replied:

    Anthropologie catalogs are always the most wonderful little paper escapes, aren’t they?? This one was no exception!


  4. theparisapartment replied:

    absolutely! the whole concept is pure candy!


  5. petunia replied:

    Thank goodness all that is European was not left across the pond and the castle was brought here! I have seen and been to several in MA. They are mind blowing in their size, grandeur and history. I love the idea of being a blogging princess for a weekend or a week! Great idea.


  6. Lucy replied:

    I just love your blog- and I’m so glad I found it! Hidden castles here in North America… Who would have guessed? Very interesting. Thanks for the great post.


  7. theparisapartment replied:

    i’d love to see the ones in mass. or any you know of for that matter! and thank you, lucy!


  8. Bonnie replied:

    Wow Claudia!
    The post on Alder Manor is fabulous! Im so glad you got the catalog… Im always so impressed with how you put everything together. The new photos are so playful! It would be fun to have a get together party there. And that would be me… upside down in the fountain looking for that lost treasure! I love trying to solve a great mystery… Your very kind words are most appreciated and so thoughtful! Thank You!
    Bonnie :)


  9. theparisapartment replied:

    well thank you bonnie! you did it!!


  10. petunia replied:

    Here is a link to a site that lists all the castles in MA:
    I have been to the Crane Estate, Winnekenni Castle and Searles Castle. You can find great pictures of all the MA castles at google images. I would live in any of them but can only imagine what the heating bill would be!


  11. vicki archer replied:

    Love this place Claudia, xv.


  12. theparisapartment replied:

    wow you just never know what you’re gonna uncover…petunia, your link led me to castles of the u.s. which is blowing my mind!


  13. Isa replied:

    Yum. Your researcher did a good job! The blue tinted photos are so dreamy, and I love the juxtaposition of ancient and almost run down with the new bedding and those brightly dressed, brightly smiling friends at the end! The girl down the ‘well’ is hysterical.
    Oh, to be the girl with the cake … I want to be her! :)
    xo Isa


  14. theparisapartment replied:

    you are SO her!


  15. My Melange replied:


    You are right in my stomping grounds!! Did you forget I live in the Hudson Valley. I would love a little get together in any one of these delicious places you mention :)



  16. petunia replied:

    I am the researcher in the lives of my friends. If it’s out there, I can get it, find it! It’s a great role. Glad the link took you fun new places.


  17. theparisapartment replied:

    oh pet, that’s great to know, and btw, i think you’d love bonnie too. and robin, i did forget! we have to get together there!!


  18. Stephanie replied:

    Gorgeous! I get lost in your blog every day. Thank you for providing regular eye candy!


  19. theparisapartment replied:

    hi steph, that’s so inspiring, thank you!!


  20. Joy replied:

    Had to laugh at the “well, almost” pic!



  21. ingela Boström replied:

    Dear Claudia, what a nice post, adorable pictures.
    Domino has a lot of nice clips….

    How is your Kittie doing…

    All the best,


  22. theparisapartment replied:

    hey joy, that was very moggit of me wasn’t it?
    and thanks for asking ingela, we did have a kitten scare this weekend. he became listless and couldn’t walk! turns out he had a 105 fever! but happily he’s better today and back to his old silly self!


  23. Charlie replied:

    If I can get on a plane at that point I am so there! But I want cake too:-) If that’s not possible I will have to join you in Paris on one of your trips. Have family there so it might be ok. OK the post and those pictures really got me dreaming. Who knew we had such fabulous treasures at home!? I mean growing up in the City and driving around that area antiquing on weekends all those years…what a surprise! Great post, I am totally for meeting!


  24. le petit cabinet de curiosites replied:

    Beautiful place . These shots are gorgeous. I lived in the hudson valley and there are a lot of beauty


  25. theparisapartment replied:

    charlie, i would love to meet you there! i can just see you relaxing with a drink by the fountain…and melanie, i had no idea you lived for a time in the US! you’re such a frenchy girl!


  26. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall replied:

    I am drooling over here. Those pics are gorgeous and I am sure even more so in person. I LOVE anything with a dose of Anthropologie!!!!! Or an OVER-DOSE:)


  27. Hygge Nook replied:

    Inspiration from around the web…

    * AE Capture Create and also at OhdeedohSimon’s awesome bedroom for a seven year old boy (and the new nursery is brilliant too). * Paris Apartment French chic – check out the details of the Anthropologie shoot venue (see pic……


  28. Heather replied:

    The front page of Yahoo just did an article on US castles…
    Looks like someone is reading your blog :)


  29. theparisapartment replied:

    and thanks for the props, heather :)


  30. Pere Albert replied:

    I strongly support Claudia in her fervant appeal to keep Domino Magazine alive. Maybe if the numerous bloggers and their friends and associates all joined forces they could let Conde Nast know how vital this magazine is to the consumer and the home decor community.


  31. Monica Furniture Removal replied:

    I have just stumbled on this site and have found it interesting and informative with some great content. You have a wonderful friend there, and all those pictures they just make me want to be back in that age, its so romantic and I just love the style, how wouldn’t, I am just loving this site and all the beautiful things that you share.


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